Sue Duffy was an award-winning writer for publications such as Moody Magazine, Sunday Digest, and The Christian Reader, and the author of the Red Returning trilogy, Mortal Wounds, and Fatal Loyalty.
Fatal Loyalty: A Novelby Sue Duffy
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Andie Ryborg is on the run. Her father’s campaign for governor and work against the illegal drug trade has put a target on her head. Hiding out in a quiet bungalow in Miami’s exotic Coconut Grove, she hopes to find a normal life removed from the treachery of her father’s world. But no matter how far she runs, she can’t escape the powerful Francini family.
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I really enjoyed this clean Christian suspense. Since I live in Florida, the location and premise of the story was of special interest to me. It captured my interest at once with tension, excitement, twist and turns. There were plenty of surprises and likeable characters. The Christian message was there in the actions of the characters and did not detract from the story. It got a bit heavy in the very end but not too much. The theme of family was brought out well and throughout. I think it is good for most everyone.
In Fatal Loyalty, Sue Duffy takes her readers on an amazing fast-paced ride. This is a Christian suspense of dangerous drug lords and those who would try and stop them. Fatal Loyalty is incredible Christian suspense read will thrust the reader into the midst of deceptive appearances where truth is disguised and loyalties must be questioned because nothing is what it seems. Sue infuses this story with a deep faith in God and prayer for protection, and that faith is vital throughout the fast-changing events brought on by drug lords out to destroy their enemies. Fatal Loyalty is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good suspense.
Sue Duffy has written a book laced with tension, excitement, and subterfuge. Andie Ryborg is in danger because her father is running for governor of the state of Florida on a very strong anti-drug campaign and the drug lords are out to make certain that he is not elected. Consequently, Andie's life has been threatened and she has been forced into hiding. In spite of the fact that Andie has been assigned protection, she still senses that someone is watching her. Her home is invaded and her privacy becomes non-existent. For every move that Andie's father makes to ensure her safety, the members of the drug gang are right there to foil his efforts. This is a very well written, generally fast-paced, and excitement-filled book. There were, however, several sections in the book where it really seemed to drag and I found my attention wandering. After a few pages, I would manage to get back into the story but there were times that I was sorely tempted to skip some pages. I persevered and did not do that for fear that I would miss some important element in the story. I later realized that I could easily have skimmed over some of those parts without losing a thing. There were some parts of the story that I felt were weak. For example, the book kept emphasizing that Andie and other characters should trust no one; yet when a character showed up on the scene with no one to vouch for her credibility, in no time at all Andie, her father, and her father's staff were trusting this person completely and implicitly. It just seemed a bit too quick and easy for my acceptance factor, but other reviewers have not had a problem with this issue. In spite of these minor flaws, I would still recommend this book for those who enjoy reading about drug abuse, dirty politicians, and God's omnipotence and mercy. The message of redemption and forgiveness is strong and well-done and it is for this reason that I feel this book is a worthwhile read.
Fatal Loyalty is a book about Tony Ryborg running for governor of FL, his fight against drugs, death threats, his daughter's safety issues, and Evan Markham's involvement with the drug lords and the Ryborgs. Sue Duffy takes you though a fast-paced thriller of the dangers of drug lords and those who oppose them. Throughout the book, I find that the choices we make determine the course of our lives, good or bad. Some are split-second choices and you need to have wisdom. The underlying question, although not always obvious, is whether you trust God to be there for you when things don't make sense. We all question where God is when times get tough and dangerous. Sue also infuses this story with a deep faith in God and prayer for protection, and that faith is vital throughout the fast-changing events brought on by drug lords out to destroy their enemies. There's the old saying, 'When things get tough, the tough get going.' The underlying theme here is prayer and trust in tumultuous times. Where does your help come from? What I also found exciting in Sue's style of writing was her use of metaphors, i.e., "Far at sea, they (high-speed racer boats) would suckle from a mother ship engorged with drugs, then race to the mainland to, in turn, feed their own flocks of dealers." What a picture! Need I say more? Special thanks to Cat Hoort of Kregel Publications for sending me a review copy.
A romance with a strong Christian theme - two adult children find themselves in a conflict that is the result of their father's careers. Honestly, the book is a mixed bag. The plot is not complicated, nor are the characters. I found the jump from stalker to love implausible and a little creepy. The ending was abrupt and not backed up by the story before it. I felt the author's politics got in the way of the Christian theme - all about drug enforcement and nothing for the weakest and poorest. However, I did really like the forgiveness theme in the book. There was forgiveness for all who asked and that is a message we should all keep in mind. I also liked the art and the author's writing about Florida and its surrounding islands. I found myself really wishing to spend some time out on one of those pole houses - sounded wonderful!