Crown of Souls (Tox Files Series #2)

Crown of Souls (Tox Files Series #2)

by Ronie Kendig

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"Kendig has out done herself."--RT Book Reviews on Conspiracy of Silence

Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole "Tox" Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.

Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he's out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.

Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating--he's using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.

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ISBN-13: 9781493411948
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Tox Files Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 154,802
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She's penned more than a dozen novels, including Conspiracy of Silence, The Quiet Professionals series, and the A Breed Apart series. She and her hunky hero hubby have a fun, crazy life with their children and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. Visit her online at
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty novels. 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 and a retired military working dog. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters. Visit her at

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Crown of Souls 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
MFurumasu More than 1 year ago
There’s a line in this book which I agree with, “Faced with cruel missions and outcomes. How was he still walking upright?” This is exactly what I kept thinking throughout this book. How can they be going through all these things and still be going? Tox and his team are like the Energizer bunny rabbit. They keep going and going and going! Ronie Kendig truly knows how to put her characters through so much. In this story, you will find flavors of Indiana Jones, National Treasure, and The Mummy, all wrapped up in one. If you like adventure then this is the story for you. It will keep you on the edge of your chair until you’re finished, and you won’t want to put it down until you’ve read it all. Then, you won’t want it to be done! Ronie Kendig also brought in beautiful words of encouragement we can all use. “In Exodus, it says God will fight for you. That you must only be still.” “Get out of His way, so He can work.” If you want to read a book packed full of intrigue, suspense, action, drama, military struggles, and just a bit of romance, then this is the book for you! You won't be able to breathe deeply until the end, but it will be worth it. I highly recommend reading the book. Pick it up and start on the adventure of your life. I was given this book by the author for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
Cannot. Believe. It. Ronie Kendig has truly outdone herself with Crown of Souls. She totally stepped everything up several notches - the action, the mystery and suspense, the romance. My heart was pounding throughout the entire book! The writing, as always, is superb. Ms. Kendig has a way of pulling the reader in at page one and not letting go. Oh, and the action-packed adventures in this book! I would rather read her incredibly detailed action-adventure scenes than watch James Bond, Mission Impossible, Indiana Jones, or Marvel movies. The plot in this book was more intricate and complicated than the previous book Conspiracy of Silence. Deliciously crafted twists and turns to the storyline were gasp-inducing. This book answers some questions that have been lingering since the novella but the epilogue opens up a whole new world of questions only the next book can answer (I hope!). I would recommend that readers who are new to the Tox File series start with Warrior's Seal, which is a prequel novella (and currently free). This novella will lay the groundwork for the continuation of the saga in the Conspiracy of Silence. Reading Conspiracy of Silence prior to this current book, Crown of Souls, will give the readers good backdrop and background details for the thrilling adventure that happens in this second full-length novel. Now onto the characters..... Cole is very vulnerable in this book, which is quite wonderful and refreshing. To see a seasoned warrior, one of the best that the country has, be so broken and needing love is....totally hero-worthy. He's drowning in self-doubt and guilt from his past actions and only Haven's love and God's grace and forgiveness can help him. Haven is a steadfast beacon in a world of darkness, full of wisdom, compassion, love, unswerving loyalty, and goodness. She's not battle-hardened like Cole but he needs her softness and gentleness to help him. The secondary characters, including Cole's Wraith team members and the two archeologists and other governmental agency agents, are wonderfully crafted and give the story more depth and dimension. The banter amongst the men of Cole's team provides great humor and is quite delightful. I was disappointed not seeing Chiji, Cole's Nigerian friend, in this book, though he is mentioned multiple times. Hopefully he'll be back for the next book in the series? Haven's steady and quiet but solid faith is admirable. Cole's faith is shaky but he's learning to trust in small increments and not let his guilt or sense of failure drag him away from his loving Creator and Savior. Can't wait for the next book!!! I received a digital ARC of the book from Bethany House and author via Crown of Souls Influencers group. I was not required to write a review or write a favorable review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
BRushlow More than 1 year ago
A book that will leave you breathless and quite possibly with jet lag as you follow Tox and crew to help stop a mad man. A mad man who is one of them. A special forces soldier who has decided to take justice into his own hands. I am really loving this series. Ronie has always written top notch military fiction, but this series adds the excitement of looking for ancient artifacts. Ones that have the ability to cause a plague and massive deaths. We also are seeing the inside of the mind of a soldier. One who wants to right what is wrong, but also under strict orders. HOOAH for Ronie Kendig.
