Monday, January 2, 2017

Conspiracy of Silence (The Tox Files) by Ronie Kendig

Star Rating : 5 out of 5

Content Rating : MILD

Back Cover :
"Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole "Tox" Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that's fine--he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers--and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague--but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem--but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?

My Thoughts :
I have not read any of Kendig’s previous books, and I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I LOVED IT. It’s a read that will appeal to both guys and girls. This book is filled with mystery, intrigue, black ops, some supernatural, and a little Biblical history. It reminded me a little of Indiana Jones or Sahara minus some humor and a little Jason Bourne thrown in. There is a prequel novella that is supposed to help with some of the back story; but, you get enough of a recap to not feel left behind. I am definitely looking forward to following these characters in the next part of the Tox Files; can’t wait.

I gave it a MILD rating because there is some violence, but no language or sex.

What I liked :
  • The Pace – Christian authors tend to take out some of that tension and action; but, Kendig proves that you can have a good action book without all the cussing and sex. This book was fast-paced. There was one section in the middle that was a little slow; but, no real complaints there.
  • Characters – I didn’t think one particular character stood out for me; but, as a whole the group works. Well, I take that back. I really liked Chiji’s character; but, we don’t learn much about him. He is Tox’s mysterious Nigerian friend and warrior. And of course, the characters just happen to know the perfect people for the situation, but this is easily forgiven.
  • Action vs Relationship I liked the balance between relationships and action. Some might want a bit more on the relationship side; but, I think if you put too much of that with the action it becomes cheesy. I mean who stops in the middle of bullets raining down to have a make out session? Thankfully, Kendig doesn’t do this. As a side note, I love that this is a woman successfully writing this military action, suspense novel!  
  • Biblical Themes – Sometimes in Christian books, the author can try too hard to mix in the Biblical lessons. It can come off silly and unrealistic. However, Hendig weaves it in fairly seamlessly without it taking over the story. The theme of the book helps with introducing these themes to us without throwing it in our face.
What I didn’t like :
  • Names – Maybe it was just me, but there were several characters with weird “T” names, which made it a little confusing to keep track of.
What others are saying :
"Kendig keeps the tensions high and the pace lightning fast, with military action scenes worthy of Vince Flynn. Especially noteworthy is watching the character development of elite modern warriors forced to confront and accept ancient history, faith, and supernatural power. Kendig fans will love this opening novel in her new series."--Publishers Weekly

"Kendig's first book in her Tox Files takes readers on an explosive, action-packed global journey to stop a terrorist from releasing a deadly toxin with biblical origins. Kendig has pulled out all the stops in this highly entertaining read that has plot elements of a Tom Clancy or Dan Brown novel. This is a thrill ride with a story that barely stops to catch its breath before the action revs back up again. The hero, Tox, is riveting, the heroine is strong, the secondary cast is well developed and the romance is light but sweet. Kendig has out done herself."--RT Book Reviews Top Pick

Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions in this review are my own. (This one will be staying on my shelf, loved it!)

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