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A sniper shot hits Cole Tox Russell. The enemy is one of his own; a rogue Special Forces team operator and old friend, Alec King. Tox discovers Alec commits several horrific murders that he claims is vengeance against the wrongs committed by his victims. Then he begins targeting innocent people and tries to blackmail Tox into joining him, expressing they are the same type of soldier. Tox must come to terms with what type of soldier he really is, as it is a soldier’s duty to kill with honor in the pursuit of justice, not murder for one’s own vengeance.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Tox Files
Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole "Tox" Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.
Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he's out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.
Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating--he's using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.
SunshineJacksonville, Fl.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5CROWN of SOULSDecember 11, 2017SunshineJacksonville, Fl.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5always a thriller, keeping you on the edge of your seat. Interesting story line. Tox is macho man to the highest power! Kendig is a terrific storyteller. Looking forward to the next in the series.
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Supernatural Crown of Souls Causes MadnessDecember 10, 2017debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debs Dozen: An ancient crown brings madness. Tox and Wraith must stop its wearer.
Crown of Souls is Book 2 in the Tox Files series. Like Conspiracy of Silence, Book 1, and The Warriors Sealthe novella which preceded themCrown of Souls is part action, part romance, part supernatural fiction.
Tox Russell is a special forces dude now operating way black. Hes very conflicted about a lot of things: his team, his romance, his past, his future. At the same time, hes very dedicated to his team, his missions, his country, and his love. These apparent conflicts make Tox a very real and very interesting character, although, I must admit, the frequent mention of his dark past gets irritating. Hearing the if they knew what Ive done, they wouldnt love/respect/follow me refrain repeated gets old fast.
This time Tox and his team are tasked with finding and bringing in or down a former teammate of Toxs, Alec King. Alec has apparently gone rogue and must be stopped. Crown of Souls also examines the ever deepening relationship of Tox and Haven Linwood. We wonder throughout the book if theyll ever rid themselves of their insecurities and the past. Haven is an analysist assigned to the team, Toxs childhood friend now grown up, and the sister of the woman Tox accidentally killed on a mission.
While Tox and Haven are trying to figure out their relationship, theyre also on a mission to find Alec King and to destroy the artifact thats driving him crazy. Interwoven between the scenes of their search is the story of Thefarie, a Knight Templar who searched for the artifact in the 1100s. There is an element of the supernatural in the character of Ti Tzzaddik, who appears at the most opportune times seemingly out of nowhere.
My description may sound crazy, but Ive grown fond of the characters in this series. The book is long, 470 pages, but I read the novel pretty much straight through. Ronie has another great series goingCrown of Souls wont be the last book with this crew. Four stars.
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, prolific author who writes military-themed novels. Shes written over a dozen books containing the stories special forces heroes, military working dogs, and now the Tox Files. She and her husband, Brian, are in the process of moving to New York. We can anticipate many more exciting books-especially as Ronie moves more to the supernatural.
Bethany Books gave me a copy of Crown of Souls, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Kendig Amazes AgainNovember 26, 2017katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Crown of Souls is the second in The Tox Files series by Ronie Kendig, and I was prepared to not love it as much as the first book. But I was wrong. Kendig manages once again to immediately draw the reader into a compelling plot--one filled with danger, romance, and God.
Just as Cole "Tox" Russell is beginning to find his place in a relationship with Haven, he receives a warning from an old soldier buddy--one that leaves a deep wound in his shoulder and a fear in his heart that he could turn evil as well. When his friend Alec King takes a crown to his head, Tox races against the clock to save him before the crown has taken complete control of his mind. But with Haven at risk, can Tox trust the relationship he's in or should he separate himself further from those he holds dear?
Each time a life is lost in Alec's pursuit for "justice," Tox wonders if he will find himself in the same position some day. While searching the world for Alec, Tox cries out for answers from God and strives to find his footing in a world where evil men prosper.
I believe that this series would make an excellent movie series as well! Kendig does an excellent job drawing from her military background and biblical knowledge to make the reader feel like they are involved in a biblical Indiana Jones story. Over and over again, Kendig brings the reader back to question whether they, too, could easily turn their hearts to evil in the name of "justice."
Santaflash5 Stars Out Of 5Unexpected Fun Read!November 12, 2017SantaflashQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I saw the cover for Crown of Souls, I was reminded of the Bourne series. This is a book (and series) my dad would enjoy, minus the romance here and there. I'm curious about book 1, a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed. Sounds interesting! Crown of Souls is book 2 in The Tox Files series and she's already got book 3 set to publish in July 2018. I'm already thinking Christmas gift (at least books 1 and 2) for my dad. Note: It is not like Jason Bourne, or Jack Ryan. This is a whole military unit the reader follows, though Tox is the main character.
Now, let's get down to brass tacks...
The details in this book make it believable, make Tox a believable character. And the fact that this is book 2, don't let that deter you. I haven't read the first book and, though I was a bit lost in the first few chapters, the author does a great job of bringing us up to speed. Yet, she doesn't do it to the point that the reader is skimming through parts or sections...that is, she doesn'toverdo the explanations. It's just enough of a reminder for book 1.
Initially, I thought this was merely a fictional military novel. And that's fine. But when I reached maybe the middle of the novel, it occurred to me that these books may be more than just about fighting. This was really a pleasant surprise. It's a mixture of special forces meets Indiana Jones in a way. In a nutshell (without spoiling the book), there's a madman killing the top baddest of the bad (along with innocents), long delayed echos (aka "ghost skips"), a highly sought after artifact, ancient burial sites and lots and lots of action.
For those that love action, they'll enjoy this novel. For the individuals that prefer military books, they probably would enjoy this book. For anyone that likes a good mystery/thriller, I'd count Crown of Souls as the book for them.I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review, but I'm thinking of purchasing the Tox series so my dad has a chance to read them in order.
Musicgirl665 Stars Out Of 5Another winnerNovember 2, 2017Musicgirl66Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Another winner by Ronie Kendig. Kendig doesn't disappoint the reader of this book. She has a wonderful way with words and tells a good story.
A sniper is on the loose targeting military personnel (or ex-military personnel) The reader is kept on the edge of his/her seat throughout most of the book. I loved it.