(Titus Ray Thriller #1)
He escaped from Iran; now, an assassin is stalking him in Oklahoma.
In Tehran, while hiding out from the Iranian secret police, CIA officer, Titus Ray, finds shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey.
Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. After delivering a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, he’s forced to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma.
Before leaving Langley, however, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who's trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.
Nike Chillemi on Goodreads wrote:
Wow. This book never stopped! It grabbed my attention at the beginning and did not let go. It still hasn't let go of me; and I find myself wishing that I had book 2 (please tell me there's a second book coming!) in had so that I could just keep right on reading!
Obviously, one thing I loved about this book is that the majority of the story takes place in my home state of Oklahoma. 🙂 While I have been to Norman several times, I'm not very familiar with the area. This book had me wanting to tour Norman just to see all the sights that Titus saw. (And I must say I'm curious about how many, if any, of the places mentioned are actually real.)
The suspense was great! Definitely kept me reading and wanting to know what would happen next. I found the story line to be very interesting. And I really liked the characters too -- I'm looking forward to more development with some of these characters in the next book or two (please tell me there will be more!).
When I realized that this book was written in first person, I wasn't sure about it. I'm not against first person at all -- in fact, I love it... when it's done right -- but some people just can't write it well. I'm happy to say that Luana Ehrlich is not one of those people. I thought it was very smooth, natural, and well-written. I love her writing style!
I will definitely be recommending this book to my family, friends, and local library. I can't wait to read this author's next book!
I read ONE NIGHT IN TEHRAN by Luana Ehrlich as a judge in the Grace Awards. Right in the first pages, its authenticity floored me and made me want to keep reading. The author has such a vast knowledge of CIA protocols, one wonders if she’s had some type of connection to that highly secretive world.
The story begins in Tehran. Titus Ray, an undercover American CIA agent is being hunted by Iranian authorities, but manages to escape the country. Back in the states, he learns he’s been targeted by an Iranian assassin. The CIA gives him a new cover story (a legend) and ships him to Oklahoma for his own safety. The rest of the story plays out on American soil and is a skillful combination of detective novel and spy story.
This book was a finalist in the Action-Adventure/Thriller/Western/Epic Novel category of the Grace Awards 2014 because it’s main character, CIA agent Titus Ray, was deeply affected by the Christian family who gave him shelter while he hid in Tehran. Thus he began a personal, spiritual search and converted to Christianity. The faith element of the novel doesn’t at all intrude on the action-adventure, spy story. It simply gives the main character depth.
The novel is well written, exciting, actually. It kept me fully engaged. My only criticism is that it seems to end abruptly with a major string untied. This is deliberate on the part of the author, a literary choice she made. I recommend this novel and will indeed be reading the sequel.