The powerfully compelling novelization of the major motion picture by Joel and Luke Smallbone of the band for King & Country. James Stevens was, at one time, a good man with a great life. After the tragic death of his wife and losing custody of his little girl, James is at the darkest crossroad of his life. Angry, desperate, and unable to hold down a steady job, he agrees to drive a box truck on a shady, one-time trip cross country for cash—no questions asked. When he discovers what he is delivering is actually a who, the questions in his mind begin haunting him mercilessly. James becomes an unlikely hero who must fight to save the lives of two young women and finds himself falling in love with one of them. Can love, strength, and faith redefine his past and change the course of his future? My review: Although this book is an interesting read that is suspenseful and entertaining, it is also a sober look at the human trafficking issue through fiction, though the story is based on true events. Once I picked up the book and started reading it, I didn't want to put it down and read it in one day, though I had not originally intended to do so.
This book is based on a movie coming out in October and was written by the two brothers that make up the For King and Country music group. I believe this is their first book collaboration, and they did a great job on it. They came up with a great main character who is very flawed and imperfect, but risks everything to do the right thing. My heart broke as I read the book and realized what a realistic picture it is of what is going on in our country and others.
Even though it is obvious the girls in the story are being used for sexual purposes, there is no graphic content or anything that would be objectionable. It isn't an easy read, as it is difficult to read the plight of young women knowing that it really goes on.
I really enjoyed the book, and believe it is a 5 star novel. The writing was very well done, it had great characters, and had a very cool ending.
This is one of those books that shakes you up, and I am hoping that it helps me to do more about human trafficking, though I am not sure what I can do. I highly recommend it....... and the movie looks good also.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
About the authors:
Brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone headline the Grammy Award-winning band For KING & COUNTRY. After their family relocated to Nashville from Sydney, Australia, in 1991, their father worked as a music promoter, so the boys often accompanied him to shows. In their teenage years they sang background vocals for their sister, gospel artist Rebecca St. James. In 2011 they released For KING & COUNTRY: The EP , and in 2012, they released their first full-length album, Crave, and won New Artist of the Year at the 2013 GMA Dove Awards. Their sophomore album, Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong, met and even exceeded expectations with notable sales, sold-out shows, GRAMMY Awards, multiple K-LOVE fan awards, and appearances on major television shows such as Fox & Friends, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Huckabee, and others.
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