Thursday, August 16, 2018

Out of North Korea by Alana Terry Blog Tour and Giveaway

About the Book

Book Title: Out of North Korea  
Author: Alana Terry  
Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense  
Release date: June 25, 2018

A single photograph could cost his life …
Ian McAllister has searched the world over, hunting for that all-elusive perfect photograph.
He finds it on a tourist trip to North Korea when he stumbles upon a young street kid foraging for roots.
Unaware that this single act will brand him a spy and cost his freedom, Ian takes the shot.
Now he must pay the penalty.
A true-to-life novel about an American imprisoned behind North Korea’s closed borders.
A gripping tale of courage, faith, and hope from award-winning Christian novelist Alana Terry.

Click here to purchase your copy.

My Review

Terry has given readers a character driven short novel concentrating on the thoughts of an atheist in a difficult situation. There is essentially no suspenseful action. The major content of the narrative is not so much what is happening but what Ian is thinking about his experiences.

There are a few interesting issues contained in the story. One is what happens when an American tries to be a smart aleck in a foreign country. Sarcasm does not work well in such situations and only leads to more trouble. Right along with that is Americans doing dumb things in foreign countries. We might think it harmless but our actions might be causing others great distress.

The most interesting issue for me was that of social justice. Ian, the atheist, contemplates American Christians wearing clothes made in slave shops, thinking nothing of it. Or Christians who are so concerned about their own children remaining sexually pure while ignoring the horrible sex trade.

Most of the books I have read by Terry were full of action. This one is different in that it is mostly Ian's thoughts. I do recommend it to readers who would like narratives consisting mostly of musings. There is a clear presentation of the gospel included.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Have you seen in the news that the leaders of North and South Korea have both publicly stated their willingness to promote peace on the Korean peninsula? It was certainly a historic moment, and this part of the world has earned its place in global headlines.
My interest in North Korea, however, goes back over a decade, when as a young mother I received a prayer burden for the people of North Korea. Fast-forward to five years ago when my debut novel was released. The Beloved Daughter follows the life of a young girl who is sent to prison camp because of her father’s Christian faith. In addition to winning several awards, The Beloved Daughter gave an expression to my prayer burden to see North Korea free to worship the one true God.
Out of North Korea is unique among my other titles because it’s the first story that focuses on an American in North Korea. Ian McAllister is captured and held in a Pyongyang prison because of a photograph he took of a young homeless boy. I hope the message leaves you as inspired and encouraged as I was when I was writing it.

Blog Stops

All of a kind MomAugust 16
Multifarious, August 17
Mary HakeAugust 17
Bibliophile ReviewsAugust 18
Genesis 5020August 20
Purposeful LearningAugust 20
Blogging With CarolAugust 22
Maureen’s MusingsAugust 23
Carpe DiemAugust 24
Texas Book-aholicAugust 26
A Reader’s BrainAugust 27
Henry HappensAugust 29
BigreadersiteAugust 29


To celebrate her tour, Alana is giving away a grand prize of a $30 Amazon gift card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

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