Thunder in the Morning Calm (Pacific Rim Series #1) by Don Brown
Published by Zondervan. Distributed by Brilliance Audio. Performed by Dick Hill.
Rating: * * *
Action-packed from start to finish, this unabashedly patriotic tale has the makings for a made-for-TV movie.
Lt. Commander “Gunner” McCormick hears rumors of a North Korean prison camp holding elderly American prisoners of war from the Korean War 60-some years prior. The possibility of finding and rescuing the POWs strikes a chord with him because his grandfather disappeared during the war and is officially listed as missing in action. When the opportunity arises, Gunner and his hastily formed commando group advance into North Korea to search out the camp and rescue the prisoners.
You may recognize performer Dick Hill from the Jack Reacher audiobooks. If you like his narration in that series, you will almost certainly enjoy this performance.
This work is labeled faith-based fiction, and that theme is prominent throughout.
Jailbird by Heather Huffman
Rating: * * * *
A young woman convicted of murdering a socially connected young man escapes from prison after 10 years behind bars and re-learns how to hope, dream, plan…live. She meets Charlie and his daughter, who help her define normal. She is reunited with relatives she hasn’t seen since her conviction. She soon learns that the family of the man she killed is close to finding her and returning her to prison. With the help of good friends and lawyer Charlie, she is able to evade capture.
Huffman writes about social justice issues, but writes them in a non-preachy, very readable style. This is the second of her books that I have read. It comes complete with the expected happily ever after, but the happiness doesn’t come without cost. Social injustices and attitudes are highlighted, but not dwelt upon ad nauseum. A little simplistic perhaps, but palatable for that very reason.