Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
Author: Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Shiloh Press
Source: Litfuse Publicity
Publication Date: May 2014
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Series: Quiet Professionals, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Suspense, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 out of 5Captain Dean Watters is a man on a mission. He has a Special Forces team to lead… and secrets to keep buried. But with insurgents terrorizing the Afghan territory – and the young children learning under the teachers there to give them an education – where they are currently stationed, their mission may prove more difficult – especially when the team meets the pretty American schoolteacher, Zahrah Zarrick. As the daughter of a general, Zahrah knows all there is to know about the life of a military man, and much as she loves her father, she felt a calling from God to return to her mother’s homeland and teach the children who otherwise would not receive any form of education. When secrets come to light that reveal Zahrah is not just a high-ranking officer’s daughter, but also a target all on her own, Dean will have to go into the protected areas of his past to be sure than Zahrah’s life isn’t used to compromise the U.S. Military’s missions.
The characters in this novel are… perfect! Not in the sense of perfectionism, but rather because their human nature flaws are written so wonderfully. Dean is one of the best, most heroic men I’ve read about to date. Using "hero" as a means of character description in this sentence doesn’t refer to brawn (ahem, though that does apply); it’s used as a means of attempting to describe his character. He’s a scared man emotionally because of a family past and a tragedy from his early days after his enlistment, burdens he has shouldered along with his rise in the ranks and the subsequent leadership role he has with his Raptor 6 family, whom I love getting to know Dean with. The teammates are all unique (the teasing, banter and even, the tense disagreements add authenticity to their scenes) and I’ve got high hopes that at some point, they’ll get their own dues in stories of their own.
All of this attests to how beautifully Ronie can write a story about the pride of American military (and the gratefulness of a nation for this) without reading as an cookie-cutter story. Then there is Zahrah. She and Dean were perfect together; I liked the added bonus of them having to stay at arm’s length because of his respect of her culture (rather than merely because it was used as a plot device to keep the couple apart) and later their many deeper conversations while being used in the enemy’s hands – and if you want to know what that means, you’ll have to read the book. *wink*
Enter this story without the same perspective as Ronie’s prior novels, and Raptor 6 defines a new kind of page-turning suspense! It’s brilliant, and the first in a series you won’t want to miss.
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Synopsis: Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop 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, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost. - Goodreads
Coming Next from Ronie Kendig: 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. - via Goodreads, November 2014
Sincere thanks to Litfuse for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.