Saving Sophie – by Ronald Balson


Saving Sophie by Ronald Balson

Paperback: 448 Pages

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (September 15, 2015)

ISBN-13: 9781250065858

Synopsis: Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago-that is, until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became the main suspect in an $88 million dollar embezzlement case. Now Jack is on the run, hoping to avoid the feds long enough to rescue his daughter, Sophie, from her maternal grandfather, a suspected terrorist in Palestine.

With the help of investigative team Liam and Catherine, and a new CIA operative, a secret mission is launched to not only rescue Sophie but also to thwart a major terrorist attack in Hebron. But will being caught in the crossfires of the Palestine-Israeli conflict keep their team from accomplishing the task at hand, or can they overcome the odds and save countless lives, including their own?

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Ronald Balson does it again with another great legal novel that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Taking place after his first novel, Once We Were Brothers, this book follows the story of Jack Sommers as he searches for his young daughter, Sophie, that was kidnapped by her grandfather. What makes matters worse: Sommers is a wanted man in an $88 million embezzlement case. As he races against time to get to Sophie, Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart are hired to track down Jack himself. What ensues is a legal thriller that you will not be able to put down.

I am a huge fan of Balson’s first book, Once We Were Brothers, and reading this book – with the same characters, Catherine and Liam, made me an even bigger Balson fan. It was awesome to read about Catherine and Liam’s life after Ben Solomon came into their lives and changed them forever.

Balson does an amazing job of explaining the historical Israeli-Palestinian tensions in a way that is clear and understandable to all. And once again, he creates compelling and realistic characters that I found myself immediately drawn to and rooting for to succeed – or in the case of some characters, to NOT succeed. Another great – and informative – novel from Balson!

Rating: 9/10

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