Monday, June 2, 2014

Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig

book review of Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig (Barbour Books) by papertapepins

Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the US military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.

This high stakes thriller is the beginning of a new series by Ronie Kendig and it promises to be amazing. Raptor 6 is the code name of the captain of a Special Forces squad stationed in Afghanistan  He's dedicated to his job, his men and his country. In fact, that has become his whole focus in life and he's fine with that. His family has been messed up for generations and he wants no part in passing that on, not to mention the fact that his line of work is not conducive to family life, so he's completely written that off. It's made him single minded and focused and he's very good at what he does. 

Zarrah is an American whose Afghan mother always struggled with the cultural and language changes that came with following her husband to the US. Zarrah has come to her mother's homeland to help educate girls, to help give them hope and a future. She believes God has called her there, hasn't told her to leave yet and she's not giving up and going home just because a handsome soldier tells her she should. He says her life is in danger but he won't specify why. Zarrah also feels there's another purpose to her being in Afganistan and won't leave until she finds out what that is. 

I enjoyed the look into life in Afghanistan, both from Zarrah's viewpoint and from the standpoint of the Special Forces stationed there. It's definitely a different setting for a book than I usually read. It was exciting and thought provoking. There's a strong message about surrendering all to God that's expertly woven into the story that's I appreciated as well.

I received this book from Litfuse and Barbour Books for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

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Ronie Kendig
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. Ronie can be found at, on Facebook (, Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (

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