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Recruit: Fairly enjoyable interlude in the Belial Series.

RecruitRecruit (The Belial Series #4) by R.D. Brady
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Life has not been easy for fifteen-year old Lou Thomas. In the last few years, her once happy family has been whittled down to just herself and her unreliable older sister Charlotte. It’s been a daily struggle to make it through.

And it’s about to get worse.

Because Lou’s abilities – enhanced strength, speed, and healing – have just awakened. While Lou may not understand what is happening to her, another group does. And they won’t let anyone get in the way of gathering their new recruit.

Jennifer Witt, though, is determined to keep that from happening. She sees herself in the tough teenager and will do whatever is necessary to keep her safe. But how can you keep someone safe when they insist on running into danger?

If this would truly have been the fourth “real” book in The Belial Series then I would have been a wee bit disappointed. However it is not. Well, it is the fourth book but it is not the fourth book that the author originally intended. While writing what was expected to become the fourth book, The Belial Children, the author thought that it became too long but did not want to just remove material so she took out part of the story and published it as a shorter novella in between book three and, what has now become, book five.

Recruit is a nice entertaining story about a young girl that, as the book blurb states, is about to discover that she is special, that she has special powers and that, unfortunately, that means that she has become the target of some very nasty individuals. The story itself is perhaps nothing special. It is well enough written but rather straightforward and quite predictable. Still enjoyable to read though. Then, I have always liked these stories were someone is introduced to the fact that there are things that go bump in the night.

Given that this novella was originally part of The Belial Children one has to assume that the main character, Lou, will play some part in The Belial Children as well and I would be surprised if the bad guy is not present as well. Having read this “interlude” I am now quite looking forward to read The Belial Children.

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