Hawk (Quiet Professionals Series #2)

Hawk (Quiet Professionals Series #2)

by Ronie Kendig


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Raptor’s communications expert, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is struggling with his inner demons, leaving him on the verge of an “other than honorable” discharge. Plagued with corrupted intel, Raptor team continues to track down the terrorist playing chess with their lives. Afghan pilot Fekiria Haidary is devastated when a systems glitch on her aircraft forces a weapons launch on a safe target. And when the deadly bombing separates Brian from the team, he must make an impossible choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624163180
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Series: Quiet Professionals Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 864,353
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with their four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK).

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Hawk 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Hawk is the second in The Quiet Professionals series by Ronie Kendig. As in all her books, she portrays strong military personalities in an heroic light. This series is set in Afghanistan among members of a Green Beret unit. Someone is targeting them, seeking to destroy the unit. Brian Bledsoe, or Hawk, is their brilliant, but volatile computer specialist. He also is beyond brave in his willingness to protect those he is charged to safeguard. In the first book, Hawk met feisty Fekiria, the Afghan cousin of American Zahrah. In this book, Fekiria is secretly becoming a military pilot. She has lied to her family to get this training knowing that they would disown her, at the very least. Eventually, she finds herself in a position where she must rely on a despised American, Hawk, to help save her and her Christian friend’s group of orphan girls. As they face impossible odds in the snowy mountains of Afghanistan, Hawk and Fekiria are drawn together. Can they rescue the children and also prevent the annihilation of the Special Forces team which has become like family to Brian. Hawk may have put together the pieces of the puzzle about who is behind everything. I have read many of Ronie Kendig’s books. They always portray the American military in a positive, heroic light which is certainly a breath of fresh air. I found the basic story of Hawk and Fekiria to keep me on the edge of my seat. It did jump to several side stories, which I would have liked to have seen developed more. As it was, they just seemed a little “added on” and did not enhance to the story. It only made it somewhat confusing. It also ended on a very abrupt note. It is a long time until the next episode in this story. I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Another intensely suspenseful tale from a master storyteller. It was action packed from beginning to end and I lost sleep because I couldn’t put it down. Wow. Full review at my website. I received this book in a giveaway. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed are my own.
KarenKetcham More than 1 year ago
Hawk by Ronie Kendig This is the 2nd book in "The Quiet Professionals" series. Staff Sargent Brian "Hawk" Bledsoe is a man of honor regardless of what it costs him. This is a suspenseful Christian "war story" that has many twists in the plot. It shows personal faith and how it affects those around us. It shows the horrors of other cultures that are not respectful of women or children. I could not put this book down and read it in less than 2 days! I would highly recommend it. Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy of this book I received through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Hawk, by Ronie Kendig, is the second book in The Quiet Professionals series. This book kept me glued to my chair. It was so hard to put down due to how action-packed it is. Hawk takes chances, which means that he is often in the line of danger, either from others or from his own actions. In this book, Hawk and Fekiria are on the trail of terrorists that have been attacking Raptor and the military. This hunt takes them through Tera Pass and the snowstorm, cold temperatures and injuries this entails. The author, Kendig, is amazing in the way she is able to develop characters even with all the action that takes place. Plus with her descriptions, she places the reader right in the middle of the action. I was given this book by bookfun.org and the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She jogs around, looking for any spare parts she can scavange for supplies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sits on a branch shooting zombies
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ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Confession time: Hawk is the first book I have read by Ronie Kendig. It will certainly not be my last. Starting off, I was not sure the first few chapters in if I was going to enjoy this one. I do not read a lot of military fiction and there were a lot of characters to keep track of and some military lingo I was not familiar with. That being said, Ronie does provide us with a glossary of terms and acronyms as well as a character list including a sundry character list. All of these lists were quite useful. This is the second in the series of The Quiet Professionals and I did not read book one. Even though I think this book stands well alone, I would have been more familiar with the team if I had read book one. However, after reading this one, I am now anxious to get my hands on the first one, Raptor 6 and especially the third, Falcon, which will be out later this year. There came a point in the story that there was no going back for me. It grabbed a hold of me and I stayed up way too late (2:30 in the morning late) just to reach the conclusion. The bad guys, and there seemed to be a mess of them, were all over the place bad. Hawk, our hero, was my favorite good guy. This is mostly his story and even with all his temper, smart mouth, and his genuine genius (ness), he was a hero that would not, could not give up. He is probably (if I had a list) at the top of my book hero list. Our heroine, Fekiria, gave us a bird’s eye view of being an Afghan woman raised in a very strict family trying to make her way in a world where women are viewed as property. I really ended up enjoying Ms. Kendig’s storytelling. At first there seemed to be many different story threads happening in this one book, but when she tied all of them together….BOOM!!! I am a new fan. I received my review copy from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions stated are my own honest ones.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Powerful writing – a real page-turner!  Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe caught my attention in book one of The Quiet Professionals series – so I really looked forward to reading his story. Hawk is a gorgeous hero with whom I’d like to spend a day.  In book one; Raptor 6, we also met Fekiria—Zarah’s cousin. I didn’t like her so much from the start. However, I have seen Kendig turn my thoughts before about how I liked a character in a previous book, so I decided to give Fekiria a chance. But I didn’t really get to like her enough and that’s why I rate the book 4 stars instead of 5. The writing, action, and suspense really is 5 star quality, but to rate 5 stars I simply must have loved both the main characters. The mission is dangerous and there seems to be no way out for Hawk, Fekiria, Mitra and the girls. The enemy seems to be everywhere. Meanwhile, Hawk has to deal with some serious demons from the past. Hawk is a man of his word—he promised to keep Fekiria’s secret and to bring her and the others safely through the storm. Powerful writing – a real page-turner! 
