Title: Veiled by Choice
Author: Ann Garboczi Evans
Series: Radical #3
Publishing Date: May 22, 2018
About the Book:
As a homeless, pregnant teen, Jessica Walker was tricked into joining ISIS by her boyfriend. Three years later, ISIS’s death cult has claimed the lives of her boyfriend and son and she is desperate to escape.
Dr. Kaleb Schelensky’s goal was to live the good life when the FBI pounded on his door. His fourteen-year-old sister just became an ISIS bride. He’ll do anything to free her, even infiltrate ISIS.
Trapped inside Mosul, Iraq, as airstrikes rain from the sky, Kaleb and Jessica come face-to-face. Kaleb is everything Jessica ever despised about Western men, and Kaleb is disgusted that Jessica joined ISIS. When ISIS ensures that neither will make it out of Mosul alive unless one of them sacrifices everything for the other, will they rise to the challenge?
Wow! This was not an easy book to read, while at the same time not an easy book to put down. This was an incredibly intense series all the way through. I’m still working on getting my heart rate back down with this ending. There were so many unexpected twists and turns, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen!
In looking at Amazon, it appears that this book isn’t listed as a Christian Fiction as the others in the series were, and I think that’s appropriate. It shines a light on exposing the evils of Islam, but it doesn’t have a strong push for Christianity either. Although the book would technically be deemed clean as far as language goes, this story was littered with # signs replacing curse words, and a lot of graphic violence. It was an incredibly difficult story to read emotionally, but it also exposes a whole lot of evil that is really happening in the world, especially the Middle East. This is not a read for the faint of heart! I really don’t think I can stress that enough. When I say it’s intense, I’m not exaggerating in any way.
Although this book had some characters that were present in the first two books, it could still be read as a stand-alone if desired as well. It wasn’t one long story-line but three that happen to share a few connections.
Ever hear people talking about how when they read, they put themselves in the shoes of the characters and that’s what makes the books come alive for them? Trust me, this is NOT one you want to do that with. In fact, it’s what you’ll be fighting against the more you read. Think of your closest 13-15 year-old female relative, whether that be a daughter, sister, niece etc. Now picture that child in the hands of ISIS. Yeah, this story will wreck you!
If you like a lot of suspense and can handle a lot of intense violence, then I could recommend this book. As I said above though, it’s really not for the faint of heart. Me, personally, I’m about to read a book about fuzzy bunnies so I don’t get nightmares. My heart is still racing from this.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to share a positive review. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Age Appropriateness/Content Warnings: I don’t recommend this to younger readers under any circumstances. This book has a lot of graphic violence (including beheadings), teens being tricked into joining ISIS and then forced into sexual relationships, men discussing pornography, and all kinds of violence I won’t list all of. It calls attention to just how evil Islam and ISIS are, but it’s not an easy by any means.