This was a no-brainer for me, which made it disappointing. The villain is obvious from his first appearance on the page and many of the other plot points were equally obvious. Overall it was an okay read.
I always get a thrill when I feel like I've stumbled upon a real gem in the vast collection of Christian fiction. With so many books available that I could spend my time reading, I always appreciate it when I come across one that I will recommend over and over again. Let me tell ya....Deliver Us From Evil was such a book. The suspense was top-notch, the action intense, and the romance.....oh, the romance (giddy smile) took my breath away.
I have to admit, though, that the beginning of the book was a little slow. I could sense that the heart-pounding action was within my grasp, but it took a little longer than I wanted for it to arrive. Once it did, it was all downhill from there. :o) I literally had to make myself put it down at midnight so I could get some sleep!
I have no doubt that I will be reading more of Robin's books in the future, including the rest of this series. There was a little teaser at the end that leads right into the next book in the series, Fear No Evil. Brannon's close friend, Lincoln, was one of my favorite characters in the book, and I'm anxious to see what will happen to him next.
So in case you're still wondering whether or not you should try Robin's books for yourself, let me end the suspense for you right now.... Yes!!! You should! You should go to the store right away and get a copy for yourself right now! :o) You'll have it read in no time flat, I promise you!
Brannon Calahan (a female search-and-rescue helicopter pilot) finds herself drawn into a dangerous attempt to uncover a child trafficking ring when U.S. Marshal Roark Hollands helicopter crashes in her area while transporting a donor heart to a government witness whose survival is vital to the governments case. Divided almost neatly into two main segments, the first portion of this novel deals with Roark and Brannons struggle to survive and deliver the donor heart safely after the helicopter crash, while the second delves more deeply into the intrigues behind the child-trafficking ring and their ongoing attempts to uncover it from beneath the layers of secrecy surrounding it.Brannon is a woman of strong faith (who is also somewhat bull-headed), Roark on the other hand is a man who feels hes been burned by God, but when confronted with Brannons own difficult past, and views her strong character, hes in turn driven to re-examine his own beliefs as he is drawn nearer to her.Interspersed with Brannon and Roarks adventures are the heart-breaking experiences of the young girls whove been led astray and forced to work in the ring of brothels operated by the child-traffickers. These passages manage to convey the horror and unwillingness these girls experience as well as the breaking of their spirits without unduly explicit writing. Still, these interludes were difficult to read, and are meant to be.Caroll kept me reading through this brisk-paced suspense novel, though its conclusion seemed somewhat predictable after a certain point. Fans of the genre will no doubt enjoy this solidly written title and the romantic interplay between its two strong-willed characters while having their awareness raised about the horrors that surround us.
Brannon Callahan is a search-and-rescue pilot for the Great Smokey Mountain National Park and on this cold, stormy day she is about to find herself in a rescue like none she has experienced before. Answering a distress call from another chopper downed in the rugged terrain, Brannon and her partner realize it is a call for help from none other than a U.S. Marshall ferrying a heart destined to be transplanted in a key witness. What follows is not only a desperate race to keep the heart viable for transplant but to survive along with her partner and others she encounters along the way.First among those others is U.S. Marshall Roark Holland, the man tasked to get the heart to its destination. Throw in child trafficking, a questionable politician, some pretty dangerous mountain people, and the human heart and Robin Caroll gives the proper mixture for what makes a romantic suspense work.An important sub-plot follows the desperate longing of two young girls from Thailand to escape the nightmare of being sold as sex-slaves in the land they both always longed to see. Who will succeed in bringing this despicable business in the buckle of the Bible-Belt to an end? Will it be a key witness waiting in coma for that heart lost in the depths of the mountains, a heart quickly losing viability and depending on Brannon and Roark to find some way to save it? Or will it be a brave teenage girl trapped in a land she always considered a place of freedom? Only those willing to trek along with the characters will find out.Robin Caroll leaves the familiar confines of her previous novels set in the Louisiana Bayous and offers a fast-paced adventure in a place few would expect to find the evil she uncovers there. The technique she uses to interject the spiritual aspects of the story are unique and one I am sure would drive a guy like U.S. Marshal Roark Holland running away screaming were it not for what happens when a woman and God enter the mix.
Another great read by Robin Caroll. Her books are romantic, suspenseful, and clean. It's hard to find fiction like that now-a-days like that. This is a great story and the first in a series. I look forward to future books by Robin.