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The Sound of Red Returning (Red Returning Trilogy) by [Duffy, Sue]
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After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man--that eerie face--the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back--and coming for her.

About the Author

Sue Duffy is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in Moody magazine, The Presbyterian Journal, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader. She is the author of Mortal Wounds (Barbour, 2001) and Fatal Loyalty (Kregel, 2010). Sue has also contributed to Stories for a Woman's Heart (Multnomah). She and her husband, Mike, have three grown children. Find out more at www.sueduffybooks.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (Feb. 15 2012)
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  • Language: English
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Back Blurb:
It's been fifteen years since famous pianist Liesl Bower saw her beloved Harvard mentor gunned down, since the CIA disclosed his double life as a Russian spy. She was interrogated and released, with no incriminating evidence against her. But now, something has happened to set Russian and CIA agents on her heels. New intelligence suggests that Liesl possesses a coded message critical to a resugence of Soviet power.
As global tensions mount, the Russians are in a frenzy to find the code before the Americans. Standing in their way, though, is the young pianist from the tidal creeks and secret-shrouded lanes of Charleston, South Carolina. As Liesl outruns the tip of the Russian spear, she must reckon with the wounds of her past, the love of a man she never thought could be hers, and the prevailing power of God. In the final hour, on a world stage, Liesl must deliver a message of her own.

My Review:
Liesl Bower is hiding. Not by choice. She is the possessor of the fate of the nations. And she doesn't even know it. Russian spies follow her every move and struggling to keep ahead is the CIA. I thought everything happened a little to fast. The action, the romance, etc. Also Sue seemed to describe everything to the point to where you didn't believe it anymore. I also got a little confused to by all the flashbacks. I didn't even know how old Liesl was until the 4th chapter, I thought she was a little girl. My favorite character was the grandmother. She was so cute and funny! So although this book wasn't my favorite, it was clean and enjoyable.
~B
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c5e4f30) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c607ac8) out of 5 stars A journey of healing, suspense, and mystery Feb. 3 2012
By Katie Garvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Sound of Red Returning takes on a very interesting angle to the war--15 years after it ended. Liesl's harrowing adventures come back to haunt her when she suddenly becomes a target of former KGB agents and the CIA. Pretty cool opening to this story, isn't it?

Liesl seemed a bit extreme at times, but besides that, she was a likeable character that is sure to intrigue the readers. I liked Cade right off! And Ian, his grandfather. The camaraderie the two of them had was so humorous, it really added to the story.

The Sound of Red Returning opens with Liesl seeing the man who murdered a close friend in the audience during a performance. And from there on, things keep moving. There is one mention of a wife cheating on a husband--he catches them in the act--but not too much detail is given.

The mystery/suspense was a bit confusing at times and, honestly, I was lost in a few places. But I kept pushing ahead and it all came to a very satisfying conclusion. There was suspense, a bit of mystery, and a journey of healing hurts and redemption.

I reviewed this book for OakTara via Litfuse. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c607b1c) out of 5 stars Hearing . . . The Sound of Red Returning April 25 2012
By Nicole Petrino-Salter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Liesl Bower is a headstrong, self-absorbed, world-reknowned concert pianist who's used to shutting people out of her life. With a scarred family history, the young woman has tried to forget her Harvard mentor's murder and the CIA's disclosure of his traitorious relationship with the Russians. When those investigating decided Liesl knew nothing of his spying, she continued her life of esteemed status and performances. However, one night in the audience a familiar face resurrects the terror of that murder and sets the course for a new wave of CIA interest in her life and mandatory protection.

Ava, the gruff but patient 50ish woman assigned to guard Liesl, enforces all the things that must happen to keep Liesl safe in spite of Liesl's incessant whining and complaining. The US government figures out that Liesl must unknowingly be in possession of something her mentor passed along to her, something the Russians need to recover in order to accomplish something horrific. Unable to disclose the severity of what they know, Ava must implore Liesl to cooperate while avoiding her home in Georgetown, which has been ransacked, to investigate her childhood home in Charleston where her grandmother Lottie now resides in a nursing home fading in and out of lucidity.

Charleston proves interesting when the renters of the basement apartment in Liesl's home end up accompanying Liesl, Ava, and another agent to the hopefully secret dwelling of an additional home in Liesl's family history. From there this group continues to search for this critical item while being pursued.

If you have a hard time warming up to a headstrong woman who can't seem to grasp the seriousness of the CIA's involvement in her life, in spite of having a personal aide to the president as a close friend, then you might have a hard time with Liesl - as I did. In this day and age it strikes me as somewhat unbelievable that a pianist could possibly think under these circumstances she can take of herself.

The romance in this novel is slow-brewed with the initial resistance and barriers but comes to a logical - and expected - conclusion.

If you're picky about the use of adverbs, Sue's writing might get in your way. The faith aspects of the story build and use the independent and often petulant behavior and attitudes of Liesl as a springboard for themes of healing and forgiveness.

