Deployed, Called to Serve Series #1
Great military book on Marines fighting in Somalia
Bekah Shaw joined the marines in order to support her young son Travis when her husband left her. Her grandmother cared for the boy when she was sent first to Afghanistan and later to Somalia. When she returned home after her tour in Afghanistan, she went with her friend Connie to a local bar where they encountered both Billy Roy, her former husband, and Buck, who had cheated on Connie. When Buck hit Connie, Bekah intervened and using her marine training subdued Buck in spite of the knife he had. But when police came, Bekah was blamed and taken to jail. Her friend Connie didn't even back her up. But before she could go to trial, she was reactivated. Then the scene switched to a prison where Heath, a lawyer, was visiting his client Darnell Lester who was scheduled to die for killing a police officer. Heath was trying to get the sentence changed to life in prison so Darnell could have a positive influence on his daughter and grandchildren. Before Heath accomplished that he was called to active duty and sent to Somalia on the same plane as Bekah and Ralph Caxton, the man from the auto parts store in her town. And then there was another character, Pike Morgan, a mechanic in the witness protection program, whose young friend was concerned about his sister being turned into a drug addict. After he had solved that problem, he too ended up in Somalia. Interspersed with the stories of the private lives of these Americans that would be interrupted with a military tour in Somalia was the story of Daud, a leader of a small group who were trying to stop the al-Shabaab terrorists, but were not in favor of the Transitional Federal Government the Americans were trying to shore up. Once in Somalia the Americans bonded as they fought together against the al-Shabaab terrorists, with Bekah as a leader under Heath. The story is truly exciting and heartwarming. It was one adventure after another and you won't want to stop reading until you finish the book. And the ending is awesome. If you love adventure, suspense, and incredible drama, this book is fantastic!
August 23, 2013
Deployed by Mel Odom is a work of fiction about Bekah Shaw, a Marine and single mom, who is deployed to Mogadishu to aid in finding a terrorist and Rageh Daud ,a native to Mogadishu, who is seeking revenge against that same terrorist. When I began reading this book, I immediately liked Bekah. Overall, I enjoyed this story. I felt the book was well written and a good story. At first, I was getting a little bored with the switching between the different characters so much. It felt almost confusing at times. Having read the entire book, I'm glad to have the extensive background on all of the major characters. It is very nice to know where the people come from and I assume since this is the first book in a new series that these characters will return. I'm excited to read the next book in the series. This book started with explaining the backstories as well as a "current event" update for each character. It moved a little slow in my opinion while setting up these 4 characters. After getting to the actual deployment scene and so on, the book moved at a wonderful and compelling pace. There are war scenes and death and descriptions of injuries and so on in this book. It does show good examples of God's plan for you life and that you will be put exactly where you should be. I liked this book a lot and recommend it for an nice read
August 20, 2013
Intense Action, Believable Characters
Mel Odom is a great writer. I have read a few of his other books, and am always impressed by his skill and realism. I appreciate a clean story, with no foul language and no prurient scenes even in the combat scenarios. It takes talent to depict the brutality of war without unnecessary sensationalism. Character development is done very well. I understand who the characters are, and I feel connected with them, having their backgrounds explained clearly and compassionately. Tragic events are resolved in satisfying ways. IÃ¢ÂÂm looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
August 11, 2013
called to serve
Very dark story of bandit gangs in Somalia and several very different Marine reservists sent as part of the security forces in Somalia. We meet each of the Marines in the midst of their homeland lives which are interrupted by their recalling. The most heartbreaking is the story of Bekah who is a single mother who must leave behind her six-year-old. Through their eyes, we feel the horror of war and the emotional toll it takes on the military on a mission to help the helpless.
The details of the situation in Somalia are vividly illustrated and so tragic. The author gives us a needed insight into the plight of these people living in a land where human life is of little value and death from outlaws or starvation is more likely than not. So sad but the author provides a ray of hope in the darkness with the story of a child. This was not "cozy" reading but had several important lessons learned by the characters. God is still in control.
August 6, 2013