Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence
I’ve read every book in The Quiet Professionals. My thoughts:
What I liked:
The setting. It’s not often you read about military men doing “modern” day operations. Ronie Kendig always does a fabulous job of just pulling you into that arena and keeping you there. I feel like she really does her research in terms of learning the Middle East, and their customs, and what military operations must be like.
The story. This series has had individual stories, but it has also had a one big story that encompassed all the novels as well. It was almost like a chessboard the way she would move one character, take one back. I will say that I was extremely surprised when I discovered who the mole was as they had been in all the novels and I had mistakenly found them to be trustworthy.
The team. Raptor Six was a team that I could believe in, even from the start when they were first mentioned in the series A Breed Apart. No matter what happened, no matter if they got irritated with each other, they could always count on each other and in turn, I could count on them.
Spiritually, in the book, characters pray and mention God, but it’s fairly light on spiritual things.
What I didn’t like:
Too much action. I got lost. I started skimming. This works well in a movie, but I think it must be tempered a bit in a book.
Cassie. The main heroine was supposed to be this tough spy, but this girl didn’t seem to know what was going on and she was making all these decisions based on her feelings. I didn’t trust her, and Raptor 6 didn’t either.
The romance. Honestly, I love military structure, but it’s usually the romance in a book that will sell me and I wasn’t sold. Cassie and Sal have a back story, which is unusual and fascinating, but they spent 90% of the book fighting and arguing and not communicating. Like, I kid you not, it was approximately at the 90% mark that they finally reached an understanding. And so as a reader, I was a bit disappointed. Arguments does not a relationship make.
Romantic scale: 6
Overall, it was a solid conclusion to the series. It wasn’t my favorite, but Ronie Kendig is a fantastic author and so this novel is still worth checking out.
**I received a copy from Netgalley. My opinion is not affected in anyway.**