Storm Rising (Book of the Wars, #1)
Once lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold ancient secrets and dangers. Former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe has been tasked with capturing the ancient text, but a Bulgarian operative snatches it, determined to secure her freedom. When a series of strange storms erupt, they must form an alliance to thwart impending disaster.

Storm Rising (Book of the Wars, #1) Details

TitleStorm Rising (Book of the Wars, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764234071
Rating
GenreSuspense, Christian Fiction, War, Military Fiction, Contemporary

Storm Rising (Book of the Wars, #1) Review

  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsIf Bourne and Captain America had a baby, it would be Storm Rising. Wait. That doesn’t sound right. But you get my point, don’t you? Touches of conspiracy theories and more-than-just-undertones of genetic modifications to create a super soldier/army. Plus that thread of the fantastical woven between the blood-pumping adrenaline that is military thriller. If you’ve read The Tox Files, you know what you’re in for. If not, well, buckle up for a ride. And while the historical/Biblical refer 4.5 starsIf Bourne and Captain America had a baby, it would be Storm Rising. Wait. That doesn’t sound right. But you get my point, don’t you? Touches of conspiracy theories and more-than-just-undertones of genetic modifications to create a super soldier/army. Plus that thread of the fantastical woven between the blood-pumping adrenaline that is military thriller. If you’ve read The Tox Files, you know what you’re in for. If not, well, buckle up for a ride. And while the historical/Biblical references are interesting, keep in mind this is a piece of fiction that is extraneous and not a basis for doctrine. (Yes, I realize that’s like those caution signs saying “this is not an exit” taped to walk in freezers, but, you know, they had to put stuff like that up for a reason. I’m just saying.)Kendig is a master at diverse characters, be it ethnicity, background, occupation, or whatever. And the chemistry she creates between her characters (and I’m not just talking romantic, although, like everything else in a Kendig book, is HOT) is some of the best. There is so much more than just the hero and heroine...there is a whole team, and Kendig pretty much writes you in as a member of said team. So pull up your bootstraps and zip up your tactical gear and let’s go pound the ground. Hooay!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this book last night and still need to process! So good. I really need book 2 to come out soon! First, if you have not read The Tox Files I would highly suggest reading that series first. Some of the characters from The Tox Files are integral parts of Storm Rising. I LOVED Storm Rising! Leif Metcalfe, returns and is leading his own team. He was selected to lead this team due to his specific set of skills. Skills he doesn't even understand. Skills he is going to need to get the Book of I finished this book last night and still need to process! So good. I really need book 2 to come out soon! First, if you have not read The Tox Files I would highly suggest reading that series first. Some of the characters from The Tox Files are integral parts of Storm Rising. I LOVED Storm Rising! Leif Metcalfe, returns and is leading his own team. He was selected to lead this team due to his specific set of skills. Skills he doesn't even understand. Skills he is going to need to get the Book of Wars and keep his team safe. And of course, he and his team are not the only ones after the book. Multiple players are looking for it in this potentially deadly game. And the most deadly one? An assassin known for her black soul. Storm Rising kept me engaged and thoroughly engrossed for the entire read! Ronie Kendig does it again, providing a story that draws you in and leaves you wanting more. So many threads of various characters histories and intentions are pulled causing you to keep reading because you "have to know". Did I already mention I am really ready for book 2?
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  • Marylin
    January 1, 1970
    Ronie Kendig is a gifted storyteller. She takes a real look at military struggles and issues, blending them into fabulous tales which we don’t want to end. This story is one of those tales. From the VERY FIRST line: “He’d never killed a woman in cold blood before, but now was as good a time as any.”To the VERY LAST line. I was hooked and didn’t want to put this book down! You go on a roller-coaster ride with Leif and his team. From one mission to another with little time to breathe, and that’s w Ronie Kendig is a gifted storyteller. She takes a real look at military struggles and issues, blending them into fabulous tales which we don’t want to end. This story is one of those tales. From the VERY FIRST line: “He’d never killed a woman in cold blood before, but now was as good a time as any.”To the VERY LAST line. I was hooked and didn’t want to put this book down! You go on a roller-coaster ride with Leif and his team. From one mission to another with little time to breathe, and that’s what I wanted to do . . . JUST BREATHE! Wow! The action in this book is none stop. Then add to this action, suspense, and weird weather stuff. What you get is a book which will keep you on the edge of your seat, hands white-knuckled on the chair just waiting to see what’s going to happen.Ronie Kendig knows how to twist and turn the story in such a way you don’t see what’s right in front of you and when you see it, you can’t believe it!If you want to read a book packed full of intrigue, suspense, action (LOTS OF ACTION!), drama, military struggles, and a bit of romance, then this is the book for you! You might need a day or two to process all that happens in this book. Believe me, you won't be able to breathe deeply until the end, but it will be worth it.I highly recommend reading this book. Pick it up and start on the adventure of your life.I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    Ronie Kendig is back with a brand new series and a group you’ll love!Leif “Runt” Metcalfe has been tasked with finding the Book of Wars and builds a team he believes can assist him. Y’all, the number one thing I loved about the team was seeing people from past Kendig books. Nothing like running into old friends! Plus, I really loved meeting the new people. I think I’ll have some favorites. With a diverse group of characters—from all backgrounds, faith, etc—you’ll love the team that takes you on Ronie Kendig is back with a brand new series and a group you’ll love!Leif “Runt” Metcalfe has been tasked with finding the Book of Wars and builds a team he believes can assist him. Y’all, the number one thing I loved about the team was seeing people from past Kendig books. Nothing like running into old friends! Plus, I really loved meeting the new people. I think I’ll have some favorites. With a diverse group of characters—from all backgrounds, faith, etc—you’ll love the team that takes you on a journey all over the world.And the romance thread…. I love romance and this one is no exception. What’s even better? The hints of romance between other team members. I love that the team isn’t all male because it makes it that much more realistic and entertaining.Oh and did I mention I read this in one sitting, squinting at one in the morning to make sure I was reading the correct words and not succumbing to sleep? Only now I have to wait for book 2 which means book 1 will be reread a few times for memory’s sake. All in all, I’m thrilled for another Kendig book and a new series.