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Silent Protector (Love Inspired Suspense #210)
by Barbara Phinney (Goodreads Author)
His life as a U.S. marshal was something Pastor Ian McNeal had left behind...until he's asked to care for little Charlie Troop. The boy witnessed a terrible crime and hasn't spoken since--except to his Auntie Liz, the one adult he trusts. Ian just wants to find the truth, something only Charlie can reveal. But Charlie isn't talking, and Liz is determined to protect Charlie ...more
Paperback, 217 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Steeple Hill
(first published July 20th 2010)
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Spiritual and beautiful Liz Tate travels far to protect her little nephew Charlie Troop, who stopped talking after seeing his father killed. But Charlie already has a SILENT PROTECTOR by his side, Pastor Ian McNeal, who is also dead set on finding the murderer. Between Ian's founding a Shepherd's Smile community in an impoverished area and working on clues, Liz doubts that Ian will find time and energy to properly care for Charlie. That is, until a set of scary and mysterious events shows them t ...more
When a ten year old boy witnesses the brutal murder of his father one night, his life hangs in the balance. Because the murderers are high dangerous and will do anything to kill any witnesses, the police put the boy in protective custody with ex-U.S. marshal turned preacher, Ian McNeal and tells his aunt the boy is dead. But when he contacts her two days later from a stolen cell phone, he's able to give his location. Now, not only does Ian have to protect the little boy, but also his protective ...more
Jul 22, 2010 Judine rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
In general, I found this book to be too abrupt. Not only did I not buy Ian and Liz's relationship (which was completely surrounding a child), but I had so little connection to the characters that I almost stopped reading halfway through. The suspense was there, but it wasn't strong enough to save the rest of the novel.