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
This well researched story is Book 2 in The Quiet Professionals series and centers around one man, Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe, part of the Special Forces team of six. The story takes place in Afghanistan where these Green Beret soldiers are tasked with liberating the oppressed Afghanese from the Taliban. A major problem arises when someone hacked the US military communication system and led the team into ambushes. Hawk, being quite capable as a computer tech, is responsible to ferret out the offending code. This causes him to travel all over the southern part of the country as he is partnered with Fekiria Haidary, an Afghan woman who is a pilot with the Afghan Air Force. She carries a lot of baggage – has gone against her family as well as the Islamic traditions – and is full of secrets and lies. Besides that, she hates Americans. The author filled this story with so much intrigue that I couldn’t put it down! I had to keep reading to see what was next and how the characters would extricate themselves from the near fatal dangers they kept encountering. Because I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I purchased Ronie Kendig’s newest book, Raptor 6! I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 stars ***** out of five Christian Suspense If this is not your first time reading a review of mine, you will know that a Ronie Kendig novel is a must read for me. And, as others written by her, this one does not disappoint in the suspense level category. The cover is true to the novel, without giving the plot away, and through quite a bit of the story, I was wondering who the courageous soldier was carrying. If you do not enjoy stories of violence as associated with an ongoing war, this might not be something you want to pick up to read as a bedtime book, because Ronie writes very visually, and the reader almost tastes the fear of the hunted. I never want to be any closer to the war zone than safely in my own home reading about it and living vicariously through an author's eyes! I tend to read books as they are released, and sadly, that means that it can be a fairly long time between books. Although this is part of a series, and I did read book 1as well, it is not necessary to the enjoyment of this one. Enough back story is given to make this book great on its own! The novel put a voice to the victims of war, as well as the courageous defenders of freedom. Thank you to Fred and Cheri at The Book Club Network, Ronie Kendig, the author and Shiloh Publishers which is a division of Barbour, for the opportunity to read this book. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Hawk by Ronie Kendig is another wonderfully entertaining and exciting novel. Ronie is an army brat and writes with expertise and skill, weaving her tales of special ops teams and military maneuvers. Hawk is the nickname for Staff Sergeant Brian Bledsoe, a man of honor and a man of his word. Brian is a coms specialist with Raptor team, stationed in Afghanistan. Besides the terrorists, their biggest threat is an unknown expert computer hacker who is endangering their lives through stealthy surveillance and sending false communications and directives when they are on missions. Hawk’s superiors have grave concerns about his anger issues and hotheadedness. When he again is involved in a bar brawl with a Seal, his commander has to take action. After a leave of absence Stateside, he is assigned to patrol duty for a supply convoy as his punishment. Depending upon his attitude and conduct, he may be reinstated with Raptor. Brian had given his word that he would not reveal the reason for the altercation. He had given his word to Fekiria Haidary, a pilot with the Afghan Air Force. He had been protecting her from the Seal’s advances in the bar, and Brian had given his word that he would not jeopardize her position and identity. She had been telling lies and going against her family’s traditions in order to train as a pilot. Her life would be in danger, if her secret life and ambition were known. Fekiria and Brian’s encounters are fraught with misunderstanding, hostility, and an unsettling attraction to the other. During another attack of the enemy, Brian happens upon Fekiria and a group of young girls, hiding from the Taliban. Escaping the Taliban, they flee into the mountainous Tera Pass, braving freezing temperatures and a violent snow storm. Brian is faced with the most hazardous duty of his career and an unbelievably difficult decision. I highly recommend this fast-paced, excellent novel. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
A Fast-Paced Thrill Ride! Hawk is the second book in Ronie Kendig’s The Quiet Professionals series.  It picks up in Afghanistan with the team from Raptor 6, and tells us more of the team’s story, focusing this time on Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe.  I really liked his character; he is a bit rough around the edges, somewhat arrogant, but a man of honor and integrity who never talks down to female counterparts in the American or Afghan military.  He is a multi-layered character—just when I thought I had him figured out, Kendig masterfully peeled back yet another layer to give him greater depth and complexity.   Fekiria Haidary is a bristly porcupine of a woman, which is not surprising given she has been raised to hate Americans yet serves alongside them as a pilot in the Afghan Air Force.  