Conviction by Robbin J. Peterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Religious Suspense
Book Description: After a rocky start as a missionary in Ukraine, Elder Neal Christensen is struggling to learn the Russian language and embrace an unfamiliar life away from his small Northern California town. And in an instant, a peculiar encounter with the wrong people changes everything. Dragged from his apartment in the dead of night, Neal is taken to prison and charged with the theft of a priceless museum piece. As days turn into weeks, he is thrown into a world of uncertainty where he must rely on the only person he can trust—the Savior. And as his Russian slowly improves within the prison walls, he begins preaching the gospel in the last place he imagined proselytizing. But when civil unrest erupts in Ukraine, the now-familiar routine of imprisonment is over. Neal is trapped in the chaos, and with his life on the line, his only hope of survival is escape. Yet he learns too late that there is as much danger awaiting him outside the prison walls as within. Someone has gone to great lengths to incriminate the young missionary, and they will stop at nothing to silence him forever.
My thoughts: There are many descriptor words that can be used with this novel: refiners fire, atonement, forgiveness, compassion, strength, hell...etc. These are just a few. I am sure that readers can come up with many more. While it is a book about learning and growing, it is also about a young man becoming strong and realizing where strength comes from.
This book in many ways is a nightmare brought to life. Neal Christensen is accused of a crime he didn't commit, thrown in jail, beaten and berated. He is in a foreign country trying to understand a language he is struggling with. He is way out of his element.
This book spans so much more than religion. It is a great suspense book, there is the real thief out there who went to great lengths to incriminate a young American. It is a book about forgiving yourself and forgiving others. It's a book about a young man who is put in impossible circumstances but comes out stronger in the end. In short, it's a book about hope.
This book contains violence. I would recommend it to older teens and above.
Online Purchase Links;
About the Author: (Taken from Amazon) I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor degree in English Lit. My first written work of art was in sixth grade: a play called "Cinderella." I wrote it then directed it with friends in the church gym. Writing was always a creative escape for me. And now that I'm a mother with several children, that has become especially true. When I'm not writing I enjoy playing my viola in our local symphony, as well as teaching the young and old to develop their own talents, whether that be with a stringed instrument or through writing workshops.
Enter the Tour Giveaway:
Prize and winner notification will be coming from Covenant Communications.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Visit the Tour Stops:
*June 18th: https://www.rockinbookreviews.