Abandoning her comfortable American life, Stefanie Peng goes behind the Bamboo Curtain to rescue her grandfather---an imprisoned Chinese pastor. But master spy "the Beijing Tiger" prowls the Christian underground, stalking Stefanie to get to her physicist father . . . and bring the U.S. to its knees! From brutal labor camps to secret house churches, Wilson's gripping tale portrays the precious cost many pay for faith. 400 pages, softcover from Kregel.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 488 Vendor: Kregel Publications Publication Date: 2003
Intent on destroying the underground church and seizing secret technologies, a Chinese spy known as the Beijing Tiger discovers the perfect bait when American Stephanie Peng travels to China to free her imprisoned grandfather. Guaranteed fiction
In this well-intentioned suspense novel for the inspirational market, Wilson
succeeds in showing the abuses and restrictions imposed on Christians in
China, but is less adept at crafting believable, compelling fiction. Stefanie
Peng has made a promise to her Nanai (grandmother) that she will leave their
comfortable home in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and travel to China to attempt to
locate her grandfather, imprisoned there for many years for his beliefs. Troy
Hardigan, a (refreshingly!) homely friend who has a keen romantic interest in
Stefanie, senses trouble and follows her to China, presumably to help. Things
quickly unravel, and Stefanie finds herself on the run from the nefarious
Beijing Tiger, a spy who, improbably, is involved in stamping out the "cult"
of Christianity while also engaging in international espionage. Wilson pairs
scenes from the persecuted church with scenes from the lives of Troy and
Stefanie, as the two story lines converge. She relies heavily on genre devices
and information on the state of Christianity in China to move the plot along,
not always smoothly. The deletion of extra scenes, superfluous plot threads
and unnecessary characters would have resulted in a focused, cleaner read.
Characters tend to be one-dimensional, and some scenes are unconvincing,
including a contrivance in which the Beijing Tiger's door is left unlatched.
However, with its themes of forgiveness and steadfast faith, this novel should
appeal to CBA readers who are interested in broadening their knowledge of
religious persecution in China. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business
Author: Debbie Wilson Located in: Huntington, IN Submitted: August 18, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. I've been a Christian since I was 11. My husband
and I have been married for 28 years now. We have
two grown sons, a five-year-old daughter, and two
adorable grandbabies. We are going on our 18th
year of homeschooling.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to give a face to the persecuted church
so that when others read of persecution they
would see not a statistic, but a person.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope that folks will take a deep love and
desire to pray for persecuted Christians from
Tiger in the Shadows. Nothing thrills me more
than to hear from others that they have started
praying for their persecuted brothers and sisters.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Voice of the Martyrs has had a great influence on
me, as has Christian Monitor, International
Christian Concern, International Justice Mission,
and several other groups. I enjoy reading
Tolkien, Clancy, Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock,
Mary Higgens Clark, and other fiction writers.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Tiger in the Shadows received the 2005 Christy
Award for suspense. I hope that readers who enjoy
a good suspense novel will give it a try.
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