FALCON by Ronie Kendig ~ A Review

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Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

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I have long been a fan of Ronie Kendig and her amazing writing style. I knew that FALCON would be no exception. What I didn’t expect was the mind-blowing twists and turns in FALCON. Following RAPTOR 6 and HAWK, FALCON is the fast paced conclusion to this amazing trilogy!

Salvatore “Falcon” Russo is a tough guy. Special Ops kind of tough. Raptor is an exclusive and secretive team. Only for the best in the world. Rator is sent reeling and fighting on their own turf after an attack leaves them on the defensive. Sal does not like being on the defensive, almost as much as he hates having Cassandra Walker anywhere near. Sal is determined to end the attacks and send Cassandra packing, but the cyber terrorists aren’t going down without a fight. Sal is also hiding a secret. One that is affecting him and the team more than he realizes. Sal is one of Ronie’s best, very-human, heroes. (Canyon still holds my reader heart!)

Cassandra Walker is strong. Even though she doesn’t see it. She struggles with Sal’s animosity but still has a mission to complete. She doesn’t realize how invested she is going to get as the mission begins to go sideways and she is thrown into a decision that she never expected she’d have to make. Cassandra is also harboring her own secrets.

Together, Sal and Cassandra are oil and water. Explosive conversations are had and both are fighting each other as they fight a common enemy. Will the secrets tear them further apart, or break down fortified walls?

Threatening to tear the team apart, and seeking destruction, are both inside and outside forces.

Ronie outdid herself on this book. All of her books are page-turners but this one had me flying through at break neck speed in order to find out if any of the characters would make it through the book alive. The twists in this book were more shocking than The Sixth Sense movie. So many times I found myself picking my jaw off the floor. Countless times I exclaimed ‘WHAT?!’ Enough times that my husband inquired if I should maybe take a break from the book. To which I replied with a sort of distant look and then moved on to the next sentence. He just laughed at me. This book was so unpredictable. Never did I expect I would be reading a Ronie Kendig book and find myself in tears. This was the book that did it.

If you are a fan of Ronie, then you NEED to read this book. If you haven’t ever read a Ronie Kendig book… let me tell you that you’re missing out. Ronie writes a kick-butt, military action book. Her characters are so real that they become friends. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

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MAKE SURE TO STAY TUNED! On May 27th I will have an interview with Ronie Kendig and a GIVEAWAY!

*Thanks to the author for a copy to review!*

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See my other reviews on Raptor’s team: RAPTOR 6 and HAWK

‘Raptor 6’ by Ronie Kendig ~ A Review and a Giveaway

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“Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart-a move that might come at the highest cost.”

As usual I went into this book expecting excellence.  As usual, I was not disappointed.

Raptor 6 his hard hitting from the very first chapter and does not let up until the final page.  I admit that I’d had a soft spot for Dean ‘Watterboy’ Watters from the ‘Military War Dog’ series.  I was so excited for his story and it was worthy excitement.

Dean is a tough guy with a soft-spot, though he tries to fight it.  Zahrah is a soft-spot all over, though she fights that as well.  She wants nothing more than to do what she believes God is calling her to.  In the environment she is in though, that is a really difficult mission.  She’s determined to do what she must to fulfill her calling, but he’s determined to do what he must to keep her safe.  The two do not agree on the best methods for either of these desires.  Poor Watterboy has met his match in this fiery school-teacher.

I loved the dynamics between them.  Dean is so clearly used to getting his way and Zarah is focused on Gods way, oblivious to the position it puts Watterboy in.  They are both desperate to help the people they are surrounded by, but not all the people want their help.  Some people would like nothing than to see them both dead.

When Dean must face his worst fear to prevent his worst fear, he’s only got one person he can trust in… and it isn’t himself.

I also have to mention the beautiful, yet emotional, love story that is intertwined in this book.  I laughed and… yes, I admit, I cried.  Multiple times.

This is an action-packed, emotion-filled MRAP ride through the desert.  I could nearly feel the sweat rolling down my back and the intense desert heat.  My heart stopped when shots were fired at the team, tears for the pain that was felt, desperation warring with hope, triumph and agony.  Ronie is a master storyteller and Raptor 6 is amazing!

How can you resist the cover?  😉  Isn’t it awesome?

5/5

*Full Disclosure: I was given this book by Barbour Publishing for my honest review.  I did not have to love it, but I sure did!*

You can get your copy of Raptor 6 at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Chapters

Kobo

Christian Book

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Shiloh Run Press
ISBN: 1616260408
(ISBN13: 9781616260408)

Ronie Kendig

About Ronie Kendig

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, who’s an Army veteran. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her husband have a full life with four children and two dogs. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, finaled in numerous contests and reader awards, including ACFW Carol Awards, RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards, Christian Retailing’s Readers’ Choice Awards, INSPY Award, The Christian Manifesto Lime Awards, and FamilyFiction’s Readers’ Choice Choice Awards. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring. Find Ronie at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction) , Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads!

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