Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Review: Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

From the 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 enjoyed reading this fast-paced book which kept me wondering what was going to happen next.  The story is exciting and interesting -- as long as you don't read too closely.  There were several instances where things just didn't make sense, like when Tox kicks a van door closed from the inside -- which isn't possible.  Or when Kasey gets a cup of lukewarm coffee and inhales the steam.  How does lukewarm coffee give off steam?  And I'm not comfortable with the way the author treats artifacts from Biblical history, like Aaron's censer, as if they are talismans and have inherent power in themselves.

Yes, I recommend this book, again, as long as you don't read too carefully and if you don't mind some liberty taken with Biblical history and God's part in it.

I want to thank Bethany House for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

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