At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me.
Days earlier, I’d run across Harris’ name (no relation, by the way) and a mention of her new book someplace on the Web. Intrigued by the title, I searched for more information and found the synopsis on the publisher’s (Zondervan) Web site:
“Natalie Sinclair is working to eradicate the diseases decimating whole villages in the Republic of Dhambizao when she meets Dr. Chad Talcott, a surgeon on sabbatical from a lucrative medical practice now volunteering at a small clinic.Meanwhile, things are unraveling in Dhambizao.
It seemed like a good story.
But I’m not the kind of person who usually goes for Christian romantic suspense set in Africa. So it didn’t pique my interest enough to pre-order it. (Hmm...that sounds an awful lot like a rejection letter, doesn't it?)
Oddly enough, I received an advance-review copy of “Blood Ransom” two days later in the mail at the Daily News.
Whoa! Wasn’t I just looking at this book?
After fighting off the dizzying aura of deja vu, I decided to give the story a whirl. I figured if book was going to pursue me in such a way, I’d better pay attention.
I’m glad I did.
This book kept me up into the wee hours of the morning, hooking me with a heart-hastening prologue, as young Joseph Komboli gets a firsthand glimpse of the legendary Ghost Soldiers and the brutality of which they are capable.
Harris’ descriptive prose and ability to ramp up tension kept me on the line throughout the story. And the suspense reeled me in to the very end – at about 1:15 a.m.
I found the characters – especially Joseph – easy to like, and I routed continuously for the good guys throughout the story.
The author – Lisa Harris – currently lives in Mozambique, Africa, where she works as a missionary, and her clear description of the landscape and culture have inspired me to be more open about reading books with more exotic settings.
The problems I had with the story were small. Although it is a tale of romantic suspense, I never quite felt convinced of the romantic attraction between Chad and Natalie. And I felt a small lull in the story’s pace at the beginning.
But I never once considered putting the story down, and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a non-threatening Christian tale of suspense.
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