Friday, June 27, 2014

Visible Threat by Janice Cantore

Officer Brinna Caruso wants perfection—perfect justice and a perfect world. She wants to save and protect all the innocents in the world, no matter the cost.

Orphaned and struggling to get by, Ivana and her sister left Bulgaria for America with dreams of a better life. But since they arrived in Long Beach, everything they were promised has turned out to be a lie.

After a dead girl is found in the river with a mysterious tattoo on her hip, homicide detective Jack O’Reilly asks for Brinna’s help. Unaware of the depths of evil that will be uncovered, Brinna finds herself flung into a dangerous frontier—an organized human trafficking ring.

My review:
  I haven't read a lot of Janice Cantore's books because this is only the fifth one she has had published, but I have enjoyed all five of them. This book is a sequel to Critical Pursuit, and the two books should be read in order, as the second one picks up pretty close to where the first left off, and it also refers to events that happened in the first book.

  The plot for this book revolves around human trafficking, and although it isn't the first book I have read dealing with that crime, I still felt a sadness and anger thinking about it being a real problem even here in our United States. Even though the victims in this story were being used in the sex trade, the author didn't give any graphic details or go overboard with any descriptions, which is something I appreciated.

  Also at the heart of the story is the main character's struggle to trust God, especially when bad things are happening. That is what I like about authors like Janice. They can write a great suspense novel that keeps me glued to the book until I finish it, but they can also put a great truth in the book and encourage you through a great suspense novel. My hat is off to authors like her who aren't afraid to keep God in their stories.

  I did love the book and couldn't put it down until I finished it. A truly great read.

About the author:

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. Her Pacific Coast Justice series has met with critical acclaim. Critical Pursuit is the first book in her latest series.

Visit Janice's website at and connect with her on Facebook.

Visible Threat is available from Tyndale Publishing.

I did not receive the book for review, but posted my review on my own accord.

Overwhelmed by Perry Noble

Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Good news—you’re not alone!

No one ever said life was going to be easy. Between financial struggles, marital issues, health scares, and the regular, run-of-the-mill problems of everyday life, it’s easy to feel weighed down and trapped by your circumstances. In times like these, it’s tempting to just throw in the towel and quit. Well, don’t do it!

Perry Noble has stood at the edge of the abyss himself, and in Overwhelmed, he shares the keys to unlocking the chains of anxiety and despair once and for all. Building on the premise that when we shift our focus from our circumstances to Christ, everything changes, Perry walks readers through a life-altering plan for overcoming stress, worry, depression, and anxiety so we can be free to enjoy the abundant, joy-filled lives we were created for.

God knows we’re frustrated. He knows we’re tired. He knows we’re struggling. But He also knows how things are going to turn out. He is greater than anything you are going through . . . so don’t give up on God. After all, He’s never given up on you. 

My review:
  As someone who has struggled with, and still struggles with depression and discouragement, this book piqued my interest, so I put it on my birthday wish list and received it. I am familiar with the author, but had never read anything by him before.

  He says right up front that he has no quick fixes or easy formula for getting out of depression, but uses his story and Scripture to show it is possible. Not only did he have a lot of good and encouraging things to say, he has a great way of doing so. Although the topic isn't a light hearted one, he addresses it with humor and great insight. I was entertained while encouraged and given new hope for dealing with discouragement and depression. 

  He also addresses things that could be holding us back in our relationship with God, such as greed, not trusting God, and other issues like that. As he said, it isn't a quick fix book, but it really encouraged me and I'd recommend it to anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or depressed.

About the author:

Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages more than 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses across the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God's word and its practical application in our daily lives. His previous book, Unleash!,, was a New York Times Bestseller and has helped many people learn how to break free from normalcy.
Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter, Charisse,live in Anderson, South Carolina.

Overwhelmed is available from Tyndale Publishing.

I did not receive a copy for review, but did the review of my own accord.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Advocate by Randy Singer

At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths—Roman crucifixion.

Three decades later, Theophilus has proven himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He has survived the insane rule of Caligula and has weathered the cruel tyrant’s quest to control the woman he loves. He has endured the mindless violence of the gladiator games and the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials.

Now he must face another evil Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?

The advocate’s first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.

My review:
   Randy Singer has long been a favorite author of mine, and I am always excited to see a new book come out by him.

  This one, I wasn't so sure about. Up until now, he has only written books set in modern times, and they are suspenseful legal thrillers that give John Grisham a run for his money. But I wasn't so sure about a Biblical novel, though the book is actually classified as historical fiction. But Randy did not let me down.

