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)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 1st, 2019
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery

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The Rescue (Ryan Decker #1) Review

  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    The hero, (Decker) is as much a pursued and not remindful of Mitch Rapp as some claim. Always being the victim does not make for an interesting, exciting story. 3 of 10 stars
  • Kathi Defranc
    January 1, 1970
    Exciting Hostage Rescue Gone Wrong Finds High Placed People At FaultI thoroughly enjoyed this first in a series by author Steven Konkoly! I used to read his books several years ago, before his apoplectic period, and this story brings me right back into the fold! Ryan Decker is an honest, work for the right reason ex-CIA Operator , when trying to save a senator's daughter his whole team is killed! Decker is blamed for this and is put in jail, with a stern outlook due to the Senator's belief that Exciting Hostage Rescue Gone Wrong Finds High Placed People At FaultI thoroughly enjoyed this first in a series by author Steven Konkoly! I used to read his books several years ago, before his apoplectic period, and this story brings me right back into the fold! Ryan Decker is an honest, work for the right reason ex-CIA Operator , when trying to save a senator's daughter his whole team is killed! Decker is blamed for this and is put in jail, with a stern outlook due to the Senator's belief that he is the reason her daughter is dead. During a quick turn of events, someone gets Decker released from prison, many attempts are taken on his life immediately, and the mission to finally find out What happened at that blast years ago begins!! An awesome read for those who enjoy political conspiracies, betrayals by 'friends', and finally some comeuppance for those who Really deserve it.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book by Steven Konkoly that I have read. It is formulaic. You have a hero and conspiracy that involves several groups. David vs Goliath. Good vs Evil. Who will win? You know who will win in the end. It is just a matter of how we get there. The story is not very realistic but it is entertaining. It would make a good made for TV movie. Think the A-Team.Ryan Decker is a former CIA operative turned mercenary. He is the head of World Rescue Group whose specialty is rescuing kidnappe This is the first book by Steven Konkoly that I have read. It is formulaic. You have a hero and conspiracy that involves several groups. David vs Goliath. Good vs Evil. Who will win? You know who will win in the end. It is just a matter of how we get there. The story is not very realistic but it is entertaining. It would make a good made for TV movie. Think the A-Team.Ryan Decker is a former CIA operative turned mercenary. He is the head of World Rescue Group whose specialty is rescuing kidnapped victims. He and his team have been hired by a US senator to rescue her daughter from a human-trafficking ring. The Russians of course. The story opens with Decker and his team about to rescue Meghan Steele and the other victims when things go horribly wrong. The hostages are killed, Decker's team is wiped out, the families of World Rescue Group; including Decker's wife and son; are killed.Fast forward. Decker is now in prison. He is the scapegoat serving a ten year sentence in a federal prison. He believes he is about to testify but instead he finds himself mysteriously released from prison. There have been several failed attempts to kill him in prison and he believes since "they" couldn't get to him behind prison walls this is another setup. He is right. Sort of. There is an attempt to kill him but it isn't the Russians. He is saved with the help of Harlow Mackenzie who heads up her own group that rescue women kidnapped for the sex trade. Harlow and her team are something else. They can outwit and make fools of everyone. The FBI, mercenaries, and anyone else who tries to stop them.It took some time to get into this story. At first it was just too much. Too unbelievable. I am glad I stayed with it. It was an entertaining story. Just don't take it seriously. Sometimes it is just nice to read a story where good triumphs evil.Thanks to Thomas & Mercer and Goodreads for this Giveaway book.
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  • Adah Udechukwu
    January 1, 1970
    The Rescue was an awesome read.
  • 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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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fast-paced story with plenty of action and emotion. I enjoy Jack Reacher movies, so I attempted to read a Lee Child- Jack Reacher book once. I put it down within the first chapter or so because it was laced with so much profanity. This was a good, Reacher-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 This was a fast-paced story with plenty of action and emotion. I enjoy Jack Reacher movies, so I attempted to read a Lee Child- Jack Reacher book once. I put it down within the first chapter or so because it was laced with so much profanity. This was a good, Reacher-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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  • 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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  • 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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  • S.F. Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Not the best I’ve readThe characters were never “fleshed out” and the plot was confusing. A couple of dialogue mistakes were encountered and the book did not flow. The main character was a mystery and the book never covered his personal history. An author like Grisham would be a good model for this author.
