I was never one who jumped for joy of Lee Strobel's Case For books. It's not that I didn't think they were good books, I just never really got into them. When I received his first novel, it sounded like he was trying to be the next John Grisham.
The Ambition has everything a journalistic/courtroom drama/sleazy preacher/corrupt judges-and-lawyers story needs. Actually the preacher isn't too sleazy, he just has ambition to get into politics.
When you throw in a healthy dose of Chicago Mob action, you'd think there could be some intense thrills. This isn't quite how things turn out for Strobel. I will admit there are some interesting moments within the characters of this book but I got lost in the various characters very early in the story and I never regain my interest in them. Most of the likeable characters have their vices and that tended to throw the plot a bit.
I will say that there a few twists I didn't see coming. It will be interesting to see what Strobel does with his fiction.
This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Zondervan Publishing.