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The Darkest Hour (KGI Series #1)

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18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic New Military Romantic Suspense Series

Get ready military romantic suspense fans for Maya Banks fantastic new The Kelly Group International (KGI) series for Berkley Sensation which debuts with THE DARKEST HOUR in Sept. 2010. Ex-Navy SEAL, Ethan Kelly is trying to forget the first year anniversary of his wi...
Get ready military romantic suspense fans for Maya Banks fantastic new The Kelly Group International (KGI) series for Berkley Sensation which debuts with THE DARKEST HOUR in Sept. 2010. Ex-Navy SEAL, Ethan Kelly is trying to forget the first year anniversary of his wife, Rachel's death by getting drunk when he receives a mysterious FedEx package. Rachel died in an Amazon plane crash while doing relief work in South America. Ethan has been a recluse for the last year to his large, close family which includes his loving parents and five brothers. Ethan's two younger brothers, Joe and Nathan are still in the military. However, his three other brothers, Sam, Garrett and Donovan run KGI, a super elite, top secret business specializing in hostage/kidnap recovery handling jobs the U.S. government can't undertake and they've been trying to recruit Ethan to join them. After going to the cemetery, Ethan opens the envelope and can't believe that there are photos of Rachel as a hostage in the jungle with a message that she is still alive! Ethan takes the photos to his brothers' KGI headquarters and they decide there's enough evidence to try to rescue her. Although injured on the mission, Ethan returns with Rachel determined to help her get well and put their lives back together. But secrets are hindering their progress. Why was Rachel held hostage and is she still in danger? And why does Rachel keep having bad dreams of something not being quite right in their marriage despite Ethan's loving behavior? Maya Banks has penned an absolutely brilliant debut to her KGI military series with THE DARKEST HOUR. Not only are the six Kelly brothers seriously hot heroes, they're men of honor, compassion and the right stuff to accomplish any daring mission. Add to this mix strong, loving women that are their perfect match and you get a phenomenal new romantic suspense series for readers to savor!

posted by ReadersGroupsLiaison on July 10, 2010

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11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Not A Thriller

I like Maya Banks' books, but this one was a strange combination of sappy drama and lame action. It sounded interesting, if far-fetched: Everyone thinks wife is dead, but she's really alive, held captive by drug cartel and developed amnesia; husband rescues her and the...
I like Maya Banks' books, but this one was a strange combination of sappy drama and lame action. It sounded interesting, if far-fetched: Everyone thinks wife is dead, but she's really alive, held captive by drug cartel and developed amnesia; husband rescues her and then has to protect her from the bad guys. The rescue sequence was ok, but then the book floundered along, dealing with the wife coming back from the dead to a husband that had some big dark secrets (which were pretty stupid - yeah, he was a real jerk before the wife "died", but deal with it and get over it already!). And then Ms. Banks threw in the requisite bad guy and his scheme to kill the wife, which never really took off until the very end.
Based on the other review, this is apparently the first in a series based on the Kelly guys. This could explain why there were all these little side-stories, which never developed into anything that added positively to this book, just cluttered it up. Hopefully the next in the KGI series will be a little more exciting - either that or they should be marketed as sappy dramas for those who like that kind of thing.

posted by GA_Girl on September 15, 2010

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    Not A Thriller

    I like Maya Banks' books, but this one was a strange combination of sappy drama and lame action. It sounded interesting, if far-fetched: Everyone thinks wife is dead, but she's really alive, held captive by drug cartel and developed amnesia; husband rescues her and then has to protect her from the bad guys. The rescue sequence was ok, but then the book floundered along, dealing with the wife coming back from the dead to a husband that had some big dark secrets (which were pretty stupid - yeah, he was a real jerk before the wife "died", but deal with it and get over it already!). And then Ms. Banks threw in the requisite bad guy and his scheme to kill the wife, which never really took off until the very end.
    Based on the other review, this is apparently the first in a series based on the Kelly guys. This could explain why there were all these little side-stories, which never developed into anything that added positively to this book, just cluttered it up. Hopefully the next in the KGI series will be a little more exciting - either that or they should be marketed as sappy dramas for those who like that kind of thing.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2012

    I really wanted to like this book. It had all the components tha

    I really wanted to like this book. It had all the components that normally make for a good read. Hot, Special Forces type guy. Throw in a few hot, Special Forces type guys that happen to be his brother AND, they own their own Good-Guys-Saving-The-World company. The damsel in distress, that just happens to be his wife. Everyone rallying around to save her and the extended family. It really should of added up to a great read. Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the book to grab me and it never did. Everyone and everything in the book did what they were suppose to but it didn't have 'chemistry'.
    I also found it increasingly annoying that Ethan called Rachel 'Baby' about every other sentence.
    To be fair, the author was setting up alot of ground work for the next books to come in her KGI series but it just bored me. I did buy the second book, No Place To Run, figuring the series would really take off but I found it to be the same in pacing etc. Ironically enough, the annoying factor was in this book as well. It's not calling the wife 'Baby' but putting his hand on her pregnant belly. ALL THE TIME.
    I won't be reading the rest of the series and I wish I wouldn't of spent the time and money on the second book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 8, 2014

    Romance Masquerading as Thriller

    Plenty of sex with too little action.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Great read

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