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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Crimson Cipher

The book takes place in 1915 pre World War 1 when America was debating going to war. Spy's had been sent by Germany through people living in America, but had come from Germany and were loyal still. Emma Shuster, the main character has been working for her father Professor Shuster developing a machine that would encrypt messages in the banking industry that could not be deciphered. The sudden appearance of Naval Lieutenant John Patterson asking for where Professor Shuster's office was caused some concern. Little did she know that taking the Lieutenant up the stairs to her fathers office would put her into a whirlwind of conflict and into a war that had not yet begun.
I was absolutely hooked from the first chapter and could not put this book down. There is so much going on in the story that you are on the edge of your seat wishing you could see in on the big screen! I loved the story line and the building of each character from the first chapter to the end. I so liked this book, I wished there could have been a few more chapters on the end to see how the two main characters played out even after the ending in an epilogue. I rated this book a 4.5 out of 5 and would loved to have rated it a 5, but without more of an ending for the characters the ending came up just a wee bit short.

I received the book Crimson Cipher by Susan Watson compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. For even more information on the book including a sneak peek into the first chapter, read below:

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Crimson Cipher
Summerside Press (July 1, 2010)

Susan Page Davis


From Susan: I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah's Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor's degree in history. I don't shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books.

Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters.

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer, covering local government, school board meetings, business news, fires, auto accidents, and other local events, including a murder trial. I've also written many profiles and features for the newspaper and its special sections. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. The two youngest are still learning at home. Jim recently retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, and we’ve moved from Maine to Kentucky.



A female Navy cryptographer seeks to save lives...and uncover her father’s killers.

In 1915, German sympathizers escalated acts of sabotage in the United States to keep the nation from joining in the war. With enemies lurking at every turn, whom can Emma trust? Is romance the true motive behind her tow suitors advances? Or could one-or both of them-have traitorous intentions in mind?

Following the mysterious murder of Emma Shuster’s father, Lt. John Patterson invites Emma to become a Navy cryptographer because of the expertise she gained in helping her father develop a cipher system.

Emma races to discover the nefarious plans of her country's foes and unmask their leader before others are killed. She finds new strength in her faith as she strives to outwit her adversary, known only as Kobold - German for goblin.

And yet, her greatest challenge may be deciphering the cryptic messages her heart sends whenever she encounters a certain navy lieutenant... Can Emma and John find love in the midst of turmoil as America plunges toward war?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Crimson Cipher, go HERE.

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