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Overview Somewhere in the darkness the Tiger waits, ready to strike...Abandoning her comfortable American life, Stefanie Peng sets out for China on a desperate quest to rescue her grandfather, a pastor in the underground church. Her quest leads her to labor camps, secret church meetings, and even prison, bringing her face to face with the value of their freedom and the cost so many pay for their faith. Little does she know that a Chinese master spy, the Beijing Tiger, stalks her every move, clawing for leverage over her father, a world-renowned physicist, and stetting a trap for the leaders of the Chinese church. Only the courage of the enigmatic man who loves her can save her. A gripping account of a Chinese government conspiracy to annihilate the Chinese church and bring America to her knees.
Stefanie Peng abandons her comfortable American life for a desperate quest--gaining the release of her grandfather, an underground pastor, from an oppressive Chinese labor camp. But the "Beijing Tiger," a Chinese master spy, stalks her every move; clawing for leverage over America through her father, a world-renowned physicist, and the leaders of the Chinese church. Only the courage of the enigmatic man who loves her can save her. From the labor camps to illegal union meetings, from prison to the underground church, Stefanie comes face-to-face with the value of her freedom and the cost so many pay for the faith. The author--a member of Human Rights in China--knows the Chinese situation A dramatic look at the living conditions of persecuted brothers and sisters in ChristTouches a growing global consciousness
From Publishers Weekly In this well-intentioned suspense novel for the inspirational market, Wilson
succeeds in showing the abuses and restrictions imposed on Christians in
China, but is less adept at crafting believable, compelling fiction. Stefanie
Peng has made a promise to her Nanai (grandmother) that she will leave their
comfortable home in Glen Ellyn, Ill., and travel to China to attempt to
locate her grandfather, imprisoned there for many years for his beliefs. Troy
Hardigan, a (refreshingly!) homely friend who has a keen romantic interest in
Stefanie, senses trouble and follows her to China, presumably to help. Things
quickly unravel, and Stefanie finds herself on the run from the nefarious
Beijing Tiger, a spy who, improbably, is involved in stamping out the "cult"
of Christianity while also engaging in international espionage. Wilson pairs
scenes from the persecuted church with scenes from the lives of Troy and
Stefanie, as the two story lines converge. She relies heavily on genre devices
and information on the state of Christianity in China to move the plot along,
not always smoothly. The deletion of extra scenes, superfluous plot threads
and unnecessary characters would have resulted in a focused, cleaner read.
Characters tend to be one-dimensional, and some scenes are unconvincing,
including a contrivance in which the Beijing Tiger's door is left unlatched.
However, with its themes of forgiveness and steadfast faith, this novel should
appeal to CBA readers who are interested in broadening their knowledge of
religious persecution in China. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business
Awards and Recognitions Tiger in the Shadows: a novel by Debbie Wilson has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2005 Winner - Suspense category
Citations And Professional Reviews Tiger in the Shadows: a novel by Debbie Wilson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Kliatt - 11/01/2004 page 21
Publishers Weekly - 03/15/2004 page 53
Romantic Times - 05/01/2004 page 76
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.05" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date May 11, 2004
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825441080 ISBN13 9780825441080
Availability 0 units.
More About Debbie Wilson
A freelance writer, Debbie Wilson has debated about abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, and homeschooling on college campuses and television and has helped her husband and children build their house. When not writing on homeschooling, history, politics, and persecution, she babies her rottweilers, trains in defensive firearms techniques, embroiders, and is a political and human rights activist. She currently studies China, terrorism, and persecution of Christians around the world.
Reviews - What do customers think about Tiger in the Shadows: a novel?
an engrossing read from cover to cover Feb 4, 2005
I just finished reading this book a few minutes ago..my mind is still tossing and turning with the story. Wilson brillianty weaves mystery, espionage, culture, education and romance into one story that I personally was unable to put down.
The book centers around Stefani, and American Chinese-Hispanic young woman living in the US. Stefani's family is a close knit one, consisting of her parents, her sisters, her grandmother and two very close family friends. When the story begins, we are introduced to Stefani, whose life is a mess; having just ended a relationship with a cheating fiance. Soon we learn that Stefani's family is divided, that the Chinese Revolution forced her grandmother and father to flee to the states, leaving her grandfather behind and imprisoned.
