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Ordeal Hardcover – May 1, 1997

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Both timely and pointed, this gripping tale easily holds the reader's attention hostage. Sixteen years ago, Wren Cameron was Lissie Montgomery and was living with Jeremiah Hunter, the charismatic leader of a paramilitary survivalist group. When an FBI raid on their camp turned catastrophic, Lissie escaped. In the present, the world of Wren Cameron?the happily married mother of two and a local high school chemistry teacher?is shattered when Hunter kidnaps her and her son, Daniel. Dan, a typically rebellious teen, revels in this new life until, without warning, it descends into a nightmare. Wren finds herself drawing on all her reserves as she seeks to save her family from certain disaster. Mills (Love Me Not, Jove, 1995) heavily researched paramilitary groups before writing this novel, and there is no question which way her sentiments fall. Highly recommended for most public libraries.?Jodi L. Israel, Westwood, Mass.
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For 16 years, Wren Cameron's life revolved around her identity as a high-school chemistry teacher, wife, and mother. But her past comes alive after militia extremist Jeremiah Hunter kidnaps her and her teenage son, Daniel, and takes them to his camp, camouflaged in a rocky, secluded landscape. In the past, Wren excelled at constructing bombs and was also Hunter's lover. As the weeks pass, Daniel falls under Hunter's charismatic personality and takes to wearing a gun. All that Wren can think about is escape. When she does, it's an ordeal in which the terrain, snakes, dehydration, and the spirit of her Cherokee grandmother combine to test--and strengthen--her. Although recaptured, she is even more determined and will go to any means, including combat training, bomb testing, and Hunter's bed, to plot her and Daniel's eventual escape. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes maneuvers of the FBI and descriptions of how her husband and daughter cope with their missing family members add dimension to this suspense novel. Jennifer Henderson
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525942025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525942023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,659,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
In 1980, twenty year old Wren Cameron thinks she owns the world as
she has fallen love with militia leader Jeremiah Hunter. However, a
Federal raid on Hunter' Louisiana campsite ends their relationship in
bloodshed. Wren flees into the night, a fugitive on the lam. Jeremiah
goes to prison.
......Sixteen years later, Wren is the happily married mother of two
children. She teaches chemistry in the local Texas high school and her
violent past is just a nightmare that she prefers to forget. This is
one bad dream she will not be allowed to forget. They do come back as
Jeremiah is released from jail has returned into her life. He needs her
help to enact his revenge on the Federal government. He kidnaps her and
her fifteen year old son, threatening to kill the lad if Wren fails to
build him an explosive device to blow up the Federal Building in a
large Texas city. Wren must find a way to stop her former lover
without it costing her the life of her son. Even if she saves the
lives of the Federal workers and her son, she still has to keep her son
from falling any deeper under the influence of the charismatic Hunter.
......The story line is rocket ship fast and the characters are all
superbly written. Readers will not suffer from any ORDEAL if they read
Deanie Francis Mills' tale of militia terrorism which could just as
easily have been Oklahoma City just prior to the attack. More novels
like this one will leave Ms. Mills as one of the recognized leaders in
scribing thrillers.

......Harriet Klausner
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Very few books start off as fast as Deanie Francis Mills' "Ordeal." While most stories will try to develop characters before anything thrilling happens, Mills starts the excitement from the very beginning, developing both the characters and the plot simultaneously without losing the reader's interest in either.
The characters are well drawn out and fully developed. The plot is realistic and intense. The writing is practically flawless, save for a few repetitive phrases.
This book is hard to put down and highly recommended.
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