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The Heir by [Robertson, Paul]
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It's a familiar plot: the death of a filthy rich relative-who of course altered his will just hours before his sudden demise-results in instant wealth for an heir no one expected. In this debut novel from Robertson, a computer programming consultant, young mogul Jason Boyer discovers that his newly minted fortune is tainted by his deceased robber-baron father's legacy of corruption, scandal and power brokering in New England. Will Jason find the moral courage to clean his corporate house and do something meaningful with his millions? And was his father's fatal car crash really an accident? Pacing is a problem throughout much of this story, which doesn't hit its stride and become a bona fide suspense novel until the final 50 pages. Most of the characters are routine stock figures-the upwardly mobile wife; the corpulent and scheming attorney-with only Jason's innocent younger brother Eric breaking the mold. Robertson offers some strong observations on greed and human nature, and adopts a refreshingly soft approach to religious faith. The humor, which could work well in another context, feels adolescent in such a dark tale. Despite promising themes and a decent plot, this God-and-mammon novel would benefit from stringent editing and stronger supporting characters.
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*Starred Review* Robertson's first novel is a Gresham-like tale of intrigue and murder about the son, Jason Boyer, of a New England financial titan and kingmaker. Jason barely knew his father, a tough, remote man who sent Jason and his brother to boarding schools, but Jason becomes sole heir upon the old man's sudden death. Jason is cynical but uncorrupted, and his first impulse is to divest himself of the old man's holdings. Then the power that his inheritance commands seduces him, and he grows as ruthless as his father. And then, once more and finally, he sees the light and proceeds to clean up all that his father and he have befouled. Or, at any rate, he tries, in this suspenseful first novel with a lot of humor and well-drawn minor characters.

John Mort
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 988 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B5NQBVS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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I loved the dialogue in this book. It interested me from the first page and I would have rated it a five except I thought there were a couple too many deaths to be realistic and the ending didn't pack quite the punch the rest of the book did. If you like the court room legal thrillers and the mystery books, you'll love this one. I'm looking forward to his next book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f55a84c) out of 5 stars 164 reviews
90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f56e654) out of 5 stars A must-read story of hard ethical and moral decisions March 17 2007
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Whew! I'm exhausted as I close The Heir. The Boyer family's trials and tribulations went from exhilaration and joy to despair and sadness--and finally hope that the right thing would be done.

Murder and money, power and politics, and family and the obligations that bring, all tie up this story in a neat bundle.

Not only is first-time author Paul Robertson a darn good storyteller, filing pages with intrigue and twists, he also does a good job of telling it. A dozen of his sentences were so powerful, so visual, so telling, I had to write them in my own journal to read again later.

The Boyer boys' mother died when they were 5 and 3, so Eric has no memory of her, and Jason's are sketchy. When their father soon remarried, the boys were off to boarding school and hardly knew their father.

Jason, 28, and brother Eric, 25, have been living off their fathers' monthly gifts. Jason has been married three years and wife Katie loves to spend money. Eric spends all he gets, and more, and is floating through life with no goals but a new car or bike.

Jason Boyer becomes a billionaire at the suspicious death of his father, power broker in both business and politics. However, Jason knows one thing: He does NOT want anything to do with his father's businesses--and is in shock to realize his responsibilities. After some deep thought, he decides to "do the right thing" and make some of his father's underhanded dealings public, regardless of who gets hurt. He has many advisors, but he doesn't know whom to trust--and neither do we as the clues send us astray. We are as ignorant as Jason is.

Murders are plentiful and all clues point to Jason as the murderer. Although this is considered a mystery, this is really a "study of people," and how they are changed, both bad and good, by money, greed, power and position.

Throughout the book, Jason keeps asking "Why am I here?" and at the end, he knows why--that God has enlisted him to do something his father couldn't.

