Staff Sergeant and Raptor team member Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is an ace at communications, but struggles to control his volatile temper. When his anger flares during an attempt to protect an Afghan woman named Fekiria, he finds himself facing a possible dishonorable discharge.
Fekiria is a woman of many secrets. She is a pilot in the Afghan Air Force and if her family finds out, she is as good as dead. She is definitely feeling the stress of keeping her secret life under wraps.
Hawk and Raptor work tirelessly to track down the terrorists who have infiltrated the American military’s communications system. Meanwhile, Fekiria unwittingly ends up in the middle of the terrorists’ plans. When Hawk and Fekiria find themselves running for their lives and are forced to escape into the mountains of Afghanistan, Hawk will do anything to keep Fekiria and the other women and children traveling with him alive.
Hawk is book two in The Quiet Professionals series. Raptor 6 is book one. This series is truly ongoing from book to book. Each story builds on the one before it as more of the terrorist plot is revealed and Raptor team comes closer to discovering who is out to get them.
Once again, just as in Raptor 6, we see the story through the eyes of both the hero and heroine, but we also get glimpses into the minds of the terrorists. This builds some great tension in the book. Seeing the villains lay out their plans and the Americans unwittingly play into their hands is hard to read about!
One of the things that I really enjoyed in Hawk is the fact that Brian and Fekiria are not Christians. Both do have questions about God, though. Brian was raised with Christian grandparents and he strives to please his grandfather, a man who does his best to guide Brian to God. But Brian has had things happen in his life that make trusting in God difficult. It has just been easier to trust in his own strength. Fekiria was raised in the Muslim faith. She has two Christian influences in her life, but has been antagonistic toward their attempts to teach her about Isa “Jesus”. Honestly, Fekiria was not a character that I liked in Raptor 6. However, I did like her in Hawk. There were many times I didn’t understand her thought processes. But as the book progressed, I really enjoyed watching her growth.
The action in Ronie Kendig’s books is always intense and Hawk is no exception! Expect the unexpected and be prepared for a heart-racing struggle to survive. The attraction between Hawk and Fekiria started off subtle. Neither are looking for a soul mate. But when the romance woven between Hawk and Fekiria took hold, it truly took my breath away. I definitely recommend this action-packed book! And special thanks to the author and publisher for providing this book in return for an honest review. (5 stars)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.
It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia.
Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks nationally, volunteers with writer’s organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and My Book Therapy, and mentors other writers.