Sergeant Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw joined the United States Marine reserves to help support herself and her son when her ex-husband, Billy Roy, decided they were no longer his responsibility. But when her team is activated and sent to Somalia on a peacekeeping mission, Bekah struggles with being separated from her son and vows to return safely.
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Customer Reviews for Deployed, Called to Serve Series #1
Deployed by Mel Odom has to be one of the most captivating book I’ve read in a while. I don’t think I set it down for more than a few minutes until I finished. It was that good. This fast pace book will definitely have you staying up late until you finish it.
Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts at reading until a book captures my attention. I expected to dive into Mel Odom's new series head first, but didn't get hooked until about ten chapters in.
From that point forward, I was a goner! "Deployed" isn't quite the high octane ride I found in Odom's previous military suspense, but the story was satisfying and left me anxious for the next novel.
One issue I had with the story was the opening. I didn't care much for Bekah at first, even though her situation would normally lead to sympathy. Not quite sure why, but I finally warmed up to her.
Mel has a lot of ground to cover introducing the new characters as well, but once everyone settles in and gets familiar with the unit, the story picks up the pace and the suspense kicks in.
Oh, and be prepared for an INTENSE final few chapters...you'll be up into the wee hours of the morning, chanting to yourself, "Just one more chapter, just one more chapter..."
I received a copy of "Deployed" through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. I took my time with this book, wanting to give it a fair read. I'm glad I did, and "Deployed", despite a rocky start, is highly recommended.
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Review 3 for Deployed, Called to Serve Series #1
An Interesting Read
Date:June 5, 2013
Deployed is not my typical read, but I must admit that it was interesting. The beginning was a bit confusing as character after character were introduced in what seemed to have no connection. However, when you learned that all of these seemingly unrelated characters were getting deployed as Marine reservists, the story started falling into place. I found Deployed to be well written, although intense, at times.
Bekah Shaw is a single mother divorced from a serious low-life she should never have married in the first place. She joined the Marine reserves, never expecting to be deployed, but has spent six months each in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the opening of the book, Bekah gets into a fight in a bar with a man much larger than her who starts beating her friend. Everyone (including said "friend"), agrees with the aggressor, saying Bekah started it unprovoked and she is arrested. While she's waiting for her trial, she is once again called to active duty, this time to Mogadishu.
I knew this was going to be a hard book to review going into it due to my personal views on women in the military--especially combat, but I worked hard to set that aside and go into it with an open mind. I know some have said a woman would not be leading a fire team, but I did some research and found out that there are actually women marines (or at least one that I know of) that are fire team leaders.
The story felt rather disjointed for the first part of the book as character after character is introduced, but then finally starts to coalesce when they all end up deployed together. I'm not military, so I couldn't speak as to the reality of the combat situations, but it felt very realistic and well done. That said I'll move on to what really dropped this review in my opinion. This book is marketed as "Christian Fiction". I beg to differ. The book starts with Bekah in a bar for beer with friends. Pretty much everyone introduced in the book is either blatantly non-Christian or the subject is ignored. God is barely mentioned through almost the entire book. A few remembered Bible verses from childhood and an "epiphany" during battle that maybe this moment is why God has you here accompanied by a prayer that you can make that perfect shot does not a Christian book make. I kept waiting for a Christian character to show up, one of the characters to remember enough from childhood to get saved, or even for salvation to just be mentioned! Nada. As a military fiction book, I think it's pretty good. As a Christian fiction book, it fails miserably. Very, VERY disappointed!
About What I Expected--some good, some not-so-good
Date:June 10, 2013
Though I am against divorce (at least in most cases) and women being in the military, this book was quite an adventure. It opened my eyes to some of the horror in other parts of the world, and I could sympathize with most of the characters in one way or another. None of the main characters were Christian, however, so that was a bit disappointing. Bekah had some sort of peace come upon her later-on in the book, but the gospel message was not there. If you're looking for an exciting military read that is clean (though violent), then this book may be something to try, but if you're looking for a strong Christian story, this is not it.
Bloodlines (NCIS) series 'hooked' me on Odom's books. Deployed is good though I found it puzzling to reconcile faith and the bar scenario. The bad guys running the show for a while made me skip ahead to see if and what the solution would be. Usually I don't jump pages. Beka at times appears a little naive and next is the mature helper and situation solver. If you like the military conflict (sometimes a bit graphic and cruel), indications of romance thrown in, along with the good description of the relationships between Beka, her family and colleagues, you should enjoy reading this book. I loved not having to keep a sticky note for language concerns. Clean writing. I like it! Looking forward to book 2.