Fala19 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a book is so good that I struggle to put into words just how amazing it is. Crown of Souls is just that kind of book. It took me a little bit to get my thoughts about it in order. Usually, after I finish reading a book, I immediately go write my review. But not with this one. There was so much sheer awesomeness that it took me a day to figure out what to say. Wow! What a way to start a book! I was hooked from that very first sentence. This is a big book, but it went by lightning quick. The pace was fast and furious, never letting up. I couldn't read it fast enough. There were times when my heart was pounding furiously and I caught myself holding my breath. The action was so intense, the danger felt so real. I felt like I was right in the middle of the action. There was never a good place to stop. I didn't want to put it down. I mean, there were times I'd have to because... 'real life'... but I was never happy about it. Crown of Souls takes a closer look at Tox and his past, the demons he's fighting, the fears he's struggling with. His old friend and teammate has him in his sights, making Tox question everything about himself. It was great reconnecting with Tox and the team for another archaeological mystery and race against time. There were so many complex layers weaved seamlessly throughout. The amount of research that must've gone into this novel... mind blowing! Crown of Souls is another spectacular, edge of your seat, nonstop thriller from Ronie Kendig and is her finest work yet! If you haven't picked up this series, run and grab yourself a copy! I can't recommend it highly enough and am very eager for book three! I received a copy of this book from the author. All thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Buckle up butter cup because Tox has returned and he ain't holding back. Cole "Tox" Russell and his team are home and enjoying a new "normal" when their lives are thrust into yet another mission--and this one's personal. An ancient crown that carries a lethal legend; imminent danger to those Tox loves; and a past that won't let him believe there's hope. Reading this story is like watching an epic Indiana Jones adventure... on steroids. What I love about Ms. Kendig's writing is her ability to make the words come alive on every page. There wasn't a second when I didn't feel like I was living and breathing these character's lives with them. I enjoyed getting to the guts of Tox's personality and discover what drives him and what scares him. The tension those revelations bring to his relationship with Haven and his team felt authentic and believable. The undercurrent of theme rang true to both the plot and characters and added a richness to the story I appreciated. While the atmosphere within these pages is intense, Ms. Kendig's ability to masterfully create dimensional characters allow them to escort readers through the emotional highs and lows of a plot that does not quit. The historical and mythical content of the storyline was riveting and I couldn't turn the pages quick enough. Ms. Kendig's Rapid-Fire Fiction never fails to satisfy readers looking for high-caliber fiction but Crown of Souls kicks epic story-telling to a thrilling level that will not disappoint! ***I received a copy of a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
crjimenez More than 1 year ago
Once again Ronie Kendig draws us into a complex world of military, history, and fantasy. The story she weaves has so many layers that all work together, building to a such a climax that you can't stop reading! I'm continually impressed with her knowledge & use of both historical & geographical information as well as her military vocabulary & descriptions. Better than any action flick, Kendig's books play the scenes before you as you are both main character & a fly on the wall. Tox Russell's unfolding story is so moving, especially his struggle with his past & the war within regarding his identity. Is he a monster? Is he worthy of redemption? Heart still pounding from having just finished Crown of Souls, I'm already anxiously awaiting the next chapter of the Tox Files!
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Crown of Souls is a global thrill ride suffused with heart pounding, adrenaline driven moments. Kendig is a master at characterization and The Tox Files characters are just getting better and better! I was a little intimidated by the length of this book but it didn’t take long to realize when it was over, I wished it wasn’t. That’s the thing about Kendig’s stories, I can never get enough! Cole ‘Tox’ Russell has become one of my favorite characters that Kendig has written. Yes, he is the ultimate spec -ops soldier but this time he is really and truly swoony. Oh my! There are a couple of the most amazingly romantic moments between Tox and Haven. Mind you, this is in no way a focus in this story but it’s such a vital glimpse into their relationship and getting to know them even better as a couple. If you’ve read Kendig’s Discarded Heroes Series, you are in for a surprise. If you haven’t, you are missing the beginning of a great author’s career in fiction writing. And that’s all I am saying about that. ;-) I genuinely loved this book and recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction with a high intensity military focus that weaves in a truly gripping ancient mystery. I think anyone who has enjoyed The DaVinci Code, Jason Bourne, The Librarian and any adventure/thriller/mystery/ancient treasure hunting book or movie will be enthralled with this series. I received a digital copy for review purposes from the publisher through Netgalley. No compensation has been received.
