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The Sound of Red Returning: A Novel (Red Returning Trilogy) Paperback – December 9, 2011
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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 was 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.
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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.
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.
If you have a hard time warming up to a headstrong woman who can't seem to grasp the seriousness of the CIA's involvement in her life, in spite of having a personal aide to the president as a close friend, then you might have a hard time with Liesl - as I did. In this day and age it strikes me as somewhat unbelievable that a pianist could possibly think under these circumstances she can take of herself.
The romance in this novel is slow-brewed with the initial resistance and barriers but comes to a logical - and expected - conclusion.
If you're picky about the use of adverbs, Sue's writing might get in your way. The faith aspects of the story build and use the independent and often petulant behavior and attitudes of Liesl as a springboard for themes of healing and forgiveness.
The two twists at the end give both a restorative touch and an interesting conclusion to the story. The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy meshes espionage, the threat of terrorism, the damages of torn apart families, courage, and relationship building and restoration.
Liesl Bower is not your everyday person. No, she's more than that. She's someone who holds the interest of the Russians. Why? Well, she's a pianist and she has something the Russians want before the CIA finds it. The roller coaster ride you take with Liesl and her passion for music, is stunning. When Liesl finds out secrets about her past and her musical mentor, the book takes the reader on a whole new politically dramatic ride.
With characters like Liesl and Cade, messages of second chances, right vs. wrong, and intriguing political suspense, this book becomes a movie for the reader. Each event unfolds perfectly and becomes life. Each character, each emotion, each twist will grip you like a vice!
This is a 5 Book worthy start to an incredibly addictive new series. I'm hooked on the Red Returning trilogy and this is just book 1! I can't wait until book 2 releases and I can dive back into the intensity of suspense. Ms. Duffy definitely is high on my recommended authors list and this book is one that I will be sharing with EVERYONE who wants that gripping, twisting novel that will be over before you know it...I know because I had it read in 2 days! It's THAT good! Great job, Ms. Duffy!
This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*