Tiger in the Shadows

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Intent on destroying the underground church and seizing secret technologies, a Chinese spy known as the Beijing Tiger discovers the perfect bait when American Stephanie Peng travels to China to free her imprisoned grandfather. Guaranteed fiction!
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Overview

Intent on destroying the underground church and seizing secret technologies, a Chinese spy known as the Beijing Tiger discovers the perfect bait when American Stephanie Peng travels to China to free her imprisoned grandfather. Guaranteed fiction!
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Editorial Reviews

WRGN Network
Tiger in the Shadows is a gripping account of a Chinese government conspiracy to annihilate the Chinese church
— Shirley Updyke
WRGN Network - Shirley Updyke
Tiger in the Shadows is a gripping account of a Chinese government conspiracy to annihilate the Chinese church
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 Information.
KLIATT
Christians in The People's Republic of China endure intense persecution as "cultists" resisting political control. Stefanie Peng, a Chinese-American, travels from Chicago to China to try to secure her grandfather's release after many years in prison. Soon Troy Hardigan, who is in love with Stefanie, appears to help her escape the snare of Kong Qili, the "Beijing Tiger" who is aided by the treachery and fear of a repressed people. Although industrial espionage and the love story of Stefanie and Troy are both plausible parts of this story, the abusive treatment of religious groups is central and is particularly focused on Lao, "The Brother" who uses his ordinariness to perform heroic deeds as he travels to underground churches. The novel's afterword includes supporting material listing actual cases along with a bibliography and Web sites addressing human rights. Many references to the Bible and Christian practice are deftly included in this inspiring and gripping story, which will be a timely addition to high school and public libraries. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Kregel, 395p. bibliog., Ages 15 to adult.
—Maureen Griffin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825441080
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2009

    Gives a great experience of China and Christianity

    I was awed at the way the story wove it's way into my heart. It brought me desire to learn more about China and the Christian survival there. It was a great book.

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