Sunday, April 2, 2017

Book Review of -- The Devil's Due by Steven F. Freeman

Reviewed by -- Maegan Schaefer        
Note - by a former blog reviewer - the team has been retired, but still have reviews of theirs to share.

Book Review of --
The Devil's Due (The Blackwell Files Book 5) by Steven F. Freeman

Overall star rating --- 4.5      

About the book:
While on their honeymoon, cryptologist Alton Blackwell and FBI Agent Mallory Wilson receive a frantic plea for help. Resourceful Afghani teenager Mastana Meer, once instrumental in rescuing a mutual friend from Afghanistan terrorists, finds herself coerced into a nefarious plot by her Al-Qaeda uncle.

Having escaped the clutches of her terrorist uncle, the teen is days away from leaving Kabul for a better life when Alton and Mallory lose all contact with her.

As the former soldiers race to Afghanistan to search for Mastana, they battle Al-Qaeda terrorists, a resurgent cult of evil, and a web of political intrigue in which the label of friend and foe is not easily assigned. The duo must summon all their investigatory powers and combat skills in a desperate bid to track down their young friend and rescue her before her captors’ malevolent designs can be set in motion.

Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30        
-- Story & characters -- 10        
-- Cover & title -- 10        
-- Editing & formatting --10        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This book is the 5th in the series. I have not read the others, so jumping into the middle of the series makes it a bit intimidating. But upon finishing the book, I had nothing to worry about. I didn't need to read the first 4 books to understand what was going on. This book takes place mostly in Afghanistan. The characters are civilians now trying to find a friend who has gone missing. When they receive little help from local authorities and the military personal from the base, they take matters into their own hands to find her. This book starts off intense and never slows down, which made for a quick read for me. I just couldn't put it down, not knowing what was going to happen next.         

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- Suspense and mystery        
Age recommendations -- 16 due to violence         
Sex content rating -- Mild          
Violence rating -- Moderate         

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