The Rescue (Ryan Decker #1)
Former CIA operative turned mercenary for hire Ryan Decker’s specialty is rescuing kidnap victims. Hired by an influential US senator to liberate his daughter from a human-trafficking ring, Decker never anticipated sabotage or that the assault could go so disastrously wrong. The hostage is dead. His team is wiped out, and so are their families, including Decker’s own wife and son—eliminated one by one by the Russian mafia. And he’s survived to take the fall.When he’s inexplicably freed soon into a ten-year sentence in federal prison, Decker suspects another setup. And private investigator Harlow Mackenzie knows he’s right. She has evidence that a power greater than the Russian mob was behind the raid that ruined Decker’s life.The next move in a nationwide cat-and-mouse game of high-level sedition is up to them. Fueled by revenge and an obsession to clear his name, Decker has only one mission: to destroy a growing conspiracy before it’s too late.

The Rescue (Ryan Decker #1) Details

TitleThe Rescue (Ryan Decker #1)
Author
ReleaseApr 1st, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery

The Rescue (Ryan Decker #1) Review

  • Nicholas Yount
    January 1, 1970
    Another fantastic book by Steven Konkoly! What I like about all of Konkoly's series is they are all distinctly unique and original. This book centers around the fallout of a rescue operation. That fallout includes Bratva, FBI, a politically motivated paramilitary organization, a private investigation firm, and an elite rescue team. If that's not enough for you throw in some political conspiracies and coverups, plenty of hair-raising gun fights, and plot twists making you say "Woah! What's going Another fantastic book by Steven Konkoly! What I like about all of Konkoly's series is they are all distinctly unique and original. This book centers around the fallout of a rescue operation. That fallout includes Bratva, FBI, a politically motivated paramilitary organization, a private investigation firm, and an elite rescue team. If that's not enough for you throw in some political conspiracies and coverups, plenty of hair-raising gun fights, and plot twists making you say "Woah! What's going on?" until you turn a few more pages and it all ties together. I highly recommend all of Konkoly's series and The Rescue is no different. So if you're new it's a great way to jump into a new series and if you're already a fan you'll love this one!
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  • Charles van Buren
    January 1, 1970
    Charles van BurenTOP 1000 REVIEWER5.0 out of 5 starsA suspense filled rollercoaster of a bookMarch 3, 2019Format: Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseReviewer Sam Vines, writing an Amazon review, has pointed out something which I had vaguely noticed but to which I hadn't given much thought:"The Rescue is the only First Read option out of six this month that is not either an introspective emotional journey of trauma and drama or the saga of an underdog’s empowerment (henceforth “angst-based drivel” o Charles van BurenTOP 1000 REVIEWER5.0 out of 5 starsA suspense filled rollercoaster of a bookMarch 3, 2019Format: Kindle Edition Verified PurchaseReviewer Sam Vines, writing an Amazon review, has pointed out something which I had vaguely noticed but to which I hadn't given much thought:"The Rescue is the only First Read option out of six this month that is not either an introspective emotional journey of trauma and drama or the saga of an underdog’s empowerment (henceforth “angst-based drivel” or ABD). For that, it earns 5-stars from me, plus it’s a decent story. Many months, First Read doesn’t even offer one non-ABD option."He hit that nail squarely on the head. It has been about a year since I have read a Kindle First book. I do not read romance (OK, A.E.W. Mason and similar authors can be considered romance); self help except a very occasional book by a reliable, biblically based writer; teen or any other kind of angst, books about or by people who don't believe in biology, saccharin sweet mush or Mr. Vime's aptly labeled ABD.The Rescue is none of those things. It may not be great literature but it is a heck of a thriller crime novel filled with unexpected twists and turns. It features bad guys who are really bad. Most readers won't waste time or sympathy worrying about their deserved fates. The good guys and gals are bright, competent, tough and suitably heroic. There is a satisfying ending which leaves room for a sequel. For me, there were small questions and details which could have used a little more explanation, but just a very few. Grab this rollercoaster and hang on for the ride.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast-paced story with plenty of action and emotion. I enjoy Jack-Ryan movies, so I attempted to read a Lee Child- Jack Ryan book once. I put it down within the first chapter or so because it was laced with so much profanity. This was a good, Ryan-style story, and although it was not profanity-free, it was very sparse. I appreciated the fact that the author felt he could write this type of story without feeling compelled to fill it with profanity and sex. It was very well done, not per This was a fast-paced story with plenty of action and emotion. I enjoy Jack-Ryan movies, so I attempted to read a Lee Child- Jack Ryan book once. I put it down within the first chapter or so because it was laced with so much profanity. This was a good, Ryan-style story, and although it was not profanity-free, it was very sparse. I appreciated the fact that the author felt he could write this type of story without feeling compelled to fill it with profanity and sex. It was very well done, not perfect, but a very good story. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
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  • Book Woman 📚
    January 1, 1970
    I have read a number of books by Konkoly and always enjoyed each one. This book begins a new series and I’m looking forward to reading each future one as well. Good plot, great character development and fast action make a great read!
