I consider Five Years in Yemen an excellent example of the ways plans can change even with the best laid plans. Titus Ray is such a unique individual and to see the changes in his spiritual life really shows a change every man needs to make. He touched so many other lives. I loved the examples the author so carefully crafted with her words in drawing others to listen to his testimony. It broke my heart when people got killed. These deaths were so unexpected and made the danger in Titus Ray's life and occupation as a CIA officer very believable. One wonders how he can honestly believe a marriage to Nikki is a good decision with the danger that surrounds him. This book was definitely another great thriller. It has its place in the series written by a prolific author I can't get enough from he writer Luana Ehrlich. No reader can be disappointed with any of her stories!
I have read and enjoyed all of Luana Erlich's novels starring Titus Ray, and this latest one doesn't disappoint. She does a wonderful job of portraying the bureaucratization of modern day espionage by following Titus' involvement in an intervention in Yemen to recover an American who had been believed by most to be dead. He succeeds, but not without having to face a number of unexpected challenges. The operation has a casualty, which duly chastens him, leaving him (along with his fiancee) in temporary custody of a lovely child. A new role for Titus. His success with this op leads to the suggestion of a promotion opportunity, though whether he will accept it is unclear. Another great job by Ms. Erlich.
I am a BIG Titus Ray fan but I found Five Years in Yemen to have way too much background information before getting to the action reason for writing the book. There were so many departments and personnel introduced that I tended to become lost in all the minutia. I read Titus Ray novels because they are thrillers and have allowed me to really connect with the main character. In this case, I felt someone was trying to lecture me on how much they know about the inner workings of our various covert departments. I was about 50% into the book before I became invested in the actual story. This is unusual in Titus Ray novels and I hope it is a one time event. I want more of the Titus/Nikki storyline progress, also.
Another great Titus Ray thriller, but not as great, I thought, because it seemed a little slower and the storyline didn't engage me as the other novels did in the series. In other words, I wasn't that emotionally invested that a scientist with Top Secret information who disappeared in another country be found and returned to the U.S. Still, the positive is that it was a very good story, well written, and with great characters, all of which carried me along. Well worth the read, but I recommend reading the first three initially because they are connected.
I like the numbering system in this series which made me wonder if Titus was spending 5 years on Yemen. Nope, not even close but his assignment in Yemen almost went sideways which could have left him and his team as fugitives in a hostile , war--torn country. His relationship with Nikki has grown and they both are learning to walk out their new found faith. We also get to see a different side of his boss. I have enjoyed all Luana's books and can hardly wait for #6. You will love her spy novels. Very realistic.
The next book in the series cannot get here soon enough! Five Years in Yemen just came out and I’ve finished it, now I eagerly await the next book. The Titus Ray series has been a new find and I quickly purchased and read each one. They are hard to put down as they fit every category of book that I love – intrigue, spy novels, current events, mysteries, and of course there’s romance. Oh… and I can’t forget -- there’s a dog! But one of the surprising elements of the book is the fact Titus Ray is a new Christ follower. While this isn’t a significant aspect of the books, it touches on his new found faith and how he is learning to follow and share this faith. I’ve found that has inspired my own personal walk. You won’t be disappointed in this series!
What a wonderful continuation of Titus Ray's adventures - or time to jump in and join the excitement! I love the characters - old friends and new, dialog and amazing story line! Full of excitement, twists and turns and a surprise ending! I highly recommend this and the others in the series by the amazing writer Luana Ehrlich!
Having read the previous books, I was anxiously waiting to read this latest book. And I wasn’t disappointed. The characters are well developed and have grown over the course of the books. Ehrlich keeps the storyline clean, so I don’t feel the need to skip words or large sections. The Christian aspect is just right; we can follow Titus’ maturity as a new Christian but the books don’t feel preachy. I would definitely recommend this series to readers who enjoy spy, thriller, and suspense novels. My only problem is I read faster than Ehrlich writes! Am looking forward to the "Six" book.
I have really enjoyed all the Titus Ray novels. This one is as good as all the previous books. One of my favorite elements of each of the books is the subtle humor. I also have enjoyed watching Titus grow as a Christian. I appreciate how squeaky clean all of the books are, as well as how well researched they seem to be.
I loved this series & I’ll be anxiously waiting for the next book! Please hurry on the next one! I loved the suspense with this series. In each book, you see the growth of the main character Titus and you feel the sacrifice that he makes to serve our country and battle evil. There’s also a sweet romance that is more in the background rather than in forefront so the focus remains on the suspense. Don’t miss this great read.