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My Thoughts and More on Darkness Calls the Tiger by Janyre Tromp


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About the Book

Darkness Calls the Tiger

Title: Darkness Calls the Tiger: A Novel of World War II Burma
Janyre Tromp
Kregel Publications
Release Date:
May 14, 2024
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Imperial Japan devours the southern portion of Burma, intent on taking over mainland Asia. Unaware of the coming darkness, Kailyn Moran drifts in her role as the only daughter of a widowed missionary. 

As whispers of war snake through the Kachin mountains, Kai's father is convinced God will protect the mission. He entrusts the village to her and the kind yet inexperienced new missionary, Ryan McDonough, while he makes routine visits to neighboring villages. 

War descends like a tempest upon the mountain peaks, and an unbreakable bond forms between Kailyn and Ryan as they unite to provide solace to both villagers and the flood of refugees. Despite their tireless efforts, a brutal enemy shatters almost everything they love, pushing Kailyn to embark on a path of unrestrained vengeance. 

Afraid he's losing the woman he loves, Ryan fights to protect Kai from the deadly consequences of her choices. But in the face of destruction, can he convince her of the power and freedom of forgiveness? 

"Evocative and transportive, filled with nuance and spiked with the violence of war, Darkness Calls the Tiger is a story of redemption in the midst of hopelessness." --Tosca Lee, New York Times best-selling author

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About the Author

Janyre Tromp

Janyre Tromp is a developmental book editor who has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years, spending time in both marketing and editorial. She's the author of Shadows in the Mind's Eye and contributor to It's a Wonderful Christmas, a Christmas novella collection with other award-winning authors, including Julie Cantrell and Lynne Gentry. When she isn’t writing, she’s a Bible study leader, writers conference speaker, ACFW member, wife, and mom of two kids and their menagerie of slightly eccentric pets.

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My Thoughts:

I have read my fair share of WWII books in the past, and I am always amazed when I pick one up that features a different place than just what was going on in Europe. This war, a world war, was massive and affected the whole world and what was happening was dark and evil. Sometimes I am not sure I understand the scope of that. In this story we visit Burma and the attack on its land and people as the Axis power of Japan sweeps across the countryside. Even in the deepest mountains, war came affecting all of humankind.

This story is about Kailyn, Kai for short, daughter of American missionaries. When we first meet her, she is likened to a tiger, especially due to the color of her eyes. Unfortunately, right in the first pages her mother dies, leaving her once loving father to raise a young girl while dealing with his own grief and continuing on with the mission he has been given. So, Kai has grown up among the natives with a distant father, not really fitting in anywhere. We see her inner turmoil as she tries to process the life she has been dealt with and the faith in God she has been taught. It is not an easy road for Kai.

Enter Ryan a young missionary who comes to work for Kai's father when she is eighteen and right before the Japanese descend on their world. Ryan has enough doubts on his own, but he is a genuine kind and caring man. If only Kai would open up to him, or just listen to him.

I felt a tumult of emotions as I read this story. I have read plenty of missionary stories and the hardships they face, especially with the old beliefs and customs. This seemed even more difficult as war was pressing in on all sides. Both of my grandfather's fought in WWII, one in Germany the other against Japan. Neither talked of their experiences sadly, but I could almost picture my grandfather as one of the American soldiers.

What an interesting time and place and people this story told about. Told in two parts, this story took an interesting twist I was not expecting. The cover is beautiful and unusual, and the title thought provoking.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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