Sunday, January 4, 2015

Review: Hawk (Quiet Professionals, #2) by Ronie Kendig

(Quiet Professionals, #2)
by Ronie Kendig
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.51
Published by: Shiloh Run Press
Published on: November 1, 2014
Pages: 358

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

The Characters: After reading the first in the series, Hawk was a character that I wanted to know more about. This book provided those answers. I thought that Kendig did a good job of bringing him to life. He was a surprisingly good character and I enjoyed watching him throughout the novel. I did not feel as connected to him as I would have liked. I don't know there was just something holding me back, but all in all I did like him.

Fekiria was a character I actually really liked. She was a strong character trying to make her way in a male-dominated society. Often, her choices left me frustrated, but I enjoyed reading about her. I thought that she could have been more developed, but I liked watching her.

The characters in the novel were well-crafted. There are just a lot of them and sometimes I found myself getting bogged down in all the converging storylines. However, I did enjoy the characters. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I liked Fekiria's story a lot. I think that was what knocked this novel up to a 4 for me. However, having said that, there were so many different storylines that I found myself wondering why there were so many. I felt bogged down at times and certain chapters I just didn't want to read.

However, on the most part I really enjoyed the novel, hence the four stars. It was a complex read, but I'm really intrigued by the world Kendig has created. It's one that I've found myself getting pulled into.

I recommend it to fans of war/army stories. 

So why 4 stars? Despite the flaws, it stood out and I want to read the next in the series. 

Can I read the series out of order? For the most part this one could be read as a stand-alone novel.

Warnings/Side-notes: None really. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing read that has me wondering what on earth is going to happen next. I have a few ideas, naturally, but I can't wait to figure out if I'm right or not. An interesting series that I'll be keeping tabs on. 


Danica Page

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