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Author Barbara Ann Derksen currently resides in Manitoba. For the past 12 years, she’s lived in Iowa where her career in writing and speaking began. She served as a journalist for American newspapers for 8 years with over 2000 articles published in those papers as well as in some international magazines.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Writers Fellowship International, and The Word Guild as well as Business and Professional Women and Christian Motorcyclists Association.
Barbara is a speaker, as well as a published author of nine books. She has spoken across the US for women’s groups on topics such as The Writing Experience, working in the ministry of Christian Motorcyclists Association, Love, Parenting, Time Management, and a host of others.
Her first book, Mind Trap, was chosen by Iowa Business and Professional Women as their selection for 2005. Dance With A Broom is a household management guide with time management principles, and she has produced several children’s stories. Some, like Trumpeter Swan Adventures and Shih-Tzu Puppy Adventures are narrated on CDs, and Shih-Tzu Puppy Adventures and Scruffles Finds a Home are in book form. Her book Second to None contains first person accounts of the Korean combat experience of veterans from the SECOND INFANTRY DIVISION of the Army. Straight Pipes a devotional for Bikers, was released in 2007, with a sequel, Two-Up, Riding with the Lord produced in 2008. The third in the series, Chrome, Shining Faith was released in 2009. Both have been well received. Barbara Ann released the first of a mystery trilogy series in 2009. Vanished readers are waiting patiently for Presumed Dead, due for release in 2010. The third in the series is scheduled for release in 2011.
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)