Thursday, December 23, 2010

Susan Page Davis's The Crimson Cipher ~ Reviewed

The Crimson Cipher
Susan Page Davis
Christian Historical Romance (Espionage!)
Pages: 320 Trade Paperback
Date Published: July 1, 2010
Publisher: Summerside Press



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?


I love a good espionage novel, and this story about a code breaker is an absolute delight. Although I had been introduced to the writing of author Susan Page Davis in another historical series that was not quite my cup of tea for the portion I read, I enjoyed this book so much that I will have to give that series another chance. The Crimson Cipher has mystery that keeps you on edge and romance that makes you just melt. The verbiage was great and made me really feel like I was there in the time before America in the Great World War in 1915. Through out the entire novel I was entranced by random details I did not know such as the building of the Washington Mall, the Lincoln Memorial and others. Susan Page Davis did a great job of intertwining historical detail in a heart beating-page turning novel.

I will definitely keep coming back for more from Summerside Press and now also from author Susan Page Davis!

*Thanks to Summerside Press for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*

Reviewed by: Margaret Chind

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