Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fast-paced, suspenseful, and romantic! -- The Sound of Red Returning

Russian spies, CIA agents, world-renowned musicians, charter boat operators -- Washington, DC; New York City; the Kremlin; Charleston, South Carolina -- just some of the characters and locales in Sue Duffy's page turner, The Sound of Red Returning.  To use a well-worn cliche, she "had me" at page one and never lost me up to the very end.  Intrigue, suspense, danger, and romance all came together into a well-crafted story that was hard to put down.

Liesl Bower, a world class pianist, is in danger because of her connection to events that happened fifteen years ago when she witnessed the murder of her mentor and friend.  She fights against unwanted protection until she realizes she has no choice but to give in.  When she tries to find a safe refuge in her hometown, strangers are brought into the web of trouble . . . and romance grows alongside the danger.  Only as Liesl begins to open her heart to the love of a man and to the love of God can she begin to heal from a hurtful past and learn the peace that comes from surrender and forgiveness. 

There were lots of plot twists and turns that kept me involved in every page of the book.  Sue did a masterful job of keeping the story flowing in the present, while visiting past events to fill in the important details.  And near the end, when . . . well, I can't tell you what happens, but I was caught off-guard by that twist!  You'll just have to read this great book for yourself to see what happens.  And I was excited to know that this is Book 1 -- anxious for Book 2 and more to come.

This book was provided free of charge by Litfuse Group for my honest review.

About the book:

After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man--that eerie face--the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back--and coming for her.

On the run and struggling to rely on the protection of CIA agent Ava Mullins and handsome newspaper reporter Cade O’Brien, Liesl learns she is the prey of an underground cell of Russian KGB agents determined to restore their country to its former Soviet might. But what she doesn’t know is that she is in possession of something--a piece of sheet music--that Russian intelligence is now frantic to find. Inside that music is a secret code, the hidden transcriptions of her deceased mentor, that clearly identify a Russian mole operating inside Israel’s Department of Defense, a mole with enough power and access to execute a daring assassination that no one would see coming.

Caught in a deadly conflict between American and Russian undercover agents, this innocent young pianist is just trying to survive her own personal trauma. Through it all, Liesl must learn that no matter how dark her world grows or how fiercely her enemies pursue her, God is still in control--if only she can yield herself to His grace. Read an excerpt here: http://www.sueduffybooks.com/#!vstc1=books

About the author:

Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

Find out more at www.sueduffybooks.com.

Read what other reviewers have to say about this book:  http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13452833

Link to buy the book:  http://ow.ly/8B9HT


Sue Duffy and her publisher, Kregel Publications, are celebrating the release of The Sound of Red Returning by giving away a Kindle Fire prize package worth over $200 to one lucky winner!!!! (1/23-2/11)

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