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Hawk (The Quiet Professionals) Paperback – November 1, 2014
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Brian Bledsoe or “Hawk” has an intelligent mind, but he downplays that whenever he can. His father was very smart and never let anyone forget it. His father thought himself above the law, but found out how untrue that really was when he was arrested and sent to prison when Brian was fifteen. That troubled relationship with his father has colored his life and his choices. Now, as he faces disciplinary action, he wonders why he is even in Afghanistan or what his purpose is. He is drawn to Fekiria Haidary, a Muslim woman who has voiced her hatred of American soldiers. They are thrown together in a bid for survival and he learns much more about this brave woman. She also learns that not all Americans are to be hated. They both come to a point in their desperate struggle to live another day when they must choose in whom to put their faith.
There are other tangents in this story as well that I can’t wait to read about in future books. Sal or “Falcon” has had a chip on his shoulder for the last ten months, but he won’t tell anyone what is bugging him. His story is the focus of the next book in the series, Falcon, due to be released in the spring of 2015. Mitch “Harrier” has a significant change in his life that I hope to read more about in future books. There also might or might not be a romance blooming between “Titanis” and Brie Hastings. There are so many interesting stories to read from this very gifted author. I really like the military genre of the story, getting just a small dose of what being a Special Forces member is like as well as the way faith is brought into the plot as to seem realistic and not preachy. This would make a great Christmas gift, but I would start with the first book in the series, Raptor 6.
Ronie Kendig is the only author that can write a military thriller that I know I will love. Others are hit and miss, but I know anything Kendig writes is good. "Hawk" is no exception. Hawk picks up right after Raptor 6, so reading the first book is needed. Brian Bledsoe and Raptor 6 are facing internal sabotage as they patrol in Afghanistan. In addition to fighting corrupt intel, Bledsoe is fighting his past and himself. Kendig does a wonderful job showing the growth of Bledsoe over the book. She also weaves Fekira's story and again, her story is interesting and new. The romance was very believable and wasn't overdone. My only complaint is that Harrier's story felt out of place. I understand that Kendig was wanting to show real life scenarios facing our soldiers, but his chapters interrupted the flow of the book. I was very confused, at first, as to who he was. And once I figured that out I just did not understand what it added to the plot. However, this is another wonderful story by Kendig. I highly recommend for anyone who likes military and suspense. I will add this to my collection and will be eagerly awaiting Falcon.
This book focused on Brian/Hawk, his love interest, and one of his other buddies. (Each book in this series seems to focus on one main guy and one side-guy of the six team members. The side story deals with some aspect of home life for soldiers.)
The story was very good in showing what our soldiers and ANA soldiers deal with. I much preferred dealing with a snowstorm to the torture scenes of the previous book.
I always appreciate the "real life-ness" of Kendig's stories. In this book, it mentions them dealing with only getting two hots and a cot (breakfast was cut to a grab your own of granola bars and such items). That's accurate. My brother (US army) dealt with that. It was hurting his energy levels, so we sent him packs of food.
All together, thoroughly enjoyed the story. Look forward to more!