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I love David Morrell, but he should NOT try to write feel-good Christmas stories.  This book was just a disaster.  Paul Kagan is a double agent on the run.  He’s trying to protect a baby on Christmas Eve, and, with the baby, seeks shelter with a battered woman and her son.  There are so many things wrong with this story, I don’t know where to begin–An opening chase scene that goes on for 51 pages; a retelling of the Christmas story, casting the wise men as double agents and Mary and Joseph as revolutionaries plotting to overthrow Herod; a wife-beating husband that reforms in an evening; spies who use traditional wisemen names as their code names and the list goes on.

If you’re a David Morrell fan, do yourself a favor.  Re-read First Blood and skip this book altogether.

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