The Chase


Book: The Chase

Authors: by Mario Busacca and Hoyt A. Byrum

Publisher: Koehler Books, 2021

ISBN-13: 978-1646633760 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 1646633768 Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1646633746 Paperback

ISBN-10: 1646633741 Paperback

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Language level: 3

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Older teens and adults

Rating: **** 4 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: General fiction

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Busacca, Mario, and Byrum, Hoyt A.  The Chase (Published in 2021 by Koehler Books, 3705 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA  23455).  Tony Hunter, a 6’1”, 210-pound thirty-something, lives with his wife Beth in a medium sized town.  He runs for exercise and works as an engineer at one of the larger local firms in town, but is angry because he has just been passed over for a promotion.  Also, Tony and Beth are at odds over the timing of having children.  Their best friends are Dave and Sarah Worthington.   Beth, Dave, and Sarah all attend church together, but Tony has been poisoned against religion by his father Tom after the death of Tony’s mother.  Then when Tony and Beth have twins, Christina and Joey, Tony begins to question his unbelief.  Can he find a meaningful relationship with God?  What are the factors that influence him as he goes about trying to do so?  And how will all of this affect his relationship with his father?

    As a novel, The Chase is quite easy to read, but it is also intended to be profoundly challenging for the person who wants to be “right with God,” leading the reader through some pivotal decisions and providing a simple structure, called the 3-G lifestyle, for living the Christian life.  Author Mario Busacca wrote in a letter to me, “We are not sure how appropriate these are for students that are not adults,” and I would agree that the book is not for young children, but mature, older teens, especially those who are facing challenges to their faith, might find it beneficial.   In addition to some common euphemisms, there is a bit of bad language as both the “d” and “h” words appear as cursing and the phrase “O my God” is used as an exclamation.

     As with any story remotely “religious,” various people may find different things to which they object depending on their theological background.  One aspect that did not sit well with me was what I thought was an overly large number of references to drinking beer (and a few hard liquors too).  Even “Pastor” Bob is willing to have a beer with the guys, saying, “I know many pastors do not believe it is appropriate to drink alcohol.  And I respect that.  However, many pastors, including myself, believe that while the abuse of alcohol is wrong, it is okay to have an occasional drink.”  The plan of salvation is typical Protestant evangelicalism.  “You simply say a prayer that acknowledges that God has a wonderful plan for you, acknowledge that you are a sinner and that your sin separates you from Him and ask for His forgiveness.”  Otherwise, the book is interesting and enjoyable.

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