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Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci
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Feb 16, 12

Read in February, 2012

This is a sequel to The Whole Truth, which really does not have to be read first but it probably would help. Shaw, still working for an unidentified US government agency under the control of Frank (who has a scar across the top of his bald head where Shaw once shot him, perhaps in some book I have not yet found) has a new assignment: to capture a despotic Canadian who is planning to provide some Muslim terrorists with some heavily enhanced uranium smuggled out of the collapsed Russian empire, so that they can build an atomic bomb. Unknown to him and the US agency, however, there is a privately-funded British group also targeting the same bad guy, because they have discovered through research that he actually started life as a brutal Russian colonel who killed thousands of people under Stalin’s reign, and this group’s mission in life is to hunt down former Nazi evildoers and kill them; since they seem to have run out of former Nazi officers, they’re branching out. It also happens that their lead assassin is a beautiful young woman who has problems in her own past. Inevitably, of course, the two groups wind up doing their operations at the same time, which adds to the confusion--which is complicated still further by still a third element that wants to see the evildoer’s life to end for a different reason.

I find Baldacci’s plots a little overcomplicated, and the characters sometimes do things that just do not seem natural--as though the actions were written more for cinematic effect, although I am not personally aware that any of Baldacci’s novels have been made into films. For that matter, the whole thing about why Shaw keeps working for Frank or why Reggie, the news heroine for this novel (although the heroine of the previous one is still hanging around, too) does what she does remains unfathomable. Despite these things, the story moves fairly well and holds the reader’s interest right to the end … and the end after the end … and the non-ending after that. There clearly will be another sequel.

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