The Darkest Hour (KGI Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Intelligence: high. Body: hard. Mission: what no one else can do.

It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a ...
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The Darkest Hour (KGI Series #1)

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Overview

Intelligence: high. Body: hard. Mission: what no one else can do.

It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.


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Editorial Reviews

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In an intriguing mix of military action and sizzling romance, this latest of the KGI series features ex-Navy Seal Ethan Kelly's fight to reclaim the life and love of his wife Rachel, who had gone missing and had been presumed dead a year earlier. He enlists the members of his family in his struggle, who run a special operations group known as Kelly Group International, or KGI. Ethan's emotional and physical resources are put to the test rescuing Rachel, who proves to be a tough cookie in her own right, at one point eluding kidnappers by swimming through a lake at night, all while nursing a broken arm. Their battle to reclaim Rachel's lost memories and solve the problems raised by the reappearance of those memories is engaging and entertaining. While well-paced throughout, its final pages reveal an author in too much of a hurry to bring her tale to a conclusion. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101443170
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: KGI Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 3,733
  • File size: 464 KB

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    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 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!

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Great Series!

    291 pages • Romantic Suspense.

    Great series! Maya Banks has been added to my list of top authors. I love the character development and the story line doesn't give me a sense of deja vu like some other authors. I actually started the series with the second book instead of this one and was hooked. This book is not my favorite in the series, but overall they are a good read.

    • 1 - Darkest Hour (291 pgs)
    • 2 - No Place to Run (239 pgs)
    • 3 - Hidden Away (290 pgs)
    • 4 - Whispers in the Dark (327 pgs)
    • 5 - Echoes at Dawn (276 pgs)
    • 6 - Shades of Gray (257 pgs)
    • 7 - Forged in Steele (324 pgs)
    • 8 - After the Storm (to be released Dec 2013)

    Other recommendations: Julie Garwood, Nora Roberts, and Black Knights Inc series by Julie Ann Walker.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    Spectacular read!

    This has to be the best laid out first book for a dynamic series, since the Suzanne Brockmann series. Into it a quarter of the way I am in tears. The couple in this book are so real and perfect the way you wish all relationships were, JUST REAL. The action scene felt as though I was watching a movie. I usually hate a second story line going on at the same time, but this one blended in perfectly. I read this in 6 hours. I just couldnt put it down. The plot was so awesome, and all of the characters so memorable. I can hardly wati till Dec. 2010 for the second one. You go Girl....

    6 out of 9 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 September 18, 2010

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    soooooo great

    Such a great book if not for the three kids I would never have put it down the characters were so real and you couldn't help but fall in love with them the whole story line seemed so well thought out I couldn't wait for the next page. The only bad thing about this book is waiting till Nov. for the next one. This book is a must read and make sure you have down time to read it because after the first page you won't want to put it down.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    A must read...

    I was reluctant to read this series of books, thinking they would be like most other romance novels: boy saves girl,he becomes her hero and they live happily ever after. I could not have been more wrong.

    The emotions, character development, action and story line are well done.

    I cried and laughed through this book. You can feel the characters emotions and love they have for each other.

    Be sure to read the following books in this series. The author continues with the same writing qualities...

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Fantastic!

    I admit that i was not sure i was gonna like the book.....but WOW! I was so captured by the storyline and the characters that it was like they were my friendsand family. The series is on the top of my list of favorites and i cant wait to read ones coming out next year.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

    Great Book

    Love this book. Emotional, but action packed, never boring. Makes you want to read the others in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Great read!!!

    This book is the type of book i would read on vacation so that i can escape to another world of military hunks and hottie.... so much testosterone yet so much passion and love....captures real life and is believable, not some over the top romance. I look forward to reading more books by Maya Banks because this one hit my taste right away...had trouble with romance novels before but never again with this one! Ms. Banks definitely set the bar pretty high for other action pack romance novels to come!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    The KGI Series is simply the best.

