Lily of Peru

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
402 Pages
Reviewed on 08/09/2015
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Author Biography

Dr. David C. Edmonds is a former Marine, Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright Professor of Economics, university dean, and federal government official with long experience in Washington DC and Latin America. He is also the author, editor or ghostwriter of eight published books, including the award-winning Yankee Autumn in Acadiana about a Civil War campaign in Louisiana. His latest book, Lily of Peru, is a love thriller about a university professor's search for his lost love in war-torn Peru during the dark days of the Shining Path insurrection. Lily is the recipient of the International Latino Book Award for fiction and is a finalist for an award by the Florida Writers' Association. He currently resides in Florida with his wife, Maria, and is moderator for a writers' group.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Sigh. That was my reaction when I finished David C. Edmonds’ new work, Lily of Peru. You know, the type of sigh you emit after you’ve finished a book that has left you with a deeply satisfying feeling of having read a really, really great book. Both a sigh of satisfaction and a sigh of regret that the book is done. This epic novel follows the story of university professor Markus Thorsen as he receives a message from his beloved Marissa that she is ready to leave her Peruvian husband and move to the United States. And to Markus. Dropping everything to rush to her side, Markus is ecstatic, and hopeful that what he has wished for, for so long, might actually be coming true. But once he reaches her, he finds that all may not be what he thought. Marissa has connections to an insurgent group called The Shining Path, and those connections lead the couple on a journey fraught with danger and intrigue. By seeking what he truly wants in life, will Markus end up losing it all?

Lily of Peru is a fantastic read. Romance, action, adventure, thrills and excitement are all wrapped up in this book. David C. Edmonds’ descriptive prose brings the whole of Peru, including Lima, the Andes and the jungle to life. The main characters, Markus and Marissa, as well as a whole host of minor characters, come to life on the page. Anyone who loves to read thrillers, political intrigue, or romance novels will enjoy this book. I was sad when I finished this book, and look very much forward to reading more by this author in the future.

Shannon O'Leary-Beck

I read Lily of Peru this Spring and still think about it sometimes. It was a great book, full of passion and excitement - one of those books I know I'll want to pick up and read again.

Sharon Drenner

Tracy Fisher couldn't have expressed my thoughts better! David Edmonds book, 'Lily of Peru' is a wonderfully written love and action story that is still in my memory as almost having known the characters, and enduring their dramatic circumstances with my heart in my throat! Fabulous book!