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  • 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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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    My goal this year is to read each month's Amazon First Read selection the month I select it. The Rescue was my selection for March 2019. If you like fast pace action and witty dialogue, The Rescue is great read. My only complaint is that the action sometimes seem a little over the top. Thriller is not my go-to genre but I do like to vary my reading when I feel I've been reading from the same genre repeatedly and need a different pacing. Those who love a fast story with lots of movement (gun figh My goal this year is to read each month's Amazon First Read selection the month I select it. The Rescue was my selection for March 2019. If you like fast pace action and witty dialogue, The Rescue is great read. My only complaint is that the action sometimes seem a little over the top. Thriller is not my go-to genre but I do like to vary my reading when I feel I've been reading from the same genre repeatedly and need a different pacing. Those who love a fast story with lots of movement (gun fights, explosions, more guns and more explosives, car chases, rescue operations, alphabet organizations, etc) will really enjoy this book. On the whole, it was a good read.
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  • Jed
    January 1, 1970
    Great pacing and emotionI liked the story quite a bit. My favorite part was the ending. The moment of relief and release for Decker was a great way to finish the story. Overall, there’s a ton of stuff to like. However, I do wish we would have seen a little more chemistry with Harlow.
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  • Page Turner
    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!
  • Garrett Goodrich
    January 1, 1970
    Riveting This book was awesome. It became very difficult for me to put down. The characters are great, and the writing makes the action really come to life. I’ve never been much of a military/action type book person, and this book makes me want to read others.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    A slow start, but it picked up, and the ending was satisfying enough.
  • Jim A
    January 1, 1970
    Typical Konkoly story. Lots of action in a plot that is pretty formulistic and simple. Nothing special. As the title indicates there will be more to follow. Knowing that up front takes all of the suspense out of what the author is trying to portray with some of the action.
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  • Rbucci
    January 1, 1970
    This book kept my attention from start to finish. Can’t wait to read #2
  • Brian's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    See this and many more reviews on Brian's Book BlogA Masterfully Told Thriller5 out of 5 starsI have a lot of Steven Konkoly titles in my TBR pile. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I have more on my TBR than my actual read pile. But I kept hearing about this book. Numerous of the other authors that I follow were talking about how good this book was. I’m glad that I fell into peer pressure. The Rescue is the real deal. Konkoly is a fantastic Thriller author and The Rescue did not disappoint a See this and many more reviews on Brian's Book BlogA Masterfully Told Thriller5 out of 5 starsI have a lot of Steven Konkoly titles in my TBR pile. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I have more on my TBR than my actual read pile. But I kept hearing about this book. Numerous of the other authors that I follow were talking about how good this book was. I’m glad that I fell into peer pressure. The Rescue is the real deal. Konkoly is a fantastic Thriller author and The Rescue did not disappoint at all.Sometimes I feel like I’m spoiled with books. When I get a couple of back-to-back 5-star titles I start to feel this way – but The Rescue was the real deal. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and I was completely invested in each character (especially Decker).The Rescue introduces a slew of new things considering its book one in a new series. We’re introduced to Ryan Decker who reminded me a little bit of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan mixed with some Jason Bourne along with a few others sprinkled in there for good measure. We’re introduced to him only to find out that he’s been arrested and put away (and not told why until later in the book). The rest of the story is him trying, not only to exonerate himself but also trying to put the real bad guys behind bars (or in the ground) for killing his friends and family.Pretty much everyone else we meet is essential to the story but are also spoilers if I speak too much about them here. But know that there will be a kinda-sorta-beat-around-the-bush love interest and also a complete bad-A female who helps Decker out of some jams. You also have some old friends and some people “back from the dead”.I loved The Rescue and I had an absolute blast reading it. It’s one of the best thrillers I’ve read in 2019 and I cannot wait to see what else Konkoly has in store for us and Decker.
