Mini-Book Review: Port of Origin

15 Dec

Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry have combined to create some great African-based medical suspense with their Agents of Mercy series. The first book in the series, Ghost Heart, explored organ harvesting. Port of Origin focuses on the threat of a global pandemic. It may be too soon for some readers, but I found the novel not only intriguing, but unputdownable. A 2021 Christy finalist, this book is highly recommended!

Hijacking oil tankers brings cash to Dabir Omar’s family, but it doesn’t buy the medical care needed to stop a deadly sickness attacking his people. When Dabir’s son becomes ill, the desperate pirate sets sail for the Liberty, an international humanitarian medial ship ported on the Cameroon coast.

Shortly after Dr. Josiah Allen arrives on the Liberty with his precocious six-year-old daughter, he is sent ashore to investigate a mysterious illness at the ship’s post-op clinic. While he’s gone, pirates hijack the medical ship where Josiah left his daughter.

When pirate negotiations fail, ex-military Mackenzie Scott’s extraction team comes in for the rescue. But when the pirates refuse to surrender, both fathers are forced to go to war to save their children.

How far would you go to save your child?

USA Today and CBA bestselling author Lisa Harris is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom, Port of Origin, and Vendetta, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 (Blood Covenant) and 2015 (Vendetta) from Romantic Times. She has sold over half a million books. She and her family have spent two decades working as missionaries in Africa where she runs a small non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project promotes Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)

When she’s not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at

Lynne Gentry loves small towns and people watching. Observing body language. Catching the twitch of an eyebrow, the flicker of discomfort in a gaze, or the shifting of nervous feet. 

As a professional acting coach-theater director turned fiction author, Lynne loves using her crazy imagination to entertain with her books. Her works range from the highly-rated science fiction time travel series (Carthage Chronicles), medical thrillers (Ghost Heart), to small town southern romantic comedy series (the Mt. Hope Southern Adventures and the Women of Fossil Ridge). Readers are cheering this return to her small town roots. You’ll laugh and cry as these heartwarming adventures drop you in the middle of small-town Texas life. 

Lynne loves spending time with family or working the hospital oncology wards with her medical therapy dog.

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My Impressions:

I loved Ghost Heart by Lynne Gentry and Lisa Harris. The first book in their African-based Agents of Mercy series opened my eyes and my heart to so many things. The second book, Port of Origin, amped up the suspense with its focus on the threat of a global pandemic. While some might find it too early to read such a book, I was immediately swept up in the story which includes not only the deadly outbreak, but the desperation of people caught up in poverty because of large global enterprises destroying their chance to make a living and the ecological sins of large corporations putting not only locals at risk, but the whole world. This book was intense! The characters are well-drawn, and I found myself pulled into each of their stories (even the bad guys 😉 ). It’s a race against time for the researchers and doctors, as well as those seeking to shut down the pirates. I could not turn the pages fast enough!

An excellent novel with non-stop suspense and a lot to think about, Port of Origin is a highly recommended read!

Highly Recommended.

Audience: Adults.

(I purchased the Kindle version of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)