  • Richard Lang
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, it's not dystopian!I like Konkoly's writing - there are always guns, violence, former military/agency types, and hard characters who don't stop. I was delighted to see this new hero, Ryan Decker, and the possible path it reveals. Head of the World Rescue Group, just as his team is about to launch a rescue things go to help in a hurry. Two years later and it turns out he went to prison, surviving eight attempts in his life, having his wife and son murdered and seeing all his colleagues a Finally, it's not dystopian!I like Konkoly's writing - there are always guns, violence, former military/agency types, and hard characters who don't stop. I was delighted to see this new hero, Ryan Decker, and the possible path it reveals. Head of the World Rescue Group, just as his team is about to launch a rescue things go to help in a hurry. Two years later and it turns out he went to prison, surviving eight attempts in his life, having his wife and son murdered and seeing all his colleagues and their families killed as well.Suddenly, unexpectedly, he is out of prison and back on the streets, narrowly surviving another attempt on his life, thanks to a woman who he had rescued from traffickers ten years prior. She and others rescued have formed a force in LA to take care of those ensnared. She has the makings of a very smart, badass partner/love interest in future books.Reading through.later after layer of organizations, Decker takes down the white collar criminals who've managed to corrupt a senator and betray another. There are clearly more stories for Konkoly to tell about Decker and company.I'm very much looking forward to them. Oh, as for four stars instead of five, two things - a hanging thread about the villain , and the character isn't dramatically different from Konkoly's previous heroes. If I hadn't read his other work, i'd have given it five!
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  • Darcia Helle
    January 1, 1970
    The Rescue has been getting a ton of early praise. Unfortunately, I won't be joining that party train, so feel free to boo me if you must.This book and I were simply a bad match. All the things I love in a book just aren't here.The biggest problem for me revolves around the absence of character development. For me to invest in a story, I have to care about, or at least get to know, the characters. That doesn't happen. Instead, we have a ton of narrating characters, some who matter a lot more tha The Rescue has been getting a ton of early praise. Unfortunately, I won't be joining that party train, so feel free to boo me if you must.This book and I were simply a bad match. All the things I love in a book just aren't here.The biggest problem for me revolves around the absence of character development. For me to invest in a story, I have to care about, or at least get to know, the characters. That doesn't happen. Instead, we have a ton of narrating characters, some who matter a lot more than others, and we don't learn much about any of them, aside from how well they shoot.The entire book is plot-driven, relying on a lot of action, all the time. And this brings me back to the lack of character development. I didn't feel any balance between the characters as people and the constant action propelling things forward.And, finally, the action was over-the-top superhero kind of stuff.This book is being compared to Lee Child's Jack Reacher Series. It is absolutely not comparable. Jack Reacher's character is, from the start, complex and well developed. Readers fell in love with Jack Reacher first, and the plots second. Those books have balance. This one does not. The Rescue relies on action only, which is fine if that's your thing. It's just not mine.
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  • Mrs LIR Linda
    January 1, 1970
    The author is one of my favorite Apocalyptic writers and I have enjoyed several of his novels and think that his preparation advice given indirectly through the stories is really good. This thriller surprised me because the story had nothing to do with the world as we know it coming to an end. From the first flash back chapter of a hostage rescue that goes totally wrong, with consequences to the hostage, the parents, the various villains and the rescue team. In fact the rescue team members' fami The author is one of my favorite Apocalyptic writers and I have enjoyed several of his novels and think that his preparation advice given indirectly through the stories is really good. This thriller surprised me because the story had nothing to do with the world as we know it coming to an end. From the first flash back chapter of a hostage rescue that goes totally wrong, with consequences to the hostage, the parents, the various villains and the rescue team. In fact the rescue team members' families are destroyed too. Then the story proceeds to how the Rescue leader Ryan suspiciously emerges from prison.Next is a fast pacing tale of hide and seek for the truth and Ryan gets help from a private investigator Harlow. The story has a lot of twists and turns and the quest that Ryan and Harlow are on develops logically but with some surprising turns. I enjoyed the book, and think that the author Mr. Konkoly has written in a new style very well.