*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Storm Rising, the first book in the Book of the Wars series, packs an extremely powerful punch! This author is known for combining high intensity military storylines with mysteries tied to Biblical artifacts and settings. And the thread of romance is woven into these storylines in just the perfect way. Storm Rising incorporates all of these elements in a new and exciting way, and now has me anxiously anticipating book two!I liked Leif and Iskra, so much! I loved the way I could connect with thes Storm Rising, the first book in the Book of the Wars series, packs an extremely powerful punch! This author is known for combining high intensity military storylines with mysteries tied to Biblical artifacts and settings. And the thread of romance is woven into these storylines in just the perfect way. Storm Rising incorporates all of these elements in a new and exciting way, and now has me anxiously anticipating book two!I liked Leif and Iskra, so much! I loved the way I could connect with these characters who had both gone through so much in their pasts and were such strong and often intimidating people. Yet, the author was able to tell their backstories in a way that didn’t weaken them, but explained them.I am excited about this new series and seeing what happens with all of the characters on Leif’s team in future books.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Kendig is back with another explosive series! I can't stop reading this author's works. Each one is packed with action, amazing themes, fabulous characters and more. What's not to like?Having already met Lief Metcalfe in Thirst of Steel, the third book in The Tox Files series, I was, of course, excited to see this character featured in the newest series. Lief is such a complex character, I think we might need more than three books to unravel him! Iskra Torodov plays opposite Lief, and while Wow! Kendig is back with another explosive series! I can't stop reading this author's works. Each one is packed with action, amazing themes, fabulous characters and more. What's not to like?Having already met Lief Metcalfe in Thirst of Steel, the third book in The Tox Files series, I was, of course, excited to see this character featured in the newest series. Lief is such a complex character, I think we might need more than three books to unravel him! Iskra Torodov plays opposite Lief, and while she is slightly more predictable, she is just as complex. We meet a lot of new characters in Storm Rising, but there is also the reappearance of characters from previous series, such as Canyon Metcalfe, Barclay Purcell, and Mercy Maddox. From page one, the story captures your attention, and you are on a wild adrenaline ride until the end. With too many plot twists to count, I was left on the edge of my seat. Storm Rising explores some very intriguing themes, and while there were some sci-fi aspects that I wasn't a huge fan of, I still found the ideas intriguing. Overall, if you are looking for a military thriller to take you on a wild ride with a tad of romance thrown in, definitely check out Storm Rising!FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of htis book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    This book has it all. Tight pacing, an ensemble cast, and a love story in the making. Ronie Kendig is a master at the military thriller that also has heart. This book will thrill her previous readers and be a fantastic introduction to new-to-her readers. One thing I love about her last series and this one is the way that's she's tying Biblical mysteries to the series. It's Dan Brown like and such a fun read. I also CAN'T wait for the next one. I may need to bug her until she lets me read it as s This book has it all. Tight pacing, an ensemble cast, and a love story in the making. Ronie Kendig is a master at the military thriller that also has heart. This book will thrill her previous readers and be a fantastic introduction to new-to-her readers. One thing I love about her last series and this one is the way that's she's tying Biblical mysteries to the series. It's Dan Brown like and such a fun read. I also CAN'T wait for the next one. I may need to bug her until she lets me read it as she writes it.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve never read any of Kendig’s books, but I’ve heard great things about them for years, so I was excited to be chosen to be part of the launch team for her latest release, Storm Rising. I now understand all the hype about Kendig’s books, as she’s a gifted storyteller. She showcases military life and its associated struggles in a way that’s relatable to civilians. In Storm Rising, Kendig captures the readers attention from the first page, and the fast-paced action keeps them holding on until the I’ve never read any of Kendig’s books, but I’ve heard great things about them for years, so I was excited to be chosen to be part of the launch team for her latest release, Storm Rising. I now understand all the hype about Kendig’s books, as she’s a gifted storyteller. She showcases military life and its associated struggles in a way that’s relatable to civilians. In Storm Rising, Kendig captures the readers attention from the first page, and the fast-paced action keeps them holding on until the end. This book has a little bit of something for just about everyone, from suspense to drama to a little bit of romance. The chemistry between Iskra and Leif is realistic and intense. There were a few lulls in the plot, but things balanced out in the end, which will leave the reader anxiously awaiting the second book in the series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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  • Ashley Nikole
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, what can a girl say about this one? Firstly--it is one of my favourite books of Kendig's. Yes, she has OUTDONE herself--AGAIN. The atmosphere, plot and characters all worked together to create an effortless, but definitely FILLED WITH EFFORT thriller novel. I loved reading all about Midas in the Discarded Hero series, but now we get more of the Metcalfe family? I mean, what? Yes. It is goals. Quite simply, I wish the Metcalfe family had half a dozen more members and that Kendig would write Okay, what can a girl say about this one? Firstly--it is one of my favourite books of Kendig's. Yes, she has OUTDONE herself--AGAIN. The atmosphere, plot and characters all worked together to create an effortless, but definitely FILLED WITH EFFORT thriller novel. I loved reading all about Midas in the Discarded Hero series, but now we get more of the Metcalfe family? I mean, what? Yes. It is goals. Quite simply, I wish the Metcalfe family had half a dozen more members and that Kendig would write a series about each one! The love runs that deep, if you can believe it. So, Iskra & Leif? That chemistry, though! Phew! I loved their interactions and how their relationship progressed. It was just so...dynamic and intense--which is obviously one of the draws with Kendig's work, how intense and raw her characters are. I love when everything is so close to the surface and undignified. But their relationship just kinda made me sing, and gasp, depending on which part of the book I was in--which is what I'm looking for when I read a suspense/thriller book. Although the plot did feel a bit slower in the middle of the book, it didn't cast a bad light on the rest of the book--I think I just got so attached to the crazy pace that when it slowed down a little I was like...wait, what? But all in all, what a delightful book. Really alive, punchy characters and a fully immersive atmosphere that takes you from one stretch of the globe to another, all while sitting in your favourite comfy chair. Suspense lovers unite and GO READ STORM RISING!!!*I received a free copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Lana Spelliscy
    January 1, 1970
    Action packed book! Loved the character development, both individually and inter-relational. The action is believable and heart pounding. I love when I feel like I can connect with the main characters in a book. It also makes it really hard to put down! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, I need more answers!
