The second book in her newest series, this follows the titular Raptor team member Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe, who manages to get into quite a few scrapes in the beginning! One that transfers him to another team following a leave that sends him back home. Then there is Fekiria Haidary. Fekiria is an Afghan pilot who has been trained by the American’s only her beliefs not to trust them makes it hard for her to get along with any of them. She may think Hawk is handsome, but his annoying manners don’t endear him. Circumstances put them together in such a way that the two of them have to depend on the other for survival and the possibility of friendship.
Hawk, by Ronie Kendig | Book Review
As usual, Hawk is a fast-paced, intriguing story that is sure to be of interest to anyone seeking a high-octane suspense and certainly for those of us die-heard Kendig fans. (One of whom is my mother and guys, it’s big that I read this before her. *wink*) I honestly think this book is a notch above Raptor 6. There’s a never-ending cycle of adventure though it’s not always as the result of bullets chasing our heroes. Sometimes it’s just in the excitement of the chase thanks to a villain who is out for blood. That being said, I really couldn’t seem to focus on this story as well as prior books by this author. Before going further, I’ll expand on this. The reason for this has nothing to do with the writing or how the story comes together, more because of the e-ARC format from NetGalley. Let me tell you, the margins, paragraphs and the like is messy to say the least. All this does is make the reading less enjoyable. But as we all know, anything by Ronie Kendig is worth a re-read!
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Beyond that, things are pristine as usual. The military terms, writing, characters and style is topnotch. Since this is just a trilogy, it’s nice to have subplots of the other team members, and have the chance to get to know them or to be able to keep current with people we’ve already met. Brian’s development is also quite good. He goes from being a kind of reckless soldier to someone more “settled” and understanding of the rules, and the purpose and reasons for those being in place. The only relationship that perhaps suffers is in the romantic tension. Fans of romance should know that Fekiria and Brian rarely spend any time together and what they do is out of necessity, so their relationship is more a promise of what could come vs. what has passed. In many ways I respect this because it allows the reader to imagine what they will of what may come out of that and also lends believability to what has passed.
In the end, Hawk is another 2014 release you’ll want to read. It’s hard to put down because of the characters (especially interesting is the look at the life of Afghan women). Go forth and read it, you won’t regret it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go order a paperback copy of my own.
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Author: Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Shiloh Press
Source: NetGalley ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Quiet Professionals, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Mystery/Thriller, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.