Have you ever watched a suspense move (think James Bond) and find that you never quite get a good grip of whether a character is a "good guy" or a "bad guy"? In fact, you find that neither you or the protagonist can get a handle on what is happening around him? That is how I felt when reading Sigmund Brouwer's new novel SAFFIRE. Having read and loved Brouwer's Christy Award novel THIEF OF GLORY, I knew that staying with this book until the pieces fell into place would pay off, and it did! Set in 1909, the novel opens as James Holt, a South Dakota cowboy, is sent secretly by outgoing President Teddy Roosevelt to the American Zone of the Panama Canal for a secret errand.
James does not want to leave behind his young daughter, but knows that he cannot turn down Roosevelt. Plus there is a payment which could save his ranch from foreclosure. History buffs will like the political intrigue and the descriptions of one of the world's greatest engineering feats. Suspense readers will not be disappointed as what seems as an unlikely task of helping an orphaned girl plunges Holt into a world of intrigue, deceit, danger, and possible revolution. I received a copy of this title from Blogging for Books for review purposes.