Finding Lien, Released
Finding Lien is a debut novel by R. Bruce Logan. Bursting onto the crowded, suspense genre market, Finding Lien is a powerful and compelling read, with a strong social message. Wrapped in the package of a good yarn, this book is a startling look at the ugly business of child sex trafficking.
About the Book: Lien, an innocent village girl in Vietnam, is missing. Her father Ngoc is desperate and with the help of a young Australian volunteer, overcomes his years of reluctance and writes a letter to his father, a retired American army officer. Ngoc’s letter shocks Peter Trutch. Torn between his sense of honor towards this unknown son and his contentedly pleasant life in Seattle with his devoted wife Catherine, he hurls himself into his past and back to a country and memories that he had left behind forty years earlier. Lien has been sold to a brothel in Cambodia and, in his search for her, Trutch confronts not only his past but a seedy, corrupt world where bad cops, pimps and the destitute, clash with courageous international prevention workers and a few honest officials. Along with Trutch, the reader will be outraged at the worldwide plague of sex trafficking.
This is Logan’s second book. His earlier book is a memoir Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart, written with his wife Elaine Head, about his experience as an US Army officer in Vietnam during the war and the couple’s return to SE Asia to do humanitarian work.
Published by: Black Rose Writing
Price: $16.95 US
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Early Praise for Finding Lien
“A compelling read-suspenseful and powerful”
-Murray Reiss, Poet, and Author
“The extent of human slavery in the 21st century is an abomination. The fact that many of these slaves are children is a tragedy of great magnitude. Here in Vietnam we frequently hear about young girls and women being sold as sex slaves and in our work at Children’s Education Foundation we come face to face with the conditions of poverty and ignorance which fuel the trade.
Bruce Logan’s book is an all too real work of fiction that takes the reader through the harrowing theft of one young girl and her loss of innocence. Being sold by an uncle unfortunately is not unusual in Southeast Asia and the treacherous chase to rescue these victims does indeed require the skills and fortitude of individuals, law enforcement agencies, NGO’s and embassies.
Hopefully Finding Lien, will shed more light onto this pervasive but hidden scourge while offering the reader a gripping, often gritty read with characters that are both scurrilous and saintly … a disturbing and emotional ride through a cruel reality.”
-Linda Hutchinson-Burn, Founding Director of Children’s Education Foundation, Vietnam
“Bruce Logan writes an emotional and heart rending story of human cruelty with grace and clarity. A powerful, intensely evocative novel, which will keep you reading into the small hours.”
-Lynda Crawford, Author of Uncomfortably Numb
“Bruce Logan has chosen a story line that deals with one issue while exposing another.
The novel’s primary objective is, without doubt, to show the fetid underworld of child slavery in the sex trade. Pete Trutch, the hero, takes Herculean risks to achieve his goal — the rescue of one 13-year old victim. Author Logan does a very good job of taking us to hell and back.
My attention was also drawn to the first chapter persona of the hero, which masks his true self and the wound he bears from his experiences as an American soldier fighting in Vietnam decades before. Over the course of the novel, Pete exposes that true self to the reader and, more importantly, to his remarkable wife, Catherine. It is a very important discovery as Pete learns the secret to successful marriage.”
-Gregory Ast, Author of Carey’s Trade
“A deeply moving book that explores one of the most important, ugliest social issues of our time”.
-Lydia Dean, Author, Philanthropist and founder of GoPhilanthropic
“I just finished the book. I started at 5am this morning, with a few hours break for an in-town appointment, during which I couldn’t stop thinking about Lien.
What an enormous endeavour. First, let offer my praise – structurally it holds together extremely well, with multiple character developments, a lively and harsh narrative pace, cliff-hanger chapter endings and emotional upheavals that glued me to the pages – at times literally with my tears.
Congratulations for encompassing such a brutal reality within the heartbreaking story of Lien and the other children. The added layer of complexity between Trutch and Catherine offers the reader a touch of human familiarity within this incredulous scenario of human ugliness. My gratitude is extended to you for this expose.”
-Margaret O’Hara, Salt Spring Island
About The Author
R.Bruce Logan has written two books since retiring from two careers; the first as a career US Army Officer and the latter as a management consultant. His first book, a memoir, Back to Vietnam: Tours of the Heart, published in 2013, was written with his wife Elaine Head. Finding Lien is his debut novel.
The inspiration for his writing stems from the time Logan and his wife have spent in SE Asia as volunteers and his earlier experiences as a young officer in Vietnam serving two tours during the war.
Raising awareness of and funding for the social issues that plague the people of his chosen second home in Vietnam, occupy much of Logan’s time on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.