Series: Called To Serve
Author: Mel Odom
Published: September 21, 2012
Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw joined the Marine reserves to make a better life for her and her son, Travis, in a town that has seemed to turn against them. She never thought that she would be taken away from her son to fight in a war, but she has two times, and now she’s called back again. This time she’s in war-torn Somalia just trying to survive long enough to get home to her son and grandmother, but her team’s mission is making that seem more like a dream and less like a possibility. Now not only does Bekah have to fight against a group set on ruling Somalia, but she also has to fight against a group of renegades lead by a ghost, a man who seems to be fighting against both sides and is in it only for revenge and bloodlust.
Rageh Daud lived a normal life trying to get away from his father’s legacy, until his wife and son were killed by an evil man bent on controlling Somalia and everyone in it. Now, he’s using everything his father has ever taught him to get to this man and offer up revenge for all that he has lost, even if it means killing men, women, and children in the process. All he cares about his the hatred burning inside him and the urge to rectify his family’s murder. He doesn’t care that everyone is after him, all he cares about is whether or not he will have the opportunity to get the one man that destroyed life as he knew it forever.
Fighting for freedom of a nation, Bekah only wants to be home with her son. Fighting for revenge and bloodlust, Rageh wants his family to be avenged no matter what. When the opportunity arises to join forces, the question is whether they will be able to work together to bring an evil man down before more people have to die in the process. Also, the question is whether or not they will be able to be able to fulfill their desires to be home or avenge his family. The fight for freedom never ends but it’s the brave that give up their lives to give it to us.
Will Bekah be able to go home to her son or will fighting the war be the last thing she sees? Will Rageh be able to fulfill his revenge or will he be killed by the very man he’s hunting? What will Rageh do after his revenge is fulfilled? Will Rageh and the Marines end up working together to take out a dangerous man or will they fight each other until the end?
I’ve read military fiction before and loved it because it gave me a look into that division our military, but unlike my previous jaunts in military fiction this book delves into the Marines, a division I’ve always loved and wanted to know more about. I was looking forward to this book and it didn’t let me down. It was well written and taught me some things about the Marines that I didn’t know before. I felt the tension in the book and the action scenes were realistic and exciting. This book definitely wasn’t a disappointment.
The storyline was solid though the execution was a little jumbled. I felt that it took a while to get to the heart of the story and because there were a lot of characters given a point of view in the book, it felt a bit jumbled. I do like the premise of the story, though. I just didn’t feel like it was executed the best it could’ve been. One thing that I really enjoyed about the storyline, however, was the main character. I like how the author made the main character a female. It opened up so many more doors. It allowed you a glimpse at what it’s like for a female in the Marines and I believe that it made the book a book that can be read by both men and women. That was I think my favorite part of this book.
I liked the main character of the story. I was able to feel for her and her situation, but I would’ve liked to get inside the head of more than just her. If you’re going to have POV’s of other characters why not allow your readers to connect with them too? I felt disconnected to most of the characters and I would’ve loved to connect with them on some level. Despite that, the author molded the main character in a way that made her character relatable and realistic in her attitude and goals. The author really knows how to get a character into your heart.
I’m a fan of military fiction and because of that, I liked this book. I felt that there were a few things that could’ve been better, but overall I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading more in this series. This book really gives facts on the Marine Corps and taught me some things I’ve never knew. I really give the author credit for putting time into his research and making sure everything made sense and was accurate. That definitely made the entire book. I really loved the time and energy the author took to make sure that this book had the facts straight and because of that I plan on reading more from this author.
This author is great at research and making sure that the facts are straight. This author is fantastic at suspense as well. He made sure that the suspense was realistic and the action was nail-biting and exciting. This book wasn’t my favorite military book out there, however, I do like how it was written and I fully intend to read more in the genre and more by this author. I also liked some aspects of the book and those aspects made the book enjoyable to read.
Overall, this is a good book, but not great. I recommend this book for those looking for a military book or looking for a nice suspense book. I don’t recommend this book for young readers, but I do recommend it for more mature readers. I give this book a three and a half out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through The Christian Manifesto in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*