  Although the book has a lot of real historical people in, Jesus included, it still is fiction. Not much is known about Theophilus, other than the books of Luke and Acts both being addressed to him, but Singer makes him the main character in this novel and as all historical fiction and Biblical fiction authors do, take some liberties. Such as Theophilus being present for Jesus' trial and crucifixion, and playing a part in the trial. However, it made for a very fascinating story.

  In the book, Theophilus is an advocate, basically a lawyer, and for not knowing much about the real Theophilus, Singer did a great job of creating a character who it seems like may have really lived.

  I have read a lot about Rome in the first century A.D, the emperors, and what the Christians went through, but I still learned a lot while reading this book. Although I prefer Randy's other books over this one, this was still a great read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Through a fictional story, the reader is given insight into the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, and also into what the legal system may have been like in those days. Randy Singer is a lawyer, and I found the way he portrayed the trials of that day very interesting.

  Something I learned in the book, and I researched it to see if it was true, is that the Romans came up with a word to describe the pain of crucifixion - "excrutiatus". I figured we got our word "excruciating" from that, and we did.

  The book doesn't have a happily ever after ending like I enjoy, but I still enjoyed the book. Not only was it a fascinating look into first century Rome, it was a reminder of where America could end up if we keep marching on the way we are. A good reminder, though sobering.

About the author:

Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than 10 legal thrillers and was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine's select list of "Legal Elite" litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at

The Advocate is available from Tyndale Publishers.

Thanks to Tyndale for the review copy.

Auschwitz Escape by Joel Rosenberg

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans—especially Jews like Jacob and his family—are treated like dogs.

When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare—trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

As World War II rages and Hitler begins implementing his “final solution” to systematically and ruthlessly exterminate the Jewish people, Jacob must rely on his wits and a God he’s not sure he believes in to somehow escape from Auschwitz and alert the world to the Nazi’s atrocities before Fascism overtakes all of Europe. The fate of millions hangs in the balance. 

My review:
  This was a fantastic, yet sobering read. Rosenberg has again written a masterpiece of a story, this time about the death camp at Auschwitz. Although the story is fictional, it is based on real events and people. I was again horrified as I read of the atrocities done on so many Jews by a madman determined to wipe all Jews off the face of the earth.

  I again found myself wondering how so much of the world sat idly by as these events happened. I wondered why the USA didn't intervene sooner. 

  This was a book that was hard to read. While it described some terrible things that were done at the death camp, it was also interesting and gripping. I liked the characters he created who had to daily deal with the trials of living in a death camp that was intended to kill them all. I saw how evil can so easily prosper when good men do nothing. I saw how easily people can be convinced that evil politicians are not up to no good, when indeed they are.

  Although this is a fictional book, it should be a warning to us all that our own country could be that way some day. We are headed there more and more each day, and just like there were people back then who did not believe the things they heard, there are countless people today who refuse to hear  the bad thing they favorite politician has done and is up to. It is true we are bound to repeat history if we do not repeat it.

  This was a darker read than I normally enjoy, but it was definitely worth reading, and I highly recommend it.

About the author:

Joel C. Rosenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of eight novels—The Last JihadThe Last DaysThe Ezekiel OptionThe Copper ScrollDead HeatThe Twelfth ImamThe Tehran Initiative, and The Damascus Countdown—and five nonfiction books, EpicenterInside the RevolutionImplosion,Israel at War, and The Invested Life, with nearly 3 million copies sold. The Ezekiel Option received the Gold Medallion award as the "Best Novel of 2006" from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Joel is the producer of two documentary films based on his nonfiction books. He is also the founder of The Joshua Fund, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization to mobilize Christians to "bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus" with food, clothing, medical supplies, and other humanitarian relief.

As a communications advisor, Joel has worked with a number of U.S. and Israeli leaders, including Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Natan Sharansky, and Benjamin Netanyahu. As an author, he has been interviewed on hundreds of radio and TV programs, including ABC's NightlineCNN Headline News, FOX News Channel, The History Channel, MSNBC, The Rush Limbaugh ShowThe Sean Hannity Show, and The Glenn Beck Show. He has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Times, the Jerusalem Post, and World magazine. He has addressed audiences all over the world, including those in Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, and the Philippines. He has also spoken at the White House, the Pentagon, and to members of Congress.

In 2008, Joel designed and hosted the first Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem. The event drew two thousand Christians who wanted to "learn, pray, give, and go" to the Lord's work in Israel and the Middle East. Subsequent Epicenter Conferences have been held in San Diego (2009); Manila, Philippines (2010); Philadelphia (2010); Jerusalem (2011); and Albuquerque, New Mexico (2012). The live webcast of the Philadelphia conference drew some thirty-four thousand people from more than ninety countries to listen to speakers such as Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon; pastors from the U.S., Israel, and Iran; Lt. General (ret.) Jerry Boykin; Kay Arthur; Janet Parshall; Tony Perkins; and Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of Hamas who has renounced Islam and terrorism and become a follower of Jesus Christ and a friend of both Israelis and Palestinians.

