Reviewed by Rel Mollet
The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy
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"Duffy has penned an engaging story reminiscent of Cold War spy novels and films and has given readers much to anticipate in this ongoing series."
Talented concert pianist Liesl Bower has made a comfortable life for herself, putting her tragic past behind her including the suspicion that fifteen years ago she has colluded with her mentor and friend to betray her country to the Russians. As she performs an intimate concert in the White House, it is not the president's presence that intimidates her but another face in the audience, one she had hoped never to see again. That night Liesl's life erupts into one of fear and danger as American and Russian agents fight to discover a secret Liesl didn't know she had. With agents pressing her for revelations, Liesl returns to her beloved Charleston home and into the lives of a grandfather and grandson whose faith and fortitude challenge Liesl's prejudice and self-protection. As a new Cold War edges closer, Liesl must choose the extent to which she is willing to sacrifice for her country, and for love.
Sue Duffy has written a gem of a suspense novel with a whisper of romance,
set amidst political intrigue and international espionage. With likeable
protagonists wrestling with complex relationships, Sue creates great pacing
and suspense as Liesl and her small entourage seek to find the key that
the CIA and Russian spys are racing to discover. Joining forces with unemployed
journalist Cade O'Brien and his feisty grandfather Ian, gives Liesl opportunity
to wrestle with her damaged faith and this aspect of the novel is woven
in smoothly. Ian is a great character, an old school patriot whose presence
injects plenty of humour and heart into the tale. Russian, American and
Israeli involvement leads the reader through numerous twists and turns
while Liesl and Cade's attraction unfolds and a family tragedy takes a
surprising turn. While the involvement of civilians in the protection of
an important American asset seemed a little unrealistic, Duffy has penned
an engaging story reminiscent of Cold War spy novels and films and has
given readers much to anticipate in this ongoing series.
Rel Mollet is a lawyer, wife and mother of three young daughters and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Reading has been her passion since childhood. She is a Book Club Co-ordinator and has her own website ~ relzreviewz ~ dedicated to reviews and author interviews with the sole aim to support authors writing from a Christian worldview. She believes Sir Francis Bacon's (1561 - 1626) creed, "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body".