Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book Review - The Sound of Red Returning

The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy

About the book:

After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man--that eerie face--the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back--and coming for her.

On the run and struggling to rely on the protection of CIA agent Ava Mullins and handsome newspaper reporter Cade O’Brien, Liesl learns she is the prey of an underground cell of Russian KGB agents determined to restore their country to its former Soviet might. But what she doesn’t know is that she is in possession of something--a piece of sheet music--that Russian intelligence is now frantic to find. Inside that music is a secret code, the hidden transcriptions of her deceased mentor, that clearly identify a Russian mole operating inside Israel’s Department of Defense, a mole with enough power and access to execute a daring assassination that no one would see coming.

Caught in a deadly conflict between American and Russian undercover agents, this innocent young pianist is just trying to survive her own personal trauma. Through it all, Liesl must learn that no matter how dark her world grows or how fiercely her enemies pursue her, God is still in control--if only she can yield herself to His grace. Read an excerpt HERE.

 About the author:

Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

My Review:  

I absolutely loved this book!  In fact, I finished reading it in two sittings! Word of caution:  Do not start reading this book just before wanting to go to sleep because you won't be able to put it down.  This story had me with the first page and I never lost interest.  The characters are believable, the storyline was intriguing, and I loved that faith and God were interwoven throughout the book.  I liked the intriguing storyline filled with Soviet and American spies and the fight between good and evil.  I'm old enough to remember the Cold War and the entire story was totally believable and I could relate to it.  Liesl, the heroine, is a pianist and, being a pianist myself, I enjoyed the musical storyline, too.  I love mysteries and intrigue stories and this is one of the best I've read in a long time.  This is book one in the series and I can't wait for the next book to come out! I loved this book and Sue Duffy has been added to my favorite author list.  I highly, highly recommend this book and I know you won't be able to put it down either!

Many thanks to LitFuse for providing a copy of The Sound of Red Returning to me for my honest review.

You can see other tour stops and reviews of this book HERE

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Blessings - Julie

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