From Library Journal
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