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  • Allan
    January 1, 1970
    This was an Amazon Kindle First selection, so I read it for free. Those selections are a bit of a crap shoot, to be honest, and The Rescue was not a great book. It’s a thriller with an ex-military hero in the vein of Jack Ryan or Jack Reacher. Except this hero is called “Ryan Decker” and he operates in a world where everyone is named things like “Gunther Ross”, “Special Agent Reeves”, and “Senator Steele”. Much of the narrative was laid out through two people talking to each other and explaining This was an Amazon Kindle First selection, so I read it for free. Those selections are a bit of a crap shoot, to be honest, and The Rescue was not a great book. It’s a thriller with an ex-military hero in the vein of Jack Ryan or Jack Reacher. Except this hero is called “Ryan Decker” and he operates in a world where everyone is named things like “Gunther Ross”, “Special Agent Reeves”, and “Senator Steele”. Much of the narrative was laid out through two people talking to each other and explaining the exposition. And all of the dialogue consisted of brief, two sentence paragraphs, so that you get page after page of staccato back and forth paragraphs of dialogue. Although there is a bit of character development, the author takes a “tell, don’t show” approach to describing characters. The main character is an ex-CIA agent, and he’s dangerous and the best at what he does. How do we know he’s so skilled? Because other characters keep having dialogue where they tell each other things like “Don’t underestimate Decker. He’s the best there is.” We also know that he’s funny, not because he ever says anything funny, but because other characters say things like “Don’t you ever stop joking around?”Also, I’m fairly sure that Decker’s appearance is never described (other than his tight muscles), nor are almost any other characters. However, Special Agent Reeves is described no less than three times as a “razor-bald black man.” So, by process of elimination, I guess that Decker and everyone else in this world is white and has hair? Anyway, this book is clearly set up to be the first in an ongoing series of exciting adventures by Decker and his pals. I don’t regret reading this one exactly, but I’m afraid I won’t be picking up any future installments.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    First, I would like to thank Amazon First Reads for the opportunity to read a free Kindle version of this book.Unfortunately, I don’t have much positive to say in regards to The Rescue. The fact that it took me over two weeks to read a 390-page book is an indication of how unsatisfying this read was. The first few chapters are action-packed, but once we hit chapter 15, the story becomes dull and all action completely stops until the very end (there are 65 chapters in total).The premise of the bo First, I would like to thank Amazon First Reads for the opportunity to read a free Kindle version of this book.Unfortunately, I don’t have much positive to say in regards to The Rescue. The fact that it took me over two weeks to read a 390-page book is an indication of how unsatisfying this read was. The first few chapters are action-packed, but once we hit chapter 15, the story becomes dull and all action completely stops until the very end (there are 65 chapters in total).The premise of the book is unbelievable: we are expected to accept that a senator would destroy the life of the man who led the mission to rescue her daughter simply because his mission failed, and we are expected to accept that the legal system would lock him away for 10 years for not saving her in time. We are expected to accept that all of his comrades in World Recovery Group and their families were brutally slaughtered after trial and that no one did anything about it or realized that perhaps Ryan Decker was not to blame after all. We are also supposed to see Ryan Decker as a badass, but it seems to me that the real badasses are Harlow and her team and Ryan Decker is just along for the ride. (A spin-off series about Harlow and her team is something I would definitely read, by the way.)It’s not a bad story, it’s just nothing new in the action genre. A brief explanation of how exactly the legal system found Ryan Decker guilty of…well, whatever charges he was supposedly guilty of, as the charges are not named either, come to think of it…would have set this story up for success. This gaping hole in the plot gnawed at me the entire duration of the book and it was difficult for me to take the rest of it seriously.
