Some suspense and mystery, quite a lot of romance, and some drama. The story deals with fear, gangs, greed, following God's will, and trusting God. AsSome suspense and mystery, quite a lot of romance, and some drama. The story deals with fear, gangs, greed, following God's will, and trusting God. As a side-point, I sincerely doubt the women building the wall of Nehemiah's day (which inspired this story) were in a position of control/leadership, so that side of it bugged me a bit, but I'm also used to it in modern stories....more
I'm not sure entirely how realistic this story is, but it is exciting and moving, and I appreciate the author sharing from her heart. I especially likI'm not sure entirely how realistic this story is, but it is exciting and moving, and I appreciate the author sharing from her heart. I especially like the part when Emily was in jail, recalling Joseph's imprisonment. I read it all in one evening (staying up till 1:20 to finish it), so yes, I really liked it. There is action, and a few violent moments, but nothing too horrifically spelled out....more
Jules (Juliet) is a blogger who has never recovered from the pain of losing her husband. She struggles with life and death issues and with trusting inJules (Juliet) is a blogger who has never recovered from the pain of losing her husband. She struggles with life and death issues and with trusting in God, though she knows her husband did.
There is a cop who wants to help, feeling he has failed her and her husband. When she goes missing, he tries his hardest to follow any clues, even to the point of possibly losing his own job.
I thought I would only read a third of this book or so the first day, but ended up finishing it all! It soon captured my interest, and though it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be, it was fascinating.
There were twists, well-written characters, and a few good lessons, but it wasn't exactly a joyful read. (I know: what do I expect from this sort of book?)
Here's a good quote that partly sums up the lessons in the book: '"Most people believe we need each other to fill our lives with abundance and blessing. We believe we need people to show us all the good in ourselves. But I don't believe that's the case. We need people, Juliet, to show us our selfishness, to extract the ugliness that reveals itself in our hearts."'
I'm not sure the author believes in total depravity, but it comes close, which is better than most books these days.
The ending was a tense, riveting ride, with a few gruesome details, but nothing most people couldn't handle.
Overall a good, maybe very good novel, but not a particular favorite of mine, just because of the sadness and confusion of the main characters....more
Though I am against divorce (at least in most cases) and women being in the military, this book was quite an adventure. It opened my eyes to some of tThough I am against divorce (at least in most cases) and women being in the military, this book was quite an adventure. It opened my eyes to some of the horror in other parts of the world, and I could sympathize with most of the characters in one way or another. None of the main characters were Christian, however, so that was a bit disappointing. Bekah had some sort of peace come upon her later-on in the book, but the gospel message was not there. If you're looking for an exciting military read that is clean (though violent), then this book may be something to try, but if you're looking for a strong Christian story, this is not it....more
This is the third book in a series. It was very hard to put down once begun. The story is written in snippets from characters ranging from the wickedThis is the third book in a series. It was very hard to put down once begun. The story is written in snippets from characters ranging from the wicked rulers to the CIA agents to the girl back home, and each section had something interesting to offer. Sometimes it was a bit annoying to change scenes in the middle of something exciting, but the each new scene would make up for it. I read it in two days (took a break for a few days partly out of necessity--and I admit I wanted to see if I could beat my record of reading the last Rosenberg book in three days). I don't know if I agree with everything, mostly the Holy Spirit speaking to people, almost as if audibly, but then again I have relatives who have gotten strong impressions of things from God (not voices), which I believe is in keeping with what Scriptures say. There was quite a lot of violence and darkness and that was a bit taxing and depressing at times. However, it did make me want to study the Bible more on the subject of eschatology, and to want to witness more to people, and there were hopeful notes throughout the story, as well....more
This was a riveting read, as I've come to expect from this author. She does a good job of making people aware of the dangers of posting too much infoThis was a riveting read, as I've come to expect from this author. She does a good job of making people aware of the dangers of posting too much info online, as well as delivering a good story and things to think about in regards of how God can use suffering for good. A bit violent and scary, but that's as should be on such a subject. Nothing explicit about the rapes are given, however. Only one kiss is mentioned, and not in a forced-upon-the-girl way, but before marriage. That's one of the only negatives about this book, in my mind (most would think me a prude in that area), though there are a few other things I wondered about, such as the Christianity of the characters. They questioned, doubted (not too surprising under the circumstances), and eventually winded up trusting God again. I'm glad they did, but how they changed perhaps wasn't stated as clearly as it could have been....more
An exciting book, but not quite as much as the first, perhaps. There were some good twists, and some interesting history. Somehow it didn't thrill meAn exciting book, but not quite as much as the first, perhaps. There were some good twists, and some interesting history. Somehow it didn't thrill me overall, perhaps because I didn't feel the pain and heart of the characters so much, and perhaps because one of the main characters was Communist. I enjoyed learning about various history and art, though....more
David Shirazi is on a big mission for the CIA--To enter Iran once again, find information on the nuclear weapons the Iranians are building, and stop aDavid Shirazi is on a big mission for the CIA--To enter Iran once again, find information on the nuclear weapons the Iranians are building, and stop a possible war.
This novel continues where the previous one, The Twelfth Imam, leaves off, yet it would be understandable even without reading the prequel, as a segment of the previous novel is included, and various recaps are offered throughout the book. However, reading the prequel does offer further character development.
I read this book in three days, which is probably a record for me with a book this big. There were parts of the book that were a little more tedious and boring for me (political speeches, etc.), but most of the time it was hard to put down. There is some violence and torture, so if you are squeamish, or don't believe in such things, you might not like this.
I like that this book is based on some truth, and that it inspires us to speak out for the faith and be concerned for the souls of others.
There are a few things I didn't like, such as the appearance of Jesus, though at least His words were in keeping with the Bible (basically direct quotes). I don't believe Jesus will come to earth again until after the tribulation (and in the air before the tribulation). I also wondered at the use of deception/lies in some cases, though the characters were admittedly sorry to have to deceive their family/friends. During wartime/espionage, I think I can go along with deceiving, which is what was usually the case in this story.
All in all, I enjoyed the book. It made me think more about the world around me, not just my little corner of the world, and the possible future. I look forward to the sequel.
I was given a complimentary copy by Tyndale Publishers, and I have given my honest review....more
This was a pretty suspenseful book, especially toward the end. There were some terms and such that I wasn't familiar with, but I liked his style of deThis was a pretty suspenseful book, especially toward the end. There were some terms and such that I wasn't familiar with, but I liked his style of description, which was more gritty and unique than some. Some romance, but that wasn't exactly the focus of the book. It didn't have a huge moral lesson, except perhaps the one of the love of money being the root of all evil. The characters themselves didn't say or think too much about God, however, which was a bit disappointing....more