I've read practically all of the novels that Ronie Kendig has written, so I will say that I'm never disappointed once I crack open that cover. Today, I'll finally put pen to paper and spent a couple of minutes and tell you what makes her writing so great.
As expected, Ronie Kendig delivers a book that is easy to read, easy to follow but very hard to put down. She writes dialogue that is humorous, honest and banter-filled. Her characters have depth and leave you rooting for them to succeed against all of the bad that she throws at them. The description of the surroundings makes you feel like you are right there with them and seeing things through their eyes. All in all, this book is everything you could ask for in a great adventure novel.
Is this a "guy's book"? This book is a true "guy's book". Between the military might and muscle, the continuous show of force, explosions, gun-fire, WHEW!!! There's enough action and adventure in this book for any guy to enjoy.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ronie Kendig has proven time and again that she is a master of suspense and Raptor 6 is no exception! Fast paced action and swirling intrigue pack a big punch in this new series starring an elite team of black ops soldiers.
Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary with a calling to teach young Afghan girls. As the daughter of a retired U.S. general, Zahrah has a few secrets of her own as well. Dean Watters is a seasoned Captain who has seen his fair share of hardships and constructed a wall of steel around his heart. The clock starts ticking down when they find themselves involved in an international terror plot to obtain secured military intelligence.
Ronie Kendig really knocked it out of the park this time! The characters are captivating, the story will draw you in instantly and you will not be able to put the book down until you reach the thrilling conclusion. Not to mention an ending that will leave you craving more.
This is my favorite of Kendig's books so far and I can't wait to meet the rest of the team! I'd recommend this novel to fans of military action and suspense. Also, fun fact about the Quiet Professionals series, all the guys on the covers are actual veterans!
***I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ***
Ronie Kendig is one of my favorite authors. I love reading her books because of the military theme to them, as my husband and I have both served in the U.S. Army. But, wow, she has hit the ball out of the park with this new release, Raptor 6, the first book in The Quiet Professionals series. You can read the blurb for the story plot. Let me just say that I absolutely loved this book - can you guess? The characters are well developed and believable; the action starts on the first page and is relentless until the last page. Be warned, it is heart wrenching to read some of the book, but it is about a war, after all. I must say the ending surprised me, but I can live with it. I highly recommend this book.
Captain Dean Watters heads Raptor Six, a Special Forces team in Afghanistan. Rescuing kidnapped journalists, avoiding Taliban ambushes, it's all in a day's work for them. But when one of their secure military computers shows up in a remote village, Watters knows the level of danger threatening his team has been taken to a new level.
Ten military super-secure computers are missing. If the information on them is retrieved, America's enemies would have a blueprint of America's military intelligence. Watters knows the hackers must be stopped.
Compounding the problem is American born Zahrah Zarrick, working for a Christian nonprofit literacy organization, teaching Afghan children in her mother's native village. Watters' team extracted her after an explosion at her school. Knowing she is in danger, he wants to keep tabs on her. Something is stirred inside him when he talks to her. Something he has tried to keep locked inside for too long.
Zahrah is also an expert on quantum cryptology. The hackers want her and Watters knows his team must protect her. But when they are assigned to another operation, she disappears. Now Watters has double duty - rescue her and stop the hackers from unleashing terror across the globe.
I think this is probably the best of Kendig's novels I have read. The action is great and the character development superb. The romantic development is well done. The suspense at the end is breath taking.
The banter between the team members troubled me. I guess I want special forces to be more professional than these men seem to be. Perhaps it is the way they deal with the pressure of their work. Still, I have less respect for the team than I would if they did not behave so childish at times.
Be prepared, sensitive readers. The mean guys are really mean and will stop at no amount of torture to get their way. Some of it is heart wrenching.
One aspect of Kondig's writing still bothers me. I don't like: "Thud!" "Crack!" "Clang! Thud!" "Whoosh!" "Thwat" and, I mean, really, "BooooOOOOOOOooooom!" (204) I haven't seen something like that since the Batman comics.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Dean Watters and his Special Forces team do missions that no other team could do, but when one is called home, it leaves the team shorthanded just as they find evidence of a sinister threat that could endanger soldiers all over the world. And then there's the other interference of Zahrah Zarrick, the village children's teacher. Not only has she interrupted his mission, now she IS his mission. And he can't take his eyes off her.
Ronie Kendig is one of the best thriller authors out there. I have a confession: sometimes when I read a book I mentally check off the elements of a novel, i.e., foreshadowing, character development, the dark moment, etc. But Raptor 6 sucked me into the story and held me there until the very end, so schedule your time accordingly.
Our military heroes go through so much more than I can imagine. (And by heroes, I mean everyone who serves.) I'm so grateful that they would willingly put themselves situations that could become as terrifying as those that the author describes in Raptor 6. This work, although fiction, gives us civilians a tiny idea of what our military is willing to go through to preserve our freedom.
And even though Kendig is known for thriller/action/adventure, the romance between Dean and Zahrah is out-of-this-world. These two connected on all levels: intellectual, emotional, spiritual and yes, even physical. I cried more than once during their highly-charged romance.
You'd don't have to love military novels to love this book. Thriller and adventure fans will enjoy the fast-paced exploits of all the members of the Raptor 6 team.
I'd like to thank LitFuse Publicity for my copy of Raptor 6 in exchange for my fair and impartial review.