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  • Mikal Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t think I can find any more adjectives to describe Kendig’s writing. It’s an adrenaline-packed joy to read her intricate plots with a whisper of romance.This story brings into focus Leif Metcalfe, younger brother of Canyon (whom we met in Wolfsbane), and Iskra, an enigma. Both are written with such depth and heart; I knew I would fall in love with these characters, but even a week after finishing the book, I still find myself thinking of them—something that doesn’t happen to me often—and a I don’t think I can find any more adjectives to describe Kendig’s writing. It’s an adrenaline-packed joy to read her intricate plots with a whisper of romance.This story brings into focus Leif Metcalfe, younger brother of Canyon (whom we met in Wolfsbane), and Iskra, an enigma. Both are written with such depth and heart; I knew I would fall in love with these characters, but even a week after finishing the book, I still find myself thinking of them—something that doesn’t happen to me often—and anxious for the next installment. Adding to the story of an ancient book is a series of storms wreaking havoc, skimming alongside reality in a way that truly only Kendig can do, and a curious mystery effecting the hero himself.Added bonus: I had to Google “Book of Wars,” the central artifact of this series because I didn’t remember reading about it in the Bible. But sure enough, there it is in Numbers 21:14-15. How Kendig is able to surround a series around an obscure book mentioned in only one very short passage speaks to her incredible talent.Again, seriously, you NEED to read this book. If you’ve never read a Kendig novel before, GET THEE TO THE BOOKSTORE! I’ve read every single one of her books, and will continue to do so until she no longer pens another word (and she better not stop, or I’ll die).I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Cassie Chidester
    January 1, 1970
    Ronie Kendig has outdone herself this time.  Do not start this book at night unless you are ready for a sleepless night.  Once you pick it up you won't be able to put it down. Leif and Iskra are so life like.  You hurt when they hurt and cry when they cry.  You find yourself cheering for them and Leif's rag tag team as they travel the globe in hopes of saving mankind.  
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  • Emilie Hendryx
    January 1, 1970
    Simply excellent! I have been a Kendig fan for a long time and have read most of her books, but this one is up there as a favorite for sure! I enjoyed her last series immensely and was curious what direction she would take with this new series. I am so glad it is similar to the Tox Files and yet very different too. I love Leif and who he is as a character! Certain things about him (without spoilers) make me like him even more! But I think he is a great next leading man! Despite the fact we miss Simply excellent! I have been a Kendig fan for a long time and have read most of her books, but this one is up there as a favorite for sure! I enjoyed her last series immensely and was curious what direction she would take with this new series. I am so glad it is similar to the Tox Files and yet very different too. I love Leif and who he is as a character! Certain things about him (without spoilers) make me like him even more! But I think he is a great next leading man! Despite the fact we miss Tox, Leif is just right for this series! I also really liked the scope and creativity of the plot, locations, and team! There were a few times when the team (which encompasses many characters) got a little muddy for me, but you can see the necessity for each member and I can’t wait to see what they get up to next!!! If you enjoy suspense with a military vibe to it - and don’t forget the romance- you’re gong to love this new series! There is some violence, but it fits within the story and is not described with gory detail. The writing is excellent (as always) and the plot will keep you turning pages late into the night! ——I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so of my own desire and the opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS!!!Every time I pick up a Kendig book, my life goes on hold. Seriously. STORM RISING is pretty much non-stop action with catchy dialogue, which I love!!! My fixation with military TV shows (especially SEAL TEAM) helped me visualize this elite group of operatives and the mission they are involved in. I will say that at first, I wasn’t a fan of Iskra as Leif’s nemesis at all. I felt kind of protective of him and didn’t want him paired with someone unworthy. I feel the same way about Cla 4.5 STARS!!!Every time I pick up a Kendig book, my life goes on hold. Seriously. STORM RISING is pretty much non-stop action with catchy dialogue, which I love!!! My fixation with military TV shows (especially SEAL TEAM) helped me visualize this elite group of operatives and the mission they are involved in. I will say that at first, I wasn’t a fan of Iskra as Leif’s nemesis at all. I felt kind of protective of him and didn’t want him paired with someone unworthy. I feel the same way about Clay and Stella on Seal Team ;-) BUT…I came to understand why the author chose Iskra; her particular strengths and vulnerabilities pair well with Leif, creating some intense moments as well as tender ones. I feel like if I say I can’t wait for book two I’ll be wishing away a year of my life but, Y’all, I can’t wait for book two to come out!!! Needless to say, I liked the story. A lot. It’s filled with bold and valorous characters as well as the ones you’re going to be rooting for this team of amazing operators to take down. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Becka Jiménez
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Completely blown away yet again by Ronie Kendig’s writing! Just when you think her plots, mysteries, & characters couldn’t possibly get any better, along comes Storm Rising, giving us a glimpse of Leif’s story while leaving us hungry for what is sure to come in the rest of this daring new series. With each series, Ronie Kendig develops her characters’ stories to an even deeper level while not letting go of our friends from before. In Storm Rising, Leif Metcalfe is called on to lead a te Wow. Completely blown away yet again by Ronie Kendig’s writing! Just when you think her plots, mysteries, & characters couldn’t possibly get any better, along comes Storm Rising, giving us a glimpse of Leif’s story while leaving us hungry for what is sure to come in the rest of this daring new series. With each series, Ronie Kendig develops her characters’ stories to an even deeper level while not letting go of our friends from before. In Storm Rising, Leif Metcalfe is called on to lead a team of his own to recover an artifact surrounded in mystery before other operatives get their hands on it. At the same time, strange developments stemming from a missing chunk of Leif’s memory cause conflicts both within the team & within Leif himself. We meet Iskra, a “Black Widow” type enemy operative with amazing skills & a backstory born of such pain that readers will join in her sorrow & understand her violence. The reader will also enjoy reading more about Mercy, the superhero-enamored computer tech, who compares every situation & person to a related superhero persona or story, whether those people are comic fans or not. Storm Rising is an explosive beginning to a new series that will surely leave the reader out of breath & yearning for more!*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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  • Kaitlyn Krispense
