Monday, January 16, 2017

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig Book Review

From back cover:
Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole "Tox" Russell has been disavowed by 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.

Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers-and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and the threat of a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.

I had a really hard time getting into this book. I've read almost all of Ronie Kendig's books, and this was by far the most difficult for me to get through. It also didn't help that the print seemed small and there was just over 400 pages. So there was a lot of story to get through.

There were so many characters, alternating point-of-views, and so much going on, it was difficult to keep track of it all. Stolen artifacts, plagues, assassins, globe-trotting, terrorist organizations. It was a lot to take in. I found myself either skimming sections, or having to go back and reread sections because I was like, wait, what? Did I read that right?

This book just felt like it was on fast-forward instead of being fast-paced. You kind of got a sense of what was happening, but as soon as you started to figure out what was going on, you were on to the next thing.

As far as what I did like, I really liked Chiji and Kasey. I wish Kasey would have had more of a role in the book. More specifically, I wish her job as a deception expert would have been utilized more. I've always been interested in reading body language and stuff, so it would have been nice to see more of what she could do. And Chiji was just a really interesting and unique character. I really liked the relationship between him and Tox.

I guess for me, this book just felt so different than all the other books I've read by Ronie Kendig. It just wasn't what I was used to. Sadly, this missed the mark for me.

I received this book from Bethany House Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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