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The Rescuer (O'Malley #6)

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Stephen O'Malley is a paramedic. He's been rescuing people all his life. But he's on the run now --- from the burden of his profession, from the grief of losing his sister, from a God he doesn't want to trust.


Meghan may be blind, but she's not crazy. Someone is walking through her house, going through her things, so she tu
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mar 06, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
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This was a very good book. I was hoping for more 'paramedic scenes', but they were very slim. I still enjoyed it though. I am terribly disappointed that this series is over. I loved it and will definitely be looking to add this series to my bookshelves.
Mar 23, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it
Stephen gets the final book in the O'Malley series. A lifetime of working as fireman and paramedic, (view spoiler) takes his stress levels to the edge. He's always wanted a small town with a lake where he can fish and be a part time paramedic, but felt he had to keep Kate and Jack safe. Now they've got someone else to fill that role. To regroup, he runs for a year, leaving behind friends and family to enter himself in a new place without all the memories, bu ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
It is so sad to say goodby to this series, and the O'Malley Family. I think that I could read about them for a very long time, but all stories must come to an end. Thank you Dee Henderson for such a fun journey.
Sep 27, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
L.O.V.E. it! suspenseful to the very end.
Jul 18, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it
The Rescuer had a whole different feel then the others. Stephen leaves his paramedic job and tries to find peace and happiness somewhere else after his sister dies. The reality is that he only can find contentment and friendship in Jesus Christ. He sees Megan again...and her friendship with Jesus draws him to her. This book didn't have the same intense scenes as others, except for right at the end. I would have loved to seen more of Stephen's work as a paramedic.
A great book to end the series.
The last of the O'malley series. I enjoyed the series. It was a mixture of romance and suspense in every novel. You have to read all of the books though in order to really understand each character. Even though the books are about each of the siblings, the other siblings are developed through out all the books. It would be really hard to understand what was happening if not read in sequence.

I liked the cool jobs that the O'Malley's had- athough realistically it may be a little far- fetched. Sti
Feb 07, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the last book of the O’Malley series. Even though you know who the “villains” are from the beginning, it was interesting to see how the story & plot unfold. I like that although these stories are written by a Christian author they are not pushy about religion. As a Christian I am able to relate to the questions the O’Malleys all had and I enjoyed seeing how their perspectives changed through out the series. I thought this book (and the series) ended well, though I am a little sad t ...more
I reached the end of the O'Malley series, and Steven's story is one of the more interesting of the six books because he gets the ultimate "Christian-y" message - death and its meaning. There's a lot of material in this one, and there's a reason Henderson saved his story for last. Of course, the women who "leads him to Christ" is blind and has experienced tragedy. Its gently preachy, with a little jewel heist mystery thrown in. You've been warned.
Jan 01, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
I thought the six books (seven if you count the prequel) in the O'Malley series were good books. A few of the earlier ones were fairly predictable, but still well written and intriguing. Book five was a tear jerker. This book was very good. Different from the others in many ways, but still enjoyable.

I would have liked the book to go into more detail on how things ended up for the main character. The other books had an advantage of being able to continue relationships into the subsequent books,
Linda Walters
A good clean story of love, loss, struggles, trying to find faith and a close family. Stephen is burned out from his paramedic job and the loss of his sister Jennifer. The others in his family are hurting from the loss too but they have the knowledge of their relationship with Jesus to help them through. Stephen doesn't have that and it worries the rest of his family. They know that he's going to run and they plan on letting him but not too long. They want to pull him back into the arms of his f ...more
Dec 31, 2015 TheAromaofBooks rated it really liked it
This is the final book in O’Malley series, and focuses on Stephen, who is a paramedic. Completely burned out from his job (driving a squad to emergencies in Chicago is no tea party), emotionally exhausted from the illness and death of his youngest sister, and frustrated because the rest of his family have all become Christians and he can’t understand why, Stephen leaves for a long break. When he returns, he buys a small farm in a small town outside of Chicago, and is ready to start his new life. ...more
This is the last book in the O'Malley series (I'm feeling the withdrawal symptoms coming, suggest a new book for me, anyone, quick!) and one of the most touching in terms of the journey of the O'Malley family. It's been about two decades since they made the decision to become a family. Much has changed since then--they've grown up, some have gotten married, others are thinking of settling down, and Jennifer has died. And they're all dealing with that grief in different ways. For Stephen, it is t ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Debby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
WOW! What a great story and ending to a great series! It's like the story of the O'Malley's has come full circle for all seven of them. This is one of those times when the story of the characters in a book or series have had such an impact on me personally that I'll miss them. It's kind of sad that this reading experience is over. We all need a friend or friends like each one of the O'Malley's.
I'll definitely be reading these books again in the future.
Rebekah Tooley
Nov 17, 2015 Rebekah Tooley rated it really liked it
I really liked this one!!! It has a different feel to it. I thought Meghan not allowing there relationship to progress further until he became a Christian was good and also very wise! And having it where Kate became pregnant was a nice twist as well! The only thing I didn't like in this book or series was how they only focused on one persons life in the family and added very little of anybody else. But asides from that it was great!!!
Cathy Cramer
A paramedic who faints at the sight of blood is unusual, but by now the series has gotten a little predictable. I liked Kate's character best start to finish. Stephen did have valid doubts to overcome regarding his faith, and the issue of job burnout was a new one. I liked Meghan's statement she made to Stephen, "You can't find the happiness you want and the peace you seek by borrowing from mine." That is so true. We can't find true happiness or peace just by absorbing it from other people who ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Gloria rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone; Christian contemporary
This sixth and last book of the O'Malley Chronicles follows Stephen. The entire series is Christian romantic suspense, which means there isn't much of a slow-down until the danger is resolved, though this book seemed to go slower than the others with some time jumps.

