Monday, October 1, 2012

Deployed--A Review

I have been given the privelege of reviewing the book Deployed  by Mel Odom.  This is my first with Tyndale Publishing, and I must say I'm very happy with my choice!

First, let me say that the book is a complimentary copy given in advance of its release date. 

Now, a little about the book:

(from the back cover)

Sergeant Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw joined the United States Marine reserves to help support herself and her son when her ex-husband, Billy Roy, decided they were no longer his responsibility. But when her team is activated and sent to Somalia on a peacekeeping mission, Bekah struggles with being separated from her son and vows to return safely.

Once a successful Somalian businessman, Rageh Daud has lost everything. Determined to seek revenge on the terrorists who killed his wife and son, he teams up with a group of thieves, killers, and others displaced by war. Despite his better judgment, Daud becomes the protector of a young orphaned boy—who becomes a pawn between the warring factions.

To defeat the terrorists and bring peace to the region, Bekah and her team must convince Daud that they are on the same side.

I sat down with this book, and was able to get through it in about 2 nights.  Of course these were late nights, reading for 2 or 3 hours or more each night, not wanting to put the book down. 

First, I liked the backdrop of Shaw's home, as our own little home is not all that far away from the general area from the books' author and his "stateside" location in the book.  When you're from a water tower town, how can you not like small towns?  I grew up in Oklahoma for nearly half of my childhood and can still distinct the Oklahoma drawl from the Texas one. :)

Second, I could relate immediately to Shaw and the story built for her.  I've been the single mother with a son to raise, and remember well the hardships.  The feelings the author described when treating the character really brings her to life as a single mom scratching to earn a living for herself and son, with a deadbeat ex husband and a very caring family. 

Third, the author brought life to various people in Shaw's outfit that were deployed, making them realistic and believable, and keeps you wanting to know how they fare(d).

The side in Mogadishu was fast paced, with lots of action for the Marines.  This keeps the reader going page after page hoping to see their champion winning the battle. 

I am grateful for the clean language of this book, even in the battle scenes.  I'd like to read more from this author as well. 

I'd recommend Deployed for a good late night read.  I had it finished in about 4 to 5 hours, or 2 nights of reading.  I'd love a sequel or series with some of the characters of Deployed!

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