Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sons of Thunder

Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press
February 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-935416-67-8
Genre: Inspirational/historical romantic suspense

Markos Stavros loves Sofia Frangos but he knows that his mother would never consider her worthy of him. Now, on the eve of Markos’ brother’s wedding, Markos comes home with fish for the wedding feast on the morrow—fish that Sofia cleans and prepares. But the wedding never happens, for instead it turns into a murderous scene with at least three dead, and Markos and his younger brother Dino fleeing for America. The only bright spot is that Sofia and her grandfather are with them.

Sofia’s grandfather dies enroute to America, leaving Sofia in the care of the Stavros brothers. Markos has an offer to send Dino and Sofia to Minneapolis to live with a Doctor and his wife, but Markos insists that they are family, they will stay together. Instead, they find themselves a ward of their Uncle Jimmy who is involved in the gang wars in Chicago. And now Markos is fighting to just stay alive. He’s warned that no one ever escapes Jimmy, but Markos is determined to try.

Sofia is torn between the two brothers. Markos is hot-headed and passionate, and Dino is quiet and intelligent. But with World War II calling both brothers to war she hesitates to decide—less she is left behind.

SONS OF THUNDER is one of the launch books of Summerside Press’ new fiction category, historical romantic suspense. I have read all of Ms. Warren’s books so far and considered myself a huge fan, but this book fell far short of the hopes I had in it.

Markos is hot-headed and angry. A man I’d be terrified of. And his Uncle Jimmy is simply awful. I hated how he was manipulating Markos, Dino, and Sofia into what he wanted. Sofia wants to help Markos make decisions for their futures, but he wants to do it alone, even if he fails. Dino hates what has happened to drive them away from Greece, and he has dreams—dreams that will be destroyed if he stays in Chicago. The story, while compelling and well-written is a very hard story to read. $12.99. 367 pages.

Sophie Frangos is torn between the love of two men and the promise that binds them all together. Markos Stavros loves Sophie from afar while battling his thirst for vengeance and his hunger for honor. Dino, his quiet and intelligent brother, simply wants to forget the horror that drove them from their Greek island home to start a new life in America. One of these sons of thunder offers a future she longs for, the other the past she lost. From the sultry Chicago jazz clubs of the roaring twenties to the World War II battlefields of Europe to a final showdown in a Greek island village, they'll discover betrayal, sacrifice and finally redemption. Most of all, when Sophie is forced to make her choice, she'll learn that God honors the promises made by the Sons of Thunder. 

Sons of Thunder launches the new Romantic Suspense line for Summerside Press - it will be available to purchase in Wal-mart mid-January. Also - its uniquely written - its an epic suspense story written as three novellas - 3 points of view, 3 settings.

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. Learn more about Susan here: www.susanmaywarren.com

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Be sure to check out Susan's fun contest for the book's release: Each one of us has a wealth of stories from the past – while they might not all be as sweeping and dramatic as that of Sons of Thunder’s Sofia and the Stravos brothers (swoon), your family history is a treasure nonetheless.

Well – let’s hear them! Were your great-grandparents ‘fresh off the boat’? Was your great uncle a war hero? Did your grandmother make unbelievable sacrifices to help or protect the family? Did your father harbor a family secret until his death? Are you related to someone famous? Do you have a family treasure? Whatever it is that is unique in your family history – share your story HERE! (click on the SHARE button) One grand prize winner will receive:

• Memory Prize package containing a gift certificate to create your own hard cover photo book
• 6 month membership to Netflix (to satisfy that flick fix!)
• Signed copy of Sons of Thunder!

5 runners up will also win signed copies of Sons of Thunder!

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