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Review: Conspiracy of Silence

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Review: Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Publisher: Bethany House Publishing
Publication Date: December 1, 2016

Ronie Kendig’s “Rapid Fire Fiction” holds true in book one of the Tox Files! The story is so true to life that it’s frightening to consider. A secret society bent on disproving the foundations of Judaism in order to destroy Israel? Way too believable.

Cole “Tox” Russell was declared dead nearly four years ago. They had a funeral. Most everyone at the funeral wept for his loss. In reality, he was basically exiled from the United States and forbidden to return. Then, he is lured back when he is informed that his niece, daughter of the US President (his brother, Galen Russell), has been kidnapped. Evie is one of the people Tox would lay his life down for, but when he discovers that the information was a lie to bring him out of hiding, he breaks into the White House – yes, that White House – to confront his brother. He gets one good punch in before he is captured and given the real reason they called him in.

Kasey Cortes fell in love with Cole Russell as a 12-year-old girl when he was dating her older sister, Brooke. When Brooke dumped him and married his brother, Galen, she never forgave her sister for her duplicity. She has spent the last four years trying to prove his innocence in the charges that ultimately sent him to federal prison, and finally to his death. She is stunned to learn that he’s alive, and thrilled to be the deception expert on his team for the new op. A new Black Death is sweeping the world, and it’s tied to an archaeology dig that Tzivia Khalon is in charge of.

This book has so many threads in it that you’ll wonder how in the world Ms. Kendig will ever be able to tie all of them up by the end. Tox Russell is almost an indestructible Ironman. He nearly dies so often that I can’t believe he was still on his feet at the end – barely, but still standing. His team is scary good and I especially loved Chiji and his kali sticks. Ram Khalon, Tzivia’s brother, is former Mossad, and a key member of the team. I’m not sure if there was a series before this that all of these people were together in, or not, but Tox’s team is pulled together because they used to work black ops before Cole was imprisoned, and he asks for their help.

I’ve read Ms. Kendig’s books before, most notably her Operation Zulu Redemption series and her Discarded Heroes series, so I kind of knew what to expect from her. Fast pace – and by fast paced, I mean, screaming fast – plausible events, accurate history, all play a part to draw readers into her world. Tox’s world screams from the US to Israel to India to Saudi Arabia, and everywhere he goes, mortal danger follows.

Suspense readers will love this first book in the Tox Files. I highly recommend Conspiracy of Silence, or really, any book written by Ronie Kendig for anyone who feels the need to get their heart pumping. Her books pull you in and put, in many cases, real terror into your mind because, sometimes, they’re almost TOO realistic!

Rated PG-13: Lots of mayhem and some pretty grisly death as Tox and his team race around the world.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!


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