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  • Steven Toby
    January 1, 1970
    This was the kind of taut thriller that kept me turning pages even when I was getting hungry or sleepy. It's a roller coaster ride of bloody betrayals and help from unexpected quarters. I think the protagonists, Decker and his associate, Harlow MacKenzie, were sufficiently developed as characters to support a series about them, and the plot had a good motivation too (appropriately personal for Ms. MacKenzie) in that one set of bad guys were in the business that used to be called white slavery an This was the kind of taut thriller that kept me turning pages even when I was getting hungry or sleepy. It's a roller coaster ride of bloody betrayals and help from unexpected quarters. I think the protagonists, Decker and his associate, Harlow MacKenzie, were sufficiently developed as characters to support a series about them, and the plot had a good motivation too (appropriately personal for Ms. MacKenzie) in that one set of bad guys were in the business that used to be called white slavery and continues today as human trafficking. Certainly, that's a horrible thing and makes the bad guys much more obviously bad than drug smugglers or Mafiosi. Sometimes, it's good to read a story where it's black and white instead of shades of gray. (I'm not sure how serious or common human trafficking is today in Los Angeles but this is fiction; authenticity isn't necessary in that respect.)However, there's a second set of bad guys, a conspiracy in government, that triggers Decker to take the fall for a botched rescue of a kidnap victim, and that keeps the reader guessing and makes the twists and turns more exciting. The author knows a lot about small arms and electronic devices -- I guess surveillance technology needs to be emphasized a lot because of the plot -- and that's the link to more old school "techno-thrillers" like Tom Clancy's. I wouldn't class this book among those, though, because it's not mainly military technology driving the action here, but things in more common use. So don't expect any scenes where a pilot puts his designator on a target and looses a smart bomb; however, drones play a significant role in the book.Anyway, a fast read that had me looking for more when it was over. I'm hoping subsequent stores on the series can maintain the quality of this first one.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    A breezy and enjoyable enough read that will satisfy readers of the genre. I found it frustrating, however. And I'll explain with a plot synopsis: Harlow Mackenzie has escaped a life of drugs and prostitution, and now has dedicated her life to battling the scourge of human trafficking in Los Angeles with her all-female team of highly trained private investigators. From her roving operations centers of high end condos and scenic locales, Harlow uses cutting edge technology and cunning to take on A breezy and enjoyable enough read that will satisfy readers of the genre. I found it frustrating, however. And I'll explain with a plot synopsis: Harlow Mackenzie has escaped a life of drugs and prostitution, and now has dedicated her life to battling the scourge of human trafficking in Los Angeles with her all-female team of highly trained private investigators. From her roving operations centers of high end condos and scenic locales, Harlow uses cutting edge technology and cunning to take on the scourge of LA's underbelly. But when she's confronted with taking on her archrival in the human trafficking game, she knows she needs help. So she enlists the help of the man her rival falsely accused and imprisoned to help her take out her greatest foe. She helps him escape from prison, and together, they crush the human trafficking operation, while helping him exact his vengeance at the same time.Sounds pretty great, right? Well, the problem is the book isn't about Harlow Mackenzie. It's about Ryan Decker. A man whose mission to get revenge and clear his name we're supposed to care about because his family was killed. But we never spend any time with him and his family. And they're dead when the events of the novel start, so it feels hollow. And when there's a character with as much backstory and savvy as Harlow who gets relegated to the behind-the-scenes techie, the Q, the occasional Deus ex Machina, it just seems like a missed opportunity.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Insane, but addictiveThis is my first book by the author and I was totally addicted to it. I didn't want to put it down even when I realized it was after 1am and I had to go to work in a few hours. I could not believe the raw deal Decker got, but totally sympathized with the families as well. I was so on the fence with some of the characters but realized that I could actually see how they were mislead. On the one hand I was upset at their treatment of Decker because of his experience and success Insane, but addictiveThis is my first book by the author and I was totally addicted to it. I didn't want to put it down even when I realized it was after 1am and I had to go to work in a few hours. I could not believe the raw deal Decker got, but totally sympathized with the families as well. I was so on the fence with some of the characters but realized that I could actually see how they were mislead. On the one hand I was upset at their treatment of Decker because of his experience and success, but when the casualties are children and there is no one else to blame when you're a grieving parent or resentful colleague, well, I just hoped they'd come around because at the end of the day they were good people too. And let's face it, Decker had a great team at his back. Admittedly, they pulled off a few miracles, but it was entertaining to read and somewhat plausible. After wrongfully imprisoned, Decker gets released early only to find himself again facing an attempt on his life. In comes Harlow and her network to save him, and get him on the right path to clearing his name and stopping a powerful group hellbent on obtaining more power and wealth at the cost of innocent lives. It was interesting because we knew the backstory, but got to follow along as Decker and Harlow tried to piece it together with the help of old friends and partners. I can't wait for the next one.
