Falcon

FalconFalcon by Ronie Kendig
Series: The Quiet Professionals
Genres: Military, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Published by Barbour Books on May 1, 2015
Pages: 352
Also by this author: Embers

 

For months the military’s cyber network has been compromised. The cost in lives is mounting and things are only getting worse. When their base in Kandahar is attacked and a valuable leader lost, Raptor 6 is unsure of whom they can trust. As the team is trying to regroup, one of their members faces a new challenge—Cassie Walker.

Four years ago, Sal and Cassie had an intimate relationship. However, tragic events not only ended the relationship, but also shattered the trust between them. Now, Sal must decide if he can put his life and the life of his team in her hands as they try to acquire an asset that can end the cyber attacks. In Ronie Kendig’s signature style of rapid-fire fiction, Falcon is a heart-pounding adventure full of high risks, uncertain futures, and non-stop action.

In Ronie Kendig’s signature style of rapid-fire fiction, Falcon is a heart-pounding adventure full of high risks, uncertain futures, and non-stop action.

It’s good to finally see how The Quiet Professional series ends. From the first book, Ronie established that this was not only going to be fun and entertaining, but also intense and thrilling. On the first page of Falcon, the action starts and rarely lets up throughout the entire book. The plot continues to thicken with each chapter as it becomes more and more difficult to determine who is on which side. With deep deceptions and questionable behavior, Falcon is an excellent conclusion to a very complex story.

She has a great way of bringing out the heroic quality in each character.

I very much enjoy Ronie’s books. She has a great way of bringing out the heroic quality in each character. The action and suspense is always present and her books have a wonderful way of transporting the reader into the story. The romances tend to vary greatly, rarely being the same each time. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Sal and Cassie. Their tragic backstory is original and quite intriguing. It’s very easy for the reader to understand their differences as well as sympathize with the characters individual emotional struggles.

As this series has progressed, it’s been more and more difficult to distinguish friend from foe. Given how easy it is to develop an emotional attachment to the characters, occasionally there is that sense of dread that perhaps a beloved personality is on the wrong side. Knowing that Ronie has never shied away from difficult writing decisions, there are few certainties in this book.

Many of Ronie’s novels have included risky storylines. It’s part of what I like most about her writing. Not only does it build tension between the reader and the characters, it also allows for contentious ideas to be introduced. In Falcon, there are points where one must consider if lines have been crossed and if so are these acceptable lines. It adds an extra dimension to the story as well as continues to demonstrate the difficult decisions faced by military personnel.

As this series has progressed, it’s been more and more difficult to distinguish friend from foe.

The plot for The Quiet Professional series is quite complex. I can only image the difficulties Ronie faced fitting all the different pieces into place. However, there are a few subplots that I would have liked expanded a bit more—pieces that are tantalizing in appearance, but just not quite fully fleshed out. Additionally, I would have liked better outcomes for a couple of the characters, but I like that certain sacrifices are made in order to make a compelling story.

The Quiet Professionals has been a very enjoyable series. The characters are wonderful and the action tense. There are some risks with this series, but the payoff has been worth it. For readers looking for a fun story with unexpected twists, an engaging romance, and a deeper understanding of our war heroes, this is a series not to be missed.

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