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Robert Whitlow

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1 Jan 2001
The most powerful weapon against evil is sacrifice. Attorney Scott Ellis is defending Lester Garrison, a 16-year-old accused of opening gunfire on a Sunday afternoon church gathering. At the same time, Scott's volunteer work at the local high school brings him into contact with Kay Wilson, an English teacher and former girlfriend. Unknown to either of them, Catawba High School is not just a place of learning--it's a battleground for an age-old struggle between good and evil. On one side are praying students and a simple janitor with an extraordinary faith. On the other side is a deeply troubled young man intent on mass destruction. Caught in the middle, Scott and Kay learn that lasting victory will require the ultimate sacrifice.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defies expectations 5 Jan 2004
By Michael Hickerson - Published on
Legal thrillers are a dime a dozen these days. For every Grisham, there are three to four other others turning out formula legal thrillers in an attempt to cash in on the popular trend in publishing. Which is what makes the works of Robert Whitlow such a marvelous find--they are legal thrillers, but they're well told, entertaining, page turning stories, the likes of which I haven't read in the legal genre since the earliest works of John Grisham.

Robert Whitlow is an amazingly talented author and that keeps showing through again and again in his work.

"The Sacrfice" is no exception to this rule.

What could have been little more than an exploration of a possibly racial motivated incident in a Southern small town (ala "A Time To Kill") instead turns out to be much more. "The Sacrifice" is an intimate examination of the events and circumstances that shaped the character of the protoganist, Scott Ellis. Ellis has returned to his native town to begin practicing law and gets his first big case--defending a young man who is accused of shooting into a baptism service at a local African-American church. The case isn't helped by the fact that the young man is a bigot, whose outward appareance and internal attitude reflect this. As he takes on the case, Scott also accepts a position to work with the local high school's mock trial team and is unexpectedly reunited with his high school sweetheart, Kay. Kay is going through a divorce and the relationship didn't end on a good note between them--Scott just let the relationship wither away.

As the novel progresses, you slowly begin to realize that this is a character study of Scott. He's never really allowed himself to be close to anyone for fear of causing or recieving pain. He can't be open with others or himself and he really only has an abiding friendship with his constant dog companion, Nicki. Slowly over the course of the novel, Scott's pattern becomes more and more apparent--as do the reasons behind it, which I won't give away here as it may ruin some of the enjoyment of the novel. We see Scott struggle--not only with his renewed feelings for Kay, who is going through a divorce, but also with his feelings about his friends, his client, his life in general and his relationship with God. One particularily powerful scene comes when Scott attends the church where the shootings occurred to possibly get information on the case and is almost confronted by the minister about his personal walk.

What surprised me most about this book was how quickly the pages turned. Whitlow's work has proven to be rivetting and compelling in the past, but "The Sacrifice" went above and beyond that. We come to care about Scott and what's going on in his life and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough at times. This is truely one of those novels that goes by far too quickly and the only regret you have when you've finished is that there isn't more of this great story to keep reading.

In addition to our journey with Scott, we also get an examination of evil and how it is at work in our world, sometimes hiding in plain sight. Whitlow builds the suspense of this storyline well in the story of Scott's journey and it leads to a truly compelling and page-turning conclusion. It is also extremely powerful to read, especially in the light of what we learn about Scott over the course of this novel.

"The Sacrifice" is a rich, compelling novel. It is Whitlow's third book and the third book of his that I've read. In fact, while I have one more of Whitlow's novels left to read, I think this one might be my favorite. Whitlow has crafted a novel that is next to perfect and I heartily recommend it.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Characters leap of the page -- Whitlow Does It Again! 30 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
I am a big Whitlow fan and feel that this is a tremendous work.
The story and development of characters in Catawba county had me glued to this book. As with The List and The Trial, both my wife and I read The Sacrifice in one setting.
Whitlow's writing and twists and turns throughout make this a must read. The spiritual aspects behind the scene are wonderful.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whitlow Does it Again! 25 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Robert Whitlow is such a great writer. This is his best work so far. Our family has enjoyed his other books, The Trial and The List. This is a real page turner.
The Sacrifice is a story that keeps you on the edge of your chair. I can't recommend it more highly and our entire family looks forward to more great writing from Whitlow.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This lawyers story is perfection 28 Sep 2002
By Traci DePree - Published on
The Sacrifice by Robert Whitlow
The Sacrifice is a masterpiece of suspense, mystery and romance. Every detail of this lawyer's story is perfection. Mr. Whitlow shows that no one is beyond reach. Even the most down-and-out hope for second chances and some are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice to give them their second chance. If you like Grisham, you'll love Whitlow.
-Traci DePree, author of A Can of Peas
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacrifice by: Robert Whitlow 18 Jun 2003
By "xmex" - Published on
This was the first whitlow book i've read and i went from being on the computer, watching tv, listening to music etc to reading books all the time. This was one book that kept me up many nights because i couldnt put it down. I always wanted to know the full story and i finally fingured it all out at the end. A lot of unexpecting events happend a lot. It kept me on the endge of my seat the whole time. Now thanks to this book all i do in my spare time is read. What a great book to start with to becoming a book worm. this is a must read for any one expectially teenagers. whitlow does a good job gettin inside our heads.
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