TS1 More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Tox!! Crown of Souls, book 2 in the Tox files, is even better than Conspiracy of Silence. The opening completely hooked me! Seriously, Ms. Kendig is the queen of killer openings! I was riveted and happily jumped back into the world of Tox and his crew. Cell was back with his sarcastic humor. Thor with his mighty glower. Ram and all his mystery. Maangi with his stealth. And Haven. The romance between Russell and Haven had its ups and downs. Y'all, I can't even. I wish I could lay it all out there but no one like spoilers. Trust me, you will be glued to their story. I mean glued! I'm sure I came undone a few times as my heart jumped in my throat and my eyes devoured every word in front of me. All I can say is bring on Thirst of Steel. *I received a free copy from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Ok, wow. When I first started this book let me say that I was not expecting the experience that I had. I will say first off that this is the second book of a series. I did not read the first one; I wish I did -not that my enjoyment for this one would have been any less. I really was pulled into this story. This is my favorite Ronie Kendig story to date. I thought that I was getting a military tactical action adventure. What you have here in The Crown of Souls is that but with a dash of the supernatural thrown in. Think Indiana Jones, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, and The Mummy (Brendan Fraser version). This was definitely a reading adventure. I liked Tox- his real name is Cole Russell. He was very devoted to his team and very protective of his love, Haven. Each team member has such a distinct personality and I was biting my nails on some of their exploits. There are overreaching themes it seems that will be running through this series. I am also interested in finding out more about some mysterious characters- are they good or bad or in between. Another thing which proved to be very important was that there was a little bit of a dual timeline. So what happened in the past was very important and affected the present day. This book was hard to put down and at one time I had to go to sleep but I had left the team in quite a perilous situation. This was an adrenaline filled read that would look great on the big screen. I recommended this to my non-fiction reader husband- there is romance but there is a lot more action adventure. I look forward to the next Tox File and to see where the team’s next adventure takes them. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are back with another mission. As they race around the globe to solve the mystery of an ancient artifact, a crown that has Biblical ties, the personal stakes continue to rise. Crown of Souls combines military maneuvers, history, crime, mystery and a touch of science fiction to bring readers another adrenaline-filled adventure with team Wraith. As the team travels from the US to Iraq, Egypt, and more, readers need to buckle in as they’re swept along with them. During their mission, Tox fights his demons. Is he like the man he once consider a friend who is extracting vengeance without directive? Will his team leave him when they find out his secret? And most of all, how will Haven feel about him when the truth is brought to light? Kendig does an excellent job of balancing all of the alpha-male testosterone with Haven and Tzivia. Both of these women hold their own against this group of men. Haven brings out not only protective side but a softer side of Tox that most don’t get to see. If you’re a fan of Indiana Jones, military movies, or stories that just plain suck you in and carry you along, Crown of Souls is a must-read. It is book 2 in the Tox Files and can be read as a standalone story but you’ll gain more insight to many members of the team if you read Conspiracy of Silence first. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Crown of Souls has it all! It has been a while since I’ve read a book this good! “Crown of Souls” kept my attention all the way and I didn’t want to stop reading – and if I had to stop, I couldn’t wait to get back to it! I love all the ingredients that make up this story; fast-paced action, special forces, secret mission, a mysterious artifact, historical facts, biblical truths, digging deep into the mind and heart of Tox who wrestles with his conscience, a Special Forces operator gone rogue, and more! I also loved the humor and the camaraderie. And . . . oh, the suspense! Wonderful writing by a great minded author.