by Tanya Stowe Published by Love Inspired Suspense
Publication Date January 2nd 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Suspense
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adult
Brilliant, electronic warfare engineer, Drina Gallagher is riddled by guilt and determined to create a weapon to protect American soldiers. Caleb Norwood is a CIA agent working undercover. For two years he’s been trying to infiltrate a highly organized group selling secret plans on the black market. He’s scheduled to connect with operatives at a wind farm in the middle of the desert where he’ll be taken by helicopter to meet with the leader. He arrives at the meeting place only to discover the men have kidnapped Drina and plan to kill her. Cal must make an instant choice, keep his cover and stop the organization or save Drina. Cal chooses Drina. They race across the Mojave Desert to escape the killers and Drina discovers that Cal is a man of action grounded in unbreakable faith. His personal walk gives Drina the confidence she needs to confront the guilt of her past. Can He possibly forgive her and allow her and Cal to escape their pursuers? Or will all her hopes and dreams die in the desert?
I am grateful to Singing Librarian Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a fantastic debut novel! Author Tanya Stowe did a great job creating a compelling novel intertwining suspense with faith.
Drina’s parents had raised her to be an intellectual and to scorn anything that wasn’t based on science and factual evidence. So she struggled with the idea of believing in God and that He cared about her life. Cal was raised in a family that valued family. fun and God, not necessarily in that order. It was his faith that motivated him in his job, well, that plus, well, I’ll let you read the book to figure that one out.
The story was a journey of escape from the men intent on killing Drina and Cal, and a journey of running towards the God who forgives and saves. Though the Christian message was strong and clear, it was clearly a part of the story and did not appear to be forced or contrived, just the way it should be.
I loved the humor behind Cal’s name – the way he looked just like Superman and had the heroic thing down pat. It was a very clever (and subtle) play on Kal-el, which took me a few chapters to pick up on. Very clever!
Make sure to read the author’s note at the end of the story. 🙂
Interview with Author, Tanya Stowe
1. What was the hardest character to write in Mojave Rescue?
Believe it or not the hero, Cal Norton was the hardest to write. I knew him very well and he spilled onto the page originally but even though I thought his motivation…stopping the bad guys…was good enough, my editor wanted more. I had to dig even deeper.
The easiest was Drina Gallagher. I think guilt is something we all carry at some time in our lives.
2. What inspired the idea for Mojave Rescue?
The rocket site where my husband worked twenty years ago. The platforms were set on a hill and designed to hold rocket engines for testing. At the time the platforms were abandoned and they were desolate and scary…the perfect setting for a mystery.
3. What do you want readers to take away from reading Mojave Rescue?
A sense of God’s grace. Even when we deny Him, He’s watching over us and He has a plan.
4. What is your current WIP?
My next project is tentatively called Fatal Memories. It’s set in the Sonoroan Desert of Southern Arizona. The heroine is a border patrol agent trying to stop drug traffic.
5. When you are not writing, what other “hats” do you wear?
Well, I’m a mom and grandma with 21 grandchildren so I stay very busy. I love to travel. I just returned from a trip to China. And I love to play pickleball!
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