The son of a Jewish father and a Gentile mother, Joel is an evangelical Christian with a passion to make disciples of all nations and teach Bible prophecy. A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in filmmaking, he is married, has four sons, and lives near Washington, D.C.

To visit Joel's weblog—or sign up for his free weekly "Flash Traffic" e-mails—please visit
Please also visit these other websites:
and Joel's "Epicenter Team" and the Joel C. Rosenberg public profile page on Facebook.

 Auschwitz Escape is available from Tyndale Publishing.

I bought the book, and posted a review of my own accord.

Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble, and a chance to win a Kindle

In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.
Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.
But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks---and vivid dreams of being strangled---she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.
Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked---by a man she's only met in her nightmares.
The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.
Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.

Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her---before she remembers too much.

My review:
   This has been the best suspense series Colleen Coble has written, and this is the best of  the series. As with the rest of the series, the book was set mostly in the Outer Banks, a favorite location of mine, which made it all the more interesting to me.

  In addition to great suspense and action, this book also explores the idea of people getting organ transplants and taking on some of the likes and dislikes and memories of the person the transplanted organ came from. Although it sounds farfetched, some of it is possible and does happen, at least with dislikes and likes. It made for an interesting plot with that element in the story.

  I had picked up this book with the plan of reading just some of it, but I got into the book so much that I had to read it to the end. I loved every minute of it: the plot, characters, action and suspense. As with the last book, the author brought back some of the characters from the other books, which is always an added bonus for me. I definitely recommend this book, and the whole series. Colleen has done an above par job on all three books.

About the author:

olleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide.Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Connect with Colleen: website,FacebookTwitter

Seagrass Pier is available from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Thanks to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for the review copy.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Ex-Muslim by Naeem Fazal

Jesus revealed himself to a young, brash, Pakistani Muslim. But he didn’t just reveal himself; he turned Naeem Fazal’s world upside down.
Moving from Kuwait to Charleston, South Carolina, had been an adventure. Surrendering his life to Jesus Christ was actual treason. And yet, Jesus brought Fazal the most powerful peace he had ever experienced: “It filled the room. It grew roots in my heart and in my soul. It intoxicated me.” 

In this riveting memoir, Fazal describes how God used extraordinary means to bring a young, underachieving, Muslim immigrant through Desert Storm, across the oceans, into college, and ultimately to pastor a Christian church in North Carolina. He demonstrates that no character flaw, no distance, no cultural chasm is too great for Jesus to reach across. 

Fazal is candid about his shortcomings, practical about the challenges of cross-cultural engagement, and ultimately inspiring that God is capable of far more than we have grown to expect. He says, “Jesus consistently, stubbornly refuses to limit himself to my expectations. Which makes getting to know him an unfolding adventure of epic proportions.” 

Whether you are a Muslim, Christian, or neither, Ex-Muslim makes a compelling case that life with Jesus Christ is a true adventure. 

My review:
  I rarely read biographies, memoirs, or anything close to it, but thought this book sounded worth my time, so I requested it. I found it was definitely worth my time.

  Its easy to fall into the thinking that God doesn't do miraculous things nowadays. Its easy to put Him in a box and think He has to work in certain ways, but He is not bound by our expectations and thoughts, just as this book shows.

  As a young Muslim, Naeem Fazal came to America to find his brother had become a Christian. After going to some meetings with his brother, Naeem asked Jesus to reveal himself to him. What happened sounds unbelievable to we modern day Christians, but entirely possible with the God we serve.

 Naeem gives some incredible insights to growing up Muslim, to what it was like being in Kuwait during the Gulf War, and of having to tell Muslim parents that he had converted to Christianity.

  Something that really stuck out to me in this book, is the wonder and newness he experienced as a new Christian. Most of us have grown up in or around the church and are familiar with how it all is supposed to work. We have our ideas of what being a Christian is all about, and are influenced by years of family and church tradition. But to a Muslim just converting to Christianity, it is all new and he had to depend more on the Bible and God to get grounded in his beliefs. I kind of envy him that.

 The book is an interesting and pretty fast read, humorous, inspiring, and insightful. I truly enjoyed reading it and it gave me hope that God can change and reach anyone. Definitely worth reading.