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: An ancient crown brings madness. Tox and Wraith must stop its wearer. Crown of Souls is Book 2 in the Tox Files series. Like Conspiracy of Silence, Book 1, and The Warrior’s Seal–the novella which preceded them–Crown of Souls is part action, part romance, part supernatural fiction. Tox Russell is a special forces dude now operating way black. He’s very conflicted about a lot of things: his team, his romance, his past, his future. At the same time, he’s very dedicated to his team, his missions, his country, and his love. These apparent conflicts make Tox a very real and very interesting character, although, I must admit, the frequent mention of his dark past gets irritating. Hearing the “if they knew what I’ve done, they wouldn’t love/respect/follow me” refrain repeated gets old fast. This time Tox and his team are tasked with finding and bringing in or down a former teammate of Tox’s, Alec King. Alec has apparently gone rogue and must be stopped. Crown of Souls also examines the ever deepening relationship of Tox and Haven Linwood. We wonder throughout the book if they’ll ever rid themselves of their insecurities and the past. Haven is an analysist assigned to the team, Tox’s childhood friend now grown up, and the sister of the woman Tox accidentally killed on a mission. While Tox and Haven are trying to figure out their relationship, they’re also on a mission to find Alec King and to destroy the artifact that’s driving him crazy. Interwoven between the scenes of their search is the story of Thefarie, a Knight Templar who searched for the artifact in the 1100s. There is an element of the supernatural in the character of Ti Tzzaddik, who appears at the most opportune times seemingly out of nowhere. My description may sound crazy, but I’ve grown fond of the characters in this series. The book is long, 470 pages, but I read the novel pretty much straight through. Ronie has another great series going–Crown of Souls won’t be the last book with this crew. Four stars. Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, prolific author who writes military-themed novels. She’s written over a dozen books containing the stories special forces heroes, military working dogs, and now the Tox Files. She and her husband, Brian, are in the process of moving to New York. We can anticipate many more exciting books-especially as Ronie moves more to the supernatural. Bethany Books gave me a copy of Crown of Souls, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw the cover for Crown of Souls, I was reminded of the Bourne series. This is a book (and series) my dad would enjoy, minus the romance here and there. I'm curious about book 1, a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed. Sounds interesting! Crown of Souls is book 2 in The Tox Files series and she's already got book 3 set to publish in July 2018. I'm already thinking Christmas gift (at least books 1 and 2) for my dad. Note: It is not like Jason Bourne, or Jack Ryan. This is a whole military unit the reader follows, though Tox is the main character. Now, let's get down to brass tacks... The details in this book make it believable, make Tox a believable character. And the fact that this is book 2, don't let that deter you. I haven't read the first book and, though I was a bit lost in the first few chapters, the author does a great job of bringing us up to speed. Yet, she doesn't do it to the point that the reader is skimming through parts or sections...that is, she doesn't overdo the explanations. It's just enough of a reminder for book 1.  Initially, I thought this was merely a fictional military novel. And that's fine. But when I reached maybe the middle of the novel, it occurred to me that these books may be more than just about fighting. This was really a pleasant surprise. It's a mixture of special forces meets Indiana Jones in a way. In a nutshell (without spoiling the book), there's a madman killing the top baddest of the bad (along with innocents), long delayed echos (aka "ghost skips"), a highly sought after artifact, ancient burial sites and lots and lots of action.  For those that love action, they'll enjoy this novel. For the individuals that prefer military books, they probably would enjoy this book. For anyone that likes a good mystery/thriller, I'd count Crown of Souls as the book for them. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review, but I'm thinking of purchasing the Tox series so my dad has a chance to read them in order.
