Book Review ~ Hide and Seek by Jeff Struecker & Alton Gansky

Jeff Struecker & Alton Gansky

Back of the book:

She traded her gun for the power of words, but now she needs both.

Amelia Lennon no longer wears a uniform or carries a weapon. An Army trained Foreign Affairs Officer; she’s negotiating a dispute with the Kyrgyzstan government that threatens to leave the United States without an airbase in that region. While following a government contact—the lawyer daughter of Kyrgyzstan’s president—Amelia witnesses an attempt to abduct her. She thwarts the kidnapping, but now the two women are on the run in a city that’s erupting into chaos.

Master Sergeant J.J. Bartley is the Special Operations team leader tasked to rescue them. With a new member in his unit whose secret could endanger evreyone’s life, J.J. must soldier the team through crazed mobs intent on overthrowing the government. Back home, his pregnant wife is misinformed that her husband and his men have been killed. Before this is over, Bartley will find out that’s the least of his problems.

About the authors:

Maj. (Ret) Jeff Struecker was a decorated member of the United States Army’s most elite fighting corps whose personal experiences in Mogadishu, Somalia, were documented in the New York Times best seller and major motion picture Black Hawk Down. Retired with twenty-two years of active service, he also fought many tours of duty in Panama, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is a nationally recognized speaker and pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Columbus, GA.

Alton Gansky is a Christy Award-nominated and Angel Award-winning author who writes to stimulate thinking about spiritual matters. He served as a pulpit minister for twenty years and has published nearly thirty books.

My thoughts:

When I finally put this book down I literally had to just sit there for a moment to catch my breath. Jeff Struecker’s background in the military lends an authenticity to this story that can’t be missed. When you add in Alton Gansky’s flare for suspense you get a story that is totally consuming to the reader.

This is the fourth joint venture for the two. The first three were; Certain Jeopardy, Blaze of Glory, and Fallen Angel. I’ve enjoyed all of them, but I really think they have hit their stride in this fourth installment.

There are so many elements in the story that just make you proud to be an American and doubly proud of those that selflessly serve and defend our country. Through the intertwining storylines you see in the actions of J.J. Bartley what it takes to be a true leader.  Amelia Lennon shows what it means to be a strong yet compassionate woman. J.J.’s wife Tess reminds us of the sacrifices that military families make on a daily basis.

Let me leave you with a small snippet from the book that is one of my favorite exchanges. I’m not going to say much about it because it comes in the middle of the book, but I think it sums up the sentiments expressed in the story.

“You Christians amaze me. You see so much bad in the world yet you still think there’s a good God.”
Kinkaid gave no sign of offense. 

“We also see a lot of good.”

“Such as?”

“Men willing to sacrifice themselves in a effort to help others. Sacrifice is the heart of Christianity. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, all the apostles sacrificed their lives—all but one was martyred. The early church was persecuted. The streets of Rome were lined with Christians on crosses. I have no expectation that my faith will keep me from trouble.”

“Then why have it at all?”

“To strengthen me in trouble. Faith helps me soldier on.”

For a wild ride through the war torn country of Kyrgyzstan, pick this book up. It will not only entertain you with a good read, but you will come away from it knowing more about our military and the world we live in.

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