Dark Edge by D.I. Telbat
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Dark Edge Prequel by D.I. Telbat. Read in 2016 on 8/31, and again on 11/14. It was ok. I still recommend it to Christians who enjoy thrillers and suspense novels in the genre of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Borne or Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. I felt no connection to any character. It is flagrantly Christian. Being a Christian myself I have no issues with Christian fiction. It was one reason I wanted to look at the book. But I’m also an extremely experienced reader. Lot’s of Christian fiction is done well. The reader connects to characters, and it is not difficult to suspend disbelief with the plot. I deeply enjoyed This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti.
Dark Edge is the Prequel to the COIL series where Corbin Dowler a retired CIA super agent turned Christian fails to perform a kill order after informing his superiors of his new Christian conversion and no longer wishing to do “wet work”. This is where this short prequel begins.
Kenneth Whitlock is his “assignment”. Whitlock is in love with a North Korean diplomat who is likely a spy. Corbin, with over 30 years experience , knows Whitlock is a low level agent who has no intelligence of value to anyone. Corbin is aware this is his “loyalty” test regarding his “no wet work” Christian conversion admission to his superiors. He knows his time is up if he does not kill Mr. Whitlock. If Whitlock is not dead by a certain time, there will be teams of agents commissioned to kill him.
From that point Corbin Dowler is on the run and will be hunted the rest of his life until he is dead. He must be convincing telling his wife he is leaving her. Love her or not, if they suspect he still loves her she will become a pawn in the effort eliminate him. Even before he can get on a plane to begin an escape one person has dead.
I think the prequel was ok, and I’ve considered looking at the first book in the series, but I am not impressed.
It is a prequel and while even prologues are often discouraged this one tells you the beginnings the COIL series. The COmission of International Laborers which takes its name from Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Maybe the idea COIL thinks of themselves as laborers going forth into the harvest (of Christians) will make the idea of the series more interesting to some readers.
This review includes the eAudiobook narrated by Cameron Beierle and Published by Books in Motion. I often like to read and listen simultaneously. While I am not pleased to admit this, some of my displeasure of this book may have been affected by the reading by Cameron Beierle. The ebook is free everywhere and the eAudiobook is free at Books In Motion. If you are inclined to enjoy the audiobook, I recommend listening to the preview before downloading it. The reading almost seemed designed to take any tension or suspense out of the story.
I did like the idea of well trained agents out there saving Christians from the horrors they can face in some countries
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