The New Recruit is Book 1 in Jill Williamson’s Mission League series about a spy organization made up of Christian teens who fight the supernatural. It’s a little bit espionage, a little bit sci-fi, and a whole lot of excitement!
The main character is Spencer Garmond who is decidedly not a Christian. However, his Grandma is. And when Spencer gets into trouble at school Grandma makes him choose: go to military school or join the Mission League on a trip to Moscow, Russia. Part of what kept me turning the page was Spencer’s reluctance to be part of the group. I appreciate the perspective of the non-Christian teen… and how Christians who are all wrapped up in our church culture can sometimes come across to those who aren’t familiar with it.
The setting of post-Communism Russia was also very interesting to me, and provided lots of excitement… especially for Spencer, who just couldn’t seem to stay out of trouble. Written for teens, The New Recruit is a suspenseful thriller with great life lessons skillfully woven throughout.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from Marcher Lord Press in exchange for my honest review.