Three Weeks in Washington: A Titus Ray Thriller by Luana Ehrlich
After reading the second book, Two Days in Caracas, I had to read the next one. This author does an excellent job of character development and her plots are captivating. Titus Ray is an undercover CIA operative who became a Christian just before the beginning of the first book in the series. His spiritual growth is not the main focus of any of the stories, but, we do see how it affects his life in his job and his relationships. As Christians grow so does their reliance on God in their daily lives. The author does a wonderful job of portraying this natural progression in spiritual growth.
In this book I thought that there was a little too much detail reviewing incidents in prior novels. Mention of incidents in previous books was usually relevant to the narrative, but, I felt there was a little too much rehashing of the actual events. If one had never read the prior books I can understand how the detail would help a reader understand the relationships or reactions to events. Without the detail though it would still have been a good, self contained story.
Still, I enjoyed this episode in the life of Titus Ray. Action, suspense, danger and touch of romantic involvement are all in the story. The author does a good job of showing the reader what is happening, capturing the imagination, and pulling you into the story. I didn’t to want to put it down. The story is narrated by the main character and each chapter has this little wrap up at the end in which Titus makes a comment about how he thought things were going to go, but, it didn’t happen that way after all. It really does endear the reader to the character in the trials of his life. The end of the book gives a look into what Titus Ray’s assignment in the sequel will be. Though this current assignment is wrapped up there is a mini-cliff hanger of one loose end which will be the assignment of the next book. I’m not sure exactly what title it will have but it has to start with Four Months in …, and I look forward to reading it once it is published.
The Titus Ray Thrillers are suitable for even younger readers. If they were a movie I’d probably rate them PG-13, if that rating is still used. All adults who enjoy a good spy novel will enjoy Three Weeks in Washington.