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Special Forces Operative Cole Russell had a mission gone wrong and is no longer welcomed in the United States. When a dormant disease resurfaces he is asked by the FBI to help find a cure. As he travels the globe he stumbles across an ancient secret society and an artifact with biblical origins.
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Tox Files
Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole "Tox" Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that's fine--he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.
Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers--and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague--but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.
With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem--but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?
Crystal5 Stars Out Of 5Indiana Jones Meets Jason Bourne!August 19, 2017CrystalQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Conspiracy of Silence can best be described as "Jason Bourne meets Indiana Jones"! To start the adventure, Cole "Tox" Russell, assumed dead by family and friends, is called back into service by the U.S. government to help find the source of a deadly plague. He is able to reassemble his former military team and together they partner with the FBI on the quest. Tox soon discovers he shares a past with one of the FBI agents- Kasey "Haven" Cortes. Haven was only a girl when she crushed on her older sister's boyfriend, but she finds her feelings for Tox have continued into her adult life. As strange things begin to occur on the archaeological dig where the plague was first released, Tox leads his team of soldiers, FBI agents, and archaeologists to find answers only to discover that an ancient, secret society known as the Order of the Arrow and Flame may be behind the tragedy. And even as Tox and Haven run from their enemies and fight the clock searching for a cure, they find themselves gingerly navigating the potential of a new found romance.
This is the first book I've read of Kendig's. I'll just say I'm totally hooked! There was rarely a moment in the plot where danger, deception, fear, or action didn't dominate! Pure adrenaline kept me turning the pages eager to see what happened next. Other than the action, I think my favorite part of the book was actually the bond that re-emerged between Tox and his band of brothers. I would have liked to see a little more development of Tox's changing feelings for Haven, and likewise, would have preferred that Haven not so obviously pine for him but maybe instead play a little more hard to get. And poor Levi! I felt so sorry for him! Did he really even have a chance once Tox entered the picture? I hope Levi will find his true love in a future Kendig novel! ;)
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the author or publisher in any way.
SBMV5 Stars Out Of 5can I give it 6 stars for an awesome action-packed adventure?August 11, 2017SBMVQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Can I give this book SIX STARS?!?!?! What a thriller of a book!
It's extremely well-written with a wonderfully tightly woven plot that merges the supernatural with history/historical legend and happenings recorded in the Old Testament, a hoard of fabulous characters, a heady romance, plenty of action, drama, intrigue, and mystery, and a good dose of faith thrown in!
Ronie Kendig really knows how to suck a reader in and not let go. She writes action-packed scenes that play out like a movie...then in the next chapter, goes deep into her characters' pasts and emotional reserves to twist and churn the reader's heart.
The melding of the supernatural (a carry-over from the prequel Warrior's Seal along with more explanation), the passage from the book of Numbers in the Old Testament, and history/legend behind the most revered text of Judaism is absolutely breath-taking. The intricately-pieced details in the plot that all fall into place like a jigsaw puzzle in the end blew me away.
I really enjoyed the quiet but tangible Christian faith portrayed through Haven/Kasey, Chiji, and the professor. I also enjoyed the steady and unshakable faith of Ram, who supplied much of the history of Judaism.
Oh, goodness....and the characters!!! How can the reader not fall in love with Tox? He's such a warrior, loyal to the core and yet such a little boy inside who's been hurting for so long, just wanting approval and love. And Haven....a beautiful, sweet, constant, and patient woman who believes in Tox no matter what....and refuses to call him Tox, but always addresses him as Cole (his given name).
Throw in a fantastic set of secondary characters who completes the team hunting down an assassin and a cure for a virus and we have a book that can't be put down. Tzivia, Ram, and Levi changed and matured throughout the book, which was a pleasant surprise since they're not the main characters....and makes me wonder if these three will have bigger roles in the next book. And Chiji, Tox's Nigerian "brother", is such an awesome character. I would like to see more of him!
Truly this book kept me on the edge of my couch the whole time I was reading. Now I'm heading to The Crown of Souls, the next book in the series! Can't you feel my excitement and anticipation?!?!?!
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing via a Goodreads giveaway. I was not required to provide a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Riveting and SuspensefulJune 25, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5WOW! I don't know that I even know how to describe Conspiracy of Silence! I am constantly amazed at Ronie Kendig's books. Having been a military wife, I especially enjoy how true to life her books appear.
Cole Russell, more commonly known as "Tox," (shortened from the nickname Toxic) is called back into duty for his country. If there's one thing Tox can't turn down, it's a mission for his country. He puts together a team from his former Special Forces group and goes into action.
I came to really care for Tox and his buddy Chijioke (shortened to Chiji). Chiji works hard to keep Tox grounded and focused on God. He knows Tox well, and you can tell he loves him as a brother, too. In fact, Chiji is represented in the beginning of the book as Tox's own Jiminy Cricket, which is an apt portrayal.
Mesmerized by the riveting action and enthralled with the suspense are a few of the ways I would characterize my reaction to book one of The Tox Files. Be forewarned, the nature of the book lends itself to several violent scenes.
Conspiracy of Silence covers a LOT of territory. Geographically, we travel from Israel and Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, to the jungles of Nigeria, to the cosmopolitan cities of North America and Europe. We are immersed in the cultures of military special ops, Biblical archaeology and Jewish history-ancient and modern. Miss Kendig drops us right into the middle of the action and doesn't release us until the book ends. Even then, you are wanting more, and luckily for us, there is a prequel (that is currently free for Kindle) and book 2 is scheduled for September of this year.
I received this book from Ronie Kendig via Mikal Dawn. I was not required to write a review. However, I enjoyed the book so much I decided to write one.
homesteadingHampton Roads -- VAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Spellbinding story!April 5, 2017homesteadingHampton Roads -- VAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Addictive!!! Once I started reading this book, I could not stop! Everything about it is fascinating. From Jewish history and archaeology to subterfuge and a life threatening virus, it's one long adrenaline ride and I loved it! Kendig just gets better and better. She is a master at delving deep into story and creating characters that you will love and hate. I highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary military suspense.
Note: Be sure and read the prequel novella FIRST! It's free in ebook.
I was gifted a copy of the book with no expectation of a review. All thoughts are freely given and my honest opinion.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Sealed LipsMarch 19, 2017GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ronie Kendig has done an amazing job of telling a story with multiple threads and keeping it all straight. As I progressed through the book, I would wonder how certain things could possibly tie into the rest of the story. But like watching a building being built, the threads start coming together as the author adds layer upon layer. Of course, Ronie is a master of suspense, so much of the action suddenly comes at you seemingly out of nowhere. It is on you before you know it and then you look back and realize how things were building up to that moment. And the reader cannot help but wonder if events like this are taking place in the real world. When dealing with politicians, the military, various government agencies, foreign powers, and the enemies of freedom, we may never know all that is happening which we know nothing about. The title is quite appropriate as the various characters seem bent on keeping secrets through their silence. Throughout the book, the descriptions of the action, the setting, and the characters makes the reader feel like you are right there in the thick of it all. Whew! What a relief that it was all happening in a book rather than all around me. One other thing that enhanced the book was the interaction of the key characters about matters of faith. Some were devoted Christians and others were unbelievers. They were able to relate to each other without either making the other feel less of a person because of their beliefs, but they did not hold back in expressing them. In spite of the silence in other matters, they held no secrets about their beliefs. What a lesson that many in modern society need to learn.