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
Another winner by Ronie Kendig. Kendig doesn't disappoint the reader of this book. She has a wonderful way with words and tells a good story. A sniper is on the loose targeting military personnel (or ex-military personnel) The reader is kept on the edge of his/her seat throughout most of the book. I loved it.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
Wow! Ronie Kendig has done it again, forever claiming a spot as one of my go-to military, thriller, suspense authors! Imagine if a military suspense, The Lord of the Rings, and National Treasure where all thrown into a literary blender, and then this concoction is sprinkled with a sweet romance. Clearly, I am no chef, but I think you get the point that this book is amazing! Re-dive into the world of Cole "Tox" Russell, Haven (Kasey), Ram, and Tzivia. A world where history and the supernatural collide with our modern-day issues and unbelief. The story mostly flows from Tox and Haven's perspectives, but Ram (I love Ram!), Tzivia, and a mysterious, important man from the past make appearances that left me wanting more. This journey is rife with action, soul-searching, and...victory? Sorry. I can't say more. Spoilers. And I relish in your frustration a little. Hehe. ;-) The story is peppered with the spiritual premise that if you stare into the darkness, then it stares into you. Through Tox's struggles and secrets and Haven's steadfastness, reader's are reminded that no matter what they've done, God's love and forgiveness covers all. Five Stars ~ A.Maz.Ing. Crown of Souls is the second book in The Tox Files. I would definitely recommend reading book one, Conspiracy of Silence, before diving into Crown of Souls. They make great binge reads! I'm looking forward to the next book, Thirst of Steel, to a mildly alarming, obsessive, great degree! Thirst of Steel releases on July 31st, 2018. I received a copy of Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is actually book three in the Tox Files series, if you count the prequel. I would suggest reading them all and in order to understand everything that goes on in each book. Warrior's Seal, Conspiracy of Silence then this one Crown of Souls. The entire series focus on a group of soldiers with their leader being "Tox" Cole Russell. Each character has their own personality type and really play a very important role in their missions. Ronnie Kendig always does such a great job at keeping the suspense, action and drama all at the forefront. I love books about our special forces, military, police force and such. This series also has a touch of romance in it as well. Kendig always does a great job at grabbing your interest from the beginning and keeping it till the end, while still keeping you hanging in there for the next one in the series. Cole is a complex man with many secrets which he feels honor bound to keep. When the enemy seems one step ahead of him the entire way, he is dealing with one thing after another. Will Cole be able to forgive and realize his past is just that a past?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is part of a series called The Tox Files. Unfortunately, I hadn’t read the previous book(s) in the series. As a result, there were a few confusing parts that mentioned things from earlier books, and I had to learn all the characters pretty fast and seemingly all at once. So I highly recommend reading these books in order. This book has all the action, suspense, and drama that would make a thrilling movie. I loved the archaeology and supernatural elements throughout. It felt like an exciting mix of Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings, with a Medieval twist — yet it’s based (mostly) in present times. Intrigued yet? You just need to read it. The writing style did bother me a little bit. The author seems to tell more than show — especially when it comes to how the character feels. Unfortunately, this technique was distracting and made the emotions seem forced. It also took me a while to really connect with the characters, and it sometimes seemed that their actions or decisions were sudden and not realistic. However, this may be related to the fact that I hadn’t read the previous books. (If anyone else has, feel free to jump in on this point!) Overall, I’m glad I stuck with the book — wading through all the sudden and quick character introductions (there’s a lot of characters) and trying to piece together everyone’s back story — because the story got really good about halfway through. In summary, here’s a speedy review: Suspense? Yes Believable characters? Not sure — need to read the first book(s) Steady plot pace? Slower at first but picks up halfway through Easy to read? Yes Easy to follow? If you’ve read the books in order — probably Would I read this author again? Yes
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Crown of Souls is intense and phenomenal to say the least - it is immediately setting you on your heals and having your heart beat out of your chest. Your mind is blown out of that cranium of yours. You have a fire fight right off the bat - Can you believe the luck that "Tox" has? him and his friends? you wont believe the reason why - and guess what happens next - well way am I going to give you the story - but I can tell you how it can make you feel and think - it is diabolical, berserk, deadly, careless, careful, chivalrous, defenseful(my word), defenseless, and faithful. - wow and there are so many more words that can describe how you can feel from this book - it is an intense book that you will just have fun reading if you like an adventure plus book. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, Crown of Souls is Ronie Kendig’s best novel so far. Crown of Souls is non-stop tension from every side – from relationships, high-stakes suspense, spiritual battles, and a race against madness. In addition to the spot-on tactical action, this series has a delightful Dan Brown/Indiana Jones feel that keeps you completely captivated. In fact, Kendig nods at everyone’s favorite archaeologist from time to time on the pages of Crown of Souls. On top of all this greatness, there is even more to love. Like, the solidifying romance between Tox and Haven. Like, Tox’s continued spiritual journey. Like, the great banter between the teammates. Like, a surprise character that hearkens back to Kendig’s Nightshade/Discarded Heroes series. Like, a cameo appearance from my fave forensic artist. And other little touches spread throughout that elevate this novel from great to fabulous! Oh my goodness. I’m soo twitterpated over this book. It’s perfection. Every word, every scene, every character well placed and dimensional, hitting you in all the feels before all is said and done. It’s movie material. In fact, I could see it playing out in my head as I read, so caught up in it that I legitimately got teary at the epilogue because it was so poignantly written. But also because, even though the main plot ties up nicely during Crown of Souls, the epilogue sets up the next book Thirst of Steel to be epic! This is Ronie Kendig at her best! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
MrsTurpin2015 More than 1 year ago
WOW! If you are a fan of fast-paced, suspenseful, military fiction then you are going to want to read this one. (And the first book in the Tox Files) You will be on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen to the team next AND you will fall in love with all of the characters in this book and there are quite a variety of characters! My favorite thing about this series is the way the team always looks out for each other and "leaves no man behind". Read this will not be disappointed. And a side note: The historical elements of the story are a bonus! Can't go wrong with Ronie Kendig.
LN_A More than 1 year ago
This exciting sequel to "Conspiracy of Silence" does not disappoint! It combines military action which is Ronie Kendig's specialty along with the added excitement of an archaeological twist in a high stakes adventure: finding the treasure is a necessary step in saving lives! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have provided.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Ronie Kendig has written another action-packed, suspense-filled book in The Tox Files series. I enjoyed spending time again with Tox Russell and Wraith, the name given to him and his band of brothers. They are tasked with stopping one of his old friends who is bent on revenge against a foreign terrorist who escaped during a mission a few years previously. The situations in which Wraith finds themselves, or even willingly go into, are beyond my comprehension since I was never in the military nor have I ever been to the Middle East, although the author does an excellent job of describing the settings and situations. Kendig has a compelling way of tying the current story to events and people from the time of the early Crusades. The Crown of Souls is portrayed as an actual crown worn by various leaders from that time in history. One of the team members refers to their Indiana Jones-like escapades. Although the book is lengthy, it kept me turning the pages to see where they would go next and what dangers they would face. The task is daunting, the challenges are great, and the stakes keep getting higher.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
A riveting sequel for Ronie Kendig’s Tox Files series, Crown of Souls throws its readers into the fast-paced and action-packed world of Cole “Tox” Russell and his team. The story is full of danger and intrigue, military dynamics and ancient legends, even as it provides an opportunity for great character discovery and development. Now, I don’t want to say much more and risk spoiling the adventure for potential readers, but trust me—it’s so so good and worth the read. To anyone in need of an addictive, high-stakes, page-turning read, I highly recommend Crown of Souls. (Note: Be sure to start at the beginning of the series with The Warrior’s Seal and Conspiracy of Silence—but don’t worry; you won’t regret it.) Many, many thanks to the author for providing me a complimentary copy of Crown of Souls. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The complexity and depth of this novel takes my breath away! Crown of Souls is packed with intense danger, roiling with romantic tension, and tempered by the possibility that Cole may not be able to separate himself from the one wreaking havoc throughout the world. The Tox Files is such a great series! I love the combination of present and past in the books and the way the threats to the modern world are totally wrapped up in items connected to the ancient world. Cole Russell is one deep character. Watching him navigate danger, lead his team, struggle with his past choices, and try to keep the woman he loves safe makes for a story that is hard to stop thinking about long after the last page is turned! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Crown of Souls is not your average bookish journey. Kendig delivers an all-out world class high stakes expedition for the reader-heart! With its soaring highs, gut-wrenching lows, and diverse band of authentic characters, this story deeply engages readers across the full spectrum of emotions! Cole "Tox" Russell is a completely intoxicating character. History, action, romance, mystery, faith, you name it, Crown of Souls delivers! It's all there and masterfully crafted. Move over Laura Croft, Indiana Jones, and Mission Impossible, Tox simply blows the competition out of the desert! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.