About the author:

Naeem Fazal was born and raised as a Muslim in Kuwait. He came to the United States shortly after the Gulf War of 1990. In 1992, he had a supernatural experience with Christ that changed the course of his life. He was ordained in 2001 at Seacoast Church. In 2006, with the help of Seacoast Church, the ARC, and Mosaic LA, he planted Mosaic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Naeem has been featured in Relevant magazine, Leadership Journal, and Charlotte magazine.

Ex-Muslim is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the review copy.

Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

Kate's not sure how deep this deception goes--but she'll do whatever it takes to find out.
Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money and can't believe that it came from her sweet elderly neighbor. Or that it has landed her in the middle of another of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and one that strikes too close to home for comfort.

As family secrets come to light, her world--and her budding romance with Tom--begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But then will it be too late for her and Tom?

My review:
   This is only the second book I have read by Sandra Orchard, and I have enjoyed both books. This series is different, as in where most series like this has a different main characters in each book, the whole series has the same main characters. I rather like this way. In your average romantic suspense novel, the couple is either married, or well on their way to being married, by the end of the book. In this series however, the couple that are the main characters are far from being on their way to the altar. That isn't to say I don't like the other books, but it is kind of refreshing to have a series actually play out that part of the story in a slower and more believable fashion.

  I liked the first book a lot, but felt this one was even better. Another plus of keeping with the same main characters, is being able to have more character development. There is also an ongoing mystery that hasn't yet been resolved, yet the book ends in a way that doesn't keep you hanging.

  The suspense and mystery aspects of the book were great and well done, and kept me reading until I finished the book. There were a lot of suspects, and I was kept guessing who was guilty and of what until close to the end of the book. I'd highly recommend this series, but it is one that needs to be read in order. This author is well on her way to being a household name in Christian Suspense.

About the author:

Sandra Orchard is an award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line, and Revell Publishing. A member of ACFW, RWA and The Word Guild (Canada), Sandra loves to encourage other writers in their journey. Although she'd always dreamed of being a writer, she majored in math at university and didn't think she had enough imagination to write fiction. While homeschooling her children, she wrote curriculum and reviews and read...a lot. When her husband, frustrated by the growing book piles, suggested she write her own, little did he know what he'd started! She lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband of more than twenty-five years, and now writes full time...when not doting on their first grandchild. You can learn more about Sandra's books and bonus features at

Blind Trust is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group

Thanks to Revell for the review copy.

Monday, June 2, 2014

100 Tough Questions About God and the Bible by Stephan Miller

Straightforward answers to questions Christians and skeptics alike ask about God and the Bible
Let's be honest--the Bible can be hard to understand. It's full of weird laws, apparent inconsistencies, and tales of a God who often doesn't do what we expect. You may have asked about some of these things and been brushed off or given trite, unconvincing answers.

But serious questions deserve thoughtful responses, especially when opinions of Bible experts clash. Stephen M. Miller pulls insight from a wide range of Bible experts to report their answers to the tough questions. He does so with a touch of humor and no preaching, allowing you to draw your own conclusions.

Questions include:
· Would a loving God really put a good man like Job through horrible suffering just to test his loyalty?
· If God knows everything, why did he test Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his own son?
· How could there be just one God, yet three?
· Since Jesus told people to turn the other cheek, why aren't more Christians pacifists?

My review:
  This isn't the first book by Stephen Miller I have gotten a hold of, and as with the others, am impressed. This is the kind of book that could be boring and a slow read, but the way he presents his facts and writes the book, it is informative, interesting, and easy to read.

  In this book, he takes 100 of the tougher questions people have about God and the Bible, and does a pretty good job of answering them. His answers may not satisfy everyone, but I thought he made sense and came up with some great explanations of some things I have wondered about myself. Is he 100% correct on all of his answers? Maybe and maybe not, but it is obvious he did a lot of study and research and didn't just casually come up with an answer for each question.

  This is not really a book you'd just sit down and read several chapters, but is more of a research book, which most of his books are. It would be a great addition to a church library or personal library, and is one I'd recommend, among many other of his books.

About the author:

Stephen M. Miller is an award-winning, bestselling Christian author who specializes in easy-reading Bible reference books--especially for Bible newcomers. His books have sold over a million copies and include The Complete Guide to the Bible and Who's Who and Where's Where in the Bible. Miller has a news journalism degree from Kent State University and a master's degree in biblical studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He lives in suburban Kansas City, Kansas. Learn more at

100 Tough Questions About God and the Bible is available from Bethany House Publishers, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.

Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Jake Knew Something Was Wrong.
But He Never Guessed
How Wrong.

A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again--but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him.

