Monday, July 1, 2019

Ronie Kendig: Storm Rising

By Kelly Bridgewater

Mentioned in the pages of the Septuagint but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets--and dangers--never before seen on earth.

Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is finally given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as "Viorica" snatches the volume right out from under them.

Iskra "Viorica" Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most--freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives--entire nations. Though both are haunted by secrets of the past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in two-thousand-year-old words could unleash the storm of their own destruction.

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My Thoughts:

Ronie Kendig's The Book of Wars series opener, Storm Rising, is a tension filled mixture of James Bond and Indiana Jones. The plot moved and kept moving from one hair raising moment to the next. Wow! I can't imagine writing something like this. I know that movies do it all the time, so I know it can be done, but to have Kendig create it out of words for my imagination to fill in the blank is a huge feat. If readers are familiar with Kendig's previous series, The Tox Files, then they should be familiar with Leif. He is a truly heroic man who will do anything to protect others. So of course,  Iskra makes the perfect foil for Leif. She wants her freedom, but she is equipped with skills to challenge any assassin. Her reasoning for hunting to the Book of Wars is honest and admirable. Overall, Ronie Kendig's Storm Rising took me for a wild ride all over and allowed me to empathize with the characters. I anxiously await for the next book in the series. Like I do with all of Kendig's novels. Definitely books for the keeper shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 5+ out of 5 stars

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About the Author:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live a short train ride from New York City with their children, VVolt N629 (retired military working dog) and Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters. Visit Ronie online at:
FB: RapidFireFiction
Twitter: @RonieKendig
Instagram: @kendigronie

Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and Rapid-Fire Fiction novels have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim, including:

2017 RT Reviewers' Choice Award Finalist - Crown of Souls (Inspirational Suspense)
2016 RT Reviewers' Choice Award Winner - Conspiracy of Silence (Inspirational Suspense)
2016 Carol Award Finalist - The Warrior's Seal (Novella)
2016 INSPY Shortlist - Falcon (Suspense/Mystery/Thriller)
2016 INSPY Shortlist - Embers (Speculative Fiction)
2015 RT Reviewer's Choice Award Finalist - Falcon
2015 FamilyFiction 15 Top Books of 2015 - Falcon
2015 Lime Award Winner - Falcon (Suspense)
2014 INSPY Award Finalist - Talon: Combat Tracking Team Dog
2013 HOLT Medallion Winner - Trinity: Military War Dog (Best Book by a Virginia Author)
2013 Selah Award Winner - Firethorn (Fiction - Suspense)
2013 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Winner - Trinity: Military War Dog (Romantic Suspense)
2012 Christy Award Winner - Wolfsbane (Contemporary Romance)
2012 Lime Award Winner - Firethorn (Suspense)
2012 Carol Award Finalist - Wolfsbane (Romantic Suspense)
Christian Retailing's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Finalist - Nightshade
2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Finalist - Nightshade (Romantic Suspense)
Named one of the Top 25 Christian Fiction Suspense, Mystery, and Thriller Writers by FamilyFiction (Sept 2011)
2011 FamilyFiction Readers' Choice Awards - 3rd place as New Favorite Author, 8th place with Nightshade for Novel of the Year.
INSPY Award Shortlist final in Mystery/Thriller (Dead Reckoning)
The Christian Manifesto's 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Nightshade)

Ronie's titles include:
-->THE TOX FILES series: The Warrior's Seal (novella), Conspiracy of Silence, Crown of Souls, & Thirst of Steel
-->DISCARDED HEROES series: Nightshade, Digitalis, Wolfsbane, Firethorn, & Lygos (novella)
-->A BREED APART series: Trinity, Talon, Beowulf
-->THE QUIET PROFESSIONALS series: Raptor 6, Hawk, Falcon, Titanis (novella)
-->Operation Zulu: Redemption
--> Additional novellas in the Central Park Rendezvous and Denali Dreams anthologies

Ronie can be found at, on Facebook (, Twitter (@roniekendig), Instagram (@kendigronie) and GoodReads. (Taken from Amazon.)

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