Thursday, January 30, 2014

Deployed by Mel Odom

Have you ever had a book that was just too good to put down? You stayed up way too late at night reading when you knew you needed a good night's sleep, but...well you just had to find out what happened next?!
That was me with Deployed.
The characters developed so well I actually had to check again to see if this was fiction. Bekah, Daud, Pike and Heath, I won't forget you! (Bekah I was rooting for you!)
This was action and war, so maybe not for the squeamish. It's a story of faith and overcoming and accomplishing  what you feel called to do. Some by God, others by necessity and still others by revenge and hate. Daud and Pike made me think another way about bad men vs. evil men. Bekah made me think another way about women in the military and what it costs them. I'm considering other people's stories and what brings them to where they are now.
This would be a good movie! I very much enjoyed this book.
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for reading it and writing an unbiased review. Tyndale House Publishing*

From the Back Cover

Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw joined the Marine Reserve to support herself and her young son when her ex-husband decided they were no longer his responsibility. Deployed to Somalia for her current tour of duty, she learns that her team must protect international humanitarian efforts and hunt down the terrorists responsible for the violence and carnage. The mission seems straightforward until the team encounters a renegade, a ghost who seems to be fighting against both sides.

Rageh Daud once lived in contentment with his family in Mogadishu, Somalia. But when that life was torn from him by a terrorist attack, he vowed to avenge his loved ones whatever the cost. Raising an army of men from the displaced people scattered through the countryside, his only goal is destruction—until he encounters an orphan child he feels compelled to protect.

When their worlds collide in a desperate situation, Bekah’s Marines and Daud’s militia realize that their only hope for defeating a common enemy—and their only chance at staying alive—may be to form an unthinkable alliance.

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