Saturday, May 31, 2014

Raptor 6 Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

RAPTOR 6 Ronie Kendig

About the book:

Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig
The Quiet Professionals: Book 1
Shiloh Run Press

 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.

My review:
Ronie Kendig has proven time and again that she is a master of suspense and Raptor 6 is no exception! Fast paced action and swirling intrigue pack a big punch in this new series starring an elite team of black ops soldiers.            

Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary with a calling to teach young Afghan girls. As the daughter of a retired U.S. general, Zahrah has a few secrets of her own as well. Dean Watters is a seasoned Captain who has seen his fair share of hardships and constructed a wall of steel around his heart. The clock starts ticking down when they find themselves involved in an international terror plot to obtain secured military intelligence.

Ronie Kendig really knocked it out of the park this time! The characters are captivating, the story will draw you in instantly and you will not be able to put the book down until you reach the thrilling conclusion. Not to mention an ending that will leave you craving more.

This is my favorite of Kendig’s books so far and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team! I’d recommend this novel to fans of military action and suspense. Also, fun fact about the Quiet Professionals series, all the guys on the covers are actual veterans!

***I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ***

 The Giveaway:
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.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: For Such a Time by Kate Breslin

About the book:

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
Bethany House

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?
My review:

For Such a Time is the debut novel of Kate Breslin and absolutely my favorite book I’ve read so far this year! A retelling of the story of Esther set against the backdrop of WWII and a German concentration camp, Breslin weaves a compelling, heart wrenching tale that had me turning pages late into the night.

Hadassah Benjamin, under the guise of Stella Muller, is rescued from a concentration camp by a high ranking SS official Colonel Aric von Schmidt. Stella soon finds herself working as Schmidt’s personal secretary at another concentration camp with the unique opportunity to save some of her people. Along the way Stella struggles with fear and self doubt while trying to save as many Jews as possible without giving away her deadly secret.

Stella was a very well developed character but it was Aric that really stood out to me. How difficult it must have been to write a hero that readers would love and be invested in when he is serving as a Kommandant in the vile SS. I thought Breslin did this wonderfully though. I really cared about Aric and understood his inner turmoil over his growing reservations and doubts as he came to know Stella and see the Holocaust through her eyes. The romance between Stella and Aric was well written also. This particular love story needed to be handled very carefully and I think the author did just that.

I will definitely be recommending this title and am looking forward to reading more from this author in the future. 

***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ***