Two Days in Caracas a Titus Ray Thriller by Luana Ehrlich
Two Days in Caracas is the second book in the Titus Ray Thriller series. Both the first book, One Day in Tehran and this second book were enjoyable reads for me. Excellent plot development and the characters are very well done. The author continues to develop Titus and other characters in this second in the series. I like the way the author handles the spiritual aspect of the book. Titus is a relatively new convert to Christianity and as such still has much to learn. He learns to lean more on God in this episode of his life as a covert CIA operative and manages to witness his faith in an unobtrusive way as the Lord opens the door for him. The low-key witnessing is minimal and presented just as an everyday lay Christian would find opportunities. No overt evangelism, just ordinary people sharing their faith to someone who has opened a door to hear about it. The real story is his life as a covert CIA operative. The author does an excellent job of creating a believable story. The villains are villainous, the terrorists are terrorizing, the spies are suspicious and secretive, and overall the characters are an excellent mix representing the human population well.
In Two Days in Caracas, Titus is temporarily taken off the spurious medical leave he was forced to take after his last assignment in One Day in Tehran. He is thrust into the world of Hezbolla, drug cartels, and Venezuelan civil servant corruption when a fellow CIA operative was murdered and it was determined that Titus Ray was the real target. There is a lot of great action, plenty of suspense and a little bit of romance, as well as dealing with family issues and interpersonal relationships with family, friends, co-workers, and superiors.
The story is written from the first person perspective of Titus Ray, the main character. As a male he occasionally will include descriptive details that, in my experience, most men would usually miss or dismiss. But, being a spy, I’m sure his attention to detail is trained and heightened so it isn’t beyond suspension of disbelief. Her male characters are masculine and she has strong female characters, though there are moments of feminine weakness that ring true to reality, especially when it comes to relationship development.
This author’s books entertained me and kept me reading into the wee hours because I didn’t want to put them down. I’ve already gotten the third book in the series. Each book is a stand alone story so you are left with an unresolved cliff hanger. If you missed the first book there is enough pertinent information reviewed from the first book that you are not left in the dark. Even if you read the books out of order there are no real spoilers in the second to keep you from enjoying the first at a later time, though, I would recommend reading One Night in Tehran first just so you can see the progression of character development. Both are well worth the reading. I would let any youth read this series of books. Great read for people who enjoy spy novels and political thrillers.
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