Congratulations to Canadian author Eric E. Wright, whose novel Captives of Minara has been chosen for the 2010 One Book/One Conference program of the Church Library Association of Ontario (CLAO). From the One Book/One Conference site:
Captives of Minara is the second Josh Radley suspense novel, and winner of The Word Guild 2009 Canadian Christian Writing Award for mystery/suspense. I reviewed book one, The Lightning File, and am looking forward to reading book two. Here’s a brief description from Eric E. Wright’s website:
Journalist Josh Radley reluctantly travels to Pakistan—scene of a childhood trauma—at a time when its fragile democracy faces enormous challenges from militant Islamism. Instead of covering terrorism, Josh is commissioned to write about the glories of Pakistan’s ancient past. He arrives at the excavation of a 4500 year old Indus civilization city in the desert between India and Pakistan. Josh, his daughter Janice and wife Stephanie expect heat and dust but are unprepared to deal with sabotage, theft, kidnapping, and murder.
Josh’s investigations expose a brutal gang willing to smuggle anything for money, including women and children whom they consign to a life of slavery. Josh must first put to rest nightmares from a trauma experienced during his childhood as a missionary kid in Pakistan. Then he must restore intimacy to his marriage and come to grips with the criminal mastermind who threatens his family.
This looks like a tense read, but that’s what suspense novels are all about!