Tiger in the Shadows   -     By: Debbie Wilson
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Kregel Publications / 2003 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 488
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0825441080
ISBN-13: 9780825441080

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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

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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 Information.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 2, 2004
    Christian Book Previews.com
    Tiger in the Shadows by Debbie Wilson brings together spies, romance, and the persecuted church. Her world rocked by her fiancs infidelity and her grandmothers cancer, Stefanie Peng travels to China in an attempt to free her grandfather, imprisoned for decades as an underground pastor. She doesnt know that shes walking into a trap set by a jealous college friend and Kong Qili, a master Chinese spy known as the Beijing Tiger. Stefanie holds the key to both her physicist father and aging grandfather, who Kong believes knows the whereabouts of the Brother, an elusive evangelist. <P>Troy Hardigan has been a family friend of the Pengs for eleven years, but none of them know that behind the smooth-talking salesman and jokester is a cunning CIA agent. Stefanies broken engagement brings him relief, but he doubts shell ever see the man she used to call Uncle Troy as anything more than a big brother. When he hears shes in China working as a teacher under Kong Qili, he knows shes in trouble and immediately heads for China. But can he rescue her from the jaws of the Tiger without blowing his cover and compromising US security? <P>Wilson expertly weaves vivid characters and thrilling plot, leaving the reader both breathless and moved. China and its persecuted Christians become real as their stories mesh with Troy and Stefanies. For dramatic international intrigue, faith so strong that even death cannot threaten it, and a deep and gentle love story, pick Tiger in the Shadows. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 6, 2004
    Sharon I. Rideout
    Debbie Wilson has shown exemplary research ability in this suspense novel about persecution of Christians in China. Her grasp of the character's names and of the areas of China is exceptional.
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Author/Artist Review

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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