Book Review: One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich

One Night in Tehran by Luana Ehrlich coverI bought this book six months before I got around to reading it. I had forgotten why I wanted to read it. I’m glad I did get the book and will buy others of Ms. Ehrlich’s Titus Ray series. The protagonist, Titus Ray, is a CIA operative who has to be smuggled out of Iran once his cover is blown. Decisions made and protocols not followed by superiors in competing departments cause the unnecessary loss of lives. Titus dresses down those superiors in his post operation debriefing. The result is a forced medical leave for a year and he is sent to Norman, Oklahoma. Even there he has to remain alert because his life is in danger. Though he is there under his real name he has to treat the experience as a new legend.

I was pleased with the Christian perspective which was prominent, to some extent, but not preachy. Refreshingly honest with the problems new Christians face, particularly when they do not have mentors to following up after their recent acceptance of Christ.  The main plot line however revolves around his role as a spy. Ms Ehrlich spun a well developed plot full of action and intrigue accompanied by a realistic portrayal of the struggles of a new Christian.  The current political stage around the world was believably woven into the plot with Hezbollah playing a prominent role for the antagonist. Her characters are realistic and I found myself having compassion for Titus when he’s afraid he’s ruined his career and hasn’t a clue what he could possibly do with his life. I had hope that because of his recent conversion that he would finally find a place he could belong. I’m not a romance fan but in this case I really wanted Titus and Nikki to form a romantic bond. Maybe next time, Christian courting is usually a slow process. Nikki is a good support character. She is a strong woman yet has a vulnerability that pushes her to overcome a tainted past and prove herself. Danny is a bit annoying but a good reliable friend who doesn’t miss a thing. Carlton is the boss and he plays his part well.  A little side story novelette featuring Carlton would be interesting. I’d like to know the story behind the favor he called in near the end of One Night in Tehran.

I enjoyed this novel and though it is part of a series the story can stand alone. There is plenty of room for Titus Ray to appear in many more adventures, certainly I look forward to reading more of this character. Appropriate for spy thriller fans of all ages.

Happy Reading!

Grandma Peachy

About grandmapeachy

I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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