She hides this from her family, who would most likely have her killed to regain the family’s honor should her rejection of a traditional female Muslim role be revealed.  Her animosity at the beginning made her difficult for me to relate to, but it also gave me a valuable perspective on the culture and prejudices that have confronted our military as they have struggled in Afghanistan since 2001. As a military family, I appreciated Kendig’s thorough treatment of what our military members are faced with, both in-country and after their return to the US and “normalcy.”  I also liked how she portrayed dealing with the death of another soldier, how it had to be compartmentalized and dealt with at a later date because other needs were so pressing at the time.  It was touching, but not over-dramatized or syrupy, befitting the military members whom she writes about.    This is a stunning, well-researched novel.  In some places, I found myself cringing, saddened, or shaking my head, and several times I gasped out loud or jumped in my seat—the writing really is that good.  It played before my eyes like a big budget film with plenty of action to satisfy any adrenaline junky and the romance between Hawk and Fekiria was a sweet and subtle thread throughout the book, but never overpowered the main action. I would highly recommend this book to men and women alike, especially those with an interest in the military. I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! Stunning in its intensity, Ronie Kendig’s Rapid Fire Fiction just gets better and better – and Hawk is evidence of how the Lord continues to bless and use the talents He has given her! Hawk is the 2nd book in “The Quiet Professionals” series, about the fictional “Raptor” Special Forces team. Thank you, thank you Ronie Kendig for the list of abbreviations in the front of the book for terms used throughout, as well as a list of most of the characters with a very brief description. It not only helps the first-time reader but also provides reminders for those who read Raptor 6 when it first came out in print several months ago. The Special Forces’ ”Raptor” team is working in the secret places of Afghanistan under a tremendous threat to the security of their entire unit. Unbeknownst to them – until the threats brought tragedies – a hacker funded with foreign moneys was working compromise their communications system with the ultimate goal of getting into the entire US military operations and taking them down. Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is a man of honor. His temper has been on a too-short leash, giving him time stateside with his faith-filled grandfather, then returning to a non-Special Forces unit with one less stripe. When the crises demonstrate the desperate need for his unique skills, Captain “Raptor 6” Watters brings him back to the team. Fekiria Haidary is a committed Afghan and Muslim. Going against her family’s wishes, she left them to be a pilot in the Afghan Air Force where she is known as Lieutenant Rhmani. She is trained as a helicopter pilot where she excels and is promoted for advance training by her US trainer, Captain Ridley. While at advanced training, she stays with her old friend Mitra, a young Christian widow who has several children in her care as her students, one being her daughter. Fekiria does not trust any American, so her life is in continual upheaval, especially after running into “Sergeant Brian” several times. If Mitra had not been a beloved friend of many years, she may not have trusted her due to her faith in Jesus. A nasty occurrence threw Mitra and the children, Fekiria, and Hawk together – on the run for their lives, in the midst of an unimaginable winter storm. They try to escape through the Tera Pass, a daunting route in optimal conditions for adults in good health. But as they are tracked by the Taliban, injured, and moving children through the worst of deadly winter conditions, Hawk must choose to get back to save his team members or help the women and children in hopes of saving their lives. If you are having trouble falling asleep, this is not the book to read at night! The rush one experiences on this breathtaking roller coaster ride does not allow for shut-eye. When reading this, also, consider that there are men and women in our military who may experience similar or far more challenging circumstances regularly. We know the difficulty people have when facing life-threatening challenges without faith in God; surely this is a call for us to pray for our military and their family members for their very lives and salvation. Believing in Christ and His power in these extreme challenges helps one to endure, to follow the Lord’s direction. The characters are completely believable men and women. The author does not hold back on their strengths as well as their weaknesses. Conversations, disagreements, fighting and life-threatening situations demonstrate that these are men and women with a passion for their beliefs and overall respect for the lives of others within their country or team. They clearly show that those who honor and protect our country are real people with families, hopes, dreams, and honor. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has read Mrs. Kendig’s other novels, especially Raptor 6 and the series “A Breed Apart”, to those who appreciate a good Christian thriller set in an active wartime setting, and those who appreciate the men and women of our military serving in dangerous areas. