STORM RISING by Ronie Kendig, Reviews by Rebecca, Winnie and Kim
When I pick up a Ronie Kendig book, I know I’m going to be in for a wild, action-packed, fantastic ride, and Storm Rising was no exception! With fascinating, multi-layered, engaging characters and settings in diverse areas of the globe, this book drew me in with its nonstop action, precarious situations, and thrilling escapades. One of Kendig’s strengths is creating deep, complex, and well-developed characters, and Leif Metcalfe and Iskra Todorova are examples of her brilliant characterization. They are engaging and competent, intense and sometimes vulnerable, and I couldn’t help hoping for a happy ending for them.
It was a joy to see some familiar characters pop up from previous Ronie Kendig books. Their various personalities and strengths added to my enjoyment of the tale, and I loved the witty banter I can always expect between them. The action in this book is intense, and I often wondered how the author was going to get the team out of their predicament, but she always managed to do it in creative, imaginative ways.
If you enjoy mind-blowing action and suspense with lots of intrigue and spots of romance thrown in, this is the book for you. I’m excited to see what she has in store for the other books in this series.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Ronie Kendig has an amazing ability to make you feel the gamut of emotions whenever you read one of her stories! You know, at a minimum, you’re in for an absolutely creative, intense, action packed, unputdownable read! You will also get to meet characters that have incredible camaraderie, with absolutely perfect banter, that will have you laughing out loud!
I loved so many characters in this story, but I’ll just talk about my favorites or else this review will be way too long! Leif and Iskra - I love the complexity and the off the charts chemistry of their relationship! I can’t wait to read more about them, especially Leif and what happened to him in the past! Mercy, who I think is my all time favorite female character ever, makes me laugh pretty much every time she opens her mouth- except for that one statement she makes that basically wrecked me - again! (Can’t say it here- spoilers!) And then there is Lawe and Devine, another pair with some great chemistry! They really need a story of their own. I want to know all of their history together!! And, finally, Baddar, again, I think he needs a book of his own! What an intriguing character! I really want to know more about him and his past! And, I think he may match up beautifully with Mercy. And now, I kind of feel disloyal.
Another thing I loved about this story is the creativeness of the storyline. Ronie Kendig takes cloud seeding, which is the process of combining different types of chemical agents with existing clouds to increase the chance of rainfall or snow- and the unknown Book of the Wars - briefly mentioned in Numbers 21- and turns them into an amazingly creative story- one you won’t soon forget and one that will make you be begging for book 2, Kings Falling, which comes out in April of 2020!
Ronie is a master at her craft. If you haven’t read one of her stories, you should! They are not to be missed!! I LOVED everything about this story! It is my favorite read of 2019 so far, and I’m sure it’ll be in my top 1 or 2 reads of the year. And the only reason I’m saying it might not be number 1 is because Ronie Kendig has another book coming out in December, Brand of Light!!! This story is in a class by itself!
*I was provided a copy this book, but I also bought one! This released on July 2nd!
"She has picked you -whether for trust or target, we don't know. Until we do, stick close and see if you can turn her."
There's a lot he doesn't know . . . . when Special Warfare Operator Leif "Runt" Metcalfe unexpectedly meets his match, in the form of a highly trained Bulgarian operative. At the end of a tunnel; she bests him by hang gliding off a cliff, deftly absconding with an historic scroll; the famed Book of Wars. Simply put, Iskra "Viorica" Tonorova is known worldwide as an assassin. . . . . and yet, she just took (without mortally wounding him) something that Lief wants; not wants exactly, but has been commanded to retrieve. And in order to accomplish that mission, Lief's intentions have become inextricably tangled with hers. He can be just as determined as she is, he just never expected to care.
"There. . . . . . There was the thing that wouldn't let him walk away when common sense said it was the smartest thing to do. Sometimes smart wasn't right. It was thinking with the head, not with the heart."
Filled to the brim with accelerated scene sequences, high octane military engagements, enemies with surreal weaponry and indescribable brutality, "Storm Rising" rushes to thwart the beginning of the end of all nations, as its characters set an elaborate stage with an impressive cast of heroes.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Mentioned in the pages of the Septuagint but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets--and dangers--never before seen on earth.
Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is finally given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as "Viorica" snatches the volume right out from under them.
Iskra "Viorica" Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most--freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives--entire nations. Though both are haunted by secrets of the past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in two-
thousand-year-old words could unleash the storm of their own destruction.
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