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Falcon: (The Quiet Professionals) Paperback – May 1, 2015
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Falcon is the story of Raptor 6 team member, Warrant Officer Sal Russo (call sign Falcon). Chasing a traitor among their ranks, Raptor 6 has suffered one too many betrayals in recent months, but the greatest of which is yet to come when they lose someone. All of this collides with Sal’s personal past when, for the greater good of the mission, he learns Raptor has to work with Cassandra Walker, the woman he once loved… and the person who he blames for the death of his fiancé.
There’s always a sense of bittersweet feelings that accompany the end of a series that a reader has found – in some varying form, epic. This is certainly true of Falcon. Though many things only add to the heroics of this novel, the hero is certainly the primary hero of the story. Ronie’s leading men are a force to be reckoned with. Not only are they wonderfully (read: they’re HUMAN!) flawed, they never back down from a fight or shirk their moral responsibilities. But above all, they put their lives at risk every single time without question. Unequivocally, that trait never falters. Because of this, the whole fictional thing doesn’t hold up; these men are real heroes.
What I loved so much about this novel (aside from Falcon, of course) is the conflict. This is one of the most emotionally interesting books I’ve read in a long time. The connection Falcon has with Cassie is tenuous at best, and their past is riddled with mistakes. Their scenes together are tension fueled though not without poignant moments as they respectively remember things left unsaid. The way Cassie loves Falcon is also lovely and the “twist” of the story took me by surprise.
Fans of Kendig’s earlier books will be missing out if they skip over Falcon. A 2016 INSPYs shortlist novel, this one is not to be missed. It’s a cutting-edge thriller full of heart, which not all novels in this genre can pull off. This takes skill and talent, and yet, with grace, Falcon pulls off this and then some together.
Ronnie has done it again. I am a huge fan of this author and fully recommend all of her books. She has gone above and beyond with the Quiet Professionals series. I generally hate reviews that just say "This is an awesome book!" and leave it at that. I try to give more than that in my reviews. So here you go.
The second book in this trilogy, Hawk ended in a serious cliff hanger. Thankfully, I held off reading it until Falcon was released. I would have been pulling my hair out! Rather than starting Falcon after resolutions were miraculously solved, Kendig plunges you into the fray right at the start. This book starts with a bang and never lets up. There are several characters focused on and a lot of loose ends to tie. Somehow she does it without making the reader feel overwhelmed or lost in confusion.
Several times I wanted to chuck the book across the room. I was that invested and involved. That's a sign of a great book as far as I am concerned. I wish I could give you more details, but I am afraid a lot of them would be spoilers. I will tell you this, Raptor Team has a lot being thrown at them and they fight back, hard. The battle that ensues has you gasping and on the edge of your seat. Chapter after chapter they are fighting for their lives, the enemy seemingly several steps ahead of them. Kendig keeps you guessing and throws a few punches of her own. This is a gripping and compelling book. Anything else I say will spoil the plot or be more gushing. I hope you decide to read it!
*I received a free copy of this book. However I am under no obligation to read or review. I do so of my own free will. My words are honest and my own*
Warrant Officer Salvatore “Falcon” Russo has a difficult job ahead and he’s got to keep his head in the game. If it wasn’t for the aggravating presence of one Cassandra Walker his job would be so much easier.
Cassandra Walker was there, in Afghanistan, to work. Her under cover op was wearing on her. Truth is, she asked for this assignment so she could be close to him. Falcon. And he despises her. How is she supposed to fix things with everything falling apart? What if he finds out her secret?
Raptor’s got someone trying to kill them off. All are targets for this unseen enemy and no where is safe, not the nearby town, not the beautiful high rise Takkar towers, not even the base. Who can they trust? There’s a real and present threat, and Raptor isn’t sure who to trust. An insidious threat follows them. No one is safe. No place is safe.
Falcon is a fast paced thrill from the first page through the last. Written by award winning author Ronie Kendig. I am Never disappointed when I open one of her books. Yes, I have them all! She amazes me time and again by creating elements and characters that I want to get to know, I want to keep up with them. I can’t wait for her next book. Well done Ronie Kendig! Thank you!