STORY: Captain Dean Watters is a man on a mission. He has a Special Forces team to lead, and secrets to keep buried. But with insurgents terrorizing the Afghan territory they’re currently stationed in, their mission may prove more difficult. Especially when the team meets the pretty American schoolteacher, Zahrah Zarrick. As the daughter of a general, Zahrah knows all there is to know about the life of a military man, and much as she loves her father, she has a calling to return to her mother’s homeland and teach the children who otherwise would not receive an education. When secrets come to light that reveal Zahrah is not just a high-ranking officer’s daughter, but also a target all on her own, Dean will have to go into the protected areas of his past to be sure than Zahrah’s life isn’t used to compromise the U.S. Military’s missions.
Raptor 6, by Ronie Kendig | Book Review
Going into this, I think I had very different expectations than what the story actually ends up resembling. Unlike Ronie’s prior works, this book is more about information gathering than actionable “excitement.” To be honest, it takes me until ¼ the way in before I’m really hooked. Oh, there’s nothing bad about the story, I just had to pause to realize Kendig is taking a different direction with this new series. Not only is the pacing different, the prose has a new voice as well; it switches off between three POVs, and a first-person villain. On the one hand, it’s just as excellent to read a novel that takes more time to develop the characters and gives them breathing room without putting them in the line of fire. Then there is the expectation of what we’re accustomed to from this name. Once we recognize the shift, turning the pages, we learn, brings more breath-catching danger!PROOF THAT I ONCE READ THE SUPERB MILITARY FICTION BY RONIE KENDIG! ‘RAPTOR 6,’ BY RONIE KENDIG #FWarchives #BookReviews #Fiction Click To Tweet
The characters in this novel are perfect! Not in the sense of perfectionism, but rather because their humanness is written so wonderfully. Dean is one of the best, most heroic men I’ve to date met. This time, while it does apply to brawn, I use “hero” as a means to describe his character. He’s a scared man from tragedy in his early days of enlistment, burdens he shoulders along with the subsequent leadership in his Raptor 6 family. All of whom I love getting to know. The teammates are each unique (the teasing, banter and even, the tense disagreements add authenticity) and I’ve got high hopes that at some point, they’ll get their own due in future novels.
All of this attests to how beautifully Ronie can write a story about the pride of American military (and the gratefulness of a nation for this) without reading as an cookie-cutter story. Then there is Zahrah. She and Dean were perfect together; I like the added bonus of them having to stay at arm’s length because he respects her (rather than use as a plot device to keep the couple apart) and later, their many deeper conversations.
Enter this story without the same perspective as Ronie’s prior novels, and Raptor 6 defines a new kind of page-turning suspense! It’s brilliant, and the first in a series you won’t want to miss.
About the Book
Author: Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Shiloh Press
Source: Litfuse Publicity
Publication Date: May 2014
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Series: Quiet Professionals, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Suspense, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to Litfuse for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.