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Black Sea Affair
by Don Brown

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"Black Sea Affair is another excellent action thriller from Mr. Brown, a former JAG officer, turned lawyer. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. Well-written and highly engaging!"

Don Brown's newest novel starts out with a high-stakes theft: a significant amount of plutonium is stolen from Russia. Wanting to save face, the Russian army prepares to attack Chechnya to retrieve the dangerous and valuable commodity. U.S. intelligence discovers the stolen shipment could be on a rebel Russian freighter in the Black Sea.

The Black Sea Affair turns into a global nightmare: a secret mission gone off course when a submarine mishap escalates the international crisis. It's a mission that could bring the world to the brink of nuclear war. Time is running out. With the world watching and worrying, JAG Officer Zack Brewer is summoned to Moscow to defend submarine skipper and man of faith, Pete Miranda, and his crew. Hand-cuffed by Russian court rules and certain eavesdropping, Brewer stalls for time as the U.S. Navy frantically searches the high seas for a floating hydrogen bomb that could threaten the United States and its allies.

Black Sea Affair is another excellent action thriller from Mr. Brown, a former JAG officer, turned lawyer. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. Well-written and highly engaging!

Written in short action-packed chapters like his other stories, Black Sea Affair is pure adrenaline, devoid of any romantic angle or extended time in the courtroom. Blended with the suspense and continuous action there are a few tender moments, as well as humorous ones to bring a smile to your face.

Caught in the middle of the conflict, the young Masha Katovich, orphan advocate and new Christ-follower, was important to seeing the purity of faith and compassion in the midst of evil’s ugliness.

At times, the rapid shifting of settings was confusing, but not enough to distract from finishing this thriller!

My appreciation for the men and women of the Armed Services continues to grow deeper every time I read one of Don Brown’s novels. Their sacrifice and loyalty is evident in his stories and as they serve on the front lines. Thank you!

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.