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on January 15, 2011
This is an entertaining, well paced thriller with plenty of action and over-the-top characters. The action at points was unbelievable and there are too many references to an earlier book I don't remember well, I expect more from Baldacci. In spite of these complaints this makes for a light read on the beach or plane. The pages turn and makes time pass. For an original thriller with plenty of action check out "A Tourist In The Yucatan!"
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David Baldacci returns with another thriller! Deliver Us From Evil is the second book in the Shaw and James series.

Shaw and his partner Frank are surveilling a businessman named Evan Waller in Provence, France. Waller's latest deal, if completed, would lead to the deaths of many. Unbeknownst to them, another group, including female operative Reggie Campion, is also watching Waller. But they know him as Fedir Kuchin, ex KGB and wartime mass murderer.

The two groups eventually become aware of each other. With different agendas, can they work together to bring down an evil man or will he get to them first?

Baldacci provides lots of action, international intrigue and a plot that's very current. But, the descriptions of Waller/Kuchin's torture tactics were too gruesome for this listener. They detracted from the story rather than adding to it. Some of plotting seemed a bit far fetched. The plans laid by Reggie's group are overly 'cinematic'. The decision by some of her group to walk into certain death seems unrealistic. A romantic triangle involving Reggie, Shaw and Katie James (from the first book in the series - The Whole Truth) provides an interesting subplot. However, Deliver Us From Evil is full of non stop action and is definitely an entertaining listen.

This book was narrated by Ron McLarty - one of my all time favourite readers. His voice is rich and expressive. He creates a 'voice' for each character and they are easily identifiable.

For me, not one of Baldacci's best, but still enjoyable.
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Evan Waller has built a fortune through his willingness to buy and sell anything to anyone. In the present, his activities have drawn the attention of the enigmatic Shaw (introduced in The Whole Truth) and the shadowy organisation he represents. At the same time, Waller's past has been investigated by a secret vigilante group based in the UK and their agent, Reggie Campion is also seeking him.

Independently of each other, and for very different reasons, Shaw and Campion arrive in a small village in Provence in pursuit of Waller. Both Shaw and Campion are encumbered by their pasts and while the Campion story is covered in this novel, relevant aspects of the Shaw story are in `The Whole Truth'. While you don't need to have read `The Whole Truth' to follow this story, the character of Shaw and his reactions will make more sense if you have.

This is fast-paced, not always believable fiction. There are some detailed scenes of torture and violence, which are not for the squeamish. These scenes serve to paint a detailed picture of the bad guys involved, just in case a reader needs additional reinforcement.

Overall, while I found this an interesting page-turning escapist read I didn't enjoy it as much as `The Whole Truth'.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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"The faithful man has perished from the earth,
And there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
Every man hunts his brother with a net.
That they may successfully do evil with both hands--
The prince asks for gifts,
The judge seeks a bribe,
And the great man utters his evil desire;
So they scheme together." -- Micah 7:2-3 (NKJV)

What's to be done with monsters? David Baldacci offers two alternatives in this book about eliminating evil: Leave them alone if they aren't harming you or erase them at any cost. He stacks the deck in favor of the latter solution.

If you are looking for a philosophical novel, this isn't it. The book's strength is its as compelling a portrayal of a horrifying villain as I remember in recent years. If you are a sensitive person, this book will upset you . . . as it's intended to do.

The portrayal of Evan Waller loses its punch in the book's second half, and the plot seems anemic without it. What happens is pretty predictable and not that satisfying.

Shaw, the main character from The Whole Truth, is portrayed in very superficial terms. He barely exists as a character aside from his guilt and skills.

Unless you are very devoted to reading David Baldacci's books, I think you could easily skip reading this one.
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