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Overview This electrifying and heart-pounding sequel to Without Warning, combines a profound understanding of a broken world with realistic portrayals of how Christ can still make a difference in our age of terror. Held hostage by radical Islamic terrorists in Israel, Jessica Cain's survival hangs on a chance encounter with a total stranger and the possibility that her father can save her. Guaranteed fiction!
Publishers Description This electrifying and heart-pounding sequel to "Without Warning "combines a profound understanding of a terror-filled world with realistic portrayals of Christ at work in people's lives. Held hostage in Israel by radical Islamic terrorists, Jessica Cain's survival hangs on a chance encounter with a total stranger and the slim possibility that somehow her father will find her.
From Publishers Weekly Protracted, slow novels padded with unnecessary scenes, characters, settings
and points of view are endemic in the inspirational market, and at almost 700
pages, Tanneberg's sequel to Without Warning exemplifies these problems. The
story line follows a tried-and-true adventure formula. While 12-year-old
Jessica Cain and her father, John, are on a tour of Israel, Islamic terrorists
abduct Jessica. John returns home, but when Jessica is rumored to have been
taken to Iran, it's clear the U.S. government doesn't want to instigate an
international incident by trying to rescue her. At his wit's end, John travels
to Iran, where terrorists hold Jessica hostage. Coincidentally, just as he
arrives at the house where she is imprisoned, Jessica escapes out of a
conveniently unlocked window. Jessica stows aboard a ship and encounters
terrorists in Croatia, while her family combats even more terrorism in the
United States. Tanneberg's details about the Middle East are laudably
specific, but he tends to bury the reader under an avalanche of information.
There are also myriad and superfluous point-of-view shifts, which hurt the
pacing. Buried within are some interesting scenes, but few readers will have
the stamina to persist to the novel's conclusion. A ruthless edit could have
massaged this novel into a fast-paced suspense read, but at twice the length
it needs to be, it fails to engage the reader. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed
Citations And Professional Reviews Vanished: A Novel by Ward Tanneberg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 12/01/2004 page 128
Publishers Weekly - 05/31/2004 page 49
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Studio: Kregel Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6.32" Height: 1.42" Weight: 1.42 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825438500 ISBN13 9780825438509
Availability 0 units.
More About Ward Tanneberg
Ward believes story remains our best device for truth telling. The skillful blending of love and hate, inspiration and faith, uncertainty and danger is a daunting challenge. Ward is loved by readers for inviting us to a stage on which compelling characters portray "the God who is there and is not silent," in an irresistible page-turning style. In fiction, allegory, essay or memoir, his worldview is Christocentric. His stated mission, "listen well, write creatively, speak to influence, stir the glowing embers of my peers and turn the Light on for the next generations" embraces that worldview. When writing or speaking at retreats, conferences and churches, he addresses key questions for every person: "Who is God in my life right now? Who am I at this time in my life? What shall I do with the years that remain?" Ward's literary works include inspirational thrillers Without Warning, Vanished, Pursuit and 2015 Illuminations award-winning Redeeming Grace. You can also follow his blog, Perspective. He has been an evangelist, denominational youth and men's ministries leader, Christian college public relations director, guest lecturer, adjunct professor, writer, novelist, and pastor in three churches. Ward lives in Bellevue, Washington. A widower, he has 2 married children, 3 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. His interests and ministry have taken him to over 50 countries of the world.
Reviews - What do customers think about Vanished: A Novel?
Couldn't Put It Down! Aug 21, 2005
Prepare to get nothing done for at least two days while you finish this gripping, page-turning novel that generates plenty of suspense. It was a story so current and so close to what could possibly happen in the middle east, that I was caught up in the plight of the family. Non-stop action and a fascinating plot, sprinkled with some truly frightening moments, makes this a must-read novel, especially in light of today's headlines.
One of the best Christian thrillers yet. Jan 18, 2005
John Cain wants his daughter back. But no one knows where she is. In "Without Warning," the first book in this series, Pastor John Cain and his daughter were touring the Holy Lands when they became separated. Cain's tour bus was hi-jacked by terrorists. Cain was able to stop part of the terrorist's plan, but he is now in the states and the government isn't doing enough to get his daughter back.
The terrorist Cain defeated in the first novel, Marwan Dosha, is determined to win. His people have Cain's daughter. However, no trace of Jessica surfaces until two unlikely characters recognize the young girl. But until then, the search seems futile.
Jessica Cain is 12-years old when the novel opens, and realizes she is the prisoner of the Palestinian Islam Jihad. Quick-witted and courageous, Jessica works on freeing herself in the middle of a strange land where she doesn't speak any of the languages, and where everyone seems to be an enemy.
But the enemy has a face, too, in "Vanished," and Jessica learns there are kindness, humanity and courage sprinkled throughout the human race, even in the midst of the most horrible situations.
The action and fast-pace of this novel are remarkable and will challenge readers to finish it in one sitting-all 525 pages. The plot takes amazing twists and turns, and Tanneberg is genius at keeping the stakes high.
The book alternates between Jessica's and her father's viewpoint, at once providing a look into the frustration of a parent and the panicked, but resourceful, actions of his child. A definite page-turner, "Vanished" is full of well-drawn characters, realistic emotion, excellent plotting and pacing, and it definitely doesn't fall into the chasm of boring fiction.
Ultimately, Tanneberg has succeeded in portraying ordinary people who become righteous warriors of God in a thriller that might not only hold its own, but also out-distance mainstream novels.