A thrilling debut from Bain, but not a favorite.
Bain expertly writes a suspenseful story, set primarily in Israel, reminding me of Joel Rosenburg's books. His writing voice clearly comes through and his characters are well formed. That all being said, I honestly had a really hard time getting into the book. There are so many characters to keep up with and many plot threads to follow that I put the book down multiple times.
I congratulate Bain for eventually drawing all the threads together and telling a great story, however, I was confused or bored through all of its five-hundred plus pages. Sadly, I cannot in good conscious recommend this book. There is an almost rape scene in disgusting detail, pages and pages of violence, and language pops up more than ten times.
I received this book from Sidedoor Communications in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thank you.
Three weeks before
officially reporting for duty at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Addison
Deverell arrives in Israel determined to find an answer to a question
buried for nearly four thousand years.
Bound to an escort by the
embassy, he is unable to begin his search as time is running out. Mere
days before he must report for duty, Addison is freed from his forced
escort, Hafiz IbnMansur, as a female escort, Elizabeth Daniels, takes
Addison issues an ultimatum to Elizabeth that he must
go into Palestinian territory for answers he can’t find in Israel. But,
as Addison races to uncover a long buried truth that promises to
establish a career, he faces peril from those he seeks to understand and
finds himself a pawn in an international plot to drive Israel’s Jews
into the sea.
Nearly seven thousand miles away in Oregon, Dr.
Janelle Henning confronts a past that threatens to destroy the only
family she’s ever known. A search for understanding thrusts her into a
foreign world long buried to confront a birthright hidden by the passage
of time. With no place—or no one—to turn to, Janelle tries to put the
pieces of her life back together.
An ill-boding call shreds the
little of Janelle’s world that is left, compelling her to leave her home
and fly to Israel in search of Addison. But terrorists stand in
Janelle’s way of reaching him, the one person that might unlock hidden
identities in a relationship that has spanned a lifetime. But will
Addison live, or will death, the master of all, once again keep its