By Kelly Bridgewater
Military fiction. Lots of technical jargon in a far away area where most readers have never been. Especially when the story takes place in Afghanistan. Who really wants to go there anyway with all the terrorist threats and the Muslims hating Christians and women? Sounds like a dangerous place to visit. You don’t hear many people saying, I want to travel to Afghanistan. I’m definitely not one of them.
Ronie Kendig is a military brat who has traveled probably all over the world as a kid and an adult. If you haven’t read her books, she features military in the majority of her books. Her latest series, “The Quiet Professionals” takes place in Afghanistan with a group of male soldiers. The first book in the series is called Raptor 6. The second book is entitled Hawk.
Hawk is the nickname given to Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe who deals with the idea of God and his past of being called “smart.” Hawk is a strong hero who hates the terrorist, especially after he is told to stand down and watches two men on his team die before his very eyes. Hawk has a temper, which lands him in a lot of trouble with his team. Even through all his character flaws, he is the type of hero any girl would want protecting her in time of trouble.
The heroine is named Fekiria Haidary, a Muslim lady who struggles with the idea of the Western God and wants to be seen as an equal in the eyes of the Muslim men. Without her father’s permission and ignoring her father’s direct orders to leave the army, Fekiria trains to become a pilot secretly. She becomes one of the best pilots the group has seen in a long time. Wanting to please herself and what she believes she is called to do, she keeps flying, even though she runs into her brother and all hell breaks loose.
The plot becomes dangerous as Fekiria has to use her pilot skills to wreck havoc on a local young girl school that her friend is teaching at. Through a blizzard with the reality of frostbite while being chased further up a mountainside by the shrouded terrorists, Fekiria and Hawk must keep their skills ready at a moment’s notice while trying to survive the bitter cold temperatures with little children on their backs.
I, personally, enjoyed this military crafted story much better than Raptor 6. It was more of a struggle for the two characters who had to deal with their past issues and come together to find love, God, and true freedom. The writing was riveting, especially with the details of the frozen tundra and the wind whipping through the characters thin clothes. I felt like I was climbing that mountain with them as they struggled for their lives.
I received a e-copy of the book from NetGalley and the opinions are all my own.