Monday, June 2, 2014

Deeper Than Red by Sue Duffy

This novel is the third in the series but there is enough background material cleverly woven into this narrative that it can easily be read on its own.

The plot involves the stories of two people. A new character to the series is Tally, a twenty year old who is trying to free her mother from the grasp of a seductive cult. She doesn't realize that there is something brewing in the evil community that will threaten the fate of the world.

Returning is concert pianist Liesl. Having recently foiled a rogue Russian plot to attack the U.S., she is now preparing for a world concert tour with her dear friend and violinist, Max. She thinks she is safe because the man who tried to kill her is dead.

We find that the danger is still very present, however, when the Russian President is assassinated. A mad man is setting into motion his plans to destroy Washington. Even though the CIA and a former KGB agent try to protect Liesl, this time they may be too late.

This is a great conclusion to the trilogy. There are plenty of spies and lots of action. There is one who wants to take over Russia and return it to its glory. There is another who hates the U.S. president and wants to see him dead. There is yet another who runs a diabolic cult, using it as a cover for deadly efforts.

The characters are well crafted. I loved Ian and Henry. Who says senior citizens can't help save the world from a Russian menace? They were great and added a little comic relief.

Also part of this novel is the theme of forgiveness and healing after such a devastating event as the Holocaust.

All around, it is an exciting novel. If you like novels about international espionage, you'll like this one.

Sue Duffy is an award-winning author for Christian publications and is the author of several previous novels. She and her husband live in Columbia, South Carolina. Find out more at www.sueduffy.com.

Kregel Publication, 288 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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