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  • Jennifer Robb
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars (some sites do not allow half stars so rating may vary). This was my Amazon First pick for March 2019. It's action-packed, that's for sure. I do agree with some other reviewers that there isn't a lot of character definition in this novel--it didn't really bother me much while reading it however.Ryan Decker is dealing with the fallout of a rescue mission gone bad that sent him to prison. Though attempts have been made on his life while he's incarcerated, Decker has survived. He's unexpe 3.5 stars (some sites do not allow half stars so rating may vary). This was my Amazon First pick for March 2019. It's action-packed, that's for sure. I do agree with some other reviewers that there isn't a lot of character definition in this novel--it didn't really bother me much while reading it however.Ryan Decker is dealing with the fallout of a rescue mission gone bad that sent him to prison. Though attempts have been made on his life while he's incarcerated, Decker has survived. He's unexpectedly freed from prison only to have an attempt made on his life that same day! One of the girls Decker saved from a life of trafficking comes to his rescue--she and her team.It was good to see a group of capable women in a thriller--they do have slightly different skill sets than Decker, and it's never really explained how they came by some of them. Some can be taught, but others . . . Careful as they tried to be, however, it was silly of them to go grocery shopping without disguising themselves. With all the skills they have, no one thinks or or can manage that? Or how about ordering from Amazon or InstaCart etc. and having it delivered to the house rather than risking going out? As with most thrillers, you do start to wonder how many times one man can survive such attacks and not be injured.I did appreciate that the profanity was kept to a minimum and there were no sex scenes (though there was some narrative about sex trafficking as part of the plot).
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  • David O'Connell
    January 1, 1970
    If you are into lone-wolf protagonists, with raging grievances about past wrongs, with a heavy dose of vigilantism, this book is for you. Admittedly, "The Rescue" is a page turner, and it keeps you engaged, but I was struck by the comfort level the author has for paramilitary hit men and women for hire culture, and the implied contempt for the rule of law and ineptitude of law enforcement. Don't get me wrong, I love a beach book like this, and an author that can engage me, but put Decker on a ho If you are into lone-wolf protagonists, with raging grievances about past wrongs, with a heavy dose of vigilantism, this book is for you. Admittedly, "The Rescue" is a page turner, and it keeps you engaged, but I was struck by the comfort level the author has for paramilitary hit men and women for hire culture, and the implied contempt for the rule of law and ineptitude of law enforcement. Don't get me wrong, I love a beach book like this, and an author that can engage me, but put Decker on a horse with a six-gun on his hip and you are back to Saturday morning TV oaters from my childhood. And, with that culture comes an abandonment of any shred of morality, ethics, or civil conduct. A few paragraphs or a chapter of that is fine, but when the reader is invited to abandon civility for guns blazing as the answer to all problems, we have lost our soul.Please give me Alan Furst or John LeCarre.
