Sunday, April 20, 2014
Raptor 6 book review
Raptor 6 is the first book in Ronie Kendig's newest series, The Quiet Professionals. I had the pleasure of receiving a complimentary copy from the publisher for my honest review.
His Mission. His Team.
Captain Dean Watters keeps these parts of his life in laser-like focus. So when hackers threaten both his mission and his team, Deans Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Ten military super-secure computers are missing--which if opened, would give America's enemies a blueprint of U.S. military intelligence. Failing to stop the hackers isn't an option.
Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. She's also a target. He expertise in quantum cryptology makes her an unwitting pawn in the hackers' deadly game. They're coming for her, and Dean and his team must stop them.
Before the team can get to Zahrah, she disappears. Now Dean must race to rescue her and stop the hackers from unleashing terror on millions across the globe. But to do so, Dean will be forced to crack open the steel box around his heart--a move that might come at the highest cost.
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie, loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK).
Excellent start to a new series! 4 1/2 stars
Raptor 6 is the first book in Ronie Kendig's new, The Quiet Professionals series. This book picks up an indeterminable length of time after Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog. I was so excited to read Dean Watters' book! I'd been anticipating it since we met in him in Trinity: Military War Dog, and was not disappointed!
Raptor 6 is loaded with Ronie's trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense that keeps you guessing! She often labels her books as "gritty" and that definitely fits this one. It feels so real, as though you are actually there, going through everything with them. By the end of the book, I was so tense, waiting to see what would happen next that I was shaking! No book has ever had that strong of an affect on me!
Ronie is known for her real, raw, colorful, and passionate characters and this book is no exception! The team was great - Hawk's book is going to be awesome! I also actually liked the part from the "villain's" point of view. It was funny in a wow-he's-crazy kinda way!
Zahrah is the heroine in this story. She is strong, courageous, with a deep faith in God. I very much enjoyed how Ronie wove that faith into everything she did. Even at her lowest point in this book, when she questions God, she refuses to deny Him. It reminded me a bit of the Biblical story of Job. I loved her heart and her spirit! I hope we see her again in the later books.
I loved Dean, too. He is a soldier through and through. He is strong, determined, and stubborn. We don't know much about him from our other encounters with him, just that he is haunted by something. As we read, we get to know him and it all begins to make sense. Dean has fought to protect others his whole life, so when Zahrah is in danger, of course he feels responsible. I enjoyed getting into his head, knowing what is going on and learning more about him. He doesn't have much in the way of faith in God. He prays when it suits him and he can't understand Zahrah's stubborn stand on following what she believes is God's will for her life. I enjoyed seeing him grow and learn.
The main spiritual theme in this book is surrender, as this quote clearly shows.
"The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender." - William Booth
Dean must learn to surrender to God all his plans, his guilt, and even his life. He has been a protector for years, so when faced with something out of his control, he fights trusting an unseen God. His faith and questions are so real, so raw. I loved that Ronie didn't try to give pat and easy answers; she wrote it as the battle it is.
The only reason that this book does not have 5 stars, is that I would have liked Zahrah's characters to have been a little more developed. She was a fairly flat character for probably the first third of the book. It was mostly about Dean, which totally makes sense, I would just haven't like to have known Zahrah a bit better. I felt like her story was overshadowed a bit by all the action going on.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military suspense and romance!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it. All opinions expressed are my own.