It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me turning page after page, waiting to see what happens next. The Missionary, by William Carmichael and David Lambert, is a thrilling, suspense-filled story.
While the title had me thinking something totally different, as I started to read this book, it became apparent that this was much more than the story of a missionary, which would be exciting in and of itself. However, this story turned into much more….it became not only the exciting story of one missionary’s work in Venezuela, amongst the poor children living in the streets….it became a story of one missionary’s quest to help put a stop to Head of State Guzman’s cruel and unjust regime. When David Eller accepted the proposition to help those who were igniting a coup, he had no idea the effects this would have on the people around him, the people he loved most. He and his wife, Christie, work in what is called Hope Village, a home for the poor children of Venezuela, children that he rescues himself. Christie is head nurse at the rescue mission’s clinic, also mother to their son, Davy. For far too long, they’ve seen the effects of a cruel and unjust dictator who simply makes those who disagree….to vanish, a dictator who also himself lives in lavish wealth and luxury, while innocent children are dying, being exploited, roaming the streets, even searching for one crumb to satisfy their hunger. This book is an exciting story, and it ignites to the point that David and his family must try to escape Venezuela.
The Missionary is very well written, and I could honestly imagine it being made into a movie. The reader flits between scenes at Hope Village in the beginning to scenes with the drug cartel, commandos, to riots in the streets. From the very beginning to the end of the book, details are set in place and put into motion, so that the reader doesn’t miss one piece of the action. It’s definitely not a light read, and some parts do contain violence, but it is an excellent read, in my opinion. You can purchase The Missionary from Deep River Books; you can also purchase it here.
(Disclosure: I received a copy of this book, free of charge, from Bring It On! Communications, for the purposes of this review. All views/opinions are solely my own.)