Book Review: Paid In Blood

8 Nov

Special agent Will Coburn and his NCIS team are investigating the death of a serviceman near the Korean DMZ. When Will discovers that the body doesn’t match the identity of the murdered soldier—and that one of his own colleagues is wearing a wire—he wonders whom he can trust. Will he turn to God for the answers? 




Mel Odom is a full-time writer with many published works to his credit. Mel has been inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame and received the Alex Award for his fantasy novel The Rover. The first novel in the Apocalypse series, Apocalypse Dawn, continues to appear on the best-seller list. Mel resides in Oklahoma with his wife and five children.



My Impressions:

Paid In Blood by Mel Odom is this month’s pick of my book club, By The Book. Although our preferred genre is suspense, I think this is the first military suspense fiction that we have read.  And I have a feeling that we won’t be choosing another any time soon if Paid In Blood is an example of what to expect from this genre.

I initially liked this book, despite the graphic descriptions of crime scenes and gun fights.   I enjoyed the processes the NCIS team took to uncover the intricacies of a crime scene and the identification of a a perpetrator.  However, the book soon evolved into the actions of a NCIS team that became more of a black ops team.  I just didn’t find it credible that forensic investigators were leading an attack to stop the launch of nuclear missiles.  Something tells me that Navy SEALS would not take a second seat in that kind of operation.  And it was stretching the imagination just a bit that they could also uncover in just a few hours time what the CIA had been working on for much longer.  There was some soap opera-ish scenes as well concerning the team members’ personal lives.

All in all, I guess I really didn’t like this one.  It will be interesting to find out what the other members of my book club think.  If you have read Paid In Blood, I would like to get your take on it.  Please leave me a comment.

(I did not receive this book for a review, just got it for my Kindle.  It was actually free at the time.  The opinions expressed are obviously mine alone.)


2 Responses to “Book Review: Paid In Blood”

  1. Ann November 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I wouldn’t like something that was graphic. Thanks for the review.

    • rbclibrary November 10, 2011 at 7:09 am #

      It was pretty bloody. One of our members, a great-great grandma will probably fuss about it!

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