William Carmichael and David Lambert’s The Missionary is packed with drama and suspense, as well as being full of surprise twists and turns. David Eller knew life in Caracas, Venezuela, would not be easy as an American missionary but life grows more difficult when he becomes involved in an assassination attempt on the Venezuelan president-dictator. Though his motives are innocent, that doesn’t stop the manhunt which ensues, led by both the government and those who hired him, forcing David to make life-changing decisions.
David’s actions affect not only himself but his family, as well. Christie, his wife, is surprised to learn of David’s involvement, and after the Eller family is forced into hiding, she has to decide if she can forgive her husband as Colossians 3:13 says, “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” She learns what unconditional love really means.
The Missionary is a gripping story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats; it is fast-paced with smooth dialogue, allowing glances into each character’s heart and thought process. The novel addresses issues such as forgiveness and Jesus’ involvement in politics, offering fresh perspectives that hold to biblical principles and are sure to make readers think.
Violence and torture are mentioned. As such, this book is not recommend for those younger than 14. The Missionary is relevant to today’s situation in Venezuela, making it a riveting story for all adults. The book has plenty of action and drama for men, and Carmichael and Lambert incorporate a little romance and emotion for their female audience.
Carmichael and Lambert successfully weave many characters’ vantage points together. Although most people will probably never become involved in an attempted assassination, the characters’ thoughts are relatable and logical under the circumstances found in the novel. The ending was disappointing, however. Many of the loose ends are not tied up. The plot was well conceived, though, and worth following. This book would make an excellent gift or addition to a personal library. – Caitlin Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
David Eller is an American missionary in Venezuela, married to missionary nurse Christie. Together they rescue homeless children in Caracas. But for David, that isn’t enough. The supply of homeless children is endless because of massive poverty and the oppressive policies of the Venezuelan government, led by the Hugo Chavez– like Armando Guzman.
In a moment of anger, David publicly rails against the government, unaware that someone dangerous might be listening—a revolutionary looking for recruits. David falls into an unimaginable nightmare of espionage, ending in a desperate, life-or-death gamble to flee the country with his wife and son, with all the resources of a corrupt dictatorship at their heels.