Red Dawn Rising

Title:  Red Dawn Rising (Red Returning #2)
Author:  Sue Duffy
Pages:  287
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
                Sue Duffy‘s latest book in her trilogy, “Red Returning”, is titled Red Dawn Rising.  This picks up where the first book, The Sound of Red Returning, left off.  The story takes place between basically three venues:  New York City, Charleston and Washington, D.C.  This a contemporary suspense novel with short, crisp chapters that make for easy reading.
                In addition to the characters from the first book, who appear again in this storyline, there is the addition of Jordan Winslow, Cass Rodino, her mother and step-father, as well as the emergence of the Architect, who the person in charge of the entire saboteur network intent on destroying U.S. landmarks.  In addition, the network is to dispose of Liesl Bower, who thwarted their plans in the first book.  The saboteurs have long been in place and know what their assignments are; they are just waiting for the signal from the Architect.
                Liesl is preparing for her wedding later in the afternoon when she answers the front door.  She doesn’t realize she is opening the door to danger on a life-threatening scale.  Her only means of escape is Evgeny Kozlov, the man who tried to kill her just a short time ago.  Now, he has come to her rescue or has he?  Is this just another ploy to get her to trust him so he can finally carry out his mission to kill her?  What information does the young couple, Cass and Jordan, have that is a danger to her?  Liesl is once again on the run, although this time she is not alone.  Who has Cass’s stepfather been meeting secretly with at night, but claiming he was only meeting a weird client after hours in their home?
                There are many surprises and twists in the plot that keep the reader guessing what will happen next.  I liked seeing Liesl’s growing spiritual development and her telling others about God.  Now, Cass and her mother are beginning a return to the faith they both abandoned long ago thanks to Liesl.  I hope in the third book to see Jordan and Cass speak of their newfound faith and that their budding romance will continue.  This book is filled with action, suspense and spy thrilling moments.  It was very entertaining and the pages flew through my fingers as I eagerly read each page.  I await the final book in the series to see how people and their relationships with each other and with God mature.  This is just a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a rainy day!
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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