Prodigal Avenger

I read Prodigal Avenger at the request of the author, Tim Moynihan. In addition to being a superb writer, Tim is a minister and a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger and intelligence officer. When I picked up this book, I was hooked on the first page. This was a story I couldn’t put down.

It is frightening tale of our intelligence officers and special forces working to keep us safe from those who have exploited Islam and used it to justify their crimes against humanity. Jake Drecker is an intelligence officer tasked with rescuing Isidore Lowenthal, a missionary who has been taken hostage by brutal terrorists in Afghanistan. Isidore is a retired CIA agent turned missionary. He is also Jake’s estranged father — something Jake’s buddies don’t know.

Prodigal Avenger is a realistic, yet fictional, account of special operations in war-torn areas. It gave me an even greater appreciation of what our military forces do for us, as they risk their lives every day. Simultaneously, it explores the differences between those who risk the lives of others for the sake of a promotion, and those whose faith leads them to do the right thing for their fellow service members, as well as for innocent locals. This author has penned a thrilling tale, while seamlessly weaving in the strain on military families left at home, patriotism and faith, political ambition, and historical accuracy. If you enjoy military fiction, you will love Prodigal Avenger.

What makes The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?

The usual things:

  • using the word “further” (which refers to more of something) in place of “farther” (which refers to distance);
  • using “brought” in place of “took” – a late 20th century bad habit;
  • occasionally mixing singular and plural;
  • split infinitives;
  • misplacement of the word “only” within sentences.


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