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The Missionary: A Novel

3 Ratings: 2.0
A book by William Carmichael and David Lambert

David Eller and his wife, Christie, work to help rescue impoverished children in Caracas, Venezuela. But for David, that isn't enough. when he's given an opportunity to do something more--to heal the disease rather than working on the symptoms--David … see full wiki

Author: William Carmichael , David Lambert
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Date Published: March 2009
1 review about The Missionary: A Novel

Heart-stopping thriller about one man caught in frightening foreign chaos

  • Jul 21, 2009
Rating:
+4
The Missionary by William Carmichael & David Lambert is a pulse-pounding thriller about how an innocent man's actions can shake an entire nation. David Eller loves his job as a missionary at the Hope Village in Caracas, Venezuela working alongside his wife Christie and their young son Davy. But he's angered by the children who are devastated by poverty and neglect on the city's streets, and he doesn't always keep his comments quiet in a country run by a megalomaniacal dictator. His political views bring him to the attention of a man who asks David to do just a couple of small, simple tasks, but when the country suddenly faces an attempted coup and David can't contact the mystery man, he and his family are on a race to save their lives. The authors really keep the pages turning through shady alliances and non-stop action. The reader wants to shake David repeatedly as he acts without thinking,  but it's an integral part of the character and a vital plot element. My only complaint is with the character of Davy. Early in the story, he is described as having ADHD; David even calls him a hummingbird on steroids, but never once in the story do we see Davy showing any symptoms of ADHD. Not through running for his life, capture for the government, and other traumas does he display any of those characteristics. If the writers had left out that description at the beginning, Davy would be portrayed well. If they had thrown in a few scenes of him acting out to his mother's terror, it would have been powerfully moving, but as it is, that part just doesn't work. Davy is, however, only a minor character, so this small flaw does not detract from the thrilling action.

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