Saturday, February 12, 2011

Review: Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll

Publication Date: February 2010
Publisher: B & H Publishing Group
Genre: Christian Fiction/Suspense
ISBN-13: 9780805449808

(Received for review from B & H)

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Synopsis (Book Blurb):

Brannon Callahan, a search and rescue helicopter pilot working for the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, is as beautiful and tough as the terrain surrounding her. When a blizzard crashes the small helicopter carrying U.S. Marshal 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.


Author Robin Caroll brings the reader a book full of suspense and intrigue with Deliver Us From Evil. Far from her first novel, Deliver Us from Evil is a book with a very deep subject, child trafficking. Readers will be on the edge of their seats as the action ramps up in this one. Caroll's name is synonymous with great Christian Fiction and she doesn't disappoint. Full of nail-biting suspense and tender moments full of faith, this is Christian Romantic Suspense at it's best.

Helicopter pilot, Brannon Callahan is sent out by the Great Smokey Mountains National Park to rescue a downed helicopter that went down in a blizzard. With the help of her partner Lincoln, Brannon seats out to find U.S. Marshal Roark Holland and some very precious cargo. Marshal Holland is transporting a donor heart for a very important government witness in a child trafficking case that hangs in the balance. If the witness doesn't get that heart, the case will go down the tubes. When Brannon's helicopter is brought down by a sniper it becomes a race against time. Will Brannon be able to save Roark and get the heart there on time?

I haven't read a lot of Christian Romantic Suspense, but if they were all like this one, I can see this sub-genre as becoming one of my favorites. I liked so many things about this book. First of all it was set in the Great Smokey Mountains which I am quite familiar with which made it more realistic to me. It was easy for me to imagine the significance of a helicopter going down in one of the remote areas and how difficult a rescue mission would be. I also have a friend who is a helicopter pilot so the jargon was somewhat familiar to me, but might be a little confusing to some readers, but it isn't hard to understand what's going on.

I thought the author did an excellent job of portraying the horrors and complexities of child trafficking. Crimes against children are usually a part of the underbelly of society and this novel really brought it to the forefront. I think the average person does not realize that this kind of thing is going on everyday and what government officials and law enforcement officers have to do to bring down these kinds of criminals. The author dealt with issue in a very respectful manner, describing the situation and its effects without being crass or offering too much information.

I found it interesting that the author chose to have the witness be in need of a transplant to survive. Transplantation and organ donation is a cause that is close to my heart, due to the fact that I am suffering from diabetes which can cause kidney failure. I have one kidney and I understand the issues facing those who transport and have to get those donor organs where they need to be when they need to be there. It was a great scenario for a book and I thought the Caroll excelled in her execution of this part of the plot.

I loved the characters in this book. Brannon was self-assured and a very tough lady, while Roark was exactly what I expected from a U.S. Marshal, loyal and faithful. But, in my opinion this book was really driven by the exceptional plot. It was suspenseful and full of grit and action, but it also incorporated Christian ethics and principles as well as scripture. It wasn't overpowering and only added to the overall effect of the book. The romantic aspect of the book allowed for some tender moments in the midst of chaos and tended to lighten the mood of the novel when it was needed.

I recommend this one to Christian Fiction readers and mainstream suspense and thriller readers. This one will definitely appeal to both sets of readers and introduce some Christian Fiction readers to a different type of Christian read.

Deliver Us From Evil is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

Robin Caroll has authored eight previous books including Bayou Justice and Blackmail. She gives back to the writing community as conference director for the American Christian Fiction Writers organization. A proud Southerner through and through, Robin lives with her husband and three daughters in Little Rock, Arkansas.