Priceless by Tom DavisBooks — By Carole Smith Turner on June 21, 2010 at 7:00 am
I finished reading Tom Davis’ new book, Priceless, two days ago and I have yet to shake it. Tom Davis has a way of taking you into the world that he paints with words. You feel like you know all the characters personally. You travel with them on their journey, you know them and that is why leaving them at the end of the book is so hard… you’ve left the journey and now can only imagine what happens next.
So I was glad that Priceless continues the life’s journey of Stuart Daniels, the main character from Tom Davis’ first novel, Scared that I loved so much (it’s #13 on my Top 20 books) Stuart is a photo journalist and I was glad to catch up with him again.
This time Stuart has been sent to Russia for an assignment, he connects with an old friend and gets caught up in the fight against human trafficking before he even knows it. This time his quest involves an orphan girl that he met years earlier, who is now in grave danger. As in the novel Scared, Stuart’s faith is challenged and strengthened from being submerged in one of the darkest places of the world. Again, evil abounds and attempts to take his life, but God has bigger plans.
Tom Davis’s heart for Orphans is obvious in the narratives he weaves in his novels. He does a great job of showing the depth of the issue while also telling you a riveting story. He also paints a clear picture of the darkest reality of what happens when we do nothing. His stories, though fiction, are based on real incidents he has seen and been a part of in his work as the founder and director of Hopechest.org.
This book contains some truly unforgettable characters, the beautiful orphan Marina, and Katya, the strong and determined women fighting to free sex slaves. But my favorite was Vlad. I loved Vlad. You will meet him when you read the book. For some reason I really connected to Vlad. I think it’s because I really like redeemed bad guys.
As someone who works in the fight against Human Trafficking and as a champion for orphan care around the world, I am so thankful for books like Priceless. Awareness is a must in the cause of the least of these, informing people about that which is often out of sight, out of mind. I am hopeful that books like Scared and Priceless will cause people to think, “I had no idea orphans were trafficked…but, that makes sense really..what can I do to help?”
This book is true art. Like the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, it’s crafted to mesmerize, transport, disturb us and help us see the suffering of the least of these, but it also entertains us and it does it so well that we are not able to disconnect from these fictional character so easily, they become real representations of hard realities in our psyche. They scar us in the best way.
For more info, check out http://www.hopechest.org.