The two twists at the end give both a restorative touch and an interesting conclusion to the story. The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy meshes espionage, the threat of terrorism, the damages of torn apart families, courage, and relationship building and restoration.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c607f54) out of 5 stars Intense Spy Thriller Feb. 10 2012
By Marjorie Vawter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm always up to reading a good spy novel, so when I saw the invitation to review The Sound of Red Returning, I jumped at the chance. (Thanks to Litfuse for the free copy of the book in exchange for the review.) The fact that Liesl is also a pianist made me connect with her before I started reading. What a unique premise as to how her piano mentor/double agent passed information! The characters are well developed; the plot moves along, leaving me breathless at times. And I love the spiritual thread that moves through the story as well. Sue Duffy has done a masterful job at spinning a spy thriller that holds the reader's attention through the last page. I highly recommend The Sound of Red Returning, and I will be looking for more books by this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c60b330) out of 5 stars The Sound of Red Returning April 12 2012
By C. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Back Cover:
It's been fifteen years since famed pianist Liesl Bower saw her beloved Hrvard mentor gunned down, since the CIA disclosed his double life as a Russian spy. She was interrogated and released, with no incriminating evidence against her. But now, something has happened to set Russian and CIA agents on her heels. New intelligence suggests that Liesl possesses a coded message critical to a resurgence of Soviet power.

As global tensions mount, the Russians are in a frenzy to find the codee before the Americans. Standing in their way, though, is the young pianist fromt he tidal creeks and sescret-shrouded lanes of Charleston, South Carolina. As Liesl outruns the tip of the Russian spear, she must reckon with the wounds of her past, the love of a man she never thought could be hers, and the prevailing power of God.

In the final hour, on a world stage, Liesl must deliver a message of her own.

My Take:

Combine the romantic intrigue of Russian and American spies, the beauty of piano music, a lovely and withdrawn young woman, and men of varying importance, and you have a captivating book you can't put down!

Ava Mullens, FBI agent and Liesl's protector, Max Morozov, fellow musican, a close friend, and a Israelee who endured his own father-son problems for years, Ben Hafner, assistant to the United States president for domestic policy, all play an important part of the story structure.

Though Liesl is from South Carolina, Duffy gives us a glimpse into other portions of the world. Islands near Italy, Washington D.C. and Moscow enter into the story picture in small mentions, but important tidbits that flavor the settings of the novel. Spies are galore! Nowhere the protagonists run can they escape from them. The plot is an intriguing mix of suspense and romance with the latter progressing in an undercurrent type of development.

Liesl, a professional pianist who performs for both homeland and international dignitaries, is haunted by past memories. A faulty father who abandons her, a mother who dies before her time, a favorite aunt killed unexpectedly, and a grandmother who loses her memory all help to leave Liesl lonely and emotionally damaged. When she's unwittingly caught in a spy net, she must run for her life. She is the key to multi-countries searches, and her music plays a part--but what?

Enter Cade and his grandfather, Ian. Cade, an unemployed journalist, rents the basement apartment of Liesl's grandmother's deserted home. After his grandfather arrives for a visit, they're drawn into the plot when FBI agents show up to search the house for the missing music. It doesn't take long for Cade and Liesl to fall into a reluctant relationship. But the more they're thrown together, the closer they grow.

As the ante is upped, it all dovetails into a riveting tale with a couple of surprises--that's always a pleasure--with a satisfying ending. It's a novel well worth investing your money and time to read. I recommend it highly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c60b414) out of 5 stars Intense, Political, Intriguing Suspense that whisks the reader to the middle of the story! Feb. 10 2012
By Molly~Cafinated Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sue Duffy has brought her readers a novel that is not only the start to a sure-to-be fantastic new series, but a novel that will move you completely and wholly, following the characters lives as if they were your own. The intense complexity that Ms. Duffy uses to create both the plot line and Lisle's character is truly stunning. This book is a twist of emotional ups, downs and messages that will leave the reader reflecting on this book for a long time to come.

Liesl Bower is not your everyday person. No, she's more than that. She's someone who holds the interest of the Russians. Why? Well, she's a pianist and she has something the Russians want before the CIA finds it. The roller coaster ride you take with Liesl and her passion for music, is stunning. When Liesl finds out secrets about her past and her musical mentor, the book takes the reader on a whole new politically dramatic ride.

With characters like Liesl and Cade, messages of second chances, right vs. wrong, and intriguing political suspense, this book becomes a movie for the reader. Each event unfolds perfectly and becomes life. Each character, each emotion, each twist will grip you like a vice!

This is a 5 Book worthy start to an incredibly addictive new series. I'm hooked on the Red Returning trilogy and this is just book 1! I can't wait until book 2 releases and I can dive back into the intensity of suspense. Ms. Duffy definitely is high on my recommended authors list and this book is one that I will be sharing with EVERYONE who wants that gripping, twisting novel that will be over before you know it...I know because I had it read in 2 days! It's THAT good! Great job, Ms. Duffy!

This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.*This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review*