Starvation Lake

Christian - Fiction
242 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2014
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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Mission: Starvation Lake by Gary P. Hanson is a story about an aviation missionary. After serving for 30 years, Miki, Paul’s friend, is ill and ready to leave the mission field of Papua, New Guinea. Paul decides to take Miki’s place until a permanent replacement arrives. Paul and his family eagerly leave Michigan to embark on this once in a lifetime adventure. Culture shock is an understatement, but soon the family adapts to their new life style. Life was good, the tribes were getting along and the gospel was being spread. Yet little did the happy family know that an evil terrorist plot was being devised in the jungle surrounding them. Paul and Sally think they are going on a brief overnight stay, but instead find themselves on the run in the unknown mountain jungle, being shot at by a group of militant Muslims. Will Paul’s lifelong desire to be an aviation missionary cost them their lives?

Mission: Starvation Lake is simplistically written. Gary P. Hanson uses few words to describe his characters and his setting. However, he includes a thorough history of Papua, New Guinea, building a firm foundation for his story. Slowly but surely, the plot becomes clear. Soon, the action increases and suddenly you are forced into the jungle on a trek of fury. But right in the middle of this action-packed, ‘run for your life’ plot sequence, the author includes an information overload; this diatribe deflates the momentum of the plot’s action. Fortunately, the action does pick up, the turning point is ultimately achieved and the characters’ conflicts are resolved. I really appreciated the weaving of real stories into this fictional narrative; their inclusion solidified the plot scheme. Overall, Mission: Starvation Lake was a compelling, conquering story of faith and deliverance found only in Jesus Christ.