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsMiss Ronie's books are always chock-full of suspense, action and incredibleness!! I was so excited to read a book about Lief, who was a side character in one of the Tox Files books, and I wasn't disappointed!Things I liked:-Um, hello, Lief! He was so epic! And his backstory that kept getting hinted at and such...just yes. So much yes.-The snark?? If you have a book with a group of people that aren't afraid to tease each other, and all the camaraderie...in my case, it's instant love, bas 4.5 starsMiss Ronie's books are always chock-full of suspense, action and incredibleness!! I was so excited to read a book about Lief, who was a side character in one of the Tox Files books, and I wasn't disappointed!Things I liked:-Um, hello, Lief! He was so epic! And his backstory that kept getting hinted at and such...just yes. So much yes.-The snark?? If you have a book with a group of people that aren't afraid to tease each other, and all the camaraderie...in my case, it's instant love, basically.-The injuriiiieeees. Don't give me that look, I don't like it when good guys die, but when they just get hurt...well, yes, this book nailed it. The good guys weren't immune to a little roughing up. It was fabulous.-Just yeah, allll da peeps. Things I didn't like:-The romance. I know this is a romance book, and I KNOW that it shouldn't necessarily dock part of my rating consequently, since I kinda knew what to expect, but...no thank you. Sappy? Definitely. Detailed? Quite. No, I don't want to hear about your 'sizzling attraction' or the detailed kissing.BUT. The rest of the book made up for it, sooooo-The spiritual content was...almost nonexistent? There were a few mentions of God, but...that was it. I'm not quite sure that it could technically count as Christian fiction. BUT. The book was pretty much squeaky clean in the language aspect, which I SO APPRECIATE.Overall thoughts:UM I NEED THE NEXT BOOK PLEASE. Like, RIGHT NOW. Like, the book didn't necessarily end on a cliffhanger, but it definitely left questions waiting to be answered in further books.And that's another thing—I was pretty much confused throughout the whole book. Some of the stuff went over my head (which, I suppose, is to be expected, with what they were looking for), but I was still left in confusion. And some of the locations were super hard to picture in my mind from lack of description.BUT all this to say...this book is epiiiiic and I can't wait for the next! <3
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  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    Thrilling, action-packed, stormy ride. Military hero against a cold-hearted assassin. A heartbreaking past, a hero with a past he can't really remember and a group of heroes, who has each other's backs, but also add some witty banter in down time.I've read a few of Ronie Kendig's books, and found each of them really good. Storm Rising however, was on a different level. It grabbed my attention from the start and never let go right till the end.The hero, Leif, just grabbed my heart from the start, Thrilling, action-packed, stormy ride. Military hero against a cold-hearted assassin. A heartbreaking past, a hero with a past he can't really remember and a group of heroes, who has each other's backs, but also add some witty banter in down time.I've read a few of Ronie Kendig's books, and found each of them really good. Storm Rising however, was on a different level. It grabbed my attention from the start and never let go right till the end.The hero, Leif, just grabbed my heart from the start, with his "never say die" attitude, his own search and questions about his past and his ability to see beneath the surface and compassion for people, some would not think deserve compassion. Plus, if you read Ronie's Discarded Heroes series, he is Canyon Metcalfe's younger brother!Iskra, oh my, if her story doesn't grab unto your heartstrings... Ronie has such an ability to write characters with really dark pasts. Circumstances which we don't always want to think about but which is so real in the world for others. I'm looking forward to seeing more of her in this series.Other supporting characters: All the team members in team Leif added so much to my liking of this story. They were witty, but "did-not-take-nonsense" heroes and I enjoyed the banter between all of them. Mercy was probably my favourite with her comments and looking forward to hoping seeing revealed what she is hiding. Plus, the "Divine Intervention" :-)The story: Action meets military meets speculative= a thrilling ride which never ends. Ronie has such a great way of describing her action, I can actually see what I read. Plus see mentioned Cape Town, South Africa! Her story line around Africa was so good, I actually googled if what she mentioned was real... and her ending was so clever.So, if you like military, if you like action heroes who actually also gets hurt, if you like characters with not a clean back ground, you should read this book. If you never tried Ronie before, you should read this book. There might be some people for which some of the content might be too much/sensitive, so will recommend it for 16+ (view spoiler)[Rape, detailed description of kissing and attraction, blood etc. and word crap used a lot. (hide spoiler)]*I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    "She has picked you -whether for trust or target, we don't know. Until we do, stick close and see if you can turn her."There's a lot he doesn't know . . . . when Special Warfare Operator Leif "Runt" Metcalfe unexpectedly meets his match, in the form of a highly trained Bulgarian operative. At the end of a tunnel; she bests him by hang gliding off a cliff, deftly absconding with an historic scroll; the famed Book of Wars. Simply put, Iskra "Viorica" Tonorova is known worldwide as an assassin. . . "She has picked you -whether for trust or target, we don't know. Until we do, stick close and see if you can turn her."There's a lot he doesn't know . . . . when Special Warfare Operator Leif "Runt" Metcalfe unexpectedly meets his match, in the form of a highly trained Bulgarian operative. At the end of a tunnel; she bests him by hang gliding off a cliff, deftly absconding with an historic scroll; the famed Book of Wars. Simply put, Iskra "Viorica" Tonorova is known worldwide as an assassin. . . . . and yet, she just took (without mortally wounding him) something that Lief wants; not wants exactly, but has been commanded to retrieve. And in order to accomplish that mission, Lief's intentions have become inextricably tangled with hers. He can be just as determined as she is, he just never expected to care. "There. . . . . . There was the thing that wouldn't let him walk away when common sense said it was the smartest thing to do. Sometimes smart wasn't right. It was thinking with the head, not with the heart."Filled to the brim with accelerated scene sequences, high octane military engagements, enemies with surreal weaponry and indescribable brutality,"Storm Rising" rushes to thwart the beginning of the end of all nations, as its characters set an elaborate stage with an impressive cast of heroes. