Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Monte Wolverton
Publisher: Christianity Without the Religion / Plain Truth Ministries
“Health, he said, was a matter of obedience to a set of laws he had discovered in the Bible. Once you understood and obeyed those laws, you could claim the promise found in Genesis 6:3 and live a vigorous, robust life until the age of 120,” Dr. Belknap promotes in Monte Wolverton’s novel, Chasing 120: A Story of Food, Faith, Fraud and the Pursuit of Longevity.
This one hundred and sixty page paperback targets those who like contemporary Christian suspense regarding good versus evil. Its mild profanity may offend some Christians and may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this debut novel, the topic of using religion for monetary gain is the focal point, suggesting if you obey Dr. Tyler Belknap’s “The Eleven Laws of Wellness” found supposedly in the Word of God, you can live to one hundred and twenty years old
Having built a conglomerate of faith-based healthy products to market worldwide, Belknap has hood-winked Christians into buying anything he produces. Dave Whitman, the creative director of the Wellness 120 empire for the past twenty years, is beginning to wonder if enhanced ingredients are in the nutritional supplements.
When Dave’s seventeen year old son, Jason, is selected to be one of a hundred youth to attend the exclusive three week Wellness Summer Program in Washington’s Cascade foothills, Dave and another co-worker uncover potentially harmful additives in the next soon-to-be-marketed product, “Eternal Recall.”
Belknap, more of a salesman than a preacher, jet-sets across America to establish political ties to maintain a non-GMO status for his altered cash-cow products with his loyal sidekicks, who were with him years ago when he started his rise in power and fame. Using the Bible and religious scare-tactics, his cult following is oblivious to the decades of fraud and cover-ups.
Meanwhile, Jason exhibits long-term memory problems at the camp, gets lost, and meets a strange man, who explains the evil workings of Belknap’s corporation. His parents and others race to find out what is going on in the company while dealing with Jason’s brain damage issues.
An entertaining read that has too-quick an ending, Wolverton weaves a believable tale, reminding readers to focus on the True God instead of man and his greed-driven inventions.
Thanks to the Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.