This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Ulterior Motives
Bethany House (March 1, 2009)
Mark Andrew Olsen


MARK ANDREW OLSEN whose novel The Assignment was a Christy Award finalist, also collaborated on bestsellers Hadassah (now the major motion picture: One Night With the King), The Hadassah Covenant, and Rescued. Two of his last books were the supernatural thriller The Watchers, and The Warriors.

The son of missionaries to France, Mark is a Professional Writing graduate of Baylor University. He and his wife, Connie, live in Colorado Springs with their three children.


When an al-Qaeda email is intercepted, threatening an attack on America, it leads to the capture of the group’s leader. Yet even under fierce interrogation, the terrorist clings to his jihadist beliefs and refuses to divulge any information. Desperate, the Army resorts to extreme measures–a controversial protocol designed to break a subject’s resistance. But the attempt must be masked as an offer of clemency and rely on an outside party, someone who is unaware of the protocol’s aims.

They find that someone in Greg Cahill, a disgraced soldier who now serves in a prison ministry. Lured by the chance to restore his reputation, Greg befriends a man the entire country despises. And the result proves combustible, the two men having to flee for their lives. With both in need of redemption, they set out to prevent a major catastrophe…

If you would like to read the first chapter of Ulterior Motives, go HERE


Ulterior Motives is a fast paced, political thriller where every minute counts in order to avert disaster. When normal interrogation methods are inadequate,  an unusual and extreme technique is implemented to obtain information to prevent the possible death of thousands at the hand of terrorists.  As the clock ticks, the web of lies and hidden agendas tightens around the principal characthers and they are forced to run for their lives.

Ulterior Motives will keep the reader engaged until the very end. The author paints a revealing picture of the inner workings of our government that will make us question what we have been taught about our country. But he also illustrates very clearly that not even the very worst person we can imagine is beyond the grace of God and we see quite clearly just what it means to lay one’s life down for another.