Title: Chasing Freedom (Against All Enemies, The Prequel)
Author: H.L. Wegley
Publisher: Trinity Press International
My rating is 4 stars.
Having read the prior two books in the series, Voice in the Wilderness and Voice of Freedom, I read this as the third book in the series. If you haven’t read books one and two, then skip the prologue and epilogue and this can be read as a prequel to books one and two. This book centers on the story of Allie and Jeff, who were introduced to me in Voice in the Wilderness. It takes place in Oregon approximately four years prior to book one.
Alejandra Santiago or Allie to her family is a pharmacy student at Oregon State University. She is to meet with her parents and younger brother who are traveling to the U.S. from Mexico on visas to work in the U.S. Her family fails to show up at the meeting place and Allie is kidnapped. Allie soon realizes her family has been taken as slave labor to the drug cartel they tried to thwart in Mexico. The drug cartel now has them working for nothing processing marijuana and has the same or worse in mind for Allie. She manages to escape and begins a miles’ long run literally into the arms of Jeff Jacobs.
Jeff Jacobs is a former Olympic level decathlon competitor. He has returned home to Oregon after his mother’s death two months prior in disgrace. A lot of the local townsfolk don’t want him around. Jeff and Allie immediately connect with one another and Jeff offers to do whatever he can to help Allie and rescue her family. The drug cartel that kidnapped Allie will stop at nothing to get rid of these two and keep their drug empire intact. Along the way, Jeff learns Allie is on the “outs” with God and shows her the love of God in Jeff’s love, compassion and self-sacrifice.
There is action, romance and suspense in this story. I missed the patriotic theme of standing up for our country that was so evident in the first two books. This book is more focused on one family’s quest for freedom. This is still a good story that can be read quickly due to the constant action, so readers will never suffer from boredom! I also liked the banter between Allie and Jeff and the two marshals sent to protect them.
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