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Luana Ehrlich Books In Order

Publication Order of Mylas Grey Mystery Books

One Day Gone (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Titus Ray Thriller Books

One Night in Tehran (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Days in Caracas (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Weeks in Washington (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Four Months in Cuba (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Step Back (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Five Years in Yemen (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Steps Forward (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Three Steps Away (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Titus Ray Collections

Titus Ray Thriller Recipes with Short Stories (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Luana Ehrlich is an award-winning author of Christian fiction and thriller series best known for the “Titus Ray” and the “Mylas Grey Mystery” series. She is known for writing clean reads with jaw-dropping twists, fascinating characters, intriguing plots and occasionally a touch of heart-warming romance. She is also a minister’s wife and used to do missionary work and has asserted that mystery and thrillers have always been something she has been passionate about. She began writing the “Titus Ray” series of novels upon the retirement of her husband that was a pastor. Ehrlich now writes from an undisclosed location in Norman, Oklahoma where she tries as much as possible to avoid grocery shopping, mundane housework and golf stories. Still, she does come out from time to time to play with her children or enjoy a caramel macchiato. Launa’s introduction to the mystery genre was when she was an eleven-year-old. She still loves the suspense/thriller genre and also some historical fiction. In addition to reading a lot, she also watches the news religiously and follows the happenings, particularly anything from the Middle East. She has lived in several states in the Midwest and the South though she now makes her home in Norman, Oklahoma where she has lived for decades. As a missionary alongside her husband, she occasionally reports the experiences of new converts to Christianity in the national religious news service Converted for Baptist Press. She has also been a columnist for “The Indiana Baptist” for several years.

Ehrlich was inspired to write her debut novel “One Night in Tehran” when she learned of the persecution of Christians in the country. It was from the questions she was asking of Iran and how such Christians survived such brutal oppression that the story of “One Night in Tehran” was born. She always wondered what would happen if one of the long-serving Central Intelligence Agency agents in Tehran came across a group of Iranian Christians and were converted. What effect would such a conversion have on their career? How would a career agent that had been trained in deception and lying and sometimes engage in violence be able to be true to his Christian beliefs? Since Luana has been a student of the espionage genre for decades, she comes out as being very much knowledgeable on how covert operations work. She also has a good knowledge of the methodologies, procedures, and vocabulary used in such circles. She never did plan to write a series when she was penning her debut novel. However, she came to enjoy writing about Titus Ray and the agency, that she decided that she would write the character and his adventures into a series.

Ehrlich started writing a blog when her husband retired from being a pastor. The blog soon got so popular and she thought that if she got such a positive response from blogs maybe she could write a novel. Once she had a general plotline in her head, she wrote it down on paper as a small paragraph. She then started fleshing out aspects of character. One thing she did with her debut novel “One Night in Tehran” was to be spontaneous with the dialogue and action rather than write an outline as most authors do. Her writing process thus sounded more like reading a novel though it was done at a slower pace. Launa has asserted that her goal as a fiction author is to entertain her audience. Her novels are written to make the experience of being an intelligence officer in the field as real as possible. This includes everything from the smallest details such as what to wear undercover to the biggest such as what name to take, all of which can sometimes be death and life choices. As a Christian fiction author, her secondary objective is to encourage her audience to be true to their faith. She does this by introducing them to struggling, weak, and flawed characters that are still determined to live according to too the tenets of their faith.

Luana Ehrlich’s “One Night in Tehran” introduces Titus Ray, a veteran CIA officer wanted by the Iranian secret police and is forced to find refuge with the persecuted Iranian Christians in Tehran. The Christians managed to convince Titus to become a Christian even as they work on getting him out of Iran into Turkey and freedom. Back in the US, he learns that the mission he had been doing in Iran had not been successful given that the agency had a lot of factional infighting. He goes into a fit of rage and gives a scathing indictment of his boss which results in him being asked to take a medical leave of up to a year. Before leaving Langley to go on leave in Oklahoma, he discovers that the Iranians hired a Hezbollah assassin to take him out. He is still trying to come to terms with what it means to be a Christian though he still has to navigate the dangerous and deceitful world of intelligence. In Oklahoma, he has to determine if the couple he ran into is linked to the assassin sent after him and if the local detective named Nikki Saxon could be trusted with secrets.

Ehrlich’s “Two Days in Caracas” is a pulse-racing Christian thriller that follows Titus Ray the CIA intelligence officer who is working to stop an assassin. To stop Ahmed Al-Amin from taking out a prominent government officer, he has to travel to Costa Rica and then on to Venezuela where the man is hiding. Along the way his mission is jeopardized by a family crisis even as he has to deal with an Agency Division head determined to destroy his career. As his mission becomes more dangerous, he finds it necessary to team up with a little known and untested operative if he is to bring Ahmed to Justice and complete his mission. But he is running out of time and still has doubts about whether his Christian faith can heal the still painful wounds from the past. The novel has echoes of “Homeland” the HBO series that goes deep into undercover agency protocol and politics. Titus has to watch his back in Caracas since he does not know what lies he may be forced to tell and the secrets he may have to hide even from his own government.

Launa Ehrlich’s “Three Weeks in Washington” opens to Titus Ray in Washington DC where he had been called after a terrorist entered the Navy Yard and killed five people. Titus believes the incident may be connected to the plot by Hezbollah to deploy chemical weapons on a major city in the US. He decides to take the lead and investigate the case out of official channels and in the process puts his career in jeopardy. Once the shooter gives up the identity of an Iranian undercover agent in Washington, Titus goes on an intelligence mission that takes him to two continents. In the process, he exposes an Iranian general sworn to destroy the United States. Time is running out even as Titus is engaging the enemy in a dangerous game of cat and mouse to defeat the terrorists and the lives of thousands. Will his faith be enough at a time when he is facing the biggest challenge yet?

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