Monday, January 21, 2013

Hide and Seek

Have you ever been so invested in the plotline of a novel that you found yourself holding your breath in anticipation for the next twist of the tale? That's exactly what happened to me while I was reading Hide and Seek. This military intelligence adventure, written by authors Major (Retired) Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky, plunks you right in the middle of the action and keeps you tight in its grip until the final word on the last page.
Master Sergeant J.J. "Boss Bartley, soon-to-be father of twins, welcomes two new guys to his Special Operations team not long before heading out on a search and rescue mission in riot-riddled Kyrgyzstan to recover an Army-trained Foreign Affairs Officer and the lawyer daughter of Kyrgyzstan's president. As the team fight their way through the streets of Bishkek, the stakes are constantly raised, which adds to the drama and keeps you on the edge of your seat--and turning pages! Each new person you meet along the way adds a new layer of depth to the strong complexity of this search and rescue tale.

On page 188, Sergeant Alan Kinkaid says, "Faith helps me soldier on." I find this to be true in my own life as well. Whenever I am struggling with something and think that there is no way I can make my through the difficult circumstances, God is there to help me through it. Leaning on faith is quite hard sometimes because, as humans, we want to have things well in control. Hide and Seek serves as a reminder that things don't always go the way you think they will. Life comes with speed bumps of all sorts. These trials are put in place to strengthen us, direct us back to the right path (or simply a different one), and correct us when we fall short. When things go awry, our faith in God will surely help us "soldier on."

Hide and Seek is a fantastic story that I couldn't put down. In fact, I read it in only three days. Major (Retired) Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky work well together, telling an intricate story of teamwork, military pride and brotherhood, and the importance of family. I look forward to reading more books by Major (Retired) Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky. You can find Hide and Seek and other books and information about the authors on each of their websites: http://jeffstruecker.com and http://altongansky.com. May God bless you in amazing ways this week.


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