After a rocky start as a missionary in Ukraine, Elder Neal Christensen is struggling to learn the Russian language and embrace an unfamiliar life away from his small Northern California town. And in an instant, a peculiar encounter with the wrong people changes everything. Dragged from his apartment in the dead of night, Neal is taken to prison and charged with the theft of a priceless museum piece. As days turn into weeks, he is thrown into a world of uncertainty where he must rely on the only person he can trust—the Savior. And as his Russian slowly improves within the prison walls, he begins preaching the gospel in the last place he imagined proselytizing. But when civil unrest erupts in Ukraine, the now-familiar routine of imprisonment is over. Neal is trapped in the chaos, and with his life on the line, his only hope of survival is escape. Yet he learns too late that there is as much danger awaiting him outside the prison walls as within. Someone has gone to great lengths to incriminate the young missionary, and they will stop at nothing to silence him forever.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
|Audiobook Narrator||Jason Tatom|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 10.5 hrs.|
Excellent, well-written story of mystery and intrigue. I enjoyed following Neal as he experiences the expected and unexpected on his mission in Ukraine. It's different than anything I've read--in a good way. Great book for Latter-day Saints.
This was well written and compelling. For someone looking for a suspenseful thriller that keeps you guessing, this is it!
The author kept me engaged and interested through the entire story.
I really enjoyed this book. It had believable characters and good plot twists. The narrator is great!
I don’t usually write reviews out of pure laziness but not this time. I joined Deseret plus and just wanted to try something different for entertainment. The first chapter or two weren’t very interesting (I listened on audio) but then once they broke the mission rules it suddenly got interesting. I don’t want to give things away but I think I got enthralled and enjoyed this book more because I hadn’t read what it was about and so I was mourning for the main character and “in it” with him. I also found the spiritual underlying themes to be spot on and strengthening. I don’t know the person who wrote this, just giving an honest opinion. And the guy who was the voice actor of the book really enhanced the experience. It’s one of those books I’ve continually thought about after finishing it.
A very interesting book about people who learn to love through the things they suffer. And the learn to repent and forgive while gaining strength through Jesus Christ. This is a must read and worth your time.
I’ve been immersed in listening to this exciting story this last week and want today thank you to both the author and the reader.
LDS fiction at its best.
Wow…I don’t know what else to say about this one, but wow! I loved the way this book caught my attention from the very beginning. I wanted to keep reading until I figured out what happened to Elder Christensen and everyone he knew.
Okay, starting with Elder Christensen. He’s a small town cowboy who is starting out on his mission to Ukraine. He’s made some mistakes, but who hasn’t. The thing with is mistakes is that his mistake was made in his small town and the person hurt was a young man he knew in high school. Who also happens to be his companion on the way to Ukraine. I loved the way he knows he needs to own up to his mistake and he does it. He shows courage then, as he does throughout his imprisonment in Ukraine for a crime he didn’t commit.
The way the author wrote this one was brilliant! The reader never sees things from anyone’s point of view, except Elder Christensen. This makes it so the reader doesn’t have any more information than he has, making the whole book even more suspenseful than it already is! And you never know just which characters you can trust or not!
I love the way the plot is full of twists and turns, the reader never knows what is going to happen next. Elder Christensen goes from one crazy bad thing to another in a time period of unrest in Ukraine.
If you like suspense books, you’ll love this one!
I was lucky to be able to read this book very quickly. I took TRAX downtown for some fun on Saturday. I love reading on a train. With my back and forth journey I was able to read half of this 280 page book in a day. I finished it the next day. This book is intense with emotions and circumstances.
I want to be upfront saying this book is LDS based. It has a Christian theme of sin,guilt,repentance,judgment, salvation in Christ, faith, and restitution. Scriptures are read and religious concepts are talked about. Don't think this book is all about religion though, or you'll be missing out on a fantastic story of a young LDS missionary who learns some very harsh life lessons on his mission to the Ukraine.
Elder Neal Christensen starts his mission knowing he should have repented of something that he'd done to a fellow friend in high school. This person now is also his mission companion. You can tell he's not sure why he came on a mission. Six weeks into his mission, his life turns into a nightmare. Neal is thrown into prison accused of a crime he didn't commit. It was gut wrenching to read of the many trials that this character went through. Even though this is fiction, there have been real life stories where an American is thrown into a foreign prison. It made me so grateful for living where I do and the freedoms and justice system that we have in America.
Without giving more of the plot away, let me say, this story holds many lessons of forgiveness of others and ourselves, relying on the Lord in times of trouble, finding friendship in odd places, and learning to sacrifice yourself for others in need. Poor Neal is put through so many hard things that I was glued to the pages of this book with it's excellent writing. This novel is one that you'll want to dedicate a large chunk of time to reading because you won't want to put it down. I recommend this Christian based mystery/suspense to older teens and adults. The book has a satisfying end, but remember, you'll be pulled through so many deep emotions along the way.
I hadn't heard of author Robbin J. Peterson before I was given the opportunity to review Conviction, so I wasn't sure what to expect. In my mind, the author was a former missionary who served in Ukraine and wrote a novel based loosely on some of his experiences. It wasn't until I finished the book that I realized the author was a woman. That speaks highly of Peterson's writing. There are some books where the author doesn't do well writing from the view of the opposite sex (although honestly I mostly find that when a man is writing in a woman's point of view).
Part of the reason I wanted to read Conviction was because my husband served a mission in Russia, and portions of the intriguing description sounded like his mission (of course, his experiences weren't nearly so dramatic).
Conviction is well-written and kept me interested throughout the story. I loved that I was kept on my toes. I didn't realize who the bad guy was until the reveal, which made for a great ride.
Sometimes religious books don't flow well as they intertwine religion with everything else, but that wasn't the case with Conviction. Perhaps that's because I was expecting lots of religion since the story was about a missionary, but whatever the case, Peterson did a great job with it.
We are all sinners in need of our Savior's Atonement, and Neal's repentance process was touching. The change of hearts mixed with the mystery and suspense of the stolen ring made for a good read. I would read more from this author.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
Conviction is a story about a Mormon Missionary, unsure of his readiness to serve and who is consumed with guilt over a deed he never confessed or repented of. As he arrives at the Mission Home in Ukraine, he unburdens his misdeeds to his companion and to the President.
He is assigned to a companion he thinks is great until he broke a major rule. As the young Elder Christensen, struggles with his feelings about his companion, that became the least of his worries when their apartment was raided at Four A.M. From then on he experienced a nightmare!
This is a story about judgement, misjudgment, rite of passage, repentance, restitution, endurance, faith, testimony, and survival.
The characters were created in a very believable manner and became "real". The scenes were vividly portrayed and the writing was superb! The reader's interest was not allowed to wander in the least.
Although this was directed at an L.D.S. audience, it is a novel anyone would enjoy.
The Book Title and over image were done very creatively and clever. The cover is eye-catching, yet, simple. It relates to the content very well.