Sunday, January 8, 2017
Conspiracy Of Silence by Ronie Kendig
According to his family and the world at-large, Cole Russell (aka Tox) died three years ago after a secret mission went terribly wrong. However, when the US government has need of a ghost for a new mission, he's called back into play; with the promise of a full pardon from his mysterious past.
Reuniting with his old Special Forces team, Tox finds himself working alongside FBI agents to track down an assassin. Led on a global chase, Tox and his team meet up with an archaeologist searching for answers to a recent robbery at a dig site. A deadly plague has been unleashed during the robbery, and it quickly becomes apparent that the assassin and the robber are on the same side.
The group has to work under constant surveillance and lethal danger to figure out who stole the archaeological artifacts and how to get them back, how to stop the plague, what the ties are to the assassin, and how to stop the assassin before he strikes again.
I found the plot to be very confusing at times, especially concerning the artifacts and the plague. Also, several of the characters are referred to by different names, depending on who is talking to/about them. This took several chapters for me to get used to, although I was still second-guessing myself in later chapters. Then there's the sense of time that is lost between the chapters. I often had to check the previous chapter title page's date and location to find out if the new chapter was occurring five minutes later or the next day. While the main story behind Tox and his team chasing down an assassin was well written, the side-story of the plague just didn't seem to really fit into it.
I'm giving this book 3/5 stars. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't the fast-paced military action novel I thought it'd be. Also, I usually find some sort of "take-away" - a lesson learned, part of the story I really relate to or want to share, something that touches me personally. But that didn't happen with this book. Based on other reviews I've read, I'll give some of Ronie's other books a read but this is not one that will find a place in my permanent collection.
*Disclaimer: I received a free print edition of this book from Bethany House publishers for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
About The Book's Author (copy from inside book):
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She's penned over a dozen novels, including The Quiet Professionals series and the Breed Apart series. She and her hunky hero hubby have a fun, crazy life with their children and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia.