My fifteen-year-old daughter grabbed this one as soon as she found out I had it. Her first question when she was done was, "When's the next one coming out?"
I had a hard time getting into this book, but I persevered because I KNOW that Ronie Kendig is an excellent writer. After the first chapter or so, I was hooked, as I knew I would be. Ms. Kendig managed to take us into the dark places we rarely think about--and would prefer not to experience--to give us what I assume is a fairly accurate portrayal of life as a special forces serviceman/woman. In her typical manner, she showed us the dangers they face every day as they fight for our freedom.
Kudos to Ronie Kendig for another excellent book, though the romantic in me would have preferred a bit more romance. :)
***I received this book from the author/publisher in return for an honest review.
The heart doesn't choose an appropriate moment to stake its claim.
That much Captain Dean "Raptor Six" Watters finds out in one big hurry. He and his team are situated in an area where tensions are high, and millions of lives hang in the balance. Ten military super-secure computers have "gone missing," and the military intelligence contained in their memories is close to being on the open-market.
Zahrah Zarrick, a missionary teacher to Afghan children, is the unwitting key to this modern-day Pandora's Box. While her heart is on her sleeve for the children she's teaching, her expertise in quantum cryptology makes her the prime target for the hackers who are committed to the downfall of the United States.
Raptor Six and his team are playing catch-up, as Zahrah disappears before they can make contact. With the clock ticking, Dean is finally coming to grips with the stakes that are at hand in this game - and the fact that his heart is "all in" just makes this one hand he cannot afford to lose.
Ronie Kendig writes with a passion for Special Forces and their cause without reservation or apology. While some of the foreign language words and phrases are difficult to grasp at first, and with no a glossary dedicated only to military terminology and acronymns, it was a bit difficult for me to get a handle on some of the communication. However, the context eventually sorted it out for me; it just takes a little work. Which compels the dedicated reader that much further into the book. With Ronie Kendig at the helm - is this really a bad thing?
5 stars for Special Ops action, suspense and a passion for others by Ronie Kendig!
Ronie has created an incredible cast of characters for this novel. When I first looked over the list she included at the front of the book I felt very overwhelmed by the number of individuals that are integral to the story. But when I pushed that aside and started reading the story I was able to follow who was who simply by the wonderful way she introduced each one and described them. It was presented slowly as she needed to over the course of building the intricate plot in this story.
She has a marvelous talent for describing surroundings and action that put me in the middle of things. The plot was very carefully woven with enough twists to keep me guessing as to where it was going.
There were a handful of times that the point-of-view would change and I would deal with some momentary confusion as to who was talking. Backing up to the beginning of the section and re-reading was all it took to sort it out though.
I'm looking forward to finding out the next segment of the overall story in the next book of this series.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Special Forces, Dean Watters, is dedicated to his mission and his team. When hackers steal ten military, highly secure computers he finds himself tangled up with a local - Zahrah Zarrick. With no desire to fall for a pretty face, he keeps a business barrier between them.
Zahrah Zarrick, daughter of a retired military general, finds herself in harm's way as a missionary teacher to Afghan children. Her degree in quantum cryptology makes her a prime target for terrorists. It's Captain Dean Watters' mission to rescue her when she goes missing, but what he doesn't plan on is getting emotionally attached in the process.
This was my first book to read by Ronie Kendig. Even though it wasn't a genre I typically pursue, I found Raptor 6 to be a riveting tale that kept me turning the pages. Now I'm hooked and can't wait to read the second tale in this saga.
This book was provided free for review by Shiloh Run Press, 2014.
Captain Dean Watters made a vow that he would remained 100% dedicated to his team and not allow himself to get emotionally involved with anyone. It would be better this way, especially now that he was carrying the guilt for doing just the opposite with him that weighed on his heart more than the weapons and pack he carried into his missions. What he wasn't planning on was his heart following its own path when an American missionary teacher, Zahrah Zarrick, witnesses someone she wasn't supposed to see when her school is bombed. But there is simply more to her than simply being an attractive woman. Her file doesn't provide the missing clues that his superiors expect him to find on his own and the longer it takes the more danger she will be in.
To make matters even worse is the fact she is also the daughter of a four star retired general who will make sure that Dean will serve in the most isolated and desolated places on earth is any harm comes to her. Zahrah is torn between wanting to convey all her secrets to Dean but the strict religious and cultural upbringing of her family forbid her to be alone with any man. All she knows is that with the bombing of her school, she will have no where to teach the young girls who want an education. She just didn't expect to lose one to Taliban terrorists who are stealing military computers in order to gain top level secrets that will expose men like Dean to the terrorist organization. All they need now is the perfect hacker to break the codes that will expose the military best kept secrets, codes, and organizations without destroying the computers.
While Dean attempts to convince Zahrah to leave the county and head back to the United States, she lets him know she is here on a mission from God and when He tells her it's time to leave than she will. What she doesn't realize is just how much danger she is truly in and what terrorists will do to a woman who refuses to cooperate. But will Dean and his team known simply as Raptor 6, be able to locate the missing computers in time or will he be faced to revisit his haunted past that will put him to the ultimate test of his own faith and endurance once again?
I received Raptor 6 by best selling author Ronie Kendig compliments of Shiloh Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions here are strictly my own. This is the first novel in The Quiet Professionals Series, and I can't wait for the next one. Before you begin this novel, a warning! You won't be able to put it down once you start, so you need to set aside some time where you won't be disturbed. Chores won't get done, dinner will be late, and the phone will have to wait until you get to the last page. The action is fast paced and does not stop until the final page, leaving you breathless wondering how it will all play out. For me, personally, this is one of Ronie's best novels to date and I can't wait to go back on tour with the Raptor 6 team! Hands down a well earned 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion and a MUST READ for fans of Special Forces fiction!!! I can only pray someone will make a movie out of this novel!