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Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"...a powerfully written thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it."

Reluctantly intertwined by circumstances beyond their control, Dr. Chad Talcott and Natalie Sinclair race against time and unseen enemies to prevent a massacre within the Republic of Dhambizao. Their passion for life and making a difference in the world pushes them into a political cat and mouse game. Risking their lives wasn’t something they had planned. Trying to stay one step ahead in this game becomes an all-consuming process! Can God be found in the midst of all the chaos?

Blood Ransom is a powerfully written thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it. The intense action is superbly matched with the depth of storyline and cast of characters.

There is certainly enough political unrest in the world today, particularly in Africa. Although the story as a fictional piece is fabricated, it could be pulled from current headlines for many African countries. I was extremely pleased with how the story flowed due to the diligence of the author’s well executed research and preparation.

Her descriptions are highly visual. Lisa Harris paints exceptional word pictures allowing the reader to soak in and absorb all the details.

The storyline covers much territory and concludes with an unexpected yet satisfying ending. Within the action-filled pages, there are murders, kidnappings, hidden plots, romance and political corruption.

As I was intently focused upon the story and action of Blood Ransom, I was reminded of Paul’s words to the Ephesians: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

I'm impressed with the writing skills of Lisa Harris. I look forward to reading more of her richly descriptive, character-driven stories.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.