Kayden's climbing expertise soon leads her and Jake to the realization that the death was no accident. And worse, it seems the killer is onto them. When strange things begin happening in Yancey, Jake is terrified that once again his world may put someone he loves in danger. But the truth is far worse than he could ever imagine.

My review:
   This is only the fourth book by this author, but she has hit it out of the ballpark with each book in this series, and this may be the best one yet. I may risk sounding like a soap opera addict when I say this, but Dani has been setting up a story about her character Jake from book one. A mysterious guy with a past no one knows about, until the last book when his past was revealed.

  I couldn't put this book down once I started it, so I did read through it in one setting. I thought the crime they had set out to investigate was solved rather quickly, and found myself thinking there had to be a twist, and was there ever. I won't give away any spoilers, but just when you think things are solved and going to calm down, the action and suspense only intensifies. This is very likely the best suspense novel I have read this year, or close to it. I have read some really good ones. Dani started off well with her first book, and there was nothing at all lacking in it, but each book in this series seems better than the last one.

  I am not a guy who likes a lot of romance in a book, and this one, as the others in the series, does have a lot, but it is tasteful and blended in with the suspense and action in a way that I found myself even cheering on those parts of the story. And perhaps the romantic elements of the story were more believable since the two main characters had had feelings for each other for some time, whereas in most books it is almost a love at first sight thing.

  I loved the book, and was sad to see it end. It left me wanting more, and I was happy to find out there is one more book in this series coming, and I can't wait until it does. I highly recommend this series to mystery and suspense readers, but they should be read in order.

About the author:

Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the author of the bestselling romantic suspense novels Stranded, Shattered, and Submerged, winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for First Novel and the Colorado Romance Writers 2013 Award of Excellence. She and her husband have two daughters and reside in the D.C. Metro area. She can be found online at

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Silenced is available from Bethany House Publishers, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.

Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig, and win a Kindle HDX

Ronie Kendig will keep you on the edge of your seat in book one of her new series, Quiet Professionals. 

His mission.

His team.

Captain Dean Watters keeps these parts of his life in laser-like focus. So when hackers threaten both his mission and his team, Dean's Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Ten military super-secure computers are missing---which if opened, would give America's enemies a blueprint of US military intelligence. Failing to stop the hackers isn't an option.

Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. She's also a target. Her expertise in quantum cryptology makes her an unwitting pawn in the hackers' deadly game. They're coming for her, and Dean and his team must stop them.

Before the team can get to Zahrah, she disappears. Now Dean must race to rescue her and stop the hackers from unleashing terror on millions across the globe. But to do so, Dean will be forced to crack open the steel box around his heart---a move that might come at the highest cost.

My review:
  Ronie Kendig is still a fairly new author on the Christian market, but has got out several books in the few years she has been writing. She quickly became one of my favorite authors, and I have devoured and enjoyed everything she has written, and she just keeps getting better and better with each book she writes.

  This book, the first in The Quiet Professionals Series, is no exception. It has everything her books have become known for: suspense, realistic action, great and believable characters, great plot and setting.

  Some of the characters in this book were in Ronie's last series, The Military War Dog Series, but I don't think you would have to read the other series before reading this one.

  As with any book Ronie writes, I loved Raptor 6. This was a book that pulled me in and made me feel I was there in Afghanistan watching the action unfold, and there is a lot of action. It is obvious there was a lot of research done on the area of Afghanistan and Muslim customs and beliefs. I have never been in the military, but the descriptions of soldiers, their actions, and maneuvers sure sound real to me, even though it is a fiction novel.

  The book has a strong Christian element, even though the main character doesn't seem to be a Christian. And there is no miraculous come-to-Jesus moment in the book, but yet the he seems to be heading that way.

  There were some torture scenes in the book, but they were not overly graphic or descriptive.

  I came away from the book entertained, and with a greater appreciation for our military. Ronie always has a disclaimer about not wanting to portray them wrong, and she has no worries. She not only writes a great fiction book that is clean and Christian, but does a great service to our military by giving us a small glimpse into what they might be going through as they serve and protect our country.

About the author:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. 

Ronie can be found at and on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Raptor 6 is avaiable from Barbour Publishing.

Thanks to Litfuse and Barbour for the review copy.

Don't miss the first book, Raptor 6, in Ronie Kendig's new Quiet Professionals series. Ronie combines a dangerous romance and explosive action for a thrilling and satisfying ride. "Lock and load for this Spec Op, fighting under God’s 'rules of engagement.'" —Bob Hamer, veteran FBI undercover agent and award-winning author

Ronie is celebrating with a Kindle HDX Giveaway!

One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 15th. Winner will be announced June 16th on Ronie's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Ronie's blog on June 16th to see if you won.


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