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February 29, 2016

The Calling {Rachelle Dekker}

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Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk. As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels--he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out. With dissension in his own camp--and the CityWatch soldiers closing in--Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.

My Thoughts:
I hate giving bad reviews, but this book did nothing for me. It is the second book in a series, and reading the first book is apparently necessary. There is also a book following this one, so the story lines were all left unresolved in this book.

Other than being completely lost about the storyline and what was going on, I felt this book was trying too hard. I am a big fan of the Hunger Games, and I felt this book was trying to ride on the coattails of that series. Everything about the setting, the characters and the classes of citizens screamed Hunger Games to me. I could even picture scenes from the books where I felt some of this book was taking place. That is not a good thing for me.

I am not going to say not to read this one, but definitely, start with book one.

The oldest daughter of "New York Times" bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling. She graduated with a degree in communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate recruiting before making the transition to write full time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair. Visit her online at

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