Red Dawn Rising by Sue Duffy
It is book 2 of a series. I had not read the first book. Apparently there is going to be a theme of a rising Russian thrust for power, a plan to take over Russia and restore it to it's "former glory." The events from book 1 are alluded to quite a few times, and I would have liked to read it first, but I was able to follow along pretty well with only the occasional confusion because of lack of background.
Cass Rodino is following her stepfather whom her mother suspects of cheating on her when she in unexpected drawn into a web of gangsters and powerful men who seek to restore Russia to her former glory. As the events around her unfurl, she becomes involved with a pianist who has already been part of bringing down the first group of these Russians and an ex-Russian spy. As she faces dark things in her past, she finds love in an unexpected place and realizes that the God of her childhood has never left her and really does offer her hope and forgiveness.
I was immediately drawn into the story which was fairly fast-paced and interesting. The characters were very interesting to get to know, and there was a good balance of action and inner thought, so that I could get to know them well.
There were a few places where the story seemed to slow down. But I think if I read the previous book I would have understood better the people and events written about, and I would have not found those parts slow reading.
I really enjoyed this- even without the information from the first book. I'd like to go back and read it and continue to look for others in the series. I give this one 4 stars and a PG-13 for content because of a good bit of violence and reference to marital indiscretion.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.