Friday, May 9, 2014

Bookshelf Friday - Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig

I was so happy to discover Ronie was continuing with characters we'd met in her last series, "A Breed Apart". When Raptor 6 finally released, I snapped it up! Here's the blurb, and we can chat on the other side:)

Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when these two things are threatened by hackers, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the 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, endangering the US national security, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.

As always, Ronie knows her way around a military plot. She brings the characters to life and provides plenty of heart-stopping scenes. For me, no one places us as closely to the center of what our military men and women face on a daily basis quite like Ronie--to be sure, she doesn't shrink away from the tough stuff and always handles it with the utmost respect. Reading her books reminds me how incredibly grateful I am to those on the front lines.

With Raptor 6 it was no different. The first scene tugged me in, and immediately I wanted to discover how Dean wound up where he was. However, I found the next few chapters slowed up slightly and left me, at moments, feeling a tad lost. Still, being a huge fan of Ronie's, I knew the potential of this book and refused to put it down. I am beyond glad I kept flipping those pages because within another few chapters the book was clicking for me. It seemed to regain it's footing, and the plot came into clear focus. It kept me hooked right through the ending.

My only other minor complaint (and this is entirely due to Ronie's phenomenal writing and ability to create amazing heroes) was that I wanted Zahrah and Dean on the page more often. Now, take that with a grain of salt because I love romance! So, as a reader, there can always be more inside a book for me. But mid-way through this hero and heroine were tossed together, quite literally, and their romance leapt off the pages. Dean is a strong lead with a protective streak a mile wide. Watching him deal with the horrors of war and his inability to control everything was such a powerful story line. Zahrah balances Dean well, her peace in the midst of every impossible or heart-wrenching situation is instrumental in Dean's faith walk--which was one of my favorite threads in this book. By the end, their romance is beginning and in a very real way.

I'm interested to see where Ronie takes this new series and which of the guys is up next. I'd like to know where the team next travels and possibly catch another glimpse of Dean and Zahrah:)

All together I happily give Raptor 6, 4 out of 5 stars. You can purchase it here!

If you'd like to see a break-down of what my stars equal, check out my page My Ratings System to the right there. And a big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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