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Hawk is book two in The Quiet Professionals series. Raptor 6 is book one. This series is truly ongoing from book to book. Each story builds on the one before it as more of the terrorist plot is revealed and Raptor team comes closer to discovering who is out to get them. Once again, just as in Raptor 6, we see the story through the eyes of both the hero and heroine, but we also get glimpses into the minds of the terrorists. This builds some great tension in the book. Seeing the villains lay out their plans and the Americans unwittingly play into their hands is hard to read about! One of the things that I really enjoyed in Hawk is the fact that Brian and Fekiria are not Christians. Both do have questions about God, though. Brian was raised with Christian grandparents and he strives to please his grandfather, a man who does his best to guide Brian to God. But Brian has had things happen in his life that make trusting in God difficult. It has just been easier to trust in his own strength. Fekiria was raised in the Muslim faith. She has two Christian influences in her life, but has been antagonistic toward their attempts to teach her about Isa “Jesus”. Honestly, Fekiria was not a character that I liked in Raptor 6. However, I did like her in Hawk. There were many times I didn’t understand her thought processes. But as the book progressed, I really enjoyed watching her growth. The action in Ronie Kendig’s books is always intense and Hawk is no exception! Expect the unexpected and be prepared for a heart-racing struggle to survive. The attraction between Hawk and Fekiria started off subtle. Neither are looking for a soul mate. But when the romance woven between Hawk and Fekiria took hold, it truly took my breath away. I definitely recommend this action-packed book! And special thanks to the author and publisher for providing this book in return for an honest review.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "Hawk" and I was intrigued by the story. The storyline was great and the characters were strong and brought to life by the author. This book is full of action, suspense and fear. An Afghan woman named Fekiria is a pilot and has left her family because they are against her way of life. Staff Sergeant Brian "Hawk" has made a promise that he will not take back. "Hawk is hit with decisions that he does not want to make. He is in a position that he never wanted.  Now, it is war against a terrorist and all of their lives are in danger. I give this book a 4/5, I was given this book via The Book Club Network Inc., for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Hawk, Book 2 The Quite Professionals by Ronnie Kendig ISBN 9781624163180 Christian Fiction, Military, Suspense Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe comes to Fekiria Haidary’s aide and ends up in jail for his trouble with his military career on the line. Fekiria is an Afghan pilot, hiding the truth about her life from everyone. She has defied her father and brother by joining the AAF and studying to be a pilot. She has disdain for Americans but is slowly coming around. They are thrown together after she accidentally bombs his team. They are on the run from the Taliban and Chinese. Their lives and the lives of the children in her friends care are on the line. His team is in jeopardy as they are targets and their communications are compromised. This story is sure to keep you at the edge of your seat, it is action packed and intense. The author did a great job of developing characters they are multi-dimensional and passionate. Faith is a strong aspect of this story. With characters sold out for Jesus, some questioning their beliefs and searching for answers. I enjoyed the faith aspect of Hawk. But you better duck because the bullets are flying. Hawk is book two in The Quite Professionals Series. I enjoyed it and had no problem following even though I have not read book one, Raptor 6. I give this book 4 stars and think all suspense and military lovers will really enjoy Hawk. I was very upset with the ending, I feel I was left hanging. So I guess I will be reading Book 3, Falcon to see what happened. I want to thank the author Ronie Kendig and publisher Shiloh for bringing good clean, compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
No one likes being a pawn, especially Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe. He’s a tough as nails soldier, tenacious to the bone. Possessing an indomitable spirit, he is faced with grueling challenges. In brutal conditions, he must make painful choices forced upon him by merciless enemies that will test him in every way. Will he come out the victor? Fekiria Haidary has reason to be protective. Her secret is a big one and could cost her her life. She maintains a delicate balance in her undertaking, always fearing discovery. At times the fear is overwhelming, even stymieing. Will she be found out? Hawk is the second book in the Quiet Professionals series. It has a consuming plotline filled with engrossing and complicated technological intrigue. Between bullets and missiles and literally running for their life, there shines through some tender moments that gave me breathing space to catch my breath. Kendig’s writing is impeccable. Once again, I lost all track of time and what was going on around me. I was transported to wherever the characters were and I found myself exhausted mentally and emotionally when I was done. Fans of Kendig and military thrillers will undoubtedly enjoy Hawk. I’m looking forward to the next book and finally finding out who is causing Raptor team such torment. I’d like to be a fly on the wall at Ms. Kendig’s house, just so I could get a sneak peek of what’s in store for Falcon. :) The publisher provided me a copy for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion of the book. No compensation has been received
