Feeling depressed and like a total failure, missionary Gracie Benson is preparing to leave her assignment in post-Cold War Russia and return to the United States. Though she worked very hard throughout her mission, she did not win any souls and was not even able to lead her best friend to the Lord. Discouraged but not hopeless, Gracie's biggest test is about to begin. However, her departure is anything but smooth as she soon finds herself embroiled in some very political intrigue. She is not only stranded in the middle of Siberia but her friends begin turning up dead, enemies are professing to be friendly, and cherished companions betray her trust.
Enter Vicktor Nickolaiovich Shubnikov, who inadvertently sends sparks flying between them from the moment they meet. Vicktor, formerly with the KGB, is now known as the kinder, gentler FSB agent dedicated to making the Soviet Union a safer member of the world community. He is on a mission of his own, though it has nothing to do with winning souls. It has to do with tracking down an enemy known only as The Wolf, so named for the vicious way he stalks and kills his prey. Vicktor and Gracie cross paths when her supervisors are found murdered, and The Wolf is the primary suspect.
Christy Award finalist Susan May Warren was herself a missionary in Russia, and her unique insights lend a special flavor of authenticity to this exciting tale of mystery, suspense and romance. Once you sort through the myriad of characters introduced early in the story, complete with unpronounceable Russian names and nicknames, the tale moves along quickly to a compelling conclusion. Throughout, the reader is challenged to ask and answer significant questions that face believers and non-believers alike. "How could a loving God allow good people to come to such a horrible end?" "Why is it so difficult for some to accept Jesus?" "How much credit or blame can we take when we 'fail' or 'succeed' in our mission?" In addition, there are study questions provided at the end for further discussion.
IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING is an excellent novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Reviewed by Maggie Harding on November 13, 2011