I finished reading Mitchell Fix’s book, Blame it on Adam on Tuesday. Let me just say that this book was as good as, if not better, than any Vince Flynn novel or Clancy novel that I have read. You know that Vince Flynn is my favorite author, and Mitchell’s book was better than anything Flynn has written to date.
What makes it better is that Mitchell writes from a Christian world view. The premise of most novels by Flynn, Clancy and many others, is that man is basically good and we just need to do the right thing. That is not a fundamental view that I believe is true in life. Man is not basically good. Remember that Jesus said that there is no one good except God alone (so take it up with Him if you disagree.) We know that there is goodness in the world, but that is because of God’s hand is moving, not something found in man. We see God’s hand moving in the story of this novel. And the title is based upon this premise that man is fallen, and this is why we see so much wickedness in the world.
BUT, THIS NOVEL IS NOT PREACHY. He is not writing to be preachy at all. The main characters are Christian, and they believe in turning to God in the midst of a the crisis, not to their own abilities. They do not preach to us, but live the Christian life in front of us. This book is a novel, after all, not a theological tome.
Mitchell does a wonderful job of telling the story of Martin Dorst, a man born with giantism, who is gifted in mathematics and filled with grace. He is a man that has to learn to humbly accept his place because even though he is gifted with a great mind, he is cursed with ugliness. He is ugly, so much so that people remark that he is just basically hard to look at.
And through Martin, God brings into the world twin brothers who are separated at birth: Bach and Miles. One becomes a pilot, the other a CIA agent. Their lives are intertwined, but they never meet, and both work to foil the plot of terrorists.
As we read about both, Mitchell does an excellent job in taking us through emotional roller coaster of terrorists attacking our neighbors, and then returning us to joy-filled moments through the relationships that Bach and Miles develop. Both men have a love of tennis. Both have strong relationships with the Lord, and both find the loves of their lives while seeking to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
For Miles this means learning to be a pilot and becoming one of the best pilots for the fictional airline, New England Airlines. He helps his dad with a homeless shelter and there, develops a great relationship with one of the homeless boys by teaching him the game of tennis. It is also through the shelter that he meets the love of his life, Amelie, a former pro-tennis player, turned social worker.
For Bach, doing his best means working for the CIA. He was nothing more than a grain counter until September 11 when he loses both his adopted parents and almost his own life in the attack. From that point on, he plunges deep into the world of Islamic terrorists, working towards thwarting their plots against the United States.
In the midst of all of it, they seek to lives their lives as Christians are called to live. Both are in the positions to become womanizers, but don’t do so. They treat women with respect and their girlfriends with the dignity that many are unaccustomed to. Because of their attitudes towards other people, we are able to grow fond of both brothers and know that both will do the right thing when the time comes.
The book is a page burner, to use the cliché. I didn’t want to put it down until I finished and it has as many plots twists as a season of 24. Therefore, I recommend that all of you who read this, read the book as well. It is a fun and exciting read.