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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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  • Bruce
    January 1, 1970
    Ryan Decker is a former military operative, now runs a group specializing in stopping human trafficking. His group hired to find a senators daughter that was kidnapped. They've located her and are moving in when it all goes sideways. A year later and Decker is in jail, most of his team and their families have been killed. Then unexpectedly he gets out... The rest of the book is Decker and his out of the woodwork benefactor, Harlow Mackenzie, trying to figure out what really happened and who was Ryan Decker is a former military operative, now runs a group specializing in stopping human trafficking. His group hired to find a senators daughter that was kidnapped. They've located her and are moving in when it all goes sideways. A year later and Decker is in jail, most of his team and their families have been killed. Then unexpectedly he gets out... The rest of the book is Decker and his out of the woodwork benefactor, Harlow Mackenzie, trying to figure out what really happened and who was behind it. The motive here was pretty convoluted. Plot was pretty thin, mostly action driven. I guess if it's about explosions and shooting and what kind of cool hardware they are using, then dig in. If you want something more, look elsewhere - character development was weak, plot was sketchy. Probably 2 1/2 stars. Some language.
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  • David Hogan
    January 1, 1970
    Good till the endI have read Stevens other works and became a fan of his character in the Jakarta epidemic, so it was no surprise I enjoyed The Rescue, its a good story with very good characters, characters with a cause. Mix that with some government corruption which seems to mirror our current situation and bam a good read. Until you get to the end, the book is detailed with good character development and then......it just stops. Marlow character should have been more involved and the part she Good till the endI have read Stevens other works and became a fan of his character in the Jakarta epidemic, so it was no surprise I enjoyed The Rescue, its a good story with very good characters, characters with a cause. Mix that with some government corruption which seems to mirror our current situation and bam a good read. Until you get to the end, the book is detailed with good character development and then......it just stops. Marlow character should have been more involved and the part she did play could have used more pages I would have liked to see the girls in action. Also i find it hard to believe the fbi was nok t involved in the end take down and found it hard to believe the bad guy got away...Don't be so quick to end, I'm not afraid to pay a little more for a proper played out ending
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  • D. Starr
    January 1, 1970
    Justice at LastFor Mature ReadersNo sexViolenceStrong language, but far less than many books in this genrePlot no spoilers:Ryan Decker is suddenly released from prison much to his surprise. Two years ago he'd been set up to take the fall after a rescue mission failed in the very worst way.Thinking himself alone and vulnerable, he quickly finds himself with not only friends but also a chance to clear his name, not to mention putting heartless mercenaries and human traffickers out of business. Th Justice at LastFor Mature ReadersNo sexViolenceStrong language, but far less than many books in this genrePlot no spoilers:Ryan Decker is suddenly released from prison much to his surprise. Two years ago he'd been set up to take the fall after a rescue mission failed in the very worst way.Thinking himself alone and vulnerable, he quickly finds himself with not only friends but also a chance to clear his name, not to mention putting heartless mercenaries and human traffickers out of business. Though well conceived, Decker's escape from the villains constitutes the first half of the book. The action gets better and better as he and his new team set about exposing the truly evil and despicable villains.If you enjoy action along with intricate webs of conspiracies to be dismantled, you'll enjoy this one.
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  • Benjamin Drayton
    January 1, 1970
    Same Great Author, Another Great Book!There are few authors out there that have the ability to jump from one genre to the next and not miss a beat. Actually, I cannot name another. Steven Konkoly does it and does it very, very well. This new book is a departure from the previous series (which by the way, you need to go buy now because they are ridiculously fantastic) that the author has created. He didn’t skip a beat. The new Ryan Decker character is great! For readers of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Same Great Author, Another Great Book!There are few authors out there that have the ability to jump from one genre to the next and not miss a beat. Actually, I cannot name another. Steven Konkoly does it and does it very, very well. This new book is a departure from the previous series (which by the way, you need to go buy now because they are ridiculously fantastic) that the author has created. He didn’t skip a beat. The new Ryan Decker character is great! For readers of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Clancy and the rest of the great techno thriller writers - do yourself a favor and read this book. You will not be disappointed. And as I said before, do yourself another favor and go check out all of Konkoly’s works. Once you do, let me know how long it took you to go from book one of each series to the end of the series - get ready for some late late nights.
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