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The Sound of Red Returning: A Novel

The Sound of Red Returning: A Novel

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by Sue Duffy

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After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert


After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man—that eerie face—the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back—and coming for her.

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Publishers Weekly
Duffy (Fatal Loyalty) opens a new series with pianist Liesl Bower, who is thrust into danger after a concert at the White House brings back a face from her past. Fifteen years earlier, her music teacher was murdered and she learned that he had been a spy for Russia His system for transmitting information involved sheet music, a piece of which is in Liesl’s possession, making her a target for rogue Russians seeking to restore a Soviet regime. That plot extends to Israel and depends on a mole in that country’s defense establishment. Liesl has family trauma in her past as well, and everything comes to a crescendo once the CIA steps in to protect her. Duffy has concocted an intricate plot, and not every thread is equally well developed. A villain in a key position doesn’t convince, and the Israel connection is underplumbed. The characterizations, though, mostly work: old Ian O’Brien steals the show. A very pious president will warm Christian hearts but leave others unpersuaded. The pop-pop-pop of surprise resolutions at the end makes a fine coda. (Jan.)
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“When reading Sue Duffy’s books, one learns to expect the unexpected.”

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Kregel Publications
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Red Returning Trilogy , #1
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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.

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The Sound of Red Returning: A Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
a-nonny-mouse More than 1 year ago
Back Blurb: It's been fifteen years since famous pianist Liesl Bower saw her beloved Harvard mentor gunned down, since the CIA disclosed his double life as a Russian spy. She was interrogated and released, with no incriminating evidence against her. But now, something has happened to set Russian and CIA agents on her heels. New intelligence suggests that Liesl possesses a coded message critical to a resugence of Soviet power. As global tensions mount, the Russians are in a frenzy to find the code before the Americans. Standing in their way, though, is the young pianist from the tidal creeks and secret-shrouded lanes of Charleston, South Carolina. As Liesl outruns the tip of the Russian spear, she must reckon with the wounds of her past, the love of a man she never thought could be hers, and the prevailing power of God. In the final hour, on a world stage, Liesl must deliver a message of her own. My Review: Liesl Bower is hiding. Not by choice. She is the possessor of the fate of the nations. And she doesn't even know it. Russian spies follow her every move and struggling to keep ahead is the CIA. I thought everything happened a little to fast. The action, the romance, etc. Also Sue seemed to describe everything to the point to where you didn't believe it anymore. I also got a little confused to by all the flashbacks. I didn't even know how old Liesl was until the 4th chapter, I thought she was a little girl. My favorite character was the grandmother. She was so cute and funny! So although this book wasn't my favorite, it was clean and enjoyable. ~B
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
An exciting new suspense fiction series by Sue Duffy! Liesl Bower is now the center of attention. Not that she didn't want this attention but those that are looking for her want something more than her ability to play the piano as a prodigy! She learns she has been given a gift by her beloved mentor, Schell Devoe, a prominent Harvard music professor who was murdered in his own home. What he gave Liesl was some sheets of music, in which she didn't think anything about it, until unexpected people began following her. She later learns that Schell Devoe was a double agent for both the US and Russia and in his final moments passed off some music to her that everyone wants that has been secretly coded in some fashion and people will stop at nothing to ensure she gets it. Now the stakes are high when Russia has sent some agents to locate Liesl, retrieve the music and leave no lasting witnesses. I received The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy, the first book in the Red Returning series compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. While this book was a bit of a slow start for me, I found it began to pick up by about the 5th chapter. For those fans of stories of espionage and suspense, then this will be a must read for you. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars.
MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
Sue Duffy has brought her readers a novel that is not only the start to a sure-to-be fantastic new series, but a novel that will move you completely and wholly, following the characters lives as if they were your own. The intense complexity that Ms. Duffy uses to create both the plot line and Lisle's character is truly stunning. This book is a twist of emotional ups, downs and messages that will leave the reader reflecting on this book for a long time to come. Liesl Bower is not your everyday person. No, she's more than that. She's someone who holds the interest of the Russians. Why? Well, she's a pianist and she has something the Russians want before the CIA finds it. The roller coaster ride you take with Liesl and her passion for music, is stunning. When Liesl finds out secrets about her past and her musical mentor, the book takes the reader on a whole new politically dramatic ride. With characters like Liesl and Cade, messages of second chances, right vs. wrong, and intriguing political suspense, this book becomes a movie for the reader. Each event unfolds perfectly and becomes life. Each character, each emotion, each twist will grip you like a vice! This is a 5 Book worthy start to an incredibly addictive new series. I'm hooked on the Red Returning trilogy and this is just book 1! I can't wait until book 2 releases and I can dive back into the intensity of suspense. Ms. Duffy definitely is high on my recommended authors list and this book is one that I will be sharing with EVERYONE who wants that gripping, twisting novel that will be over before you know it...I know because I had it read in 2 days! It's THAT good! Great job, Ms. Duffy! This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.