Thursday, July 10, 2008

Book Review: Wiser Than Serpents by Susan May Warren

**Contest for Mission Russia Series at Susan May Warren's blog**

First, a confession: I've read a lot of Susan May Warren's books. Translation: just about all of them. But The Mission:Russia series is the only series I've read backwards--meaning, last book first, then second book . . .
And, you know what? I still loved Wiser Than Serpents. It's got Susan's trademark fast-moving plot, well-developed characters and--as always--a few surprises along the way. But writing this book was more than just writing a good book.

A note from Susan:
Did you know that there are 27 million people around the globe held as slaves today – more thank 80% of them women and children, and up to 50% minors. In fact, there are MORE slaves today than were in the time of William Wilberforce. That leaves me horrified, and it was those stats that compelled me to write a story with a human trafficking plotline.

Wiser than Serpents is a continuation of the Mission:Russia series, a thriller about Yanna, whose sister is snatched through a Russian dating service, and disappears. Yanna enlists the help of Delta Force Captain, David Curtiss to find and rescue her. Readers who’ve read, In Sheep’s Clothing and Sands of Time will recognize Yanna as the tech expert, and David as the solid Christian of the group. (Read the 5-Rose Review here!)

The book is written from the point of views of the rescuers, not the victims, and offers hope and empowerment, instead of feelings of helplessness. It raises awareness without lowering the standards of Christian fiction.
However, the world is real, and the need to get involved is great. I so greatly admire people who take their beliefs and put action to them –hence why a portion of the proceeds of Wiser than Serpents is going to help the International Justice Mission, (www.ijm.org), an organization dedicated to rescuing victims and fighting the scourge of slavery.

Contest Info! Susan will be giving away 3 SIGNED sets of the Mission: Russia (In Sheep’s Clothing, Sands of Time, and Wiser Than Serpents) series. To enter the contest: click on over to Susan’s blog tour post here and tell us which ministries/charities you support and why. Susan will randomly select three winners.
To visit other blogs involved with Susan's book tour go here

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