Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wiser Than Serpents

Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Steeple Hill
June 2008
ISBN: 978-0-373-78620-6
Genre: Inspirational/romantic suspense

FSB agent Yanna Andrevka isn’t totally thrilled when her sister finds an internet boyfriend. But when Elena and their friend, Katya, disappear when flying to America to meet and marry their boyfriends, Yanna is concerned and believes that Elena and Katya have been picked up by criminals looking to sell the women into slavery.

So, Yanna Andrevka arranges her own kidnapping into Taiwan’s sex-trafficking trade, hoping that there she would find her sister. What she finds instead is an impossible situation, with no way out.

Delta Force Captain, American David Curtiss is after the kingpin of the organized crime syndicate that holds Yanna and hundreds of others, but instead he finds himself in hot water, forced to turn on friends, and relying heavily on God and each other to outwit their enemy….

WISER THAN SERPENTS is the newest book in the Misson: Russia series, but it easily stands alone. The action starts immediately in the prologue, though I was thrown a bit to discover that the actual story begins before the prologue. Otherwise, I had absolutely no complaints about this story.

Susie knows how to write a delightful story, with compelling characters, and nonstop action. The faith message is very much a part of this story, woven into every scene with excellence. Yanna and David are real and the reader quickly grows to care for them. Don’t miss this new winner by award-winning author, Susan May Warren. You won’t be disappointed. $6.99. 352 pages.

** Susan is donating 15% of the books royalties to the International Justice Mission (!

A note from Susan:
Did you know that there are 27 million people around the globe held as slaves today – more thank 80% of them women and children, and up to 50% minors. In fact, there are MORE slaves today than were in the time of William Wilberforce. That leaves me horrified, and it was those stats that compelled me to write a story with a human trafficking plotline.

Wiser than Serpents is a continuation of the Mission : Russia series, a thriller about Yanna, whose sister is snatched through a Russian dating service, and disappears. Yanna enlists the help of Delta Force Captain, David Curtiss to find and rescue her. Readers who’ve read, In Sheep’s Clothing and Sands of Time will recognize Yanna as the tech expert, and David as the solid Christian of the group. (Read the 5-Rose Review here!)

The book is written from the point of views of the rescuers, not the victims, and offers hope and empowerment, instead of feelings of helplessness. It raises awareness without lowering the standards of Christian fiction.
However, the world is real, and the need to get involved is great. I so greatly admire people who take their beliefs and put action to them –hence why a portion of the proceeds of Wiser than Serpents is going to help the International Justice Mission, (, an organization dedicated to rescuing victims and fighting the scourge of slavery.

About Susan: Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia , was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia , Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota .

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Contest Info! Susan will be giving away 3 SIGNED sets of the Mission: Russia (In Sheep’s Clothing, Sands of Time, and Wiser Than Serpents) series. To enter the contest…click on over to Susan’s blog tour post here ( and tell us which ministries/charities you support and why! Susan will randomly select three winners!

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