Book Review: Special Delivery

11 Apr

In book two of the “Freedom” series, readers find Mara fighting against her attraction to Bible college student Jonathan Flannery, even while wrestling with risking her own precarious safety to become involved in the rescue of another girl who is pregnant and desperately wants to escape her captors and save her own life, as well as her child’s.

Halfway around the world in a brothel in Thailand, a young girl named Lawan is rescued with the promise of being reunited with her little sister who was adopted by an interracial couple in the States, friends of Jonathan’s family. 

Meanwhile, Jefe—Mara’s uncle, who held her as a sex slave in his brothel in San Diego for years—seeks revenge for Mara’s testimony that put him behind bars for life. Will his underworld connections be successful in kidnapping and killing the girl who believes she has finally won her freedom?

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Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored more than 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and won the 2008 Member of the Year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association). Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al. Her most recent release is Special Delivery, the second book in her Freedom series. You can find Kathi at www.kathimacias.com or www.boldfiction.com.

My Impressions: 

Special Delivery, book 2 in Kathi Macias’ Freedom series, is the continuing story of girls and young women trapped in the horrific world of sex slavery.   Macias has written a novel that explores this tough subject with sensitivity, not sensationalism.  Sometimes hard to read because of the disturbing images it conjures, Special Delivery is, nevertheless, a must-read for Christians hoping to understand this world.

The book opens two years after the end of book 1, Deliver Me From Evil. Mara has returned to San Diego to start her new life.  But it is difficult.  Mara was forced into sex slavery by her uncle when only 5 years old.  The terrors of her former life continue to affect the young woman.  And when she encounters a young girl she is sure is being forced into the same slavery, the horrors return. Across the world in Thailand’s Golden Triangle, almost eleven year old, Lawan, has spent two years in a brothel enduring unspeakable terrors night after night. Her faith in Jesus is strong, but her hold on hope is slipping.   Through actions and prayers of others, God works to free the captives.

I always enjoy a book written by Kathi Macias.  She brings her characters to life. There is suspense at every turn.  There is also a message of hope in God not always found in books, even in the Christian market.  It is evident that Macias has a passion for freeing captives — both physical and spiritual.  Her books are filled with the power of God as He works through His people.

Should you read Special Delivery?  Oh yes.  But be prepared to be uncomfortable, shocked and changed by the experience.

 

Highly Recommended.

 

(I received Special Delivery from Pump Up Your Books in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

 

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