I love when I find a book that really grabs my attention and makes me think well after I turn the final page. Wiser Than Serpents by Susan May Warren fit that description perfectly. I spent much of the Fourth of July weekend engrossed in this thrilling novel that brings to light the frighteningly real world of human trafficking and slavery.
Although this is the first book I have read by Susan May Warren, I must say that I am now a loyal reader. She presents a gripping story, instantly likeable and relatable characters, and strong Biblical references and perspective. The storyline moved along perfectly without feeling contrived and without glossing over the core substance of the book. I absolutely recommend this book.
If you, like I, don't know much about the human trafficking and slavery crisis that is gripping much of our world, here is what Mrs Warren had to say on the issue:
Did you know that there are 27 million people around the globe held as slaves today – more than 80% of them women and children, and up to 50% minors. In fact, there are MORE slaves today than were in the time of William Wilberforce. That leaves me horrified, and it was those stats that compelled me to write a story with a human trafficking plotline.
Wiser than Serpents is a continuation of the Mission : Russia series, a thriller about Yanna, whose sister is snatched through a Russian dating service, and disappears. Yanna enlists the help of Delta Force Captain, David Curtiss to find and rescue her. Readers who’ve read, In Sheep’s Clothing and Sands of Time will recognize Yanna as the tech expert, and David as the solid Christian of the group. (Read the 5-Rose Review here!)
The book is written from the point of views of the rescuers, not the victims, and
offers hope and empowerment, instead of feelings of helplessness. It raises awareness without lowering the standards of Christian fiction. However, the world is real, and the need to get involved is great. I so greatly admire people who take their beliefs and put action to them –hence why a portion of the proceeds of Wiser than Serpents is going to help the International Justice Mission, (http://www.ijm.org/), an organization dedicated to rescuing victims and fighting the scourge of slavery.
Susan May Warren is doing a fantastic thing by donating 15% of the books royalties to the International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org)! Let’s help spread the word about the IJM and their vital work!
About Susan: 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 .
You can read more about Susan on her website and on her blog.
About Wiser Than Serpents: When her sister vanishes into a human slave ring, FSB agent Yanna Andrevka is determined to rescue her. Unfortunately, she's in over her head, with no way out, especially after destroying the undercover operation of Delta Force Operative David Curtiss, who is deep undercover in the Twin Serpents crime syndicate. David has his hands full trying to save Yana, and his operation -- one that could rescue hundreds of women from the Serpent, or cost he and Yana their lives. The thrilling next chapter of the Mission : Russia series!
Contest Info! Susan will be giving away 3 SIGNED sets of the Mission: Russia (In Sheep’s Clothing, Sands of Time, and Wiser Than Serpents) series. To enter the contest…click on over to Susan’s blog tour post here and tell us which ministries/charities you support and why! Susan will randomly select three winners!
You can read more about Wiser Than Serpents by following the blog tour for the book here.