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The Ultimate Test
by Catherine A Schuett   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1591290899 Type: 


Copyright:  Dec 1 2001

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Fueled by guilt and anger Kyle Irons set out to rescue the three lives he betrayed to underworld leader, Antonio Cartillone, Jr. only to find himself trapped along with the others on Cartillone's private tropical island and tortured daily with vicious games created for Cartillone's morbid pleasure.

Facing wild animals, volatile storms, diabolical trainers, and their own personal differences, Kyle and the others learn that their only chance to withstand The Ultimate Test is through the saving faith freely given them through Christ Jesus.

Kyle Irons refused to rest knowing that, by his own hands, the lives of three innocent people lay in the vengeful grip of an underworld leader, Antonio Cartillone Jr. Irons could not allow the same fate to befall their families as had happened to his own.

Fueled by guilt and anger Kyle set out to rescue the three he betrayed to Cartillone. Kyle's quest led him to Cartillone's private tropical island. After a devastating set back, Irons found himself and the others trapped in the middle of Cartillone's own evil plot for retribution.

On the island, Kyle, Matthew Peters, Deborah Miller, and Maria Martinez battled a series of deadly games, created by Cartillone, for his morbid pleasure. Facing wild animals, volatile storms, diabolical trainers and their own personal differences, Kyle and the others learn that their only chance to withstand The Ultimate Test is through the saving faith freely given them through Christ Jesus.

"Over the last six months they became like next of kin. Risking their lives, battling Cartillone, pouring out their purest emotions, sharing more pain, and fear with each other then they had ever done with anyone. No, they were closer to each other than anyone ever could be. Their deep dark secrets, their very souls had been bared and no one dared to judge, laugh or criticize one another. But the thought of losing that bond scared them more then the loss of their own life.

Matt feared for his friends and their lack of faith. He couldn't stand the thought of losing one before they had a chance to fully come to terms with their Lord and Savior. He prayed for patience, guidance, and understanding."

Professional Reviews

An exciting saga of intrigue
Reviewer: Midwest Book Review from Oregon, WI USA

The Ultimate Test is Catherine Schuett's gripping novel of action and suspense, about Kyle Irons' quest to rescue three innocent people, caught up in the deadly machinations of crime boss Antonio Cartillone Jr. Kyle's rescue mission takes him to Cartillone's private tropical island, where he must face the challenge of deadly games for Cartillone's evil pleasure; he and the captives must work together to withstand "the ultimate test" or die. The Ultimate Test is an exciting saga of intrigue and staying just one jump ahead of danger.

Schuett’s storytelling gifts are in top form with The Ultimate Test, a complex, thoughtful and very exciting book—a rousing ride to the end.
You’ll find yourself recommending The Ultimate Test to your friends. Catherine Schuett wastes no time in lighting the fuse and hooking her reader. Her hero, although not perfect, is a true hero and her villain is bad to the bone--her cast of characters shine.
Fueled by guilt, Kyle Irons’ quest is to rescue three seemingly unconnected people kidnapped by underworld boss, Antonio Cartillone, Jr. and brought to his private tropical island. The captives, including Irons, face a series of deadly games for Cartillone’s ghoulish pleasure--games in which they must work through their personal differences in order to survive “the ultimate test” or perish.
Reviewer: Donna E. Bedrick Word Museum Reviews

A Great Mystery to Discover with Riveting Suspense
"4 1/2 Stars!"

Reviewed by Vicki Ashtin

The Ultimate Test begins with an interrogation of a mobster who works for a prevailing organized crime boss himself Antonio Cartillone, Jr. Who from the beginning, you can tell is the top underworld leader of all. As the interrogation continues, we are introduced to three other people who it seems have nothing what so ever to do with this mobster's lifestyle. As the characters unravel, the reader is still in the dark as to why and how these three characters come together. But one thing is for certain, you can't wait for all three to get to the island and see what Mr. Cartillone Jr. has planned for their ultimate test and who has joined them in the final countdown to the finale.

We thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was a great mystery to discover what if anything the three characters had in common and how they would all come together. Ms. Schuett has written a very strong character driven story, with riveting suspense just when you think you have it figured out. Even the ending was satisfying and not rushed to finish. Can't wait for her next novel.

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Reader Reviews for "The Ultimate Test"

Reviewed by Joe Falcone 8/15/2002
I thoroughly enjoyed my reading of The Ultimate Test. It was exciting, fast past and action packed. It took me on many usual twists and turns. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down. But, because of times restraints if you are forced to put it down the relationship that is developed by the author between you and characters causes a longing in you to get back and find out what happens next. Along with the excellent storyline, I feel the strength of the book is the author's ability to develop this relationship between the reader and the characters. They have become a part of me and will probably remain there as long as I can remember. Hopefully, the author will continue possibly in a squeal to reacquaint the reader again with their newfound friends.

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