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With a plethora of writing under her belt and a variety of genres, Barbara Ann Derksen receives encouragement from 4 and 5 star reviews, the eager anticipation by readers for the next book, and a new reader discovering her existence.
Born in Canada, Barbara lived in the US for 12 years. There her writing surfaced as she worked under contract as a journalist for six years with over 2500 articles published in newspapers and magazines during that time. She began attending Colorado Christian Writer's Conferences and each year, under the tutelage of great Christian writer's like James Scott Bell, Angela Hunt, and others, she honed her skills and then published her first book in 2003.
With 19 books to her credit, one currently inactive and awaiting revision, each one surpasses the last, according to her readers. The new series has given them something to think about as she delves into the world…
on Aug. 22, 2012 :
The two main characters, private eye partners Brian and Andrea, have already tackled evil biker gangs, drug traffickers, racist terrorists, and illegal organ procurement in the first three books, and the heart-pounding action takes off running from the first page in this fourth book in the series. Although SILENCE could stand alone, the reader is well advised to read them in order so as not to miss anything.
We could guess from the cliffhanger ending of Book 3, FEAR NOT, that Brian and Andrea were not going to be able to settle down for some happily-ever-after just yet. As they joyfully anticipate their wedding and their adoption of a little Haitian girl they already love, they are suddenly plunged into another crisis when Andrea is abducted by white slavers. Brian and their friends, Troy, Diane, and Trent, frantically search for Andrea in the streets of Miami while she struggles to control her fear while in captivity. It is obvious that time is running out for her, and her situation seems dire.
SILENCE is a Christian suspense novel. This means that there is plenty of intrigue and chilling mystery while the characters openly practice their faith, pray for guidance and peace, and depend on their God for strength and wisdom. Andrea’s hearing of God’s words asking for her to trust Him was the Christian thrill equivalent of the miraculous healing of Brian’s injured shoulder in the last book. The Christians in the book don’t always have all the right answers and certainly fear and panic attack them as well as anyone else, but they have learned that God can be relied on to be with them no matter what happens to them. This gives them the ability to face danger and physical injury with the confidence that God will work things out for them—in this life or the next. So this book is recommended for those who like to be uplifted by powerful Christian witness while they experience vicarious thrills and chills of the very likeable characters.
I received a review copy from the author. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
(reviewed long after purchase)