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Classic Tale Spun into Modern-Day Thriller

by Joy Donovan on April 2, 2010

By Bo Carter, BNI – Plano, Texas

Samson…Delilah…Hair….Strength…Tragedy…Good Overcomes Evil.

Millions of Christians and Biblical scholars know the classic story from Judges chapters 13-16, but few (except for a possible off-Broadway musical attempted in recent years) have attempted modern-day adaptations of the Hebrew hero of the Bible and righteousness winning in the end.

Author Tony Eldridge has taken the classic story of Samson and incorporated it into a 21st Century thriller – especially in light of multiple conflicts in the Middle East – with his upcoming book “The Samson Effect.”

The recently published edition already has drawn solid support for its content and suspense premises from such authors as Clive Cussler, western suspense writer Bobby Woodall and spiritual adviser Edwin Crozier.

And it isn’t as if Tony Eldridge does not have an ample scriptural and imaginative background for the new tome, which has reached final manuscript form..

The Forney, Texas-based writer has years of Biblical training and graduated from the University of North Alabama – a school noted for its history and religion professors – in 1993. He easily separates fiction from Biblical facts in this thriller, which pits Biblical scholars against Middle Eastern terrorists.

“I am content to believe the scriptures and my personal beliefs on how the things I write about actually occurred are vastly different from the fiction I crafted,” Eldridge said in a recent interview.

Without giving away the entire plot, the ensuing battles for the secret to Samson’s strength entails world-wide intrigue and the classic Good vs. Evil circumstances that hold the balance of world peace and power in the final outcome.

Eldridge, who lives in Forney with his wife Emily and young twin sons, Connor and Landon, is one of a growing number of celebrated authors from the eastern end of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

“I’ve been a minister for a long time,” he noted, “and did not want to overtly contradict Biblical text just to make my story line fit.”

Something tells the prospective reader of “The Samson Effect” will be in for more than treacherous hair-cutting, chaining and the ultimate “tearing down the temple.” This 21st Century exploration of Samson’s secret of strength contains fictional backgrounds and maincurrents (in the current age of cellphones, email, CNN, and instantaneous communication) that will cause more hair pulling and nail biting than may be allowable legally for the intrepid reader. Movie rights are in the negotiations’ stages for the thriller, and religion mystery fans may stay tuned to developments via the book’s website in the following paragraph.

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