    The KGI Series is ranked my all time favorite! I cry when Ethan cries in this one. In No Place To Run, I fell in love with how Sophie sacrifices herself for the Kelly family. I've always been in love with Garrett, but Donovan will always be my favorite. Him &Steele. The way he and Sarah connect was the best. And how Sarah is so courageous, ughhh, I love her. She's so sweet and I just love her. The Kelly bond touches my heart and I can read the books over and over again until I go blind. : )

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Ms. Banks created in "The Darkest Hour" a great romance along with a great para-military suspense. The amazing part is she did this while creating 9 other novels or novellas during the same year - 2010. Prolific is an apt title for this author. Bunny

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

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    Great new series

    I really loved this book. It was packed full of adventure, drama, and love. I fell in love with the Kelly family and can't wait to read the next book. Enjoy

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    The KGI really will catch you!

    Really really a good book! I'm on the third book in the KGI Series and can't stop reading them. I like that the family is involved in all the stories. There is a great plot to the books and a lot of romance. This series is very different from some other books I've read by Myra Banks. As I said they have a story, it's not just sex. The characters really pull you in! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Zevon Manic

    Lauren Dane is one of my favorite authors (not writers). To me, in this genre especially, there is a BIG difference.

    Since I hate to give too many plot details, suffice it to say that the brothers who make up KGI each are given fantastic characterizations.

    I've never been a fan of military type romance books, but this book hooked me within 25 pages.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    **Zevon Manic**

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Great Story line and wonderful characters

    At first I was not so sure, and I got the sample...boy was I mistaken, once I finished reading the first chapter I bought the whole book. Its a wonderful book, the characters are so real and the men are simply amazing...now I just bought the sencond and third book in the series...Loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Fantastic

    Im hooked. This book was absolutely AMAZING, getting ready to start the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Great start

    Loved this book. Great start to a series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2014

    This story is about Rachel Kelly who went to South America with

    This story is about Rachel Kelly who went to South America with a group of relief workers. On her way back, the plane went down and she was pronounced dead. Her husband, Ethan, has pretty much stayed drunk for the past year but on the one year anniversary of her death Ethan received a package with pictures of her and a note saying she was alive.  The package also contained maps and coordinates of her location so Ethan and his brothers (all highly trained former military) plan a mission and went to get her. They successfully rescue her but Rachel has lost her memory and is addicted to drugs - they kept her drugged while in captivity so she would be easier to handle. This was a pretty thrilling story with the brothers trying to figure out who held Rachel and why. Then, when they realize that someone has found out that Rachel is still alive and keeps trying to have her killed, it gets even more exciting.

    I loved the closeness of the family.  The brothers were great, highly skilled and had a great 'don't mess with our family' attitude. I didn't really like Rachel much. She couldn't remember much after her year as a captive but she came across as being perfect before she left. I couldn't get around the fact that if she was so perfect, why was Ethan wanting to divorce her? I got tired of hearing her called Sweet Pea and baby all the time too.  While Ethan was devastated that Rachael died he really wasn't such a great guy.  When Rachel came back, he was more concerned about her remembering that he'd asked for a divorce before she left, than anything else. Then everyone would know he was a jerk.

    I liked the brothers and want to read their stories. I did like this book and will be reading more in the KGI series.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

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    When a man loses his wife it's like the world just stops spinnin

    When a man loses his wife it's like the world just stops spinning and nothing is what it seems. You just become
    stuck in this kind of rut and even when family tries to help you through the pain, you just don't want or take any kindness.

    But when a package declaring that your wife isn't dead.....well that just hits below the belt!

    Ethan Kelly lost his wife to a tragic accident when she was doing some mission trips overseas. Or so he thought.
    The package he received in the mail shows that his wife Rachel is still alive but held captive.

    And who does he turn to for help?

    The Government? Why would they help when she was declared dead a year ago?

    The Police? She's all the way over in another country, how could they help?

    KGI? Of course. His own brothers decided after their tour in the military they banned together to form this elite special
    ops group called the KGI....tough notch secret FAMILY business. So when little brother Ethan shows up at their door after a
    year proving that his wife is indeed alive, they will do anything to get her back.

    But what if she isn't the same Rachel Kelly they all knew and love? And why the cover up of her dying? And why would
     ANYONE from that compound want Ethan to find her? All these questions are asked to a lonely woman who was held
    captive for nearly a year and with no memory of what happened. Can Ethan put back the pieces for her before anything
    else happens to her? Or is she doomed to not know for the rest of her life?

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