The Sound of Red Returning - After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man--that eerie face--the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back--and coming for her.
On the run and struggling to rely on the protection of CIA agent Ava Mullins and handsome newspaper reporter Cade O’Brien, Liesl learns she is the prey of an underground cell of Russian KGB agents determined to restore their country to its former Soviet might. But what she doesn’t know is that she is in possession of something--a piece of sheet music--that Russian intelligence is now frantic to find. Inside that music is a secret code, the hidden transcriptions of her deceased mentor, that clearly identify a Russian mole operating inside Israel’s Department of Defense, a mole with enough power and access to execute a daring assassination that no one would see coming.
Caught in a deadly conflict between American and Russian undercover agents, this innocent young pianist is just trying to survive her own personal trauma. Through it all, Liesl must learn that no matter how dark her world grows or how fiercely her enemies pursue her, God is still in control--if only she can yield herself to His grace.
About the author: Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody Magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman’s Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children.
My Review: I give The Sound of Red Returning 3.5 out of 5 stars. I have fairly mixed feelings about the book. While I was reading the book I had a hard time keeping track of all of the characters at first. I found that I would have to reread parts because I was confused about which character I was dealing with in that given moment. I also do not know too much about the KGB, so that was not familiar territory for me to be able to imagine as I was reading. Having said as much, I did enjoy the story of Leisl and found myself looking forward to getting to read more and more. I do look forward to getting to read the next two books in the trilogy! I wish that there had been more focus on characters that I feel were important into the make up of Leisl, such as her personal childhood dynamic. I felt like we were always being hinted towards something that was going to be more fully exposed, but it never really was explored. Hopefully, the upcoming books will be able to fill in some of the gaps that I felt were left with this book.
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