Book Review: Desperate Escape

30 Dec

51X22axlqRL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_When Dr. Maddie Gilbert is kidnapped by rebel forces in West Africa, special ops agent Grant Reese races to rescue her. But the ruthless drug traffickers holding Maddie hostage have powerful connections — maybe even inside the US government. And they’ll go to any lengths to silence her— permanently. Grant knows that getting Maddie free and safe is just the first step of this mission. Because he’s fallen for the spirited beauty, and as her enemies pursue them, Grant must face a second battle — the one to win her heart.


B1vyYNfr9rS._UX250_Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent twelve years living as missionaries in Africa where she leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves . . . the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at or her blog at


My Impressions:

First, let me say that Lisa Harris always delivers books with non-stop action and plenty of sparks between the main characters. In her latest novel from Love Inspired Suspense, Desperate Escape, she has both in abundance. The book also reflects her passion and love for Africa and its people. So if you are looking for a quick, suspenseful read with a swoon-worthy hero and a heroine who can hold her own, then check out this recommended book.

Dr. Maddie Gilbert didn’t want a run-of-the-mill medical practice in the United States. She wanted to make a difference in the lives of those affected by poverty and disease. But she gets more than she bargains for when she is kidnapped and forced to care for drug traffickers. Grant Reese is a deminer who is no stranger to danger. When he learns his best friend’s sister is in trouble, then he is determined to save her.

Both of the main characters in Desperate Escape are strong, stubborn and not afraid to meet challenges. Neither wants to play it safe, yet are not sure they can commit to relationships when danger lurks just around the corner. They face a number of challenges — escape from a drug trafficking ring, a sinking ferry boat and corrupt government officials, both US and foreign. Yes, this book is action-packed. It is also a great look at a West African nation many in the US know little about. I could easily picture the remote beauty of the islands of Guinea-Bissau, as well as the dire living conditions in which the people find themselves. Cholera and malaria are everyday diseases there. Harris knows Africa (she and her family serve as missionaries in southern Africa), and her love for the people is apparent. The realism of this exotic locale adds depth to the book.

Desperate Escape was definitely not a Christmas book, but its time frame of the weeks leading to Christmas added to my after-Christmas reading experience. This one is a perfect choice for those looking for suspense, romance and a quick read.


Audience: adults.

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(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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