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Product Details

  • Series: Called to Serve (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414349300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414349305
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw joined the Marine Reserve to support herself and her young son when her ex-husband decided they were no longer his responsibility. Deployed to Somalia for her current tour of duty, she learns that her team must protect international humanitarian efforts and hunt down the terrorists responsible for the violence and carnage. The mission seems straightforward until the team encounters a renegade, a ghost who seems to be fighting against both sides.

Rageh Daud once lived in contentment with his family in Mogadishu, Somalia. But when that life was torn from him by a terrorist attack, he vowed to avenge his loved ones whatever the cost. Raising an army of men from the displaced people scattered through the countryside, his only goal is destruction—until he encounters an orphan child he feels compelled to protect.

When their worlds collide in a desperate situation, Bekah’s Marines and Daud’s militia realize that their only hope for defeating a common enemy—and their only chance at staying alive—may be to form an unthinkable alliance.

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I write in a number of fields, but always with the hope of telling an interesting tale that will incite a reader to think for himself or herself, to examine his or her own place in the world, and offer a little nudge in the direction of dreams, faith, and personal growth in spite of whatever odds a person has to face. I also believe we were all put here for a purpose. Hopefully, several purposes. I'm a father, a little league coach, a teacher, a friend, and a writer. I struggle to keep that balance, as many of us do these days, but I hold tightly to the belief that I'm doing all I can be doing, and doing what I should be doing.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By christianfictionaddiction on September 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
After her ex-husband abandoned her and her young son, Bekah Shaw joined the Marine Reserves to support her family. While home in between deployments, she comes face to face with her past, and finds herself unjustly arrested. Still trying to figure out how she will deal with this latest wrinkle in her life, Bekah then gets deployed to Somalia, leaving behind her 6-yr-old son with her granny. In Somalia, she must lead her team to hunt down terrorists inflicting violence on the defenseless, and she and the rest of the team must make a choice to align with an enemy bent on avenging his loved ones, in a bid to stay alive.

Deployed is an action-packed, bite-your-nails type of military thriller, and I found it to be a fantastic read. I was immediately captivated by the story of Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw, deeply feeling the unjust situation she finds herself in at the beginning of the book, and swiftly coming to admire her strength and courage to truly serve and do whatever necessary to fight for freedom for people who no longer have hope. The characters she gets thrown into the story with are complex and fascinating in each of their personal histories, and I loved how Mel Odom wove their story-lines together. Not only does this book crackle with tension, but it also has moments leading to introspection as well. I liked the line in the book where Shaw is trying to come to grips with the loss of a Marine, and is speaking to a doctor. The doctor remarks, "For me, I kept remembering how Jesus didn't just talk at people; he saw them in desperate need, and he reached out and did something about it". What a great reminder that faith isn't just talk, it's also linked to action, to being the hands and feet of Jesus in the world around us, wherever we are called to serve.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Boughner on January 5, 2013
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I want to start off by admitting I'm not a huge fan of the modern military fiction, being a more Sci-fi/Fantasy oriented reader but Mel Odom might make a convert of me yet.

We meet Marine Lance Corporal Beka Shaw, a single mom who is a Marine reservist and has seen two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and is having trouble re-adjusting to civilian life.Her best friend has dragged her down to the local pub where she encounters her ex-husband, a ne'er do-well wannabe pro baseball player who ruined his arm and is living off past glories. He and his posse instigate a quarrel and one of his gang squares off with Beka. The Brawl spills out into the parking lot where her assailant pulls a knife and she shatters his wrist. she is hauled off in a complete good-ole-boy miscarriage of justice and faces severe assault charges when she is called up for deployment in Somalia.

We're then introduced to Ragek Daud, a Somali native mourning the deaths of his wife and son when he is assaulted and robbed by one of the home-grown `Military Protectors' (otherwise known as bandits). Embittered, he forms his own group of bandits and assaults a United Nations health convoy, killing several.

After a couple of short chapters state-side where we'er introduced to Lt Heath Bridger, an high powered Attorney from Oklahoma City and Pike Morgan, mechanic with a past in the witness protection program. Both character's back story is briefly examined before they all come together in Mogadishu.

In a series of battles and ambushes Beka's Charlie company has successes and losses with Bridger as her commanding Officer and Pike her point man. They end up chasing Daud before joining force to combat Korfa Haroun, the bandit leader responsible for Daud's current status in an old 19th century fort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terri L. Bradbury on December 23, 2012
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I wasn't so sure when I started reading this book, thinking maybe it was one of those light, not too deep books, but after I got into it I saw the depth of it and it was very good. Some pretty grafic scenes of violence, but not out of character for the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melanie White on June 30, 2013
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Deployed by Mel Odom.

This is the first book I've read by Odom. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.

Bekah Shaw is a Marine reservist. She's a single mother trying to make a better life for Travis. Unfortunately life isn't making it easy for her. An altercation with a drunk friend of her ex-husband drops her into trouble with the law. Her trial is delayed when she is given orders.

Heath Bridger is fighting to free himself from the shadows of his father. Heath followed his father in the family business and is a successful lawyer. He is also a Marine reservist who is called away in the middle of a case in which he is trying to save a man from Death Row.

Rageh Daud was trying to live a peaceful life. He'd walked away from the violent life his father had groomed him for. The death of his wife and son hurdle him back into the lifestyle he was comfortable with. With renewed vigor Rageh builds an army to stand against the militia taking over Mogadishu.

There is another character that we meet in the beginning. I remember his name being Pike. Is that first or last? I don't know. He appeared to have an interesting story but we were introduced to him and he made fringe appearances before disappearing.

Odom writes a great military story. I've recently read three autobiographies of military men. They were each fascinating reads. Odom captured the action of war with the same ease as these men. He broke into more detail and at times that had me skipping a paragraph or two.

However, Odom missed his mark when it came to fleshing out the stories of each character. As I mentioned Pike has what I would say is a very interesting back story. I would have loved to have learned more or seen it at work more within Deployed.
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