Armchair Interviews says: The Heir is a powerful first novel of hope and redemption that follows murder and mayhem.
58 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f56e6a8) out of 5 stars WHY AM I HERE? July 2 2010
By Convivial Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I managed to make it through to the end of this book...and I regret the effort. The main character was insipid, totally unsympathetic and bounced back and forth from being ridiculously vainglorious to almost complete personal meltdown with tiring repetition. His personal tribulations and self-analysis felt completely narcissistic and generated absolutely zero empathy for his character. I spent most of the book hoping he would just kill himself and put me out of his misery. The villain was recognizable from nearly the first moment he was introduced...and, yet, the main character spends nearly the entire book worshipping this obviously self-serving and manipulative person, whom he barely knows, while paranoidly suspecting every other character in the book (including his wife and brother) of murder and mayhem! The plot line was uninspired, predictable, plodding and boring. Each time I picked up this book, determined to struggle through a few more pages, I found myself in complete agreement with the phrase the main character repeats (ad nauseum) throughout this book: "Why am I here?"
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f56e984) out of 5 stars An excellent first novel! July 4 2007
By D. Brubaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What an impressive first novel! I was carried away by the well-paced story line and moral dilemma faced by the protagonist. The first-person story-telling with the spoken (and unspoken) sarcastic humor was a real treat, especially during the first half. I can't wait for Mr. Robertson's second book. (On a personal note, I enjoyed the fact that Mr. Robertson lives in Hokie territory -- Blacksburg, VA -- near where I grew up.)
26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f56eea0) out of 5 stars A powerful new Christian business thriller March 26 2007
By Bill Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Heir by Paul Robertson is a new corporate/business suspense thriller from Bethany House. The story is told from the first-person point of view of Jason Boyer, the son of the extremely wealthy, powerful and corrupt Melvin Boyer. Jason was never close to his dad, and his mom was dead. Jason spent his life looking out for his care-free younger brother and growing an aversion to money, power and everything his dad stood for.

When father Melvin Boyer dies, Jason surprisingly inherits his dad's entire empire. Jason and wife Katie had been content to live out the rest of their lives on the stipend they received from his dad's trust. Now, Jason is thrust into the middle of everything he despised. At first, Jason wants to decline and give everything he way. However, with the family lawyer guiding him, Jason soon begins making decisions to keep the empire moving along. It isn't long before Jason is thrust into the evil inner-workings of his dad's businesses and Jason realizes how deep the corruption is. Jason then must decide how to extricate himself from the mess (if he even wants to) while keeping his family entact and escaping the clutches of a murderer on the loose.

The story moves along quickly as Jason must make decision after decision about the future of his dad's companies. Jason is a witty guy, and this humor sometimes distract from the fact that novel is treading into some dark places. The money and power that Jason has can truly change a man. Towards the end of this fast-paced thriller, you can only hope that Jason can escape from the depths that the money has taken him.

This is a great novel from author Paul Robertson that is set in the business world, but should appeal to all suspense lovers. Authors that don't usually give Christian fiction a try should definitely check this book out. You'll find the all the suspense and intrigue of mainstream fiction as well as a good message at the end. The religious message is subtle though, and shouldn't be a turn-off to anyone. This is a novel that goes into some dark places, yet does it realistically. The characters are strong, except for Jason's wife Katie. She seems money hungry only, and I think Jason knows that about her but hopes it isn't true. Another character we don't get to know is Melvin, Jason's dad. Melvin's shadow hangs over the entire novel, yet we hardly get to know his character, we just get to witness the evil empire he created.

In conclusion, The Heir is a powerful new novel in Christian fiction with a fresh, new voice. I recommend it to anyone.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f56eeb8) out of 5 stars Fast paced and well-written March 4 2010
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Heir" is a suspense novel involving politics, business ethics, and a murder mystery. Jason's sarcastic humor lightened the angst of the novel as he tried to find a purpose for living and to do the right thing--even though he wasn't always sure what made a thing right.

All of the characters were likable or fascinating, though our view of them (through Jason's eyes) was rather shallow because he had shallow relationships with everyone. Jason was a cynical, sarcastic, searching character who gradually added some maturity to his complexity as he was forced to grow up.

The novel was very fast-paced, and I had a hard time putting it down. Since Jason usually acted in a way that made any situation worse (due to his temper), it was like watching a train wreck in slow motion while hoping that everyone survived the wreck. The ending was a bit sad though Jason did find answers to his questions.

There were a few, brief, generalized references to God (though none to Jesus), and there wasn't any preaching at the reader. There was no sex and no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this novel as well-written, clean reading.

Reviewed by Debbie from Genre Reviews
(genrereviews. blogspot. com)