Thursday, August 29, 2013

Review of "Renegade" by Mel Odom

The second in the Called to Serve trilogy, this book focuses on Pike Morgan, a former foster child with enough baggage to open a store.  He is currently in the Witness Protection Program due to a run in with the Diablo biker gang that resulted in the death of his best (only?) friend from foster care, Petey.

Pike is also affected by his relationship with Hector, a young neighborhood boy he mentors & helps with his homework - and whom to his chagrin, he is starting to be concerned about.  This is a huge stressor for Pike, as he prides himself on needing nothing and no one.

As a Marine Reservist, this time Pike is called up to go to Kandahar, where a very bad man, Yaqub is planning numerous attacks in the name of 'god', and the Marines must deal with his actions.  Everyone is on high alert and a mini-war begins.

What I truly appreciated about this book is that Mr. Odom doesn't provide an "easy wrap up" to any of the individual stories begun in book one- we don't know if Bekah & Heath's relationship will go any further: Pike doesn't see the problem of a life without God - yet; not everyone lives, this is a war after all....rather, we see development of each character in a real and interesting way.  I am looking forward to the third book in this trilogy.

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