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Friday, March 5, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Sons of Thunder

Susan May Warren had my attention from the start of this book – I loved it!    

It was slightly reminiscent of the movie Pearl Harbor in that the story line revolves around two brothers who are in love with the same woman and they are all affected by World War II.  The book starts out with the three living in Greece and builds a rich background of their stories and connections.  When a tragedy strikes at a family wedding, the three find themselves fleeing to America, pledging to stick together and watch out for one another.   Facing culture shock, poverty and having no where to go – they find themselves trapped under the forceful hand of “Uncle Jimmy” – the only family member they have to rely on.   Unfortunately, Uncle Jimmy is deeply involved in the dark world of gangsters (the likes of Al Capone) and his life of crime and violence have Markos, Dino and Sofia looking over their shoulders and walking on eggshells.

This novel combined many of my favorite historical subjects and I thought the added touch of jazz clubs, Al Capone and gangsters was a nice twist from the usual Christian fiction.  I look forward to reading more of Susan’s books.


Sophie Frangos is torn between the love of two men and the promise that binds them all together. Markos Stavros loves Sophie from afar while battling his thirst for vengeance and his hunger for honor. Dino, his quiet and intelligent brother, simply wants to forget the horror that drove them from their Greek island home to start a new life in America. One of these sons of thunder offers a future she longs for, the other the past she lost. From the sultry Chicago jazz clubs of the roaring twenties to the World War II battlefields of Europe to a final showdown in a Greek island village, they'll discover betrayal, sacrifice and finally redemption. Most of all, when Sophie is forced to make her choice, she'll learn that God honors the promises made by the Sons of Thunder.  

Sons of Thunder launches the new Romantic Suspense line for Summerside Press - it will be available to purchase in Wal-mart mid-January. Also - its uniquely written - its an epic suspense story written as three novellas - 3 points of view, 3 settings.

Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep's Clothing, a thriller set in Russia, was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader's Choice award. A former missionary to Russia, Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.

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Be sure to check out Susan's fun contest for the book's release: 

Each one of us has a wealth of stories from the past – while they might not all be as sweeping and dramatic as that of Sofia and the Stravos brothers (swoon), your family history is a treasure nonetheless.

Well – let’s hear them! Were your great-grandparents ‘fresh off the boat’? Was your great uncle a war hero? Did your grandmother make unbelievable sacrifices to help or protect the family? Did your father harbor a family secret until his death? Are you related to someone famous? Do you have a family treasure? Whatever it is that is unique in your family history – share your story here! (click on the SHARE button)  

One grand prize winner will receive:

•    Memory Prize package containing a gift certificate to create your own hard cover photo book
•    6 month membership to Netflix (to satisfy that flick fix!)
•    Signed copy of Sons of Thunder!

5 runners up will also win signed copies of Sons of Thunder!

You can also be entered to win a copy of Sons of Thunder by helping us Spread the Word during the blog tour!


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This book was provided free for review by Summerside Press

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