Sunday, June 9, 2013

Renegade by Mel Odom

About the Book:

Having grown up in the foster system, Private Pike Morgan’s rough exterior and problem with authority earn him few friends among his fellow Marines. When he’s not on missions for the Marine Reserve, Pike’s rebellious attitude and eagerness for vigilante justice have the local police regularly at his doorstep. Struggling to set down roots, and nervous of his desire to, Pike’s eager to answer the military’s call for another deployment.

On a peacekeeping mission to Afghanistan, Pike and his squad soon find themselves entrenched in a heated war zone. After an American journalist is kidnapped by known terrorist Zalmai Yaqub, the whereabouts of this al Qaeda leader become a top priority for the American military. But when Yaqub flees to Pakistan, will anyone aid Pike in his hunt, or will this strong Marine find himself without an ally?

My Thoughts:

I love Mel Odom's military fiction!  While I enjoyed his NCIS series a bit more, his "Called To Serve" books are rapidly growing on me.  The second book in this new series starts off with a bang and is an adrenaline rush from cover to cover.

Pike likes to keep his distance as a way of protecting himself and keeping his cover (you'll understand more when you read the book).  Problem is, he's just too likable under his gruff exterior.  Whether he likes it or not, he's putting down roots and that can create a problem for those he's grown to care for.

His deployment to Afghanistan reunites Pike and the reader with the characters from Mel's first book, "Deployed".  But more important than seeing old fictional friends, these scenes remind us of the horrors of both war and peacekeeping missions for our military.

I had moments where I had to put the book down and hunt for tissues.  These men and women truly put their lives on the line and serve our country with honor and sacrifice that we cannot begin to understand.

And Mel isn't one to let us fall in love with a character and see him or her until the end of the book.  Be prepared for some precious people to come to an end and it will make you very unhappy, to say the least.

"Renegade" is rich with heart, honor and faith, as well as loyalty and passion.  It was an honor to read the book and it is an honor to highly recommend both "Renegade" and Deployed" as some of the best military fiction on shelves today.

I received an advance copy of "Renegade" via NetGalley from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  I highly recommend the book and I salute the men and women in uniform serving our country and putting their lives on the line for our freedom.

Happy Reading!



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