Blood Ransom (Mission Hope Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I liked the book, but I'm sorry to say I just didn't love it. The suspense was there, although more so toward the latter half of the book. I found the story somewhat difficult to get into, though. It could be that I didn't care very much for the characters, as they didn't have much depth to me.
I'd say my biggest struggle with the book was with the portrayal of the characters. I know for sure that Natalie and Chad were Americans, but I'm not certain who else was American. Since the story was set in Africa I had to assume that all the other characters were African, but they seemed very American in all the dialog. I felt like there should've been a better distinction made in the storytelling.
I will say that I appreciate Lisa Harris as a Christian writer who writes a "clean" romance. Some Christian authors just go a bit over the top for me.
I wish to thank Zondervan for providing me with a free copy of the book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Review: This is not your typical fiction book. Lisa's story is based on real situations that exist in the world around us - especially in Africa. I applaud Lisa for being the voice of these hurting people and for making us aware of the horrific conditions and treatment of humans through this compelling story. Gabby is the journalist in this story who feels led to be the voice of this hurting nation and is willing to do the right thing, no matter what it costs. Lisa Harris gives voice to Gabby and her concerns in this startling story.
"Ghost Soldiers" were supposed to be nothing more than rumors--a myth--what if these rumors are true and people are disappearing from their villages because of them? Hundreds and thousands of people have vanished. It's not a rumor or myth, but a reality that Lisa Harris writes about.
Natalie Sinclair exterminates the diseases decimating whole villages. She comes in contact with fifteen year-old Joseph, who has proof the Ghost soldiers are real. Joseph is hurt, so Natalie takes him to see Dr. Chad Talcott, a surgeon on sabbatical from his medical practice where he volunteers in a small clinic. They recognized each other from High School.
Dr. Chad tells her not to get involved; it's best. Natalie takes Joseph back to his village to show her where his family disappeared. Joseph took pictures of people being killed and abducted by the Ghost Soldiers. After seeing proof, Natalie couldn't walk away. This wasn't right; they were selling and using people as slaves.
Natalie tells Dr. Chad of her discovery. Natalie and Chad embark on a mission to get this proof to the American Embassy. That's when the trouble begins. Natalie sends the proof to her journalist friend, Gabby, who says, "It's time we force these businesses and investors to change the despicable working conditions thousands are forced to live under. Nothing will change if they aren't held accountable. They need a voice. It's a heart-wrenching reality in our world, especially when one realizes human trafficking, child slavery and a booming sex industry, are all alive and well right here in the United States."
Lisa pens a heart-felt, thought provoking and compelling drama you won't soon forget. Blood Ransom is book one in the mission series. I'm so thankful to have received a copy of the powerfully moving book. I can't wait to read the next book.
ACFW Book Club Coordinator
I like that the characters in this book are realistic. They react like a normal person would and not like a 'perfect' person. Joseph is the character I was most drawn to because he is so brave for his age. All the characters are very relateable though! I enjoyed the twists and turns that kept me guessing the whole way through and the light romance was an added bonus. I also love that the author shows through the book how God uses us to do His will.
I rate this book 4/5. Good start to a series I intend to read the rest of!
Thank you to Zondervan for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
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