Thursday, April 22, 2010

Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

Lisa Harris is a wife, mother,missionary and author living in Mozambique with her family. First of all, I am in awe of Ms.Harris' accomplishments, and it is obvious that her life experiences have given her writing an authenticity that few can match.

Blood Ransom is a work of fiction about the modern day slave trade in the Republic of Dhambizao. My only problem was I wasn't sure if the work was fiction or not. Especially given the information that Ms.Harris actually lives in Mozambique.

Either way, Lisa Harris is a gifted writer and I was blessed to read this book. I liked her characters, Natalie, the nurse and Chad, a doctor volunteering in the village while on sabbatical from his medical practice in the U.S. I was most interested in the local flavor that Ms.Harris captured in her descriptions of the nationals and the conditions in which they live.

This was an ambitious project and I think it was done well.
I would recommend Lisa's blog for more information. So go to:

I'm sure that Lisa Harris would love to hear from you!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Blood Ransom
Zondervan (April 1, 2010)

Lisa Harris


Award-winning author Lisa Harris has been writing both fiction and nonfiction since 2000 and has more than fifteen novels and novellas in print. She currently lives with her family in Mozambique, Africa, where they work as missionaries.

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.


Natalie Sinclair is working to eradicate the diseases decimating whole villages in the Republic of Dhambizao when she meets Dr. Chad Talcott, a surgeon on sabbatical from a lucrative medical practice now volunteering at a small clinic.

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.

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of Blood Ransom, go HERE.

1 comment:

Patti Lacy said...

Oh, I LOVE your bent of reviewing foreign lands as this is my passion as well.

Thanks for giving me another great-sounding title.