My Review: This book is a gripping look at a problem that isn't talked about in the media. Imagine with me that small hamlets in the United States were emptied of their residents over night. All that is left behind is the shells of houses. Storefronts bare of people. Schools empty of children.
It's a horrifying and foreign concept.
Yet this book brings it front and center. As someone who lives in Africa -- and has for 20 years serving the people there -- Lisa Harris makes the problem and the people come to life. She pivots the story on a hero and heroine who face the question we all face in our lives: Get involved or ignore the problem. It is a riveting story, one that will educate you as it entertains. But don't worry, it's not preachy or didactic. Instead, I was so pulled in by the characters, that I cared deeply about their struggles and challenges.
A Note from Lisa:
Have you ever noticed how God often uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things? In writing Blood Ransom, I wanted my heroes and heroines to be ordinary people, faced with extraordinary circumstances. Chad and Natalie’s lives were changed not only through the challenges they faced, but also through their reliance on God. And when they set off on their journey to the capital to save Joseph’s family, they never imagined that God would call them to a task that was beyond the scope of their own power.
But while this story is fictional, the issue of a modern day slave trade is very real. It is estimated that there are currently more than 27 million slaves on the world today from Africa, to Eastern Europe … to the United States of America. The fact is, we don’t have to travel around the world to see people hurting and exploited. They’re real people we pass every day, living in our neighborhoods, and attending our churches and schools. They’re empty and broken, searching for freedom and hope in an often hopeless world.
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Meanwhile, things are unraveling in Dhambizao. Joseph Komboli returns to his village to discover rebel soldiers abducting his family and friends. Those that were too old or weak to work lay motionless in the African soil. When Chad and Natalie decide to help Joseph expose this modern-day slave trade---and a high-ranking political figure involved in it---disaster nips at their heels.
Where is God in the chaos? Will Chad, Natalie, and Joseph win their race against time?
Romance and adventure drive Blood Ransom, by Lisa Harris, a powerful thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it.