Giselle Hardy is living in Naples, Italy, when terrorists attempt to kidnap her. As her father, Admiral Thaddeus Hardy, prepares to host classified Middle East peace talks, the terrorists will stop at nothing to halt the meetings. Marine Raz Chayil comes to her rescue. But as she's drawn deeper into Middle Eastern politics, Giselle discovers he's the most intriguing---and dangerous---man she'll ever know. 320 pages, softcover from Kregel.
Mix Middle Eastern politics, terrorism, and some deadly secrets on one military base with multinational diplomats talking about a possible Arab-Israeli peace accord and you've got a recipe for a riveting tale of divided loyalties.
First-time novelist Malone stirs up an ambitious brew of politics, romance,
religion and betrayal in this evangelical Christian thriller set against the
backdrop of Italy and the Middle East. The story gets off to a quick start
when terrorists attempt to kidnap navy admiral Hardy's only child, the
alluring teenage Giselle, and 1st Lt. Raz Chayil heroically comes to the
rescue. We fast-forward eight years to find Raz and Giselle falling into love
and matrimony. Raz has sold out to the opposition party long ago, however, and
his marriage to Giselle is a political maneuver complicated by his love for
her. When Giselle discovers her husband's duplicity, she flees straight into
the arms of more intrigue and terrorism. One of the book's strengths is the
web of mystery the author builds around his characters; it's also a weakness,
as the sudden revelations can be confusing. To his credit, Malone works hard
at balancing his critical observations about Islam, Judaism and Catholicism
with positive characters from each faith. Evangelical readers will be
satisfied when the Jewish Raz and the Catholic Giselle each find their
religious traditions lacking and undergo conversions. An instructional tone
about faith or culture occasionally brings the story to a stop, but Malone
tosses in just enough surprises to encourage the reader to turn the next page.
There's promise in this first effort, and readers who like a military edge to
their evangelical thrillers should be intrigued. (July) Copyright 2001
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