December 17, 2013 Leave a comment
Ted Dekker and Bill Bright make a solid delivery with this book, the second installment of what the publisher calls “The Caleb Series.” The first, “Blessed Child,” is an action packed novel about Caleb, the miracle child with supernatural powers of healing left orphaned at an Ethiopian monastery. This book picks up the story some years later, as Caleb is now a young man in his twenties.
The book delivers a high level of action, with the character of Caleb being developed more than in the first book. His faith journey takes an interesting turn, while Jewish and Islamic perspectives get an honorable mention in the storytelling.
While the book is a good yarn overall, the authors lose a few cool points for having a highly trained special operations character have to check to see if the safety is “off” on their Glock pistol when about to get into a firefight with a bad guy. Gun enthusiasts are sure to cringe when reading this part, and it is surprising the best selling authors wrote the scene that way.
Despite the weapons faux paus, it is a decent story, and has good entertainment value. This book has some Indiana Jones style archaeology in it, which always makes for some fun. After having read the first book of the series, this one is a bit of a let down, but is noteworthy for fast paced action and suspense.
It is worth a read if you really like the authors, or are otherwise invested in the series. Otherwise, I recommend staying with the first “Caleb” book.
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