Van Horn

VAN HORN by Jim Sano

Finalist, Religious Fiction, 2022 American Fiction Awards

Finalist, Religious Thriller, 2022 American Fiction Awards

Silver Award Winner, 2023 ICBA Adult Christian Fiction

Finalist, 2023 Christian Indie Publishers Award – Mystery/Suspense

Four masked men stormed into Jack Russo’s Boston apartment, killed his wife, kidnapped his infant daughter, and left him for dead. Twenty years later, he is still on a relentless search for his daughter. Revenge has led him to the border towns of Texas and Mexico, where he meets Siena, a spirited young woman who joins him on a riveting journey into the world of the dangerous Mexican drug cartels and the deeper struggle with justice, peace, truth, and forgiveness.

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I found myself in page-turner mode for several hours as I finished up the last hundred or so pages – the sign of any great book! Jim Sano has delivered another work of art. It’s a thriller for sure, but also digs into the heart of deep issues of faith like tragedy, resentment, vengeance, forgiveness, and even love. In our day, the front line of the new evangelization needs to be a compelling portrayal of the Gospel, brought to life in the real, and even difficult circumstances of humanity. Jim Sano has done just that!   Jim Beckman, Executive Director of Evangelization and Catechesis, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Jim Sano’s talent continues to shine, especially in this gripping tale that kept me guessing to the very end–a true rarity! Highly recommended. Michelle Buckman, author of Death Panels

Stolen Blessing is a captivating journey that takes the main character, Jack Russo, through the world of drug trafficking on the México and Texas border as he searches for his kidnapped daughter. Despite the harsh realities for the local people, Jim Sano leads us by the hand with overtones of faith and hope. This amazing story is impossible not to read it and I will miss all the characters that are now part of my reading life!   Irene Sarmiento de Lozano, Family Education Consultant (, Writer, Speaker

Wow! Jim Sano has done it again. In his fourth novel, he has made this thriller a must-read as he heads to South Texas on the Mexican border in this action-packed page-turner. Jim utilizes this volatile location to dive into topics like vengeance, hate, revenge, friendship, love, faith, and rivalry. How far is too far in searching for a lost daughter or avenging the death of his wife and where do Christ and the church fit into those dilemmas?   Sean Lynn, Calgary Law Enforcement, President of God Squad Canada, Host of “A Dram with Friends, Member of Catholic Men’s Leadership Alliance Board