Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Robin Caroll's Deliver Us From Evil ~ Reviewed
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
By Robin Caroll
Published by: B & H
Brannon Callahan, a search and rescue helicopter pilot working for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is as beautiful and tough as the terrain surrounding her. When a blizzard crashes the small helicopter carrying U.S. Marshall Roark Holland, she must save him and the donor heart he is transporting to a comatose government witness whose mind holds a crucial piece of information. Without it, the largest child trafficking ring in history—closer than Brannon or Roark can imagine—will slip further into darkness somewhere along the Appalachian Trail.
I received a review copy of Robin Caroll’s exciting debut novel. Warning: reading this book will keep you up late—compelled to discover the final, exciting conclusion to this wonderful book.
Robin Caroll’s characters were strong, brassy and real. Roark reminded me of the U.S. Marshall in the movie The Fugitive. He liked to be in control of everything. His motto, “Don’t let them see your weakness.”
Brannon reminded me of the female character in G.I. Jane. She’s a rough and tough girl you don’t want to mess with when she’s working. Here’s a peak at how Brannon snaps at Roark, ” Let me tell you something, Mr. Marshall. I don’t care how big and important you think you are—you will not make it out of these mountains without our guidance. So you can stop with the arrogance and know-it-all, take-charge attitude. We must work together to survive.”
I felt like I was in the middle of an action adventure movie with fighting, shooting, chase scenes, fires, helicopters and police drama. This is an intriguing story filled with suspense, hope, forgiveness and justice. I enjoyed the comradery among the characters and how they chased down the bad guys. But, I especially enjoyed how this author wove a believable spiritual thread into the story; keeping the main thing the main thing even in the middle of war - I like that.
There’s a race to set little girls free from brothels in the USA, before they’re shipped to another location. I think Robin handled the topic of sex-trafficking with grace. I’m sure conditions in brothels are worse than described. The author notes she hadn’t realized how serious this problem was before doing research. It’s horrific.
I enjoyed every second of this book. Can’t wait to read the sequel called Fear No Evil. Way to go, Robin Caroll, on writing such a great and exciting debut novel.
Reviewed by: Nora St.Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator