Book Review: Torn Blood

28 Oct

torn-blood-bookcoverThree weeks before officially reporting for duty at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Addison Deverell arrives in Israel determined to find an answer to a question buried for nearly four thousand years.

Bound to an escort by the embassy, he is unable to begin his search as time is running out. Mere days before he must report for duty, Addison is freed from his forced escort, Hafiz IbnMansur, as a female escort, Elizabeth Daniels, takes his place.

Addison issues an ultimatum to Elizabeth that he must go into Palestinian territory for answers he can’t find in Israel. But, as Addison races to uncover a long buried truth that promises to establish a career, he faces peril from those he seeks to understand and finds himself a pawn in an international plot to drive Israel’s Jews into the sea.

Nearly seven thousand miles away in Oregon, Dr. Janelle Henning confronts a past that threatens to destroy the only family she’s ever known. A search for understanding thrusts her into a foreign world long buried to confront a birthright hidden by the passage of time. With no place—or no one—to turn to, Janelle tries to put the pieces of her life back together.

An ill-boding call shreds the little of Janelle’s world that is left, compelling her to leave her home and fly to Israel in search of Addison. But terrorists stand in Janelle’s way of reaching him, the one person that might unlock hidden identities in a relationship that has spanned a lifetime. But will Addison live, or will death, the master of all, once again keep its secret buried?

David-Bain-3David J. Bain is a novelist focused on writing stories about the Jewish experience and founder of Bo Iti Press. His debut book, Torn Blood, releases in the fall of 2013. Before launching his publishing company, he collaborated on two screenplays made into movies and has been involved in the business world for more than 30 years where his company publishes technical manuals and he wrote the company’s occasional newsletter. David, and his wife, Doris, reside in Oregon.

My Impressions:

Torn Blood is an ambitious project. It seeks to combine an international suspense novel with the historical and political events of the Middle East, in particular Israel. And while I did not really connect with this book, I think it would really appeal to those who have a deep interest in Israel’s history and place in God’s plan and on the world stage. Dense with detail, Torn Blood is certainly not a quick read. The reader needs to make a commitment to this novel. There is a lot to digest — multiple players, political connections, technological aspects and a plot that takes time to unfold. If you enjoy international intrigue and thoroughly detailed and researched novels, then I encourage you to check out Torn Blood.

(I received a complimentary copy of Torn Blood. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

One Response to “Book Review: Torn Blood”


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