She traded in her prison uniform for shackles of a different kind. After escaping a North Korean prison camp, Mee-Kyong is hustled over the border and sold into the Chinese underworld. She vows to survive, but sheer determination and willpower won't save her this time. Is she fated to remain a slave forever?
Slave Again is the product of inspirational suspense novelist Alana Terry, a winner of numerous awards, including the Women of Faith writing contest and the Readers' Favorite award for Christian fiction.
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This author keeps her readers on the edge
The narrator's expressive reading style enhances this story very well. It was so well read, I sat spellbound and listened to the book being read in one sitting. If you have the opportunity to get this book on Audible, I highly recommend it. For me, it increased the pace of the story and held my attention longer than silent reading. But that's not unusual for me. I have always enjoyed oral readings; it seems to match my learning style very well.
What I like most about the author's writing style is that she writes in a brutally honest manner, not pulling her punches in the way she confidently displays the ugly reality of refugee life and the blatant trafficking that goes along with it. While this is written from a Christian viewpoint, you don't have to be a Christian to be swept in the poignancy of the story and tragic realities. I am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
This book is filled with danger, suspense, and gritty reality. The author's talents are crystal clear, as she keeps her readers on the edge all the way through. Our emotions are all over the place as we feel alternately repulsed and heart-broken by the ugly life the North Koreans face, the slavery they sometimes enter when reaching China, the indulgences of the Americans living in China, and the futility of everyone's efforts to right the wrongs, in contrast to the little bit of hope as we see Mee-Kyong's life transformed. There are plenty of surprises in this story, including the identity of a spy for the North Korean government in the Stern's home. Finding the identity of the agent only intensifies the suspense because it impacts the characters in the next story, Torn Asunder.
The suspense and action in this book is tough as nails and somewhat graphic. The worst of it is implied, but our imaginations can easily fill in the details. This is not meant to be a feel good, tender read. The events portray the horrors of living in North Korea, how some try to cross the river into China out of desperation just to earn some money to send back to their starving families. The major thread follows Pang and Mee-Kyong after they have escaped Camp 22. They are about to cross over the border, guided by a sleezy, greedy border broker. Before crossing, Mee-Kyong gives birth to a dead baby; she is considerably weakened by the bleeding but crosses anyway. The broker sells her and another girl into a hotel that prostitutes them. Mee-Kyong adopts the young girl, Sun, and tries to protect her as best as she can.
- Beverly Lynnt "Beverly L. Terry"
Intense Impacting Incredible
The audiobook version of Slave Again is very well done and will keep the listener enthralled.
Slave Again by Alana Terry is a fantastic read!! There aren’t enough words to express the incredible story within its pages. Although it is the book following The Beloved Daughter, it is a stand alone story.
Ms. Terry touches on the crucial roles of women even in oppressed societies. Through the stories of three women, she intertwines a tale of espionage, human trafficking, and rescue. In Slave Again, survival and strength are just among a few of the lessons.
Mee-Kyong has been through a nightmare of a life and now survival is her motivator. The man she has given her heart to has become not only her lover, but her enemy. She must decide between survival and loyalty to him. Although he rescued her from prison, he has in fact, imprisoned her again in a life with him. But Mee-Kyong has lived in the chasm between heaven and hell and she will do whatever it takes to survive…including murder.
Sun is a sweet, innocent girl who wants to help her family. She’s persuaded to find work but her persuader is an evil man with nothing good on his mind, especially for her. Taken from her simple but poor home life she is promised a better future and one that will help her family as well. Willingly, she accepts this promised future not realizing the danger she has placed herself in.
Roger and Juliette are Americans who have a heart for rescuing the improvised they see all around them. Without purpose, Juliette finds depression too close a companion. Determined to help spread the gospel, they work together to teach the people they rescue. Once they’ve completed their training they are sent out as lambs among wolves. Doing all they can to make a difference in the world, they willingly accept danger as part of their daily lives for the sake of the gospel.
Three very different stories that become intertwined in a tale so suspenseful, the reader will not want to put the book down. Alana Terry is a writer with not only great storytelling ability, but a heart for the innocent ones caught in a war and a world filled with devastation and destruction. Definitely a must read!
Ms. Lorence does a great job of interpreting the story and making it come alive! She has great range of character voices and her inflection was well done.
Ms. Terry does an amazing job of making hard issues that people may hear about or read about come to life in a storyline.
A must read!!
- Shai "Say something about yourself!"