Book Review: “Enemy in the Room” (2013) by Parker Hudson

Candy Spilman By Candy Spilman, 12th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This thriller keeps the reader spellbound with its all-too-realistic scenario of religious zeal that threatens the lives of innocent people. The characters woven into the story had to choose between money, power, or the things that were more important, and their lessons learned were skillfully portrayed.

Book Review: “Enemy in the Room” (2013) by Parker Hudson

The story opens with a tragic incident, as a suicide bomber destroys a church full of Christian worshippers in the name of Allah. Following the account of the incident, the reader is teased with the name of a person who may have been involved. This name, Trevor Knox, happens to be the CEO of the company where David Sawyer, the protagonist, is employed.

Although Americanized, both men are Muslims of Middle Eastern descent, but the resemblance ends there. As the story progresses, Trevor Knox is revealed as a truly evil persona. He is orchestrating violent acts, seeking to make Islam the only religion. In a terrifying subplot, he is also masterminding a secret data spying organization and involved in a plan to kill both the President of the United States and the President of Russia.

David Sawyer is a workaholic who has neglected his obligations in his home, but he has a good heart. He is secretly working to help his cousin in Iran, who is struggling to bring change and liberate the Iranian people from the Basiji’s violence.

In David’s personal life, his family begins to crumble, in part due to products and services supplied by his own company. Under pressure from Knox, he is forced to fire Kristin Holloway, one of his finest employees and a Christian. However, she is the turning point in helping him to eventually see the light. He discovers truth in many forms – Knox’s destructive plans; the effect that putting his job first has had on his family; and also how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

The story ends well for most of the characters, but the reader realizes that the malevolent work has not ended. Although the story was fiction, the technology described is chilling in the fact that it could actually happen.


Allah, Christianity, God, Holy War, Islam, Jesus, Moral Values, Muslim, Terrorism

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Former journalist turned freelancer. I'm a mom and grandma and love to write about family or Christian topics.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting review. I think the Christianity angle would be a bit heavy-handed for my taste, but I think you handled the review well.

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