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Stephanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is only the second Ronie Kendig book I've read. After the first one, I suspected Kendig to have an unparalleled sense of action and adventure, hooking her readers right from the get-go, and proceeding to take them on a non-stop roller coaster ride from the first page to the last... ...and then leaving them dangling, desperate (read: d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-e) for more!!!Reading Storm Rising merely confirmed my suspicion. I'm a little bit dazed, a whole lot awed, and totally and completely hooked on This is only the second Ronie Kendig book I've read. After the first one, I suspected Kendig to have an unparalleled sense of action and adventure, hooking her readers right from the get-go, and proceeding to take them on a non-stop roller coaster ride from the first page to the last... ...and then leaving them dangling, desperate (read: d-e-s-p-e-r-a-t-e) for more!!!Reading Storm Rising merely confirmed my suspicion. I'm a little bit dazed, a whole lot awed, and totally and completely hooked on this author's words, the characters she's created, and the flat-out adrenaline rush I got from being so enraptured in this book! I will say one thing--I think I missed some of the richness in the characters because I have not yet read Kendig's Tox Files series. It didn't detract from the story at all--you can totally read Storm Rising without having read the others and not miss anything critical. But I'm guessing the added layer of having read those books first might bring a little something to the lead characters' backstory in Storm Rising. I could also be wrong--that's just my sneaking suspicion, the name of the series I felt I'd missed having come from previous reviewers. Regardless... the rest of Kendig's books are now on my TBR, with several of them already queued up at the library. And I'm anxiously awaiting book two in this particular series (The Book of the Wars), because I don't just want to know what comes next. At this point, it's a downright need.But enough gushing. Let's talk Storm Rising:Admittedly, action sequences in books tend to go straight over my head. That's to no fault of the author--Kendig or otherwise--I just have a limited ability to grasp/understand the hows/wheres/whys of what's going on. (Ask my husband--I can hardly follow the news!) But in Kendig's books, Storm Rising especially, I never once stopped visualizing the action. It was like, despite my inability to understand exactly what was happening, I could legit see it all playing out right in front of my eyes. And it. did. not. stop! I was turning pages, biting my nails, and figuratively (and literally) on the edge of my seat the whole time. Funny story: This isn't a spoiler per se--I mean, you can tell from the title itself there's going to be storms in the book, right? Okay. Well, there were a couple of scenes toward the 3/4 mark where the storms in the story got kind of intense. Meanwhile, I was reading the book during severe (and I do mean S-E-V-E-R-E) thunderstorms and tornado warnings in real life. Talk about upping the tension factor! My heart rate was through the roof! (In a good way--or at least, that's what I'm telling my doctor. HA!) I don't necessarily recommend it, but holy cow--what a trip! I digress. Read the book. And when you do, you might as well find someplace comfy to sit and be prepared to stay there awhile. The swoony alpha male with a mysterious past (Leif) and the enemy-turned-love interest (Iskra/Viorica), will capture your heart straight from the prologue, forcing you to question "will they or won't they and if they ____, how?" the whole way through. Throw in a team of strong supporting characters and a fictional storyline with enough truth in it to make you wonder if said fiction might someday become reality... and you'll soon discover what I mean by adrenaline rush. And why I now have a love/hate relationship with cliffhangers. The wait is going to be long! I am grateful for the opportunity to have been given an advanced copy of this book for the purpose of review, however I cannot reiterate this enough--ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even! WOW! This was a great read, exciting from the first line, just increasing in intensity to the very end. I cannot wait for the next book to come out, continuing this edge-of-your-seat thriller. "Runt", who wouldn't want him to rescue them?! Hot, super strength and healing, intelligent, and witty all wrapped up in one man? YES please! Iskra, this powerhouse of a woman, and yet so very tender when Leif gets past her walls. Intertwined in their story is this mysterious "Book of the War I can't even! WOW! This was a great read, exciting from the first line, just increasing in intensity to the very end. I cannot wait for the next book to come out, continuing this edge-of-your-seat thriller. "Runt", who wouldn't want him to rescue them?! Hot, super strength and healing, intelligent, and witty all wrapped up in one man? YES please! Iskra, this powerhouse of a woman, and yet so very tender when Leif gets past her walls. Intertwined in their story is this mysterious "Book of the Wars", fought over and sought out by many who have learned of its existence. I highly recommend this read!(Now I'm off to search my Kindle for other Ronie Kendig books that have been hiding in my pile to move them to the TOP! I want more from this wonderful, detail oriented, thrill seeking author!)
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    I have no idea how Ronie Kendig does it, but I'm glad she does!I highly HIGHLY recommend you read The Tox Files... no fear, they're so good and engaging that you'll quickly be opening this one ;)Anyway, Storm Rising follows some characters from the Tox's books and there are some spoilers.I love history and archaeology and a good mystery, Who knew an author could put this all together in a contemporary setting?Leif Metcalfe has no recollection of the past months. In hoped to achieve more answers I have no idea how Ronie Kendig does it, but I'm glad she does!I highly HIGHLY recommend you read The Tox Files... no fear, they're so good and engaging that you'll quickly be opening this one ;)Anyway, Storm Rising follows some characters from the Tox's books and there are some spoilers.I love history and archaeology and a good mystery, Who knew an author could put this all together in a contemporary setting?Leif Metcalfe has no recollection of the past months. In hoped to achieve more answers about himself, he agrees to lead a team of his own to recover an artifact surrounded in mystery before it ends up in the wrong hands. But there's more to the story than dangerous spies. As a mysterious and dangerous Bulgarian agent gets tangled up with the team on the wrong side, as her story is unveiled alongside what the artifact might actually be, the fine lines between enemies turns even more delicate and unsure.* I received a review copy from the editor. All opinions are my own.
