Monday, August 27, 2018

Out of North Korea by Alana Terry

About the Book

Book Title: Out of North Korea  
Author: Alana Terry  
Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense  
Release date: June 25, 2018

A single photograph could cost his life …
Ian McAllister has searched the world over, hunting for that all-elusive perfect photograph.
He finds it on a tourist trip to North Korea when he stumbles upon a young street kid foraging for roots.
Unaware that this single act will brand him a spy and cost his freedom, Ian takes the shot.
Now he must pay the penalty.
A true-to-life novel about an American imprisoned behind North Korea’s closed borders.
A gripping tale of courage, faith, and hope from award-winning Christian novelist Alana Terry.

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My Review

If it’s a developing complex character you are looking for, Out of North Korea has it for you. We are introduced with Ian, an agnostic/atheist who take a photo that changes his world almost in an instant. Especially with all the news we read every day, we are more aware of North Korea and the oppression of the people who live there. Ian ends up a prisoner in this place that I am sure we are all too scared to even think about for ourselves. The inner monologue of our protagonist ensues, and we get a glimpse of his sweet grandma whom he loves but totally disagrees with on the concept of God. He makes a friend from an unexpected source who also pushes him to think the idea of God may be one worth investigating. I was reminded to pray and be involved with the widows, orphans, brothers and sisters who can not freely worship and are punished for their love of Christ, even murdered. One verse that hit home was that to whom much is given, much is required. This inspired me as someone who has had the opportunity to experience a lot and grow up in a nurturing environment to challenge myself to give more to others in any way the Lord calls me to. This book really will make you think, and while it is quite a lot of monologue, it gives us the story of a man who realizes who God is in the midst of a crisis we all tremble to think of. I feel like any fiction reader should give this one a go just to open themselves to a reality that may make them uncomfortable, but one they need to be aware of.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are my own. 

About the Author

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Have you seen in the news that the leaders of North and South Korea have both publicly stated their willingness to promote peace on the Korean peninsula? It was certainly a historic moment, and this part of the world has earned its place in global headlines.

My interest in North Korea, however, goes back over a decade, when as a young mother I received a prayer burden for the people of North Korea. Fast-forward to five years ago when my debut novel was released. The Beloved Daughter follows the life of a young girl who is sent to prison camp because of her father’s Christian faith. In addition to winning several awards, The Beloved Daughter gave an expression to my prayer burden to see North Korea free to worship the one true God.
Out of North Korea is unique among my other titles because it’s the first story that focuses on an American in North Korea. Ian McAllister is captured and held in a Pyongyang prison because of a photograph he took of a young homeless boy. I hope the message leaves you as inspired and encouraged as I was when I was writing it.

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1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the opportunity to read about another great book. With so many readers in my family, always great to hear about more choices I think they'd enjoy reading.Having a family who loves to read, I always