No Pit So Deep: The Cody Musket Story
HE NEVER WANTED TO BE A HERO. SHE NEVER MEANT TO FALL IN LOVE.
Heart-rending, tragic, funny, inspirational romance thriller. Rev.- no cliffhanger ending.
Cody Musket, professional athlete and former US Marine pilot, rescues sassy reporter Brandi Barnes, a single mom whose editorials have exposed a child trafficking ring. She soon discovers that Cody carries dark military secrets which are destroying him.
What happened after his F/A-18 crashed in the Afghan desert? What events did the generals and politicians hide? How did he get his scars? Cody tries to protect her, but she risks her life to save the only man she has ever loved.
An unforgettable tale of honor, sacrifice and courageous love. Clean historical fiction inspired by real events.
In many ways, this Christian Fiction book is a fairy tale, All-American hero story, and like most fairy tales, evil is also present and must be defeated.
Cody Musket, Houston Astros star third baseman, and military Medal of Honor hero is a conflicted man. We learn his amazing story of courage through a series of flashbacks. In general, I am not a fan of flashbacks, but the author makes them exciting and realistic, especially the military scenes with the Taliban.
After surviving a horrific challenge in Afghanistan, Cody returns home to America, to pursue his dream of becoming a baseball player. His clothing hid his physical scars, but it was hard for him to hide his mental and spiritual scars.
One evening, after an away game in Pittsburgh, Cody once again happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and saves a young woman from a brutal attack. Brandi is a young journalist investigating a human trafficking ring. As Cody gets to know Brandi and her family, he begins to heal. He told her he trusted God. But did he? If he couldn’t trust God with his past, how could he trust God for a future?
No Pit So Deep has captivating and engaging moments, and real characters who are seeking to triumph. A strong Christian message of love and redemption runs through the story. I had some issues with readability, because there are some sections with too much telling and dialogue, and some of the events seem far-fetched. Also, an exciting episode at the beginning of the book never resolved. However, overall, the important themes of the book shine through and I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
The title of the book is based on a quote from Corrie Ten Boom, the beloved Christian Holocaust hero, “There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still.”
Cody miraculously survives his physical injuries and becomes a baseball player. Even with his success, he carries the burden of his past. As he is drawn deeper into a romantic relationship with Brandi she becomes aware of his inability to admit his growing feelings for her.
Brandi is a journalist who is exposing human trafficking rings. When she is attacked by three thugs at a local movie theater, Cody steps in, and using his skills he saves her. This is only the first incident where Cody rescues Brandi, her two year old daughter Knoxi, and even Brandi’s parents from the violent attackers. Determined to protect Brandi he convinces her to join him as he travels with his team. The book is well written and has plenty of action as well as clean romance. The relationship between Cody and Brandi develops very quickly and it is sometimes hard to believe. Brandi has a very strong spiritual faith and this is highlighted often throughout the story. Her parents also have an interesting understory that reflects both faith and her mother’s own experience with PTSD.
There are a lot of colorful characters in the book. Cody is certainly the most developed and it is his persona that carries the tale. A warrior wounded physically, mentally, and emotionally, it is impossible not to root for him to overcome his demons and get the girl. His history is told through numerous flashbacks and it is heartbreaking to live his experiences through his eyes.
Brandi’s personality swings between her concern and tenderness toward Cody and her desperate and somewhat selfish need to have him commit to her. Perhaps this is a result of her tragic past, but it makes her a little less sympathetic.
This is a story of miracles; the miracles of survival of body and spirit and the human need to connect with others in spite of painful pasts. It’s apparent the author knows a great deal about war and suffering. He also knows a great deal about baseball as Cody’s career is vividly described throughout.
Since this is the first book in this series it ends somewhat abruptly, leaving the reader hanging with the question, what happens next? There is no return to the incident at the beginning of the book so this is definitely not a standalone story. I would have preferred some reference to the initial occurrence before closing this chapter of the Cody Musket story.
I recommend this to any reader who enjoys a clean romance with a significant amount of action to keep things moving along. It is certainly inspiring, although at times it may seem unbelievable. Overall it is a well written book.