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Ronie Kendig has an amazing ability to make you feel the gamut of emotions whenever you read one of her stories! You know, at a minimum, you’re in for an absolutely creative, intense, action packed, unputdownable read! You will also get to meet characters that have incredible camaraderie, with absolutely perfect banter, that will have you laughing out loud! I loved so many characters in this story, but I’ll just talk about my favorites or else this revi I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Ronie Kendig has an amazing ability to make you feel the gamut of emotions whenever you read one of her stories! You know, at a minimum, you’re in for an absolutely creative, intense, action packed, unputdownable read! You will also get to meet characters that have incredible camaraderie, with absolutely perfect banter, that will have you laughing out loud! I loved so many characters in this story, but I’ll just talk about my favorites or else this review will be way too long! Leif and Iskra - I love the complexity and the off the charts chemistry of their relationship! I can’t wait to read more about them, especially Leif and what happened to him in the past! Mercy, who I think is my all time favorite female character ever, makes me laugh pretty much every time she opens her mouth- except for that one statement she makes that basically wrecked me - again! (Can’t say it here- spoilers!) And then there is Lawe and Devine, another pair with some great chemistry! They really need a story of their own. I want to know all of their history together!! And, finally, Baddar, again, I think he needs a book of his own! What an intriguing character! I really want to know more about him and his past! And, I think he may match up beautifully with Mercy. And now, I kind of feel disloyal. 😬Another thing I loved about this story is the creativeness of the storyline. Ronie Kendig takes cloud seeding, which is the process of combining different types of chemical agents with existing clouds to increase the chance of rainfall or snow- and the unknown Book of the Wars - briefly mentioned in Numbers 21- and turns them into an amazingly creative story- one you won’t soon forget and one that will make you be begging for book 2, Kings Falling, which comes out in April of 2020! Ronie is a master at her craft. If you haven’t read one of her stories, you should! They are not to be missed!! I LOVED everything about this story! It is my favorite read of 2019 so far, and I’m sure it’ll be in my top 1 or 2 reads of the year. And the only reason I’m saying it might not be number 1 is because Ronie Kendig has another book coming out in December, Brand of Light!!! This story is in a class by itself! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I knew I wanted to read Leif's story, but Kendig managed to put it on a whole other level. In the start of an exhilarating new series, my attention was captured from the start and never let up throughout the whole book. Not even for a second. Jam packed with action, readers will not be able to tear themselves away from the story. It's intense, thrilling, scary, and yes even swoony. Leif is my favorite character from Kendig, ever. There's just something about him, even with his missing memor Wow. I knew I wanted to read Leif's story, but Kendig managed to put it on a whole other level. In the start of an exhilarating new series, my attention was captured from the start and never let up throughout the whole book. Not even for a second. Jam packed with action, readers will not be able to tear themselves away from the story. It's intense, thrilling, scary, and yes even swoony. Leif is my favorite character from Kendig, ever. There's just something about him, even with his missing memories, that make him so attractive. **sigh**Let's talk about Iskra for a moment. What a cool character. Okay yes, her circumstances are horrendous. In fact, I cannot even imagine having to go through all the stuff she has been through in her life. But even in that she was able to fight. She held her head high and kept going. And y'all, she can pack quite a punch! She doesn't even allow you to feel pity for her - she just wants you on her side. Throughout the book you see little moments of vulnerability, and those are the times I liked best. For both her and Leif. Ronie Kendig has been on my radar for quite awhile now, and rightly so. How she is able to get so much energy inside of her books just boggles my mind. There are some things in this book that hint to what's ahead for this series and I can honestly say that I cannot wait to see what's next. I know it's going to be more danger, more action, and more swoony moments that are sure to bring a smile to this reader's face! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    If I were going to write a one-word review for this book, it would be intense. If I were going to write a two-word review, it would be insanely good. But since brevity has never been one of my strong points, you’re going to get a whole lot more than that.When I say this story was intense, I mean that in every possible way. The plot is intense; the action is intense; the characters are intense; the adrenaline spike is intense! But what sucks me into this author’s books again and again is the way If I were going to write a one-word review for this book, it would be intense. If I were going to write a two-word review, it would be insanely good. But since brevity has never been one of my strong points, you’re going to get a whole lot more than that.When I say this story was intense, I mean that in every possible way. The plot is intense; the action is intense; the characters are intense; the adrenaline spike is intense! But what sucks me into this author’s books again and again is the way she delivers not only such fantastic, action-filled plots but also characters you can’t help but become deeply invested in. Her characters are some of the most complex and best-written characters I’ve encountered, especially in the suspense/thriller genre. And Iskra Todorova has just catapulted to the top of that list.Hers is definitely not a pretty story—she’s done what she’s had to to survive, and that’s definitely shaped the woman she’s become—but that seems to be a homing beacon as far as Metcalfe men are concerned. (If you’ve read Wolfsbane, featuring Leif’s brother Canyon, you’ll know exactly what I mean.) The dynamic between Iskra and Leif is a super-charged mix of physical, intellectual, and soul-level attraction complicated by a whole host of factors, not least of which is the fact that their missions are at complete odds with one another.And that’s only one thread to this story. Like all of Kendig’s books, she’s created a whole team of dynamic personalities and brought back one or two favourites readers will know from her Tox Files series. The banter and the camaraderie are as brilliant as ever, the mission is as intriguing as ever, and the action is in a class of its own. I’ll be counting down the days until I can get my hands on the next book in this series.I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! What a thrilling story! Ronie Kendig is a master storyteller when it comes to military thrillers! This book was full of action! I couldn’t get enough! You won’t want to put this book down! I highly recommend it, but would also recommend reading the Tox Files series first. I really can’t wait for the next book!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • The Sherlock
