Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Blood Ransom
Zondervan (April 1, 2010)

Lisa Harris


Award-winning author Lisa Harris has been writing both fiction and nonfiction since 2000 and has more than fifteen novels and novellas in print. She currently lives with her family in Mozambique, Africa, where they work as missionaries.

From Lisa:

Have you ever noticed how God often uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things? In writing Blood Ransom, I wanted my heroes and heroines to be ordinary people, faced with extraordinary circumstances. Chad and Natalie’s lives were changed not only through the challenges they faced, but also through their reliance on God. And when they set off on their journey to the capital to save Joseph’s family, they never imagined that God would call them to a task that was beyond the scope of their own power.

But while this story is fictional, the issue of a modern day slave trade is very real. It is estimated that there are currently more than 27 million slaves on the world today from Africa, to Eastern Europe … to the United States of America. The fact is, we don’t have to travel around the world to see people hurting and exploited. They’re real people we pass every day, living in our neighborhoods, and attending our churches and schools. They’re empty and broken, searching for freedom and hope in an often hopeless world.


Natalie Sinclair is working to eradicate the diseases decimating whole villages in the Republic of Dhambizao when she meets Dr. Chad Talcott, a surgeon on sabbatical from a lucrative medical practice now volunteering at a small clinic.

Meanwhile, things are unraveling in Dhambizao. Joseph Komboli returns to his village to discover rebel soldiers abducting his family and friends. Those that were too old or weak to work lay motionless in the African soil. When Chad and Natalie decide to help Joseph expose this modern-day slave trade---and a high-ranking political figure involved in it---disaster nips at their heels.

Where is God in the chaos? Will Chad, Natalie, and Joseph win their race against time?

Romance and adventure drive Blood Ransom, by Lisa Harris, a powerful thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of Blood Ransom, go HERE.

My review:

Lisa Harris was a new author to me. She has written other books, but this was the first one I have read by her, and I liked it. The book is suspense, and is set in Africa. The plot of the book is about the modern day slave trade there, and the main characters are trying to uncover the truth about it, which has them running for their lives.

The author is a missionary in Africa, which made the book all the more interesting to me. I assume she would know what she is talking about with the political situation there and geography. I enjoy reading books that are set in a different location like that, and not only enjoyed the story/plot, but also enjoyed learning more about Africa through a Christian novel.

In addition to the enjoyable and interesting plot, I liked the characters, and found myself pulled into their story, eager to see how the book would turn out. A recommended read.

Thanks to Zondervan for the review copy.


Lisa Harris said...

Hi Mark! I always love hearing readers opinions, and am thrilled you enjoyed Blood Ransom. This book was definitely one of those books of my heart. Blessings, Lisa