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May 5, 2011
THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK I'VE READ BY LISA HARRIS, AND I'LL DEFINITELY READ MORE.
FROM THE FIRST PAGE THE BOOK IS FAST PACED, THE CHARACTERS ARE BELIEVABLE, AND I LEARNED ABOUT AN AREA OF THE WORLD I DON'T THINK ABOUT OFTEN. THE CHARACTERS ARE NOT SUPER HEROES, BUT EVERYDAY PEOPLE STRUGGLING AGAINST OVERWHELMING ODDS.
DR. PAIGE RYAN IS SENT TO A REFUGEE CAMP TO HELP WITH A CHOLERA EPIDEMIC. SHE FACES REBEL SOLDIERS, AND AN UNKNOWN EPIDEMIC WHEN A MOUNTAIN CLIMBER COMES INTO HER CAMP AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY GHOST SOLDIERS.
I ENJOYED THIS BOOK FROM BEGINNING TO END AND PLAN TO RECOMMEND IT TO FRIENDS.
was so excited to receive this book to review. I was captivated by the first chapter! It is a fast action novel. I want to compare it to a James Bond story, but really it is so much better. As I read, I found myself captivated so much that I started placing myself in the characters place. So much happens in the book that you start to wonder if it will ever end. It does and on a happy note at that. I loved the book. I like how all the pieces of the story tied together.
If you like action packed books that are very family friendly (meaning that is appropriate for teens and reading as a family) check this book out!
(disclaimer: this book was given to me free of charge to read and review as part of Zondervan's book blog tour. )
Thousands of years ago, the words of Zechariah the prophet rang out, "As for you also, because of the blood of your covenant, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit."
Miss Lisa Harris based her most recent work of fiction on that scripture and on the reality of conditions for many African refugees who have lived through civil war and trials worse than anything most of us could imagine from homelessness to uncontrollable infectious disease outbreaks to famine to war and worse. Dealing with even more than those problems with severe water shortages thrown in the mix, the refugees in the book Blood Covenant are surely in a "waterless pit."
While Miss Harris's story deals with a humanitarian crisis that spins seemingly out of control, it is laced with hope and reveals God's faithfulness to His people and our great need for Him. I've been interested in Africa since I became a Christian 12 years ago because God has given me a heart for people who seem to have such a great need (we take clean water and education for granted so often, don't we?) and who it I can, in various ways and with God's provision, help. I work with a non-profit organization called Into-Africa.org so I was so eager to read this book. It took me longer to read than most fiction books do because there's just so much information in it! It's an amazing story, the characters seem real, and the plot-line is marvelous, though disturbing when the reader realizes that, while this is fiction, the experiences of these African refugees isn't.
Blood Covenant takes place in a fictional place in West-Central Africa called Dhambizao which, if it were real, would be next to Gabon on the map. I was interested to find out what Dhambizao means. It means the sins are their own. I'm sure that's significant but can't figure out if it refers to the rebel soldiers, the main characters in the story, or the refugees. Perhaps it refers to all of them. Of course, the rebel soldiers were men who did unmentionable things. And, of course, we're all sinners in need of a wonderful and loving savior no matter how "good" we may be. While most of the main characters in the story already believe that, they realize anew how much we need to rely on Him. We can't "save the world" as many of the people in this book would like to believe, but we can hope in One who can.
I highly recommend Blood Covenant! It's a very inspirational read and one that you'll find it hard to put down. You can even read the first chapter of it on-line at Amazon.com but don't buy it from them--buy it from Christianbook.com, they sell it for less (about $9 instead of Amazon's $10 or your local bookstore's $14-ouch!). This book is actually the 2nd in the Mission of Hope series, but it stands alone. I didn't read the first book in the series and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
I was provided a copy of this book by the wonderful people at Zondervan in exchange for a thoughtful and honest review.
I can sum up this book in one word: WOW! This is not my typical book and I wasn't for sure I would enjoy reading it because I knew it would have action in it. Let's just say my fingernails did not survive this book, but that's okay. I'm so glad that I read it and now I can't stop thinking about it.
This book is about the Ghost Soldiers that are in the Republic of Dhambizao. The Ghost Soldiers are wanting revenge on the government for all they claim the government has done to them, as well as the fact that they hold some of their top leaders (including the now leader of the Ghost Soldiers) brother in jail.
Dr. Paige Ryan and Nick are flown to the refugee camp to help deal with the cholera outbreak. However, the Ghost Soldiers hold it hostage and guard it 24/7. They also raid and murder some people who are providing resources to the refugee camp, as well as a mountain trekking team. How all of them come together and how one person ends up being lost in the ordeal makes for a great storyline. Not only that, but when anoter infectious disease breaks out besides the cholera, will Dr. Paige be able to save more people than who die? Will attitudes change before it's too late and will compassion reign in the lives of those who are selfish?
To make this book even more fun to read, I loved knowing that Lisa is a missionary in Mozambique and writes this book based on knowledge and some of the stories that she has researched. According to the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders, there are forty-two million people in the world who have been displaced by war and violence. These people see murder, rape, violence, and kidnappings daily. Drawing from the reports of refugees, she weaves a wonderful message of hope throughout the book, while still portraying the horrid results of the rebels and war.
Zondervan provided me with the book free of charge, for the purpose of review.
"Blood Covenant" is a fast-paced Christian thriller with some romance. It's the second novel in the series, but the lead characters have changed. However, reading this novel first will spoil some major events in "Blood Ransom," so I'd recommend reading that excellent novel first.
I think this novel will appeal to both men and women. The story was set in a fictional third-world Africa country with a corrupt government. It focused mostly on the perils of life in a refuge camp which were made worse by fighting going on nearby. The vivid setting and job details brought the story alive in my imagination and made me feel like this really could have happened.
The tension remained high throughout the story and mainly came from the physical danger to the characters. There were more good-guy point of view characters than just the main romantic couple, and the romance was more what you'd expect from someone in this situation (as in, "I admire how they're dealing with the situation and want to get to know him/her better when this is done"). The characters were smart but acted realistically, like I'd expect of normal people caught up in a very scary and overwhelming situation.
Several of the main characters were Christians with a strong faith in God which helped them endure the setbacks and sorrows they encountered. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this interesting, well-written thriller.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.