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The Missionary
by William Carmichael & David Lambert

Reviewed by April Gardner

"The action flows and hardly a page goes by without another problem to solve, and a healthy dose of twists and turns keeps the reader guessing to the end. You’ll not grow bored with this one!"

American missionary David Eller just wants the world to be a better place. Instead, he finds himself entangled in an assassination plot and there’s no escaping it.

President Guzman of Venezuela is a man who cares little for the poor of his country. On the flip side, David has dedicated his life to helping them. When the occasion presents itself for him to aid in peacefully and quietly removing Guzman from power, David can’t resist. The street children would certainly benefit from a true and equitable democracy, but will it really be a peaceful coup?

Christie, David’s wife, is oblivious to the havoc her husband has wreaked, that is, until she and their child are running for their lives. Can she ever forgive David?

Commando Hawkeye swears this is his last mission. Killing for a living has grown old. But he’ll be lucky to get out of this mess in one piece. If only he hadn’t implicated Eller…

“The Missionary” had me from la primera pagina. A missionary kid once myself, I appreciated the Eller’s compassion for the people of Caracas. The authors did a superb job of portraying the heart and dedication this family has for those without means and without Christ.

Christie Eller, wife, mother, and nurse, is the true victim in this story. Her husband has made some serious errors in judgment, and now, Christie and their son must pay for them. I was pleased to find her reactions very realistic. No fluffy Christianity here!

Poor David. He just can’t seem to get things right. So much so, that I had a hard time connecting with him. How many stupid mistakes can one man make? Hawkeye, on the other hand, is a character the reader has no problem rooting for. He’s a professional killing machine with little conscious. Still, you find yourself thinking, Kill him, Hawkeye! Slit his throat! Only great writing can accomplish that.

“The Missionary” has it all­--vindictive drug lords, specialists in torture, delusional missionaries, and children with ADD. The action flows and hardly a page goes by without another problem to solve, and a healthy dose of twists and turns keeps the reader guessing to the end. You’ll not grow bored with this one!

Highly recommended.

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April GardnerApril W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.