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Book Review: Slave Again

15 Dec

4524684_origShe traded in her prison uniform for shackles of a different kind.

After escaping a North Korean prison camp, Mee-Kyong is hustled over the border and sold into the Chinese underworld. She vows to survive, but sheer determination and willpower won’t save her this time. Is she fated to remain a slave forever?

8543275About Alana Terry (from her website) — When I’m not blogging and writing, it’s likely that I’m on the floor wrestling with my kids. Or playing outside with my kids. Or chauffeuring my kids. Or leading clubs and day camps for homeschoolers (including my kids). Otherwise I’m probably hanging out at church with a whole bunch of teenagers and my youth-pastor husband.

My Impressions:

Slave Again is the first book in a new series by Alana Terry. (You can read my review of her first novel, Beloved Daughter, HERE.) Terry revisits the people of North Korea, this time focusing on the women who are sold into slavery in China. While prostitution is officially illegal in China, there are many levels to the sex trade in that country. In Slave Again, the women are trapped in the hotel district of a town north of the North Korean border. Though written from a Christian worldview, Terry’s book is not like most books written for that genre. The images are brutal and the emotions raw. Most characters are not Christian and their actions are formed by the brutality of their world. If you are looking for a gentle read, this one is not for you. But if you want an honest look into the ruthless North Korean regime, then Slave Again would be a good choice.

Mee-Kyong (introduced in Beloved Daughter), has escaped from the North Korean prison camp that has been her home since birth. But she soon finds herself forced into another prison — a Chinese brothel not far from the border. Her survival skills keep her alive, but her hardened heart is touch by a young girl stolen from her family. Slave Again details the horrors and hopelessness of the sex trade. However, the hope for escape and a new life in Christ is included in its message.

There are a lot of story lines in Slave Again, many of which are left incomplete. I am hoping that they will develop in the next books in the series. There is a good deal of suspense, and you never really know just what is coming on the next page. I would have liked a bit more character development — I had a hard time understanding the motivations of several of the characters. But if you are looking for characters that are based in reality, then Slave Again is for you. All the characters have warts, including the Christian characters. The contrasting points of view are enlightening — from characters just trying to survive, to those who are struggling with the way of Christ and those who are trying desperately to help the lost and desperate. There is a great deal of adult content — abuse is not sugar coated. So if you don’t want to read about the realities of human trafficking, don’t pick up this book. But for those who want an honest portrayal of the subject, Slave Again is eye-opening.

Alana Terry is passionate about the people of North Korean and that passion is reflected in her writing. After reading Slave Again, you just might join her cause.

Recommended.

Audience: Adults (violence and human trafficking portrayed)

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

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Book Review: Deliver Me From Evil

5 Oct

Deliver Me from Evil introduces readers to Mara, an eighteen-year-old girl who has been enslaved for nearly ten years, having been sold by her parents in Mexico and then smuggled across the border into San Diego where she was forced into sexual slavery. Readers will also meet 18-year-old, Bible-college-bound Jonathan and his 16-year-old sister, Leah, whose paths cross Mara’s and who become involved in her dramatic rescue.

Interwoven between the stories of Mara, Jonathan, and Leah is the heartbreaking story of another young woman in captivity in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, whose past life mysteriously connects to the young people in San Diego.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time buzzing around in their new ride: Al’s 2005 sunburst orange Corvette. Here latest releases are Deliver Me From Evil and  A Christmas Journey Home.

You can find out more about Kathi’s writing and speaking at www.kathimacias.com.

My Impressions:

Kathi Macias delivers another thought-provoking and heart-reaching novel in her newest book, Deliver Me From Evil, book 1 in the Freedom series.  If you don’t like uncomfortable subjects, don’t pick up this book.  But if you want to discover God’s heart for those in bondage, Kathi’s book is for you.

Jonathan Flannery is your typical high school senior counting the days to graduation.  Not sure of who he wants to become, he pursues baseball by day and delivers pizza by night.  His life is predictable until he encounters two young girls with fear in their eyes.  Jonathan’s world turns upside down when he reluctantly believes he has encountered modern day slavery.  Mara has been trapped in sexual slavery since she was 6 years old.  Her dreams for freedom have long since faded.  She hopes now only for survival.  But when she encounters a young pizza delivery man, hope seems to take a tentative root in her heart.  A parallel story unfolds across the world in Thailand where Chanthra has toiled in the sex business since her adoption.  Her only solace is in the drugs provided by the boss to get her through the days.  Her heart of compassion is awakened by young Lawan who comes to share her room and nightmare existence.  Can God really be aware of what is going on in these women’s lives?

Kathi Macias uncovers the dark secrets of human trafficking — the reality that it exists not only in far away countries, but in the towns and neighborhoods of America.  The subject will tear at your heart, but Macias never sensationalizes it. The nightmare lives of those in bondage are presented with just enough details.  Still this is a story that will break your heart.  It is also a story of hope as those called by God respond to become abolitionists in the fight against modern day slavery.  And I think it is a story for all Christians to hear and respond to. Well written and researched, Deliver Me From Evil is a must read for those who believe God can free the captives.

Highly Recommended.

(I received Deliver Me From Evil from Pump Up Your Book in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone)

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