Series: The Martyr's Song #3
Published by Thomas Nelson on August 2005
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Suspense
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The world's worst fears have dawned. Nothing stands in the way of total destruction . . . except the love of one woman.
Deep in the Amazon jungle a young American woman and the son of plantation owners fall madly in love. For Tanya and Shannon, life is a paradise most only dream about.
But today paradise ends.
The jungle has hatched more than idyllic love. It has also spawned insidious evil. An evil shrouded in a plot so diabolically brilliant that all of America will be brought to its knees at the hands of a few terrorists.
The plan is executed to perfection. There is no way out . . . save an ancient woman whose dark past has lead her to a life of prayer in preparation for the unspeakable terror coming unleashed.
More loosely connected than the other two (Heaven’s Wager and When Heaven Weeps), this story follows two American kids living in the jungle on a coffee plantation whose lives fall apart when drug lords take over. Both are presumed dead, but Tanya had really managed to survive and begin a new life in the States. Now, eight years later, she is finding herself called back to the Venezuelan jungles to find out what really happened to her family and her darling Shannon.
Meanwhile, the full plot of the drug plots takeover is revealed. More than just drugs, Tanya’s family’s plantation is now going to be the home of a terrorist cell intent on attacking America. To stop the terrorists and unravel the mystery of her past, she’ll have to work with a rogue CIA agent called Casius who has more than one secret he’s not telling. It all hurtles forward to a stunning conclusion that speaks volumes on the themes of love, loss, and the power of prayer.
Quite honestly, this novel is probably the weakest of the three. While it’s certainly well-done, its tone and focus are slightly different than its two predecessors. This is most likely attributed to the fact that was adapted from Dekker’s first (and unpublished) novel To Kill With Reason. It lacks a certain gravitas the other books carried and seems a bit disconnected from the scope of the rest of the trilogy. It doesn’t fit seamlessly, but Dekker makes it work well. It’s a solid book as a standalone, but comes off a bit lackluster compared to the brilliance of the first two novels. Dekker would later polish up some aspects of this story and later use the core fundamentals in novels such as Thr3e and Burn. All in all, it’s another solid offering for Dekker, and served to springboard him into the success he found beginning with 2004’s Circle Trilogy.
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