The Protector by Dee Henderson


The Protector

Plot: I found this book in our car; I have no idea to whom this belongs. I know two things for sure though: It was in our car for weeks, and I was bored so I started reading it. 🙂

As it turns out, (of course I found out at the end of the book) this book is four in a series about the O’Malley family. Thankfully, as far as I can tell, you do not need to read the first to read the forth; each book is about one of the seven different children in the O’Malley family.

This book happens to be about Jack O’Malley, a firefighter with Ladder 81, a fire station that also investigates arson fires. His boss, Cole, and he are very concerned about one arsonist that keeps setting fires at the edge of the district and leaving popcorn behind as a sign. It takes them longer to reach each fire as the arsonist sets them at the edge of the district, where there are closed fire stations. Oddly enough, Cole figures out that each arson fire is set whenever Jack is on duty. Fighting fires does not bother Jack, but being a target does.

The story also revolves around Cassie, a fire woman burned badly in a retirement home fire, and is now unable to fight fires. Jack visits Cassie often, he is determined to make her laugh and come away from the grief of her accident.

A romance sparks between Jack and Cassie, but Cassie is a Christian and Jack is not. The subject of religion is a sore area for conversation; Jack listens willingly, yet cannot bring himself to believe in the resurrection of Christ. This causes Cassie much stress, knowing that Jack could die at the arson fires and not be in heaven.

Jack has this and his sister, Jennifer’s cancer weighing on his shoulders, not to mention the arsonist who persists in setting fires and writing notes on walls. In one fire, Cassie happens to catch a glimpse of the arsonist, before he fades from sight. Sure that she could recognize him on sight again, Cassie takes Cole’s offer to join the fire fighters once more. She is only allowed to watch and help clean up, but Cassie still enjoys being back on the job.

Following the arsonist sighting, Cassie also seems to become a target, leaving Jack to become a protector, willing to risk all to save her.

Positive: This book had great Christian content, our hero and heroine were lovable characters and the plot kept moving with no slow. Well written, this book kept me guessing until the end, and it was very surprising then. No swear words that I recall. The author’s style is very engaging, and she draws you into the characters and helps you feel their pain and joy.

Negative: Nothing really, this one man committed suicide, and another keeps setting fires.

Overall: I hardly dared put this book down I enjoyed it so much. The mystery, storyline and character kept me in the book. I recommend this book to all, it is very clean and a wonderful read.

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6 thoughts on “The Protector by Dee Henderson

  1. I know two things about the book; I used to sell them in a bookstore. They are *very* popular and the anthologies are a great deal (and even more popular than the stand alone titles).

    Unfortunately for Henderson, she wrote this series for a stupid publisher. The publisher decided to quit stocking them though they sold quite well for me. Henderson has moved on to better publishing partners so that’s good for her fans.

    I hate it when publishers squelch good books…. The same publisher did this to Wings of Dawn.

  2. The right publisher is important. JK Rowlings books were so popular in part because the publisher did a huge advertising campaign with fancy displays and posers right from the get-go. If you can’t get a good publisher, do it yourself, just budget double: half for books, half for ads. 😉

  3. I thought about it this morning, and decided that I don’t like this book. How’s that for being arbitrary as I haven’t even read it????

    Here’s my reasoning: the whole idea about romance between unsaved/saved individuals is stupid. Let me think…. Nope, can’t see that someone who believed this was wrong would actually let themselves become emotionally involved with someone they knew they couldn’t marry. Course, I could be naive, wouldn’t be the first time.

    Besides, even if he got saved, it would be foolish to become involved for several years. There’s the whole issue (seldom mentioned) about the spirituality and personal growth/sanctification of the spouse. It’s still “missionary dating” if they are waaaay below spiritually.

    So yeah, don’t like the book. How about we write books on realistic conflict? You know like: he’s a slob and she’s a neat freak or she’s hypersensitive and he’s bumbling? Or maybe, she likes to spend money and he’s a tightwad or vice versa? You know, the things that actually cause problems in relationships?

    Missionary dating always goes badly. Dating a carnal believer is the same. Ditto for the immature Christian. I expect a marriage failure in those circumstances or the “stronger” person to end up carnal as well. I hear of divorce over finances, personality quirks, boredom, etc…. So, let’s have books that deal with reality please….

    That’s to the authors, not you, Hanassus! 🙂 My rant has nothing to do with your choice of a book; read and review what you will. I certainly do. Its more of a rant about Christian fiction. And, from what I’ve heard, the books are enjoyable despite my possibly myopic criticism.

    Thoughts?

  4. As I think about it, you’re right. I wouldn’t be courted by someone
    who is unbelieving, since I believe it to be wrong.
    So you have a point.
    I liked the mystery more than anything else.
    This was the first real Christian fiction I have enjoyed.
    Two others I read were so cliché I couldn’t stand it. Maybe its just me. This book, “The Australian Outback,” had four stories in the one book. About different romances of course, but all so much alike you might as well have only read the first.
    All four heroines were much alike, and in 3 out of 4 the guy had to be nursed back to health, by whom? Our heroine. (not a bad thing, just not the kind of thing I like to read about, over and over.)
    (Note: I read these books years ago, so my memory may not be perfect)
    I agree with you, now days that’s what marriages tend to end over, sad but true. Being a slob, neat freak etc, those would be interesting things to read about in a sparking relationship, and how they work it out.
    Have you ever tried to write a book?

  5. Not me. I have no desire to write a book. At least not a novel, and judging by how annoying this paper I’m writing is… not likely that I want to write non-fiction either. 🙂

    I just know how to criticize. I just looked up that book, Australian Outback. I knew it was a Barbour product. They have lots of books with four novels. They have a series for all 50 states. Just think, they actually sell that slop. I think that’s depressing myself.

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