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Kendig did it again!  But to be honest I totally expected her to.  Whenever I read one of  Kendig’s books I literally can’t put it down, but then I don’t want it to end  Kendig is one of the only author’s that make me feel that way.  And if you have read any of her books you understand what I am saying.  When I received Hawk I knew with out a doubt that it was going to be a thrilling ride that would keep me hanging on until the last page.  Hawk is action packed, edge of your seat exciting!  Kendig writes so well you can feel the emotions rolling off the pages.  And need a blanket when reading about the frigid temperatures.   Hawk is a great read for anyone who loves to laugh, be transported to another place, and hold their breath in suspense.  You don’t have to read all the books to enjoy Hawk, but I would recommend you do, otherwise you are going to miss out on some great books! Hawk is book number two in the Quiet Professional Series.  The first book is Raptor 6, and a must read book as well.  We first met the Special Forces team in Kendigs’ A Breed Apart Series, and got to know them even more in Raptor 6.  Hawk is the call name for Staff Sergeant Brian Bledsoe.  Hawk is a man you can trust, but also a man that has trouble holding in his anger.  Hawk’s specialty is in communications, and he is good at what he does.   We first met Fekiria in Raptor 6 when the team is helping a group of people at a school.  Hawk immediately rubbed Fekiria the wrong way.  She has always been taught not to trust Americans, and holds fast to that teaching.  But living a life of lies and secrets is catching up to Fekiria and she has no choice but to ask Hawk for a favor.  Will Hawk keep her secret?  Or is he just like every other American, untrustworthy? You have got to read this book!  You will not be disappointed.  And I really believe you will find a new favorite author.  I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
What happens next?! Hawk is the second book in Ronie Kendig’s The Quiet Professionals series. I was very excited to read this one after finishing Raptor 6 and am happy to say that it was great! As always, Ronie does an excellent job with descriptions and details. I love how her books pull me into the story and keep me on the edge of my seat. Her writing is so bold and unapologetic in its honesty. She doesn’t pull many punches and gives what I believe is a fairly accurate look into the life of our soldiers. She does, of course, take certain liberties for the sake of the story and to protect the same people she writes about, but it is still very eye-opening to read one of her books. While the story started out a little slow for me, with a lot of details and back story to catch up on, Ronie quickly captivated me. Her talents really shine in this series There are several different view points that build this incredibly complex storyline. I have to confess that one of my favorite ones to read is one of the villains’. The “voice,” which is very dry and sarcastic, is written so that it sounds as though he is talking to the reader. He has his own narration going on and I could picture him perfectly. This book picks up shortly after the first one left off, which was interesting. I actually wish I had waited to read them all at once, because they tie so closely together. I think this may be the most interconnected series Ronie has written to date. Some of her books I would say could stand alone, but this series doesn’t contain one. Reading them in order is highly recommended if you want to be able to keep up with everything that is going on. I also find it interesting how she manages to bring in characters from her previous books and tie them so smoothly. I love that her books are almost a continuous series where the characters step into and out of each one. Fekiria Haidary is one of the main characters and I have to admit that I didn’t like her very much at first. She seemed very self-centered and didn’t appear to care for anyone but herself. But, as I got to know her, I realized how much of that was to keep from being hurt again. She has fought her entire life to prove her worth and strength, and she has so many questions. We met Fekiria in the first book, but she was very much a background character. I loved getting to know her beyond the hard wall she has built. She became very real to me as I learned more about her and began to understand what motivated her and made her who she is. I also loved watching her grow throughout the story and begin to lose some of the weight she had been carrying around. Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is the lose cannon of the Raptor team. He has a temper and doesn’t follow orders well. At least, not when he believes he knows better. We got to know him a bit in Raptor 6, but there were still so many things to discover about him. I loved the layers in his character. He is so much more than the labels people had tried to place on him. He is a man of honor, even though his team doesn’t seem to always see it. He is also strong, kind, very sarcastic and blunt. He doesn’t hold anything back, whether fighting to protect his team, or giving his opinion. He is passionate about the things he believes in. He claims the title of Christian, even though for a while his life didