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Posted November 9, 2012
Deliver Me from Evil (Freedom)
by Kathi Macias
Two realities collide when eighteen year old high school student, Jonathan Flannery, delivers pizzas to a seedy motel in San Diego. His sheltered eyes pop when he encounters Jasmine and Mara, both teenage prostitutes, who thrust him into a world that shocks and challenges him to reconsider his priorities.
Jonathan’s sister, Leah, babysits for two friends with an adopted toddler from Asia’s golden triangle. As we meet two Asian teenage prostitutes, the seamy sex trafficking from which the toddler has been rescued is exposed.
Mara, smuggled into the USA by her pimp ‘uncle’, resigns herself to her fate until she meets a pizza delivery boy with kind eyes. The consequences become life threatening for more than one person.
Despite its difficult subject matter, this immensely powerful story, “Deliver Me from Evil” by Kathi Macias, compels the reader from the first page to the last. Probably one of Kathi’s best books, it challenges our preconceived notions and compels us to do something to abolish modern day slavery. This reviewer simply could not put down “Deliver Me from Evil” by Kathi Macias until the last words were read. Available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle, this book is well worth buying and reading.
Posted March 26, 2012
of the most powerful books I’ve ever read, as well as one of the most important. I expected reading about human trafficking, especially of women and young girls forced into prostitution, would be ho-hum, boring and filled with statistics. Not so! This is not a story about women who have chosen to become hookers for financial gain, but a story about innocents, some as young as ten. Some are kidnapped off the street on their way home from school; some are sold by parents in faraway countries, the parents believing they are giving their children better lives in America.
The story is primarily told from Mara’s viewpoint. But, because she was abducted from her family at a very young age by the uncle she adored and trusted, not even she is certain how old she is. Possibly eighteen, maybe less.
This is not a story about women who have chosen to become hookers for financial gain, but a story about innocents, some as young as ten. Some are kidnapped off the street on their way home from school; some are sold by parents in faraway countries, the parents believing they are giving their children better lives in America.
Don’t let the subject matter put you off. It’s a book that is very difficult to put down; I even dreamed about it. Not bad dreams, but dreams of hope and restoration. I’m excited to read the sequel Special Delivery which I just received today.
Macias has a gift for layering, alternating between the abducted girls and the family who hopes to reveal their plight, especially an eighteen-year-old boy who renews his faith and makes saving the girls his priority.
If you want an ‘important’ read, get this book. It actually inspired me to start writing a novel about a situation that has been haunting me.
Posted March 11, 2012
Kathi Macias hits her subject straight on, a subject that needs focus - slave trade in America. In this story, she gives life to a sickening reality by involving a family on several levels in the fight against this illegal and destructive activity. Sometimes a little slow but to get the clear picture read to the end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2012
One of the largest problems in our society today is human trafficking. Many Americans mistakenly think this only takes place in third-world countries, but unfortunately it is being discovered on a regular basis in our own backyard. Kathi Macias, in her book, Deliver Me from Evil, paints a vivid picture of a sexual slavery ring in San Diego, California. The story involves Mara, a girl who is sold by her parents to her uncle. They never realized what he had in mind for her. While delivering pizzas, Jonathan happens upon Mara and another girl, and although he is told by a man that they are his children, Jonathan’s conscience tells him otherwise. This is a gripping novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is entertaining, and yet educational, as you walk through the lives of these young people caught up in the horror of human trafficking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2011
Deliver Me From Evil is a book that will challenge you in so many ways. One hates to think that sex slavery even exists, but yes it does! The story features 18 year old Jonathan, about to graduate from High School, and 18 year old Mara who was sold by her one family into slavery.
Jonathan is going to Bible college in the Fall, but even though he has been raised in a Christian Family, his Dad is an assistant Pastor, he has not committed his life to Christ. Jonathan and Mara have a chance meeting at a Motel where he is delivering Pizza's. That meeting in the end is going to be a life changer for all.
While this book is a fast read, it is not a subject that easy to deal with, but I'm glad that Kathi did.
We should be on our knees that we have never suffered the fate of these poor innocents.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for posting the author's interview on my blog. This blog tour is managed by Christian Speakers Services!
Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias is the story of Mara, from Mexico, who at age five or six years of age was sold to her uncle who promised her a good life in the U.S. Instead he opened a brothel of young girls. Jonathan, a senior in high school about to graduate, crosses paths with Mara and Jasmine while delivering pizza in a motel. God does not let him forget the horror of on the faces of the younger girl.
As we are involved with Mara's story, Kathi breaks away and weaves the story of a young woman, Chanthra, from Thailand, who is inexplicably connected to the story of Mara in San Diego.
Kathi's book, Deliver Me From Evil, is a book about the destructiveness, devastation, and death of young girls and boys caught up in sex trafficking. A story of degradation, horrific circumstances, and unconscionable actions. Though Kathi's book is very poignant about the lives of the young girls and boys trapped in this lifestyle, without family to rescue them or choices of what happens to them, she is prudent in not going into specific detail.
Deliver Me From Evil is written in a format that is informative, yet not inflammatory in the specifics of the devastation. Enough to move your heart and hopefully get you involved personally. It's heart-breaking at one end, and heart-warming at the other, knowing there are those who are willing to follow God's leading to get involved. Kathi does not shy away from the hard issues of today's world of human sex trafficking.
This is a book to open the eyes of Americans and the rest of the world to this tragedy going on around us, even in our own back yards-a reality occurring now. Just as God used Jonathan and his family as part of rescuing these girls, this family could be yours! If you feel God's call on your life to get involved, please listen and obey. The lives of young girls and boys are at stake.
