Saturday, May 06, 2006

Review of In Sheep's Clothing

I met author Susan May Warren at the ACFW conference in Nashville last September. She is very sweet and easy to talk to. And now her book, In Sheep's Clothing, is a finalist in the romance category of the Christy Awards. A Christy Award, wow! Yes, this book is that good.

I am including my review of it here. Go out and get this book. It is awesome! I highly recommend it, and I don't say that very often!

Vicktor Shubnikov is an agent with the FSB, formerly known as the KGB. Vicktor has three close, Christian friends. For years he has been resisting their efforts to lead him to Jesus. He doesn't trust God, and he blames himself for the fact that his policeman father was shot and crippled while they both were pursuing the serial killer known as the Wolf.

On the other side of the city, American missionary Gracie Benson feels like a failure as she prepares to return home. There isn't much to return home to, and she hasn't made one single convert after two years in Russia. But when she discovers the murdered bodies of two of her fellow workers, she fears she won't be able to stay alive long enough to leave, since she has something in her possession that the Wolf continues to kill for.

When KGB agent Vicktor tracks down terrified Gracie on the first train out of town, a snowball of a plot starts rushing downhill and doesn't stop until the very last page. If you like romantic suspense, you will love In Sheep's Clothing. Susan May Warren delights the reader with palpable tension in every scene and every dialogue exchange. Her powerfully descriptive word choices make you feel as though you are in Siberia, too, running for your life from a killer, with a hunk of a KGB agent by your side who is desperate to keep you alive and find the killer before he finds you. You wonder if Vicktor will be able to trust God, to give his heart to Jesus. And you feel for Gracie as she grasps the lesson that God sent her to Russia to learn, cheering for her as she begins to trust again and to forgive herself for the past.

The love story in this book is so good, and the identity of the killer so unexpected, you will want to read this book again, more slowly the second time.

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