Monday, March 08, 2010

Book Review: Sons of Thunder

Written by Susan May Warren

If you've been around this blog for very long, you know that I am a lover of books. One of my favorite contemporary authors is Susan May Warren. I am honored to have been asked by Litfuse to review her most recent book, Sons of Thunder. I was sent a review copy by the publisher.

What's it All About?

Sophie Frangos is torn between the love of two men and the promise that binds them all together. Markos Stavros loves Sophie from afar while battling his thirst for vengeance and his hunger for honor. Dino, his quiet and intelligent brother, simply wants to forget the horror that drove them from their Greek island home to start a new life in America. One of these sons of thunder offers a future she longs for, the other the past she lost. From the sultry Chicago jazz clubs of the roaring twenties to the World War II battlefields of Europe to a final showdown in a Greek island village, they'll discover betrayal, sacrifice and finally redemption. Most of all, when Sophie is forced to make her choice, she'll learn that God honors the promises made by the Sons of Thunder. 

My Thoughts

I found Sons of Thunder to be different from some of the other books I've read by Susan May Warren. The lead female character isn't sinless, in fact, she's walked a very desperate path. Because of choices she's made, she often wonders if God even cares for her. I find her struggle to accept the forgiveness God offers refreshingly real.

The story itself is written from three separate points of view, leaving the reader feeling a closer connection to each one. I enjoyed the plot twists, of which there were several. The historical settings kept the story fresh and moving which often kept me up past my bedtime.

Over all I enjoyed the read, it pulled me through it and kept me wondering how each character would connect with each other and the Lord.

Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep's Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader's Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota. Learn more about Susan here:HERE.


Of course there is a contest and it's a great one!

Be sure to check out Susan's fun contest for the book's release: Each one of us has a wealth of stories from the past – while they might not all be as sweeping and dramatic as that of Sons of Thunder’s Sofia and the Stravos brothers (swoon), your family history is a treasure nonetheless.

Well – let’s hear them! Were your great-grandparents ‘fresh off the boat’? Was your great uncle a war hero? Did your grandmother make unbelievable sacrifices to help or protect the family? Did your father harbor a family secret until his death? Are you related to someone famous? Do you have a family treasure? Whatever it is that is unique in your family history – share your story HERE. One grand prize winner will receive:

• Memory Prize package containing a gift certificate to create your own hard cover photo book
• 6 month membership to Netflix (to satisfy that flick fix!)
• Signed copy of Sons of Thunder!

5 runners up will also win signed copies of Sons of Thunder!

Final Thoughts

I find books to be a great escape from the stresses of daily life. Sons of Thunder is the perfect book to wrap yourself up in on a wet spring day. Look for it on Amazon and everywhere good books are sold.

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