Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Make no mistake with this review. I am a huge Patricia D. Eddy fan, especially as it relates to her Away From Keyboard series. Each new book in this series finds me engrossed in its story. The reason for it is its profound story about broken people living broken lives but finding completeness in the arms of their soulmate. This message coupled with the romantic suspense of the book keeps you engaged until the very last page.
The newest chapter in the Away from Keyboard series is Call Sign: Redemption. In this book, Eddy offers the story of Trevor and Dani. Trevor works for Second Sight, Dax Holloway’s (the hero from Eddy’s Second Sight) company. As a former foster care child, Trevor has learned to live life by himself with few connections. This book begins with his past where we find that he must make a decision about his best friend that leaves him broken and hiding from building friendships. Dani is a reporter who decides to pursue a news story. However, she must travel to a dangerous prison in Venezuela for the interview behind the story. To do so, she enlists the help of Trevor to act as her cameraman and protection. Dani and Trevor have a past, where Trevor stood up Dani, the woman he has always wanted but felt he wasn’t good enough for. As they travel to Venezuela and encounter danger there, their old feelings come alive. Unfortunately, the situation becomes precarious and Trevor is put in danger. Dani must save him, but to do so, she mobilizes Trevor’s friends with Second Sight and Hidden Agenda. In the process of saving Trevor, Dani risks her life for the man she knows she has always loved. Will the team be successful to save Trevor, and will Dani and Trevor find a happy ending?
I have to admit that this is the first Away from Keyboard story of which I struggled. Trevor’s story is an important one. This is a man who is placed in foster homes throughout his youth until age 18 when he is emancipated, so he lives his life as a bit of a nomad, never finding his replacement family. Dani and her adopted brother Austin, along with her adoptive parents, come closest to taking the place of Trevor’s family. Yet, Trevor struggles to see this connection. As such, Trevor doesn’t believe he can find a place to land or find a family to love him. He sees himself as a lone wolf, even though he surrounds himself with people who will sacrifice their lives for him. This message through the character of Trevor is the gravity of Call Sign: Redemption. When Trevor recognizes that the men and women of Hidden Agenda and Second Sight are his family, the story finds its zenith, and it connects deeply with the reader.
What I struggled with was the progression of Dani and Trevor’s relationship. Eddy is usually so careful in the development of the relationships between her heroes and heroines. In Call Sign: Redemption, feelings and actions between the two seemed rushed and underdeveloped. I wanted more background to Dani and Trevor’s story. In doing so, I think their reunion and the ignition of feelings would have felt more profound and essential. Instead, it read like a spike in chemistry. These two are seemingly soulmates, but that isn’t fully articulated until Dani sacrifices her safety for Trevor. I think Eddy could have built their backstory more as a way to connect us more deeply to their relationship.
Also, while reading the book, I was confused as to why the U.S. Government would allow one of their former CIA agents to be extradited back to Venezuela. I found myself researching the Venezuelan/U.S. Extradition Treaty because it seemed like a stretch that the government wouldn’t fight to keep him on US soil. Instead, Eddy allows it in her story, as a means to create the rescue of Trevor. However, I couldn’t suspend my disbelief because Trevor is shipped out expeditiously (which seemed odd) and he was former CIA. I’d like to think that the US would delay extradition given Venezuela’s precarious relationship with the US. This moment in the story made me question the plot twist and impetus for eventual resolution of the story.
That being said, the true power of Call Sign: Redemption is Patricia D. Eddy’s magnification of her characters’ broken parts. This is what we sign up to read when we enter this series. We all live with broken pieces. They nick our hearts and, sometimes, make it difficult to be loved. That’s clear in Trevor’s story as he struggles to make meaningful relationships with his colleagues, even though they want a meaningful connection with him. As his love for Dani grows, the possibility of this grows stronger, highlighting the message that love can bind our broken pieces together and make us feel whole again, offering us a place of safety and pure love. This is the true essence of Patricia D. Eddy’s newest book, Call Sign: Redemption, and it holds the power of the story.
In love and romance,