Life Support (Santee, Book 1)

by Robert Whitlow

Paperback, 2003



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Thomas Nelson (2003), Edition: Later Printing, 400 pages


Alexia Lindale knows her new case is a matter of life and death. She doesn't have a clue what it will do to her heart...and soul. From the Christy-award-winning author of The List, The Trial, and The Sacrifice comes this twisting tale of tough decisions, mixed motives, and mysterious, healing grace. Baxter Richardson survived a fall from a cliff while hiding in the mountains. Whether he'll make it through the next few weeks is unclear. His survival depends on the machines that help him breathe. On the haunted, unstable wife who wants to pull the plug and hide her secrets. On the doting father who wants him alive for reasons of love and money. On the conflicting legal documents that send the fight to court. And, on the music and prayers of an extraordinarily gifted pianist.… (more)


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Physical description

400 p.; 8.38 inches


0849943744 / 9780849943744



User reviews

LibraryThing member jbell2k
I really like everything I've read by Robert Whitlow and this one was no exception. I've lowered my rating because this is really just half a book. It was split into two books to create more revenue - I guess. It has no ending. If you want the ending you'll have to get part two, that is, book two -
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"Life Everlasting". It was a good read, just disappointing that it doesn't stand alone.
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LibraryThing member bigorangemichael
Ever since John Grisham wrote "The Firm" and it became a run-away bestseller, legal thrillers have become a dime a dozen. Lots of book publishers have sought to cash in on the trend toward the public's interest and the legal thriller has almost become its own genre-so much so that I fully expect it
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to get its own section in the bookstore someday. So, it probably shouldn't come as too great a shock that there would, eventually, be a subset of the Christian publishing genre for a legal thriller.

What was shocking was how good it turned out to be.

Robert Whitlow's "Life Support" is a legal thriller-and it's one with a Christian emphasis. But I'd easily put this legal thriller up against some of the best the secular publishing world has to offer. "Life Support" is just that good.

Rena Richardson did not have a happy childhood and she's not grown up to be a happy adult. She married an heir to a family's good fortune and has grown to love the good life. She wants to keep all that-the thing is she doesn't want to keep her husband, Baxter. So, one day while hiking she pushes him over a cliff and makes it look like an accident. But in a cruel twist of fate for Rena, Baxter survives and is put on life support. Rena wants to terminate it to cover her own secrets, but her fat her-in-law, Ezra has another legal document that gives him control over Baxter's life-and he very much wants his son to be living so he can exercise his power of attorney. Ezra has his own agenda as well-he's not all on the up and up and his company harbors some shady secrets he'd rather see kept out of the light of day.

Enter into this attorney, Alexia Lindale, who is assigned by her law firm ,which represents Ezra, to go in and mediate things. Rena draws Alexia into her web of lies, leading to Alexia's termination and striking out on her own to represent Rena in a battle against her former employers. Along the way, Alexia meets the musical director at a local church and finds herself being drawn not only to him but also to a newer and deeper relationship with God.

"Life Support" is a fascinating character study and one in which the pages fly by. Unlike a lot of other contemporary Christian fiction, the characters are all not lily white, but are instead real human beings. For as much of a one-note villain as Rena could be, Whitlow invests her with just enough likeability to make us feel some sympathy for her and to understand her plight. And as much as Alex and the music minister are the heroes of this novel, they are still human enough to have faults, doubts and foibles. It makes the pages come alive because we feel like all these characters are real people-not just one-note characters the author has created to hammer home his own agenda or point.

And although there are some things that are the standard stock of your basic legal thriller and your basic Christian-oriented novel, Whitlow blends them together seamlessly in his novel. This was a great book and one that I found myself sorry to see end-even though it does end at a crossroads with a promise for more to come in 2004.

I've not read any of Whitlow's other work, but after reading this one, I am definitely eager for more. Whitlow delivers a page-turning thriller with a profound and heartwarming message at the center. Just like life, there are no easy answers, but that's what makes this book such a pleasure to read
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LibraryThing member JanaRose1
As an estate planning attorney, one who has dealt with numerous powers of attorneys' and bickering families, I found this book hard to read. I don't know if it was my personal experiences or merely the author's writing style, but I found this book less than realistic. The characters seemed
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stereotypical and contrived. The dialogue was messy and unbelievable.
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LibraryThing member HollyRae
let me just say starting this book it pulls you right in It’s a nice scene with Rena and Baxter until you realize Rena is a little crazy. Then of course you have Alex, The lawyer and Ezra, Baxters dad. So, Basically alot of the first part of the book is between Ezra and Rena. In which Rena wants
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to turn off Baxters life support and Ezra does not. I dont want to give too much away. But, the story is good, The characters are likable, and it flows well. This is also the first book in a series. so, all in all I enjoyed it and give it a 4/5 .
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