Paralyzed: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel, #2 by Alana Terry

Paralyzed: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel, #2

byAlana Terry

Kobo ebook | November 12, 2015

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Kennedy Stern has returned to campus after surviving an abduction, but old scars cut deep. Vivid flashbacks and terrifying dreams paralyze her, threatening to ruin her academic career and any chance she has at peace or happiness. This mental anguish, however, constitutes only a small fraction of her post-traumatic nightmare. 

A partner in Kennedy’s kidnapping remains at large and will not stop until he has silenced her witness permanently. His violent resolve risks not only her life, but the safety of anyone who tries to help. 

Kennedy must engage in a deadly battle of the mind as she struggles to stay alive. While fighting on two fronts — one psychological and one physical — the question isn’t whether she’ll come out of the war stronger in the end. 

The question is whether she’ll come out of it at all. 

Title:Paralyzed: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel, #2Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 12, 2015Publisher:Alana TerryLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1941735096

ISBN - 13:9781941735091


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent suspense and packed full of adventure Paralyzed is the second book of the Kennedy Stern novel series by Alana Terry. This series runs parallel to another series by the same author. That set involves Kennedy's parents who live in China where they conduct a secret seminary for North Korean refugees. While book 1 and 2 in Kennedy's series works closely together, you can read each one independently of the other. Of course, I think they are best read back to back, since the events only occur six weeks apart. Kennedy Stern, after having lived in China ten years, is now attending Harvard University as a pre-med student. It's only been six weeks since she'd been kidnapped in what turned out to be a high profile case that involved a big political name, underground thugs, and a pregnant girl. Kennedy ended up handcuffed for 24 hours in a filthy darkened basement watching the young teen die from bleeding out. She still had nightmares of the horrors she witnessed. While taking final exams before the Christmas break, she started to have coughing fits, and out in the hallway, she thought she saw a familiar, ugly face. It frightened her enough that she fled the exam in panic to her dorm room. Then she had to see a doctor for her cough and an excused absence for her professor. The doctor recognized her and asked her many questions. He hinted that she may need counseling, possibly for PTSD. She couldn't get her mind wrapped around the concept. Could she really have PTSD? She was a Christian. She'd been praying and reading her Bible more often since her traumatic experience. She'd even memorized Bible verses. Didn't that help? From that point on, the author provides non-stop suspense. Kennedy's friend took her out to see the Nutcracker Suite. She enjoyed it but was once again spooked when they attempted to see some of the players backstage, and she wound up alone in a dark hallway. Then they took a subway to get some pizza, but a power outage created new panic; she felt as if someone was following her in the dark tunnel, especially after a smoke bomb forced everyone out of the car and into the unlit tunnel. Once home her shaken nerves were further rattled when her father called to warn her a second man was discovered to have been involved in the kidnapping case. He sent her with an email with a picture of the man. She immediately recognized him from the subway incident. She needed to flee, but she didn't know where to go. That's when Pastor Carl Lindgren, a family friend, entered the fray. He had received the same warnings from Kennedy's dad. Pastor Carl decided she needed to stay with him for her safety. They were anything but safe. What ensued was a terrifying car chase, a shoot out, a hospital visit, police protection, and an ambush. At that point, I just could not put the book down. Alana Terry writes excellent suspenseful scenes that are fast-paced. That alone has me recommending this book to you. But Kennedy's inner battles are just as interesting to me. Yes, growing up in a missionary family ensured her head was filled with knowledge that made her appear to be a Christian. She prayed, read her Bible, lived by a set of moral codes in spite of her environment, and even memorized Scripture. But something was missing. She seemed a little two dimensional. I kept asking myself, "Where's the joy? Where's the relationship, the inner peace, the intimacy between her Heavenly Father and a daughter?" Kennedy's spiritual life is often too formulaic in my opinion. A true dynamic Christian life is much more than saying prayers, doing good deeds, going to church, and even reading the Bible. It's vital and alive--an active relationship between a loving Father and His child. there should be dialogue and exchange. I believe this lack of depth has been carefully crafted by the author as an underlying subplot that began in the first book and grows gradually throughout the series. It is not yet resolved in the second book in spite of the satisfactory resolution of the more active portions of the story line. I suspect the quieter theme will continue into the next book or books in the series. I look forward to further development of this character thread because it is an ever pressing issue in today's world. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Date published: 2015-12-08