Friday, February 3, 2012

Litfuse Tour: The Sound of Red Returning

The Sound of Red Returning
Red Returning Trilogy #1
by Sue Duffy
Kregel Publications (January 2012)
Source: From Litfuse Publicity for review
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Her only way out is to follow the music. 

It's been fifteen years since famed pianist Liesl Bower saw her beloved Harvard mentor gunned down, since the CIA disclosed his double life as a Russian spy. She was interrogated and released, with no incriminating evidence against her. But now, something has happened to set Russian and CIA agents on her heels. New intelligence suggests that Liesl possesses a coded message critical to a resurgence of Soviet power.

 As global tensions mount, the Russians are in a frenzy to find the code before the Americans. Standing in their way, though, is the young pianist from the tidal creeks and secret-shrouded lanes of Charleston, South Carolina. As Liesl outruns the tip of the Russian spear, she must reckon with the wounds of her past, the love of a man she never thought could be hers, and the prevailing power of God.

 In the final hour, on a world stage, Liesl must deliver a message of her own.

Reading the synopsis, I knew I was going to like this book. It sounded like a great story with an interesting mystery and lots of suspense! I love these kinds of stories that are fast-paced and keep you on edge. I'm very happy to say that The Sound of Red Returning did not disappoint!

I loved how we're thrust into the action right from the start. I was flipping through the pages of this book as fast as I could read. Especially when I got to the middle, I was literally unable to set it down. There were times when I could just feel the tension oozing through it's pages.

When we first meet Leisl she seems like such a strong, confident woman. It's not long before we see how broken and alone she really is underneath it all. She's experienced so much loss and heartache, it was hard not to feel for her. I liked her more and more as the story progressed and we got to see the walls she had put up between herself and others slowly being broken down.

The other characters were also likeable, realistic, and just a great bunch of people to go on this thrilling journey with. The humorous banter between Cade and his grandfather Ian were some of my favorite parts in the book. These two grew on me almost instantly and I loved each time they'd come up in the story.

The Sound of Red Returning was inspiring, suspenseful, and had a nice touch of romance. Overall, it was a great story that I really enjoyed. I can't wait for the next in the series to be released. Until then, I'll be looking out for more by Sue Duffy.

{About the author}
Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.

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{A Giveaway}
Win a Kindle Fire from @SueDuffy2 and @KregelBooks in the "Red Returning" Giveaway! Sue Duffy and her publisher, Kregel Publications, are celebrating the release of The Sound of Red Returning by giving away a Kindle Fire prize package worth over $200 to one lucky winner!!!! (1/23-2/11)

Enter the Sue Duffy’s Giveaway today and you could win:

* A brand new Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
* The Sound of Red Returning (Book One in the Red Returning series) by Sue Duffy

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  1. I liked this book, but I'm glad that you enjoyed The Sound of Red Returning more than I did. :)

    I loved the banter between Cade and his grandfather, too! Great review!

    1. Yeah, I didn't think I'd like it as much as I did! Thanks, Melanie!

  2. I want to read this... :) Katy from Legacy of a Writer gave it a good review too!

    1. Hi Charity! You should definitely add this to your TBR list, I think you'll like it! :)

  3. I welcome the encouragement as I write book two in the trilogy. You are inspiration to me.

    Sue Duffy

  4. I'm really excited about this book! I'm on the CFBA list for it next month and i think it's going to be great.


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