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  • Chessy The Cat
    January 1, 1970
    Ryan Decker, a former CIA operative turned mercenary, is framed in a hostage rescue gone bad. Most of his team were either killed during the op or murdered shortly thereafter along with their families. After serving only part of his sentence Decker is mysteriously freed. With the help of private investigator, Harlow Mackenzie, he goes on a quest to find the truth.Konkoly’s first novel in the Ryan Decker series, The Rescue, pulls out all the stops in this high-speed thrill ride. The character dev Ryan Decker, a former CIA operative turned mercenary, is framed in a hostage rescue gone bad. Most of his team were either killed during the op or murdered shortly thereafter along with their families. After serving only part of his sentence Decker is mysteriously freed. With the help of private investigator, Harlow Mackenzie, he goes on a quest to find the truth.Konkoly’s first novel in the Ryan Decker series, The Rescue, pulls out all the stops in this high-speed thrill ride. The character development is some of the best I’ve read. The story is so compelling that you cannot put it away. The hairpin twists will have you going “What!?!?”Seems like everyone wants Decker dead. But, why? There are many layers to this story. Peeling back each one to reach the core is more exciting than a theme park ride.5 out of 5 stars.
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  • Chloe Cuthbert
    January 1, 1970
    The Rescue is a solid 10/10I've been a reader of Steven Konkoly's books for quite some time. His novels typically cater to those of us who enjoy post apocalyptic thrillers, and either grew up in the military or served. And they are fantastic, but understandably, not for everyone.All of that changed with The Rescue. This is the first novel of his that I can honestly say, will appeal to the mainstream. It encompasses thrillers, government agencies, and whirlwind action, while giving those of us wh The Rescue is a solid 10/10I've been a reader of Steven Konkoly's books for quite some time. His novels typically cater to those of us who enjoy post apocalyptic thrillers, and either grew up in the military or served. And they are fantastic, but understandably, not for everyone.All of that changed with The Rescue. This is the first novel of his that I can honestly say, will appeal to the mainstream. It encompasses thrillers, government agencies, and whirlwind action, while giving those of us who love the weapons talk some of what we want as well. There's even a bit of romance. If you're a fan of Brad Thor, or really any great thriller, give this book a shot. You'll be happy you did.
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  • Lisa Omstead
    January 1, 1970
    This mesmerizing, twisty-turny story was an absolute joy to read. The author has used his considerable (and specialized) military knowledge to build a masterfully layered plot with tortured hero Ryan Decker front and center. There is a plethora of wrong-doings Decker's character is compelled to make right. This thrilling first book in the author's new action-driven series tackles issues including the child sex-trade industry in the United States. Honestly, it kept me turning the pages until the This mesmerizing, twisty-turny story was an absolute joy to read. The author has used his considerable (and specialized) military knowledge to build a masterfully layered plot with tortured hero Ryan Decker front and center. There is a plethora of wrong-doings Decker's character is compelled to make right. This thrilling first book in the author's new action-driven series tackles issues including the child sex-trade industry in the United States. Honestly, it kept me turning the pages until the very end.
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  • Brian Sutherland
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read the synopsis of The Rescue, honestly I wasn't really interested in it. Not sure why, it just didn't appeal to me. Since I have read and enjoyed all of Steven Konkoly's other books, I decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. The Rescue starts fast and rarely slows down. I don't like reading or sharing spoilers in reviews, so all I'm going to say is you need to read this. You will enjoy getting to know Ryan Decker as he takes on a tough foe with almost endless resources. Than When I first read the synopsis of The Rescue, honestly I wasn't really interested in it. Not sure why, it just didn't appeal to me. Since I have read and enjoyed all of Steven Konkoly's other books, I decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did. The Rescue starts fast and rarely slows down. I don't like reading or sharing spoilers in reviews, so all I'm going to say is you need to read this. You will enjoy getting to know Ryan Decker as he takes on a tough foe with almost endless resources. Thankfully for Ryan, he has a nice team of his own.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    A StemwinderAn excellent novel wit which to introduce Ryan Decker. The story line developed rapidly and went from tense to intense very quickly. This is one of those twist and turn novels that has the reader thinking they have the plot figured out just before the direction changes and leaves you trying to reorient the facts you thought you had all figured out. Looking forward to Book 2.
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  • Gary Webster
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it!The beginning was a little rough for me, I think he’s a good writer, but for whatever reason the initial start was kind of choppy. Once it got going it was a pretty good read. I am a fan of these kinds of books so I am less critical. The story line is good, it’s familiar, and everybody has plenty of money so the playing field is level. So if you’re ok with those parameters, then dive in!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really good book. The only issue I have is calling it a “Ryan Decker” book. It was much more of an ensemble - well, at least until Part 4 which was a noticeable shift. I’d have liked Mackenzie’s perspective again but I understand why he didn’t go that route. I hope subsequent books in the series go back to shifting between characters like in the beginning of this one. They are all so interesting and well written.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    About six years ago, I read The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly. I've subsequently read several more Konkoly titles and appreciated the suspense, pacing, and relatable characters. The same was true of Konkoly's book, "The Rescue." Decker reminded me of Jason Bourne... from the moment Decker was (surprisingly) released from prison, the reader takes a fascinating and suspenseful journey with lots of twists and turns. Highly recommend The Rescue to suspense / action fans.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    Fun read. I read a lot of non-fiction, so now and then I like to pick up a book like this and relax with it. Good story. I got a little fuzzy with who was who, who were the bad guys, or maybe the worst guys, but that could be age related memory issues. I very much appreciated that there were no gratuitous bedroom scenes and very little profanity. A good writer doesn’t need that nonsense if the story line holds his readers’ interest.
