I decided to try this book because of the 4-star reviews. Well, I learned that Susan Brockmann fiction is definitely NOT for me. I've listened to a ton of audio books and this is by far my least favorite listen of all. Instead of an interesting story, you'll have to listen to one graphic sex scene after another. Lots of gratuitous language. The male narrator's voice was gratingly gravelly and cartoon-ish. Conservatives beware of the strong liberal undercurrents. Take out the sex and foul language and there's not much left. Certainly not what I consider quality entertainment. Like I said, not for me.
I admit to a prevailing disappointment with Christian fiction novels. I haven't found a large number of Christian writers who captivate my interest ... so it was a refreshing surprise to discover Alana Terry and The Beloved Daughter.
The section called "My Deliverer."
Yes. Although I liked the narrator for the most part, I felt some of her male accents/voices were overdone, exaggerated, and somewhat annoying. Some were so gruff and gravely they were hard to understand.
The subject of the book captivated me instantly--the very real to life, excruciatingly brutal suffering and persecution of fellow believers in North Korean prison camps. I have often prayed for these believers in real life, but I've never personally known with clarity what their lives are like. Now I have a heartrending, vivid image of the terror, deprivation, and humiliation these brothers and sisters daily endure because of their faith in Jesus Christ. This reality is something Christians in America need to encounter up close. Terry's characters are authentic, struggling, scarred, sometimes weak, sometimes bold, everyday, heroes of faith. They are not pie-in-the-sky, artificial, cliche-speaking, super Christians. I could relate to these characters.
I will add, however, there were times when the characterization seemed a bit inconsistent and unbelievable. My thought is that Terry was attempting to show our tendency as believers to falter (to be inconsistent) in our human attempts at godliness. This is the only negative point about the book that I bring to this review, and the issue seemed minor. With her debut novel, Terry has won my respect. I look forward to see what she publishes next.
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