    January 1, 1970
    My Review: I— she—-Lief—-wha—-April—*dies* In English: BEST READ OF MY ENTIRE YEAR!!!!!! I died multiple times throughout it. The mastery. The writing style. The characters. Ma preciousssssssssssssssssssss. *faints in excellent dramatic fashion* Now if I survive until April it will be a miracle. This book was hyped up a lot. I wondered if I’d actually like it as much as the rest of Ronies books. Well y’all I’m here to say. IT WAS SO GOOD. I LOVE IT MORE THAN THE OTHERS! ZERO DISAPPOINTMENT. JUST My Review: I— she—-Lief—-wha—-April—*dies* In English: BEST READ OF MY ENTIRE YEAR!!!!!! I died multiple times throughout it. The mastery. The writing style. The characters. Ma preciousssssssssssssssssssss. *faints in excellent dramatic fashion* Now if I survive until April it will be a miracle. This book was hyped up a lot. I wondered if I’d actually like it as much as the rest of Ronies books. Well y’all I’m here to say. IT WAS SO GOOD. I LOVE IT MORE THAN THE OTHERS! ZERO DISAPPOINTMENT. JUST......AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! (Pretty sure there should be a limit on exclamation point) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *screams* Leif.... Leif was so good. Like drop dead gorgeous good. But so much more. So upstanding and moral and amazing and gorgeous. (I feel like I’ve said that already) *insert hyperventilating* Ok I’m not sure this actually counts as an intelligible review. But I’m at a loss for words as to how to explain how I feel about this book. So here goes. What’s left of my feelings..... SSGRSSSJNNUKKBNLOUHCDRGVBJIG,?):, €<~^£ ASSDGGJKLLLOOUTEWWBMXZ ♥️😍🙊😈😱🤣🤩😭😫😉🙃🤭😰🙈💔💁‍♀️😖🤩🤩🤩🥳🥳😋🥰😍😘🤫🤭🤔🤗😧😯😲
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Excuse me while I wallow in a book hangover.......Seriously this book was amazing.Action packed, intense, non-stop, ahhhhh I love Kendig's powerful writing!Leif was a great hero (understatement), he was dedicated, protective and loyal (swoon). You meet some of the characters from the Tox files, and they are off on a new epic adventure.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. My review and opinion is my own. It is so good, I want to read it again right be Excuse me while I wallow in a book hangover.......Seriously this book was amazing.Action packed, intense, non-stop, ahhhhh I love Kendig's powerful writing!Leif was a great hero (understatement), he was dedicated, protective and loyal (swoon). You meet some of the characters from the Tox files, and they are off on a new epic adventure.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. My review and opinion is my own. It is so good, I want to read it again right before the second book comes out!!!!!!!Seriously people, it is that good.If you like fast paced romantic suspense, you will definitely not want to miss this book!
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  • Amy Bradsher
    January 1, 1970
    Dear Ronie Kendig,I usually try to make the first line of a review something strong and quote-able, but I’m having trouble finding the words to do so for Storm Rising. Not because I don’t want to, but because I’m still feeling shell-shocked after that cliffhanger of an ending I read late last night, as I wiggled and mentally cheered as the action climaxed in wonderful ways.Except, not all so wonderful. I was so pumped up by the story that I was ready to start on the next one, Kings Falling, imme Dear Ronie Kendig,I usually try to make the first line of a review something strong and quote-able, but I’m having trouble finding the words to do so for Storm Rising. Not because I don’t want to, but because I’m still feeling shell-shocked after that cliffhanger of an ending I read late last night, as I wiggled and mentally cheered as the action climaxed in wonderful ways.Except, not all so wonderful. I was so pumped up by the story that I was ready to start on the next one, Kings Falling, immediately, even though it was somewhere past midnight. I know that Storm Rising hasn’t released yet, but surely you’ll have the sequel out soon, right? and so I looked up the date.April of 2020? That can’t possibly be right. It should be something like, July 10. 2019. Because it’s glaringly obvious that you put a masterful amount of talent and effort and creativity into this book, and so of course you’ll take the time to make the next one just as riveting and wonderful as this one is, but ….I think we might have to revolt. Your reader-fans, I mean. Because I’m not sure how we’re supposed to function for the next nine whole months while we wait for Kings Falling. Take yesterday, for example ….It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. I made lunch after church and then grabbed Storm Rising and headed out to my hammock in the backyard. I couldn’t wait to start – usually, I can finish a book out there, swaying gently, under a canopy of blue sky and green leaves.Except yesterday, the kids were playing kickball nearby, and they kept wanting me to watch. It was so hard to keep closing the book, but I tried to be a good mom and do so. They finally went inside, and I settled in, ready to zoom through the story, but ….Your writing isn’t quite like that of most suspense stories. Rather than focusing strictly on the action, of which there’s a great deal, your lyrical prose kept catching my attention, slowing me down and forcing me to note the details in the scene. I read lines over and over, thinking about what it must feel like, what the words would look like on a banner or a poster or a hat, framed on a wall somewhere, and had to ponder the sound and the meaning before I could read on again.Before I knew it, it was time to make dinner, because my people were hungry …. again. I grilled and cooked and hurried, and then, with the guys heading off to fish, I blended a mocha and headed to the deck, ready to finish the story, when ….My Big Helper showed up, hinting that she wanted to play a game and talk. It soon became apparent, over about 45 games of Sorry, that what she really wanted was to brainstorm ideas for the novel she wants to write this summer. Now, Sorry is my all-time favorite game, and I love that my girl knows that she’s called to write, and I most definitely want to encourage that, but Lief was trying to figure out what was going on with Iskra! I needed to be turning pages and figuring out where you were taking these two, because they are fascinating, but, no, historical fiction was calling her name, and so ….We brainstormed plot lines, made lists, did some research, and just when I thought I could read some more, because it was getting dangerously close to sundown Sunday, the time when I stop my fun reading and resume my regular evening work, when ….The guys came home, fishy and excited, ready to