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Friday, June 21, 2013

Red Dawn Rising...Review

About the book:
Twenty-seven-year-old Cass Rodino is a hardworking, dedicated set designer on Broadway. But, like the actors who take the stage every night, she is masking a different reality. Her secrets lie deep within past wounds too severe to expose to anyone.

Evgeny Kozlov has secrets of his own. A former KGB assassin, he is trying to outrun the underground revolution he once served. Trying to right his wrongs, he's in a race against time and against a former colleague, Ivan, who has sinister plans to bring down the United States, including an assassination attempt on famed pianist Liesl Bower.

As Cass and Evgeny separately set out to save Liesl from an impending doom, both are hurled into a fierce CIA/FBI dragnet, not knowing that their formidable opponent--a most unlikely predator--is already closing in on them.

Book 2 of the Red Returning Trilogy, Red Dawn Rising mixes suspense, action, and romance in a tale of personal tragedy and triumph that will keep readers pivoting between the evil desires of world powers and the redeeming powers of personal faith, life, and love.

I really enjoyed The Sound of Red Returning and was thrilled to see that the sequel had been published.  All my favorite characters returned and a not so favorite character ends up being a hero in this novel.  Evgeny Kozlov was the assassin sent to kill Liesl Bower in The Sound of Red Returning.

Red Dawn Rising returns us to a world where many in Russia aren't content in its place on the world stage and want to see the USSR rise again as a world power.  A mastermind, known only as The Architect is pursuing his plan to terrorize America and plant seeds of doubt and mistrust among its people to bring America down from within and further his cause of a reborn Soviet Union.

Evgeny has escaped his homeland and pursues the Architect and once he learns that Liesl is still a target, he goes to her aid.  At the same time, a young Broadway set designer inadvertently discovers a terrorist plot and finds herself on the run with Evgeny and Liesl.

The intrigue and suspense are fast paced.  The characters are likeable, believable and well developed.
I do recommend reading The Sound of Red Returning first as it lays the groundwork for the story and introduces these fantastic characters.

Thanks to Kregel Publications for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Sue Duffy here. You can see other reviews here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this review. I hope you'll join me for book three next spring.
    Sue Duffy