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Product Details

  • Series: Red Returning Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (December 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825425743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825425745
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“When reading Sue Duffy’s books, one learns to expect the unexpected.” (Christian Book Previews 2010-12-30)

About the Author

Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer for publications such as Moody Magazine, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader, and the author of the Red Returning trilogy, Mortal Wounds, and Fatal Loyalty. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association and the former editor of metropolitan and inspirational magazines. Sue and her husband, Mike, live in Columbia, South Carolina. Visit her at www.sueduffybooks.com.


More About the Author

Suspense novelist Sue Duffy says, "It's thrilling to me to enter the world of those on the run, whose senses must sizzle on high alert, pitting their wits against the enemy's to survive." With a journalism degree from the University of Florida, she wrote for ad agencies, newspapers, and magazines before penning her first novel, "Mortal Wounds." Her second, "Fatal Loyalty," was a 2010 finalist for Foreword Review's Book of the Year Award. Her third novel, "The Sound of Red Returning," launches a trilogy about the Russian threat and a young pianist who stumbles into the web of global terrorism. The author also is an avid boater, tennis player, golfer, and pianist.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend Sue Duffy's books The Sound of Red Returning for any fiction reader!
J. Cole
Duffy has done a fantastic job combining mystery and suspense with political tensions as well as love and betrayal.
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There were lots of plot twists and turns that kept me involved in every page of the book.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Sound of Red Returning takes on a very interesting angle to the war--15 years after it ended. Liesl's harrowing adventures come back to haunt her when she suddenly becomes a target of former KGB agents and the CIA. Pretty cool opening to this story, isn't it?

Liesl seemed a bit extreme at times, but besides that, she was a likeable character that is sure to intrigue the readers. I liked Cade right off! And Ian, his grandfather. The camaraderie the two of them had was so humorous, it really added to the story.

The Sound of Red Returning opens with Liesl seeing the man who murdered a close friend in the audience during a performance. And from there on, things keep moving. There is one mention of a wife cheating on a husband--he catches them in the act--but not too much detail is given.

The mystery/suspense was a bit confusing at times and, honestly, I was lost in a few places. But I kept pushing ahead and it all came to a very satisfying conclusion. There was suspense, a bit of mystery, and a journey of healing hurts and redemption.

I reviewed this book for OakTara via Litfuse. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Petrino-Salter on April 25, 2012
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Liesl Bower is a headstrong, self-absorbed, world-reknowned concert pianist who's used to shutting people out of her life. With a scarred family history, the young woman has tried to forget her Harvard mentor's murder and the CIA's disclosure of his traitorious relationship with the Russians. When those investigating decided Liesl knew nothing of his spying, she continued her life of esteemed status and performances. However, one night in the audience a familiar face resurrects the terror of that murder and sets the course for a new wave of CIA interest in her life and mandatory protection.

Ava, the gruff but patient 50ish woman assigned to guard Liesl, enforces all the things that must happen to keep Liesl safe in spite of Liesl's incessant whining and complaining. The US government figures out that Liesl must unknowingly be in possession of something her mentor passed along to her, something the Russians need to recover in order to accomplish something horrific. Unable to disclose the severity of what they know, Ava must implore Liesl to cooperate while avoiding her home in Georgetown, which has been ransacked, to investigate her childhood home in Charleston where her grandmother Lottie now resides in a nursing home fading in and out of lucidity.

Charleston proves interesting when the renters of the basement apartment in Liesl's home end up accompanying Liesl, Ava, and another agent to the hopefully secret dwelling of an additional home in Liesl's family history. From there this group continues to search for this critical item while being pursued.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Vawter on February 10, 2012
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I'm always up to reading a good spy novel, so when I saw the invitation to review The Sound of Red Returning, I jumped at the chance. (Thanks to Litfuse for the free copy of the book in exchange for the review.) The fact that Liesl is also a pianist made me connect with her before I started reading. What a unique premise as to how her piano mentor/double agent passed information! The characters are well developed; the plot moves along, leaving me breathless at times. And I love the spiritual thread that moves through the story as well. Sue Duffy has done a masterful job at spinning a spy thriller that holds the reader's attention through the last page. I highly recommend The Sound of Red Returning, and I will be looking for more books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pirate2240 on April 24, 2012
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Liesl Bower is now the center of attention. Not that she didn't want this attention but those that are looking for her want something more than her ability to play the piano as a prodigy! She learns she has been given a gift by her beloved mentor, Schell Devoe, a prominent Harvard music professor who was murdered in his own home. What he gave Liesl was some sheets of music, in which she didn't think anything about it, until unexpected people began following her.

She later learns that Schell Devoe was a double agent for both the US and Russia and in his final moments passed off some music to her that everyone wants that has been secretly coded in some fashion and people will stop at nothing to ensure she gets it. Now the stakes are high when Russia has sent some agents to locate Liesl, retrieve the music and leave no lasting witnesses.

I received The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy, the first book in the Red Returning series compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. While this book was a bit of a slow start for me, I found it began to pick up by about the 5th chapter. For those fans of stories of espionage and suspense, then this will be a must read for you. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Brown on April 12, 2012
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It's been fifteen years since famed pianist Liesl Bower saw her beloved Hrvard mentor gunned down, since the CIA disclosed his double life as a Russian spy. She was interrogated and released, with no incriminating evidence against her. But now, something has happened to set Russian and CIA agents on her heels. New intelligence suggests that Liesl possesses a coded message critical to a resurgence of Soviet power.

As global tensions mount, the Russians are in a frenzy to find the codee before the Americans. Standing in their way, though, is the young pianist fromt he tidal creeks and sescret-shrouded lanes of Charleston, South Carolina. As Liesl outruns the tip of the Russian spear, she must reckon with the wounds of her past, the love of a man she never thought could be hers, and the prevailing power of God.

In the final hour, on a world stage, Liesl must deliver a message of her own.

My Take:

Combine the romantic intrigue of Russian and American spies, the beauty of piano music, a lovely and withdrawn young woman, and men of varying importance, and you have a captivating book you can't put down!

Ava Mullens, FBI agent and Liesl's protector, Max Morozov, fellow musican, a close friend, and a Israelee who endured his own father-son problems for years, Ben Hafner, assistant to the United States president for domestic policy, all play an important part of the story structure.

Though Liesl is from South Carolina, Duffy gives us a glimpse into other portions of the world. Islands near Italy, Washington D.C. and Moscow enter into the story picture in small mentions, but important tidbits that flavor the settings of the novel. Spies are galore! Nowhere the protagonists run can they escape from them.
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