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Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, Matthew leaves prison with one goal--to find his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his Gardi, Georgia, hometown to learn that Audrey has taken shelter from the media with the nuns at a Catholic school. There she has discovered a young man with the talent to achieve the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Although helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and--if discovered--reincarceration for life, he'll take the chance with hope of winning back Audrey's love.
A fallen football star looks for reconciliation
Matthew “the Rocket” Rising is living the dream: He is one of the top-ranked quarterbacks in the history of college football, the #1 NFL draft pick and madly in love with and married to his high school sweetheart. But this incredible string of luck ends abruptly, and Matthew finds his perfect life turned into a modern-day tragedy.
Best-selling author Charles Martin’s latest novel, A Life Intercepted, begins as Matthew leaves prison after serving a sentence for a crime he insists he did not commit, but which nonetheless has plunged the football hero from the height of his glory days to the depths of ignominy and shame literally overnight.
Matthew is determined to find his heartbroken wife, Audrey, who disappeared after her husband’s trial, fleeing the relentless barrage of media to seek solace with a group of nuns. But Audrey’s escape is tempered when she meets a teenage football player whom she takes under her broken wing—and who might be key to bringing the couple back together.
Avid football fans will be rewarded, as there are plenty of episodes detailing the finer points of the game, from strategies and plays to the particular mindset required to become a star. Still, Martin never lingers too long on sports details before tugging the narrative back to the heart of his tale, which is equal parts crime thriller/mystery and old-fashioned love story.