Though not appropriate for younger ages, this is a book that is helpful for parents to teach their children to follow safety rules of staying in groups together and running for help if a stranger or relative tries to molest or capture them. Upper teens and young adults would gain a lot of information that will again, hopefully encourage them to get involved.
This book was provided by the author through Christian Speakers Services in exchange for my honest review. Not monetary compensation was exchanged.
Posted October 13, 2011
The subject matter in this book is not an easy read at all. It's heart breaking in moments and you can most certainly feel the despair and helplessness these girls feel and you just want to reach out and save them from this miserable horrible life. It's hard to believe Mara still manages to survive this ordeal and manages her sanity at the same time. She's unbelievably strong and I greatly admire her as a character. She's got a huge amount of strength to be able to put up with this kind of life.
However, the story that really got to me was the one with Chanthra and Lawan. As the book progresses, her story gets bleak, and gets bleaker each time she appears. It was difficult to read yet it shows what millions of people are enduring as a result of sexual slavery, and are not fortunate enough to get out of this horrible vicious cycle. I liked the relationship they had and thought it was interesting of the author to tie both these girls to another family in the US. It wasn't obvious at first, and when the reader understands, it makes their story even more tragic.
The plot was good, however what bugged me was the ending. I do realize it is a Christian Fiction novel, so obviously it's going to be different from other fiction novels I have read. Yet I just can't believe the ending. It just did not seem realistic to me. The idea of the bad guys not even doing anything even at gunpoint is just not possible. They're criminals. I'm sure they can overtake a couple of teenagers as well despite a gun being held by one of them. The ending just seemed way too good to be true in my opinion.
Because I just could not accept this ending, it made a huge impact on my opinion of the book. Had the book ended different (ohhh I don't know? maybe at least give Jefe a big punch to the head???) then I would have given this book a much better grade. Otherwise, I just felt disappointed with it.
Despite my dissatisfaction with the ending, I still liked the book. This is Christian Fiction so there are a lot of references to God. I can't say I recommend this to everyone, but I do think it should be given a read through. Slavery, in all kinds of forms does still exist.
Posted October 2, 2011
Perhaps one of the most powerful books I've read in a long time, exposes the world of child kidnapping and human trafficking. Often times we think this happens in other countries far away from us, but we would be so shocked to learn that it may in fact be happening in our own neighborhoods in this country.
Using a fiction based story, Deliver Me From Evil by Kathi Macias is an eye-opening and tragic story of one girl, Maria whose name is changed to Mara is sold by her family in Mexico to her uncle in hopes of a better life. The better life she had dreamed of turns into a nightmare when she learns she has been sold into a prostitution ring and her uncle is running it. Now year later, Mara has found a way to cope, a way to place herself outside of what is happening to her body in hopes that one day she will die from the hands of one of clients who beats and abuses her. She knows she can never escape and find a life of freedom again.
Jonathan is on the verge of graduating high school and works nights delivering pizza at Slice of Italy. Only tonight's delivery will change his life forever when he encounters a young girl running from a motel room, half naked, begging him for help. An older man appears and takes the young girl back from him, claiming he is her father and she is mentally unstable and hasn't been taking her meds. Just as Jonathan tries to intervene, Mara calls for the young girl and validates the story. Thinking nothing more of it, Jonathan leaves, but can not forget the image or the young girls face pleading for his help.
In the novel, Deliver Me From Evil from Kathi Macias, the first book in the Freedom series, Kathi takes the reader into the world of human trafficking in the prostitution market within San Diego as the setting for this story. Finding it difficult to read as a parent of two girls, this book really hit home for me. Wondering if this isn't really occurring in our own towns and neighborhoods as young girls go missing, claimed by police as merely runaways or the victims of internet dating. How would a parent ever know if their child wasn't a victim of this senseless crime that is happening all over the world, especially when kids are walking home from school or attending late night events or a day at the beach.
This makes the reader more aware that these things are happening and even want to take a proactive approach at seeing this end. Not just criminals placed behind bars but for the need of this type of service to end and the tragic lives that are taken away forever, finding a way to heal the pain inside. I want to thank Kathi for taking a stand and writing a difficult novel with a strong story line like this one, if not to create an awareness in us, but to cause us to help in finding a way to stop this abuse once and for all.
I received this book compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours and New Hope Publishers for my honest review and highly recommend it. Not a subject for young adults but definitely something that the church ministries should all actively be pursuing in their own communities. The more aware we become, the more we can find a way to end this nightmare for those involved. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Posted September 28, 2011
Simply amazing. This book wasn't an easy one to read, but it's such an important issue. I think everyone should read it to open their eyes to the atrocities of human trafficking and sexual slavery and develop a heart for these victims. Kathi Macias tackled this tough subject with such empathy and grace. She delves deep into the emotional aspect of the issue without dragging the reader through the mud with too many gritty details. She also provides us breathing space from the atrocities by allowing us to spend time with a nice Christian family being drawn towards stopping this injustice. But at the same time she never shies away from the truth. The way she wove together stories from around the globe seamlessly completely wowed me. Her storytelling prowess is top notch. I go back to amazing. Simply amazing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2011
Deliver Me from Evil is a very powerful book about the horrors of sexual trafficking. This story focus's around children of very young ages. It is a disturbing and heart breaking book to read to say the least. I did not enjoy it for reading pleasure. It opened my eyes to the very detestable evil that is lucking out there. I at one point wondered if I wanted to read on. While I know this is fiction, there are real live scenarios of this happening in our very own back yard right now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2011
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Posted December 28, 2011
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