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Hawk by Ronie Kendig

About the Book:Book - Hawk
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

Review: It’s hard to believe we’re already upon another launch for one of the talented Ronie Kendig’s novels and yet the calendar says that is exactly where we are. The second book in her newest series, this follows the titular Raptor team member Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe, who manages to get into quite the scrapes in the beginning of the book – 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 – even if she does think Hawk is handsome, his annoying manners don’t endear him to her. 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…

As usual, Hawk is a fast-paced, intriguing story that is sure to be of interest to anyone seeking out a high-octane suspense and certainly for those of us die-heard Kendig fans – like my mother and guys, at my house, it’s big that I read this before her. *wink* Onto the review. I honestly think this book is a notch above Raptor 6. There is 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 plaguing the team and is out for blood. That being said, being honest, 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 was nothing to do with the writing or how the story came about, more because of the format I read which was an e-ARC copy from NetGalley and let me tell you, the margins, paragraphs and the like are… messy to say the least. All this does is make the reading less enjoyable, which does seem to be a distracting factor, and really all this ensures is a reread and we all know, anything by Ronie Kendig is worth that and then some!

Beyond that, things are pristine as usual. The military terms, writing, characters and style is topnotch. Since this is only a trilogy (correct me if I’m wrong…), it’s nice to have side stories of the other members in this book and have the chance to get to know them or to be able to keep current with people we’ve already fallen for like Captain Watters (Raptor 6). 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 not to be missed. It’s hard to put down because of the characters (especially interesting is the look at the life of Afghan women) it introduces us to rather than because of the circumstances and that’s the best kind of story. 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.

(Goodreads) Synopsis: Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.Book - Falcon2

Coming Next from Ronie Kendig: Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence. – via Goodreads, May 2015

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Sincere thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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