Marwan Dosha's first wave of jihad may have failed. But he is determined to carry out his plans to destroy the infidels. And this time he has the perfect pawn... pastor John Cain's twelve-year-old daughter.
This electrifying and heart-pounding sequel to "Without Warning "combines a profound understanding of a terror-filled world with realistic portrayals of Christ at work in people's lives. Held hostage in Israel by radical Islamic terrorists, Jessica Cain's survival hangs on a chance encounter with a total stranger and the slim possibility that somehow her father will find her.
Protracted, slow novels padded with unnecessary scenes, characters, settings
and points of view are endemic in the inspirational market, and at almost 700
pages, Tanneberg's sequel to Without Warning exemplifies these problems. The
story line follows a tried-and-true adventure formula. While 12-year-old
Jessica Cain and her father, John, are on a tour of Israel, Islamic terrorists
abduct Jessica. John returns home, but when Jessica is rumored to have been
taken to Iran, it's clear the U.S. government doesn't want to instigate an
international incident by trying to rescue her. At his wit's end, John travels
to Iran, where terrorists hold Jessica hostage. Coincidentally, just as he
arrives at the house where she is imprisoned, Jessica escapes out of a
conveniently unlocked window. Jessica stows aboard a ship and encounters
terrorists in Croatia, while her family combats even more terrorism in the
United States. Tanneberg's details about the Middle East are laudably
specific, but he tends to bury the reader under an avalanche of information.
There are also myriad and superfluous point-of-view shifts, which hurt the
pacing. Buried within are some interesting scenes, but few readers will have
the stamina to persist to the novel's conclusion. A ruthless edit could have
massaged this novel into a fast-paced suspense read, but at twice the length
it needs to be, it fails to engage the reader. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed