Deliver us from Evil
Large Print Edition
By David Baldacci
Grand Central Publishing (2010), 656 pages ISBN: 978-0446566834
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - May 10, 2010
As I write this comment on Deliver us from Evil, on May 9, 2010, David Baldacci's book has reached number one on the New York Times best seller list, as indeed it should, for the book is an excellent, groping, suspenseful, and exciting novel, with interesting characters with whom we can identify, that are different in many ways from what we usually encounter, and a truly vicious villain. The novel is easy to read. Yet at this same time, one hundred and eleven people commented upon it on Amazon and close to 70 percent indicated, by giving it only one or close to one star and by their comments, that they disliked the book. This is tragic. Why did they do so?
Unfortunately, most of the negative comments did not address the book at all, but focused solely on the price of the kindle edition; it was more than the usual $9.99. Others disliked the subject matter; they felt it was too gruesome. A few felt it was too long.
Other than the price conscious people, I thought that the reactions were fair; everyone has their likes and dislikes. While I also hate violence, I can read about it, but I understand that others cannot. I also felt at times that I wanted the novel to move a little faster, but all in all I did not lose interest. When I felt it was too slow, I thought I was most likely simply not interested in something that Mr. Baldacci felt was significant. This is alright. We can disagree. But what is important is that overall I liked the book. I wish I could write one like it.
What I felt was sad was that I had the feeling that, the violence issue aside, some people rejected the novel because they were unable to see and hear things that are different than what they are accustomed to seeing and hearing, unable to open their eyes to something new, people with negative attitudes about life and unable to enjoy the grand experience of life.
Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of fifteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Rabbi Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House, www.gefenpublishing.com. The Orthodox Union (OU) publishes daily samples of the Targum books on www.ouradio.org.