In Tehran, while hiding out from the Iranian secret police, CIA officer, Titus Ray, finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey
Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. After delivering a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, he’s forced to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma.
Before leaving Langley, however, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.
Luana is a minister’s wife and has lived in Norman, Oklahoma for the past two decades. Previously, she resided in several states in the South and Midwest. Along with her husband, she also served as a missionary in Costa Rica and Venezuela.
Occasionally, she reports on the experiences of newly converted Christians for Baptist Press, a national news service for Baptists. At one time, she wrote a weekly column for The Indiana Baptist, entitled “A Story To Tell,” which told the stories of ordinary people who became followers of Christ. Luana is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.
Today at 6:39pm.Mrs. Ehrlich, I have just completed reading your novel, “One Night in Tehran”. To say I was delighted with the storyline is an absolute understatement. You are a wonderful writer and storyteller. I don’t know what I was expecting, but you exceeded by a country mile all of them. You set the stage for the next book. Your skill matches beautifully that of John Grisham and James Patterson. I have often said that authors and TV dramas could be just as interesting without profanity if they majored on the story. You have proven this to be true. The skillful and beautiful way you handled the Christian faith aspect was so well done that no one outside the faith should be concerned or have any hesitation in picking your book up and diving in. Christians on the other hand will marvel at the wonderful treatment you provided your faith and ours. Our Lord, I am sure, is happy with your book and will bless you abundantly as people discover this work. God bless you richly and thank you for this powerful story of intrigue and local setting. With best wishes for your next book and the next appearance of Titus Ray, Your Norman Fan, Ron English
Most of my book review opportunities come as offers. This one didn’t. I recently started getting emails from a place that lists new books of all genre’s – some that I wouldn’t consider even reading – and it gives the authors’ information if you’re interested in reviewing a book. This book was the only Christian book in the email, so I emailed the author and she agreed to send me a copy of her debut novel.
I started to read it last night. That was a mistake, as I didn’t have enough time to read the whole book, so I had to put it down until this evening, and I picked it up again and did read it through to the finish.
This is a self-published book. And it is an excellent debut novel, especially for being a self-published book (not that self-published books are bad). It is a spy novel, with the main character being a CIA covert agent. I loved the main character, and thought the author did a great job on creating him and spinning a suspenseful, yet believable story around him.
There is a lot of meetings, spy talk, and the like in the book, but I didn’t find those parts hard to read at all, but found the entire book an interesting and exciting read. There is a total absence of vulgar language and sex in the book, which is a big plus for me. The main character, Titus, has recently become a Christian, and the book follows his slow progress as he starts reading his Bible, attending a church, and praying. He is no super saint by the end of the book, but I loved the character and spiritual development of him throughout the book. And might I add, it was written in the first person point of view, which is not a favorite of mine, but it worked well for this book and helps the reader gain more insight into the main character. Read more ›
What gives One Night in Tehran its authentic feel is the author’s knowledge of the situation in the Middle East, her familiarity with its customs, and her intense research into the processes of the FBI and the CIA. All is extremely convincing. But it takes more than depth of research to grab a reader’s attention from the beginning of a story and hold it to the very end. That requires imagination… and the skill to turn that imagination into words. Ms. Erlich has that enviable quality in her writing that really good actors have. The writing never obtrudes or causes the reader to look at it in any questioning way. It is that perfect mix of quality prose and dialogue that is so natural that reader is aware only of story, drawn unwittingly into the very heart of what is happening.
This is part spy story, part detective novel and it succeeds brilliantly on both counts. There is plenty of action and intrigue and the reader is surprised by the speed at which the pages fly by. The characters are drawn with skill and depth and I was particularly impressed with the convincing manner in which the various ‘spooks’ and their bosses were drawn. I can see these people in future Titus Ray books playing vigorous roles on a much larger Middle Eastern stage.
There is, too, a budding romance between Titus and the woman police detective who comes to investigate the murder of an Iranian student at the centre where Titus is working part-time. It is a heart-warming aside and a relief from the bloody events that have taken place but the book never strays into the pointlessness of gratuitous sex and violence to grab the readers’ attention. A big congratulation to Luana for that. Her story does not suffer the slightest disadvantage because of this.
I really enjoyed reading One Night in Tehran and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. It is a book that I would highly recommend to all those who love thrillers and crime stories.
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