When Stefani learns that her grandmother has been diagnosed with cancer and is unwilling to undergo treatment, Stefani makes a bargain with her: her grandmother agrees to participate in the treatments and Stefani agrees to go to China and rescue her grandfather.
From here we follow Stefani to China where things are never as they seem. We are escorted into a brilliant world of betrayal, lies, faith, love and espionage. It is a combination of concepts that few authors could pull off, however, Wilson did an astounding job.
Christian Book Previews Aug 2, 2004
Tiger in the Shadows by Debbie Wilson brings together spies, romance, and the persecuted church. Her world rocked by her fiancé's infidelity and her grandmother's cancer, Stefanie Peng travels to China in an attempt to free her grandfather, imprisoned for decades as an underground pastor. She doesn't know that she's walking into a trap set by a jealous college friend and Kong Qili, a master Chinese spy known as the Beijing Tiger. Stefanie holds the key to both her physicist father and aging grandfather, who Kong believes knows the whereabouts of the Brother, an elusive evangelist.
Troy Hardigan has been a family friend of the Pengs for eleven years, but none of them know that behind the smooth-talking salesman and jokester is a cunning CIA agent. Stefanie's broken engagement brings him relief, but he doubts she'll ever see the man she used to call "Uncle Troy" as anything more than a big brother. When he hears she's in China working as a teacher under Kong Qili, he knows she's in trouble and immediately heads for China. But can he rescue her from the jaws of the Tiger without blowing his cover and compromising US security?
Wilson expertly weaves vivid characters and thrilling plot, leaving the reader both breathless and moved. China and its persecuted Christians become real as their stories mesh with Troy and Stefanie's. For dramatic international intrigue, faith so strong that even death cannot threaten it, and a deep and gentle love story, pick Tiger in the Shadows. -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
Page turning excitement Jun 15, 2004
The opening of the book tells the reader that excitement is coming and will not stop till the end of the book. Tigers in the Shadows reads like a cross between a Tom Clancy novel and a "Left Behind" book, and Mrs. Wilson had also been able to weave a romance into it. The chapters end with a tug on you that makes you read the next one, and the next one, and the next one. You'll find yourself up late into the night, trying to put it down and unable to. This book is a fun read for anyone who likes action, mystery, romance, or general fiction.
Current, educational, inspirational, well-written Jun 11, 2004
My wife & I finished this book last night. It is the best fiction either of us have read in a long time.
Wilson weaves in little-known information on the oppressions of the Communist governments in both the PRC and North Korea so smoothly, that the reader doesn't even know he's being educated about them.
Her story moves along very briskly, always leaving us wanting to read the next chapter. We expected that somewhere it would slip into some of the contrived nonsense of most fiction we read, but it never did. The one or two lucky breaks that either the heroes or the villains got were believable since they didn't happen all the time.
It's a story to thouroughly enjoy when reading, but it's one whose message is hard to forget. The accounts of the faithfulness of the persecuted believers challenged my own Christian walk. The accounts of repression and abuse of power made me very thankful for the liberty I, as a well-fed free American, tend to take for granted.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants either good Christian fiction or a deeper empathy with the persecuted church.
A story of persecution, love, and enduring faith in China. May 29, 2004
In Tiger in the Shadows, Wilson weaves a gripping tale of revenge and love, fear and courage in today's China. She combines a level of research rarely seen in modern fiction with a story-telling ability comparable to Tom Clancy's.
Tiger in the Shadows reveals the changes that have taken place in Communist China, as well as the repression and religious persecution that still exist. It will inform, entertain, and move you to tears.
In the book, Stephanie Peng's search for her grandfather leads her into a world full of suspicion and intrigue on the one hand, and the simple vital faith of the underground Church on the other. She faces a web of deceit from some that she thought were her friends, and faithful love from a man that she regards as just a friend.
This is a book that you won't be able to put down. If you read only one novel this year, Tiger in the Shadows is the one to read.