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  • Tim Wolf
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost I am a huge Steven Konkoly fan. Everything he writes is golden. "The Rescue" did not disappoint. If your a fan of action/thriller this is the book to read. I could totally see this book turning into a series. I'd love to see it as a movie or mini series. My review of the book puts in right up there with Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books and character.
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  • D. E.
    January 1, 1970
    An SK. International Thriller/Kidnapping/Framed/Prison/Escape/RevengeSK. has. penned a private special operAtions group that works to rescue people in trouble, especially women taken and placed in bondage. The assignment was a success, but the bad guys of government set a trap for the rescue team....This is an excellent read for the genre....DEHS
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  • Helen Heavey
    January 1, 1970
    Tiresome descriptionsThis book had hardly any storyline. The overdone description of all the weaponry was boring. That the Dexter story was compared to Lee Childs is laughable. How this author sold so many books is amazing. This book read as if was a first draft screenplay for optioning into a movie.
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  • Lee Reed
    January 1, 1970
    When you find an author you like, you question when they go in a different direction than what initially 'hooked' you. That is NOT the case with Steven. (I do not do book recaps) This book contains the exact attention to detail that we have all come to expect from Steven. And you WILL leave it wanting to read the next one...
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  • Thia
    January 1, 1970
    Almost a five...Very good, but not quite excellent, can’t rate it at 4.5, so I gave it a 4. Some of the action and events just wasn’t believable. Like the underground complex in Texas.... not that it wasn’t there, but can’t believe anybody with that much money to do it, would do it...
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  • Jan McCullough
    January 1, 1970
    A timely thriller. This book has a timely plot, great characters, and heart-stopping action. It was very difficult to put down, since every word seemed very important. The premise is thought provoking, and is unfortunately believable, although I hope nothing like this plot can happen. (No spoiler alert here.)
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Another great read from Steve, really entertains and keeps your attention. Great characters, great plot, with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. Fairly realistic equipment, tactics and weapons. The good guys are pretty lucky as well, but you are rooting for them the whole time so why not. Cannot wait for the next installment.
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  • Emilie Vangilder
    January 1, 1970
    A quality edge of your seat thriller with great characters and truly evil villains, stereotypes that work in this well written and gripping story. Read in 2 sittings and enjoyed far more than I expected. This was my kindle first freebie for March and I was pleasantly surprised. Will definitely read other titles by this author.
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  • M
    January 1, 1970
    What a ride!Great, fast moving story with lots of action. Twists and political connections that don't seem to far off in today's world. Appreciate how the author kept it clean, language was minimal and fit the scene. I look forward to a long Decker series and can't wait to read the prequel series (hint, hint Mr. Konkoly). More Decker please!
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  • Catherine Sposato
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed the bookFirst time reading this author, and I enjoyed the novel. Although there was quite a bit of action, it did not overwhelm the interaction between the characters. The motivations were adequately explained, and I liked the two protagonists. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Michelle Hull
    January 1, 1970
    Edge of the seat thrillerNot what I was expecting, other than great writing. The story is tight, the characters are well written. The plot is just a bit on the conspiracy theory side, but still believable. If you love thrillers involving politicians, big industry, and underdogs, you will love this story.
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  • katherine l. zeigler
    January 1, 1970
    Another good one from Steven KonkolyI really enjoy Steven Konkoly's writing.His characters are solid and well developed through his excellent use of dialog. For whatever reason, I had a little trouble getting into this story early on but once I did, I could not put it down. Great plot, fast moving and a perfect set-up for more to come up in this series.
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  • Mary Rowe
    January 1, 1970
    The majority of this tale is straight testosterone-laden (and in some spots, estrogen-laden) shoot-em-up actioner, distinct and discrete characters but no Pulitzer prize for literature. The last chapter - epilogue - was entirely different and actually moved me to tears, so it gets a four-star from me, up from my usual three.
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  • Debra H. Wruble
    January 1, 1970
    IntenseGreat story about a private investigator who is working with a group whose mission is protecting exploited kids. They have to fight against crooked politicians and fight for their lives. Well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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