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Baldacci is back with a taut thriller, a welcome return to his usual style, unlike his last book. The plot is tight, and you want to keep reading. Shaw is developed further as a character, as is his relationship with Frank. The narration is top notch.
Why, then, didn't I give it a five star rating?
Because there's too much graphic description of the gruesome torture Waller enjoys inflicting. There's a lot of it, and some of it is stomach turning. It felt more than just a bit unnecessary. Those who are sensitive to graphic descriptions of the horrors that can be inflicted on the human body and the instruments by which it is done, should perhaps think twice about purchasing this book. Or, fast forward past those sections; nothing will be lost.
Despite that, it's a terrific book and I recommend it with the caveat.
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I agree with some of the other reviewers that "Deliver Us from Evil" may not quite rise to Baldacci's usual standard of excellence; but it still delivers plenty of thrills, excitement, and entertainment. If anybody else had written this novel, we would all probably be giving it high marks. We have just come to expect more from David Baldacci. All the same, he has come up with the intriguing plot device of having two highly secret black-ops organizations -- one American and one British -- closing in on the same bad guy, and, unknowingly, interfering with each other's operations. Ron McLarty -- one of my favorite readers -- has a wonderful voice -- or, rather, a wide range of wonderful voices -- and excellent acting chops. I recommend "Deliver Us from Evil" to all thriller lovers. Yes, it may sport slightly cartoonish characters -- especially the bad guys (ooh, so bad!) -- but it none-the-less also features Baldacci's good writing; and it will keep your attention and entertain you.
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