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Out of North Korea


About the Book

Book Title: Out of North Korea

Author: Alana Terry

Genre: Christian Thriller/Suspense

Release date: June 25, 2018

A single photograph could cost his life …

Ian McAllister has searched the world over, hunting for that all-elusive perfect photograph.

He finds it on a tourist trip to North Korea when he stumbles upon a young street kid foraging for roots.

Unaware that this single act will brand him a spy and cost his freedom, Ian takes the shot.

Now he must pay the penalty.

A true-to-life novel about an American imprisoned behind North Korea’s closed borders.

A gripping tale of courage, faith, and hope from award-winning Christian novelist Alana Terry.

My Thoughts

I have read books about persecution: The Hiding Place, Tortured For Christ, and one or two less well-known ones. I chose this book, because I am long overdue for the dose of reality that these books provide. I admit to being very apprehensive about it, as most of the books stir up fear, unrest, unease and sometimes intense anxiety. Not to mention, extreme anger toward the persecutors. I am not proud of any of this and I don’t justify it. I often have to remind myself that if it weren’t for the grace of God, if I was in a different place, different time, under different circumstances, I’d be one of those persecutors myself.

While this story is fictional, there is much that is real. Without giving too much away, let me get back to … I was apprehensive, but Alana Terry broke down my reserves in the first chapter. Ian McAllister is hysterical. His inner thoughts had me cracking up. At first, I thought “Oh no, this story has a lot of jokes in it for a book about persecution, is it making light of the situation?” Then I thought of people that I know, who in the hardest of times, never really lose their sense of humor. Later, in the book when the young man was stripped of everything he had, and felt ground into the dirt, he said in his mind, “You have taken everything from me, but you can’t take my humor.” and he continued the mental exercise of keeping humor in his thoughts. He was an atheist at that time, and so that was all he had. God gives humor as a gift. The story leads us through some very hard times, even things his humor could not help. The story was a great mix of emotions.

I felt the author’s heart for persecuted people. I felt her concern and it prompted me to pray even harder than ever
for those who are in prison and being tortured for following Jesus.

Thank you, Alana for showing such heart.

Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift. I was not obligated to provide a positive opinion. I received no compensation
for providing my review, other than an really good read. Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Alana is a pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers’ Favorite, and more. Alana’s passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

Guest Post from Alana Terry

Have you seen in the news that the leaders of North and South Korea have both publicly stated their willingness to promote peace on the Korean peninsula? It was certainly a historic moment, and this part of the world has earned its place in global headlines.
My interest in North Korea, however, goes back over a decade, when as a young mother I received a prayer burden for the people of North Korea. Fast-forward to five years ago when my debut novel was released. The Beloved Daughter follows the life of a young girl who is sent to prison camp because of her father’s Christian faith. In addition to winning several awards, The Beloved Daughter gave an expression to my prayer burden to see North Korea free to worship the one true God.
Out of North Korea is unique among my other titles because it’s the first story that focuses on an American in North Korea. Ian McAllister is captured and held in a Pyongyang prison because of a photograph he took of a young homeless boy. I hope the message leaves you as inspired and encouraged as I was when I was writing it.

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