When fighting erupts between government forces and renegade Ghost Soldiers deep within the Republic of Dhambizao, thousands are forced to leave their homes. Dr. Paige Ryan is sent to lead a team to set up a refugee transit site. Nick Gilbert joins the team to help fly supplies in and out of the area.
With the refugee camp already experiencing overcrowding, raids, and uprisings, a group of American mountain climbers is attacked by the Ghost Soldiers. Paige’s medical team rescues survivors and takes them into the camp. When it’s discovered that one of the trekkers is carrying an infectious disease, the harrowing conditions of the camp are forgotten.
In desperate need of vaccines and the Ghost Soldiers blocking the only road out until their demands for amnesty are met, it won’t be long before the disease is out of control . . . and there is nowhere to run.
Blood Covenant is an intellectual, adventurous suspense that is ripped from the headlines of the political climate in contemporary Africa. This story is equally relevant to the modern globally aware reader as well as the reader who wishes to learn more about a world they have had little exposure to.
Lisa Harris places a magnifying glass on a reality that the world unfortunately forgets is a daily occurrence in order to combat the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality that permeates our culture. Many approaches to humanitarian based storylines are rooted in making the reader feel guilty or culpable for neglect, but, thankfully Harris avoids this approach. Instead she concerns herself with giving a voice to the voiceless and celebrating the heroes who selflessly dedicate themselves to relief efforts.
Lisa Harris breathes life and the essence of Africa into a fictional setting and fictional characters by drawing on the reality of life in refuge camps and her own experiences as a missionary in Mozambique. This storyline has grit and Harris is not afraid to make decisions that readers may not agree with or see coming, but they are necessary to maintain the integrity, authenticity and moral of the story. Lisa does a wonderful job of integrating faith elements in a way that don’t feel cliche, especially when in conjunction with humanitarian efforts.
This is the second book in the Mission Hope series and I am definitely going to trace back and read the first before any future installments.
**A review copy was provided by Zondervan in exchange for an honest review**