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  • Bumpy ride with intrigue, danger and God

    This was in intriguing read. Mack was a Pastor who, after the murder of his wife, went back to being a long-haul trucker. Throughout the many incidents, danger, near-death, that he experienced from Pampa to Chicago, he helped spread the news about God and found his own way back to God. With the help of a Texas Ranger, an FBI agent, a diner waitress, an ex-con hitchhiker, and his boss, he worked to solve a conspiracy of terrorism. There were moments that the story dragged a bit, and there were moments that I had tears in my eyes. I kept turning pages to see where this would go, and I enjoyed that journey along with Mack. I received a copy of this story through CBR Services, and this is my unsolicited review.

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  • I want to read more from this writer

    Excellent read, being a truck driver, I was held hostage waiting for what would happen next! Honestly can't wait for the next episode. Keep them coming my fellow driver and teacher.

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  • Literary Titan

    All Mack wants to do is deliver a truckload of swinging meat to Chicago and forget about his troubles. After the tragic death of his wife, he hands over his ministry to a junior preacher and returns to his first job as a truck driver. But things take a dangerous turn his first time back on the road. Someone is hell-bent on ensuring Mack doesn’t make it to Chicago in one piece. His adventure is further complicated when he picks up a mysterious hitchhiker. To make matters worse, he appears to be caught in the middle of some agribusiness hanky-panky involving top government officials and an imprisoned crime boss. Rough Way to the High Way is Kelly Mack McCoy’s first novel, and I could hardly tell. McCoy writes with poise and fluency that pulls you in and keeps you captivated. This Christian fiction novel takes you on a journey along the highways while looking through the lens of a preacher-turned-trucker. McCoy’s delightful mix of colorful, humorous conversations, light-hearted banter and a twist laden plot did an excellent job of keeping me engaged. Not to mention that there was this mysterious hitchhiker that kept me guessing about his actual identity all through the story. McCoy also provides a rich reading experience with his choice of words and how he strings them together. The man genuinely has a way with words. This is visible in how he describes metaphysical scenarios using figures of speech and analogies that bring those elements to life and turn them into vivid images. I also loved how he offered faith-based insights, enlightening stories (I was very touched by Horatio Spafford’s story) and philosophical toppings. The author zooms in on several issues, with one being the pain of losing a loved one. He shows that after such tragedy, our strongest anchors, including our faith, can be jolted by the tremors of grief and despair. McCoy also reminds us of the possibility of learning life lessons from the unlikeliest of sources. Rough Way to the High Way is definitely one for your virtual and physical bookshelves if you are a fan of thought-provoking and exciting Christian fiction.

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  • Brilliant story

    Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite In Rough Way to the High Way by Kelly Mack McCoy, former pastor Mack is on his way from Tampa to Chicago in his newfound career as a truck driver, whilst also still grieving for his late wife, when he stops to pick up a hitchhiker named Rocky. Even though Rocky is standing under a sign warning drivers against stopping for hitchhikers, he later discovers Rocky has recently been released from the county jail. Although Mack is no longer in the ministry, he listens to the guidance of God and believes this is the right thing to do. Soon events take a drastic turn when Mack's truck is broken into and he becomes embroiled in a world of smuggling, corruption at the highest level, and organized crime. Mack uncovers information that may also plunge the cause of his wife's death into question. As justice is sought with the help of the FBI and a Texas Ranger, Mack realizes his life mission may have found a new path. Within the first paragraph of this exceptional novel, I was hooked. The narrative relays Mack's personality, situation, and emotions perfectly. The tension and excitement are interspersed with incredible plot twists and shocking revelations. I adored the endearing conversations Mack had with his late wife. The relationship he shared with Barb from the diner was also exquisitely developed as the storyline progressed. There were so many layers to this plot that were slowly peeled away to expose so much corruption, cold-hearted deeds, and how far some people will go to achieve their own selfish ends. I loved the life lessons throughout too, especially around judging others because of their appearance. The ending was profound and the final line by Mack regarding it is not where you have been but where you are going was brilliant. Rough Way to the High Way by Kelly Mack McCoy is highly recommended.

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  • Insightful moments

    Reviewed by Grace Masso for Readers' Favorite Rough Way to the High Way by Kelly Mack McCoy is an inspirational novel that explores the workings of God’s grace in the ordinary and troubled life of a former pastor as he deals with an unbearable loss. After the murder of his wife, Georgia, Mack’s life as a pastor is upended, so he sells everything and buys a new Peterbilt truck. He leaves behind everything, even disconnecting from most people he has known in life, and sets out on the road trucking — a profession he enjoyed decades ago. Along the highway, as he leaves his town of Pampa behind and compelled by an inner voice, he picks a hitchhiker just where a sign says: Do Not Pickup Hitchhikers. Along the way, he encounters different characters, both good and bad, runs into trouble with police officers, deals with smugglers and a killer. While he has left behind his vocation and hometown, God has not left him as He provides tools for a new mission and opens Mack’s eyes to new ways of serving Him. I loved this novel and the author’s unique gift for writing characters that are interesting and real. From the waitress Barb to the cops, Pipe Cleaner, and Round Face, to Agent Red Face, Mr. Tobacco, Rocky, Blondie, and Dr. Hashim, the author creates characters with a strong role in the story. They are humanly relatable and fleshed out. The quirkiness in the naming of characters is an element of the story that I liked. The story is filled with twists and turns, and the author develops plot points that are unexpected. Barb is one of my favorite characters; she is self-effacing, yet interesting in the way she opens Mack’s eyes to the real world. Rough Way to the High Way is cleverly plotted and written in exceptionally good prose. The story is filled with insightful moments and drama while offering strong spiritual lessons.

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