Captain Rick Norton and his Army Special Forces are on a mission to subdue Chukuwereije, a warlord terrorizing the villages in the jungles of Katangela, Africa, when their mission is interrupted to extract the daughter of America's vice president.
Dr. Cynthia Myers has used her medical mission in a remote village in Katangela to escape a shallow life of unearned wealth, a philandering fiancé, and a father now square in the public eye. At least here she knows her work and life have meaning. But all that is thrown into chaos when she fails to save the life of Chukuwereije's mortally wounded son and becomes a target for the warlord's revenge.
Rick is compelled to use deadly force to save Cynthia's life. Enraged at the violence she witnessed and riddled with guilt that men died because of her, Cynthia tries to hang on to her anger--but an unexpected attraction is taking hold.
With two members of his team badly injured and rebels in hot pursuit, Rick will have to draw upon all his strength and cunning to get her out alive . . . because he's beginning to think they just might overcome their differences and be able to make a life together.
A pacifist navigates the ravages of war in this thrilling series launch by Bridgeman (Chasing Pearl). Cynthia Myers, a medical missionary and daughter of the vice president of the U.S., heads up an obstetrics clinic that serves women from remote villages in Katangela, Africa. Also in Katangela are Captain Rick Norton and his team of six Green Berets, who are fighting to neutralize the fearsome warlord Chukuwereije. After the team's combat medic catches shrapnel in his thigh, they transport him to Cynthia's clinic, where they find her being forced at gunpoint to help an injured Chukuwereije soldier. Against Cynthia's wishes to resolve the situation peacefully, the Green Berets kill the enemy soldiers, and the incident puts a target on Cynthia's back. Rick receives orders to evacuate her, though the team's path to the exfiltration point proves dangerous, testing Cynthia's commitment to pacifism and compelling her to draw on her resilience and relationship with God to see her through. The contrast Bridgeman sets up between the gun-toting Rick and the violence-averse Cynthia as they maneuver through a perilous landscape thoughtfully interrogates what it means to uphold a Christian commitment to nonviolence. This backs up exciting action with some nuanced ideas about fighting evil with pacifism.
Such a great book!!!!
What a great read!!! Action, intrigue, great characters, storyline, and the fact that I couldn’t put this book down makes for a wonderful book!! So, so good! I would recommend it to everyone.
Good vs evil
I cannot formulate enough words to say how much I loved this book! Experiencing the many emotions right along with Dr Cynthia Myers as she struggled to come to terms with her calling of saving and bringing lives into the world in comparison with Captain Rick Norton’s of saving lives by sometimes taking lives in the fight against evil, I felt the anger, the hopelessness, the fear, all of this and more as the two worlds collided. How could each come to terms with being on opposite ends of the spectrum yet desperately wanting to bring their worlds together in solidarity and the promise of a future shared? Every reader, no matter the age or genre, will be captivated soul and spirit each page, each scenario, as the characters lean into what God has designed individually while seeing His hand at work to unite those plans as one.