Five years before the events in this book, Steven and Meghan were co-workers in Chicago. An accident with a person involved in a jewelry theft ring left Meghan blind.

The book begins with Stephen leaving after Jennifer's funeral. He'
Dee Henderson, as usual, certainly kept me turning pages. Romance, tragedy, friendship, murder, theft, spiritual questioning and spiritual growth all enter into the plot. Steven was a great character, and I liked how he changed during the course of the story. I might have given the book 5 stars, except there were a couple of things that just didn't seem totally believable to me. (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 13, 2007 daysgoby rated it did not like it
Meh. I started this - my husband is a paramedic - thinking that it would help me empathize with some of the stresses he has, and ended up (after reading a very choppy, gushing/stilted book) thinking :There are SIX more in this series? Woof.
Jeni Enjaian
This book had a decidedly different feel to it than the others. I enjoyed it, but not quite as much.

Much of the tension that drove the plots of the other books in the series was missing from this one. Henderson's random scenes from the perspective of the perpetrator seemed to serve only one purpose, reminding the readers that there was a suspenseful subplot to the story. Since she hadn't included scenes like this in the other ones, this inclusion felt a bit out of character.

I did like the slowe
Jun 21, 2012 VaultOfBooks rated it it was amazing
By Dee Henderson. The O'Malley Series #6. Grade: A+.

Stephen O'Malley is a paramedic who has been rescuing people all his life. But he's running now -- from the burden of his profession, from the grief of losing his sister, and from a God he doesn't want to trust. He's run into a mystery. Stolen jewels are turning up in unexpected places, and his friend Meghan is caught in the middle of the trouble. Stephen's about to run into a night he will never forget: a kidnapping, a tornado, and a race to
Teresa Snyder
May 05, 2013 Teresa Snyder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It can't be the end! I'm not ready to say goodby to the O'Malley's.

Stephen was our focus in this book. We first met him in book one, when he was having breakfast with Kate. His love interest, Megan, is a childhood friend. Megan had a crush on Stephen when she was a teenager and never really got over it.

Stephen had a very hard time dealing with the death of his sister. He's doing the only thing he knows to do. Run. The night he plans on leaving, he offers to give Megan a ride home to the small
Adrienne van der Watt
This was by far, my favourite of the series.

"He had spent a lifetime rescuing people. And all the last months had left him with was the certain knowledge he couldn’t carry the weight anymore. He didn’t want his pager going off. He didn’t want to have to face another person injured, bleeding, and trying to die."

Stephen tries running away from his life.

"He owed Jennifer. She’d asked that he be happy, settled, and at peace with life. With great passion, her smile, and her zest for life, she had
Aug 11, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed the writing of Dee Henderson and this one did not disappoint. I love how each of the O'Mally tribe with its closeness of adopted family help and support each other. This one focus was on Stephen the paramedic and his interaction with a young woman who is blind. Sometimes we get burned out in our profession and this was an excellent story about how it can happen and how in this case you can overcome, excellent inspirationa story.
This was the 6th book in the O’Malley Series by Dee Henderson. I loved this whole series. Stephen’s story is of a boy who couldn’t save his little sister when he was young and never really got over it; therefore he has spent a good part of his life trying to saving as many people as he can as a paramedic in Chicago. He has just lost his adopted sister Jennifer to cancer and is grieving and feeling burnt out. He quits his job (although his boss tells him is it a sabbatical) and just drives, tryi ...more
Debbie West
Jun 22, 2014 Debbie West rated it it was amazing
this was a superb Christian romance. i really liked the way Stephen slowly turned to God. he finally got it! the romance was good, Meghan was an inspiring character. and the intrigue, while not very suspenseful, was a very good plot! i'd recommend this book definitely!!! the only problem I had is that few detaills were given on HOW Meghan could do certain things while being blind. not enough info for me! otherwise, really good book!
Nov 06, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O'Malley #6

This series is based on the O'Malley's, a set of orphans that all ended up in the same group home and banded together to form their own family. Each book features one of the O'Malley's and is chock full of romance, mystery, suspense and the eternal question that each and every one of us has to address…

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Dail Sams
Jan 20, 2016 Dail Sams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this concluding volume in the O'malley series, Stephen deals with his grief over Jennifer's death by running away--from his job, his life in Chicago, and God. Long-time friend Meghan is just the girl to slowly reel him back to life and faith. A great conclusion to this appealing series.
Jodi Schiedel-Anderson
Oct 21, 2011 Jodi Schiedel-Anderson rated it really liked it
This was the second time I read this book, but the last was so far in the past that it was basically a new story to me. Meghan's story really made me think about people living with blindness, and that we shouldn't take anything for granted. It especially struck me when the book described how she loved to read, and started listening to audiobooks after the accident. I guess that hit me because I love reading and was currently reading, so to try to imagine suddenly not being able to was striking. ...more
Jennifer Hibdon
Oct 25, 2015 Jennifer Hibdon rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It was a complete story, but now I want to read the other O'Malley stories. I appreciate the way dependence on God in intergrated into the story. Just like life, God in not just an add-on.
Kedron Skiles
Jan 13, 2015 Kedron Skiles rated it it was amazing
someone is stealing jewels. the Jewelry store owner died he left it to his friend. the friend started finding stolen jewels. the thief kidnapps her and leaves her in a house during a tornado.
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  • The Negotiator (O'Malley, #1)
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  • The Protector (O'Malley #4)
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