talk. I listened to fish stories, and then we watched a few games of Jeopardy!, and then instead of going to bed, the kids had their own story-plotting meeting, and then they wanted to share aaalllllll of their new ideas, until ….Suddenly it was 11 PM. Everyone disappeared, the lights were off, and I didn’t feel like booting up my computer to continue work on my current project at such a late hour, so reading it was … except should I continue in the Tolkien book for future school planning or pick up Storm Rising again?I knew I should pick up Tolkien. I mean, The Hobbit is THE HOBBIT. It has this big reputation reminiscent of cult-classic with the costumes and foods and fonts and everything that entails. As much as I love to read, I'm also the homeschooling teacher-mom, and I spend my summers reading books and planning curriculum, and Tolkien is on everyone's to-read list, but ….I needed to know Lief’s secret and what Iskra would choose and the secrets that the Book would reveal and so much more. So, smirking a little at The Hobbit‘s cover – they were just hiking and complaining anyway, right? – I picked up Storm Rising again.I read. Through the action and the drama and the love and the pain and the suspense and the danger, I read. Through the mystery and the hope and the heartache, I turned pages. I read. I paused and considered words and reread. And ….Finally, when the clock was nearing 2 AM, I turned the last page.Then immediately picked up my phone to check Amazon for the release date for Kings Falling.So, here we are. Almost 24 hours later, and I’m still misspelling words and feeling antsy and ready to tune back into The Book of the Wars.I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling off-kilter about this, so I’m also not sure how we’re supposed to function for the next nine whole months in limbo.So, please, work your magic. Do your thing. Create. Weave music into your words and love into your characters and bring them to life on the page just like Geppetto did to his boy, and just as you did to Lief and Iskra and the other amazing characters in Storm Rising. But, please …do it quickly!Thank you.Sincerely,Your biggest, fannish-reader ever.AmyPS - Dear Blog Reader,Seriously - if you only have time to read one book this month or this summer or this year - make it this one. The Book of the Wars series is like Indiana Jones for a new generation, and it's awesome. You won't want to miss it.I received a copy of this book from the author. My opinions are all my own.
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  • Sarah Vanscoyoc
    January 1, 1970
    I have so many thoughts for this book! And then my mind is blank trying to figure out what to say about it. I’ve been a fan of Ronie Kendig’s books for years - she actually is the first to really get me hooked on military novels - and was so stoked for this book! I’ve yet to be disappointed by any of her books and this one is certainly not the exception. I was on the proverbial edge of my seat the entire story and only put it down under duress (otherwise known as work) or sleep deprivation. As a I have so many thoughts for this book! And then my mind is blank trying to figure out what to say about it. I’ve been a fan of Ronie Kendig’s books for years - she actually is the first to really get me hooked on military novels - and was so stoked for this book! I’ve yet to be disappointed by any of her books and this one is certainly not the exception. I was on the proverbial edge of my seat the entire story and only put it down under duress (otherwise known as work) or sleep deprivation. As always, Ms. Kendig kept the suspense and action going from beginning to end. I often felt as though I was there with the team, racing against the “bad guys” and the clock. I loved getting to know this newly formed team of characters, though some of them are familiar from previous stories. I so enjoyed the banter and general aggravation they use to nudge one another along, as well as Leif’s jokes! I tend to try not to play favorites with a group of characters like this one, but there are definitely had a couple that I couldn’t resist. Like the one with a thing for superhero references . . . . One of my favorite things about all of Kendig’s books is how she’s able to switch the story around from several different perspectives without my getting lost or the story losing momentum. I find it allows me to get to know more of the team than just the two or three characters that tend to have the leading roles in the story. I also loved the historical aspects of the book and am now immensely curious about the Book of Wars, because I’m nerdy like that. I appreciate that this story isn’t just one military op after another, but rather there’s a couple different mysteries going on as well, which I’m hoping will continue to be pursued in the next book. Speaking of, the cliffhanger here definitely has me incredibly impatient for “Kings Falling”! Which means I’ll probably just be rereading all of Ms. Kendig’s books until March 2020, when it’s slated to hit stores. Overall, I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy edge of your seat suspense with some Tomb-Raider-meets-Indiana-Jones-and-probably-some-other-analogy-that-better-suits antiquity action. *My thanks to the author and publisher for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise, and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    If I had to describe Storm Rising to one random, unsuspecting stranger walking down the road, I would say that it is amazing because really, both the plot and wonderful, complex characters are absolutely amazing. And fast-paced because once the book picks up (which is very soon) it doesn’t stop until the very last page! And suspenseful because I was on the edge of my seat the whole time while reading this. And deep because even though it has the more surface suspense, it also had many deep theme If I had to describe Storm Rising to one random, unsuspecting stranger walking down the road, I would say that it is amazing because really, both the plot and wonderful, complex characters are absolutely amazing. And fast-paced because once the book picks up (which is very soon) it doesn’t stop until the very last page! And suspenseful because I was on the edge of my seat the whole time while reading this. And deep because even though it has the more surface suspense, it also had many deep themes and undercurrents and flawed, real characters that I loved. Finally, I would say that I loved, absolutely LOVED, this book and that they need to buy it and read it as soon as possible. They might walk away a little creeped out because when I’m passionate about something I often come across a little strong. They probably wouldn’t end up buying this amazing book if they’re that creeped out. But let me tell you one thing, if you enjoy edge-of-your-seat suspense with some sweet romance thrown in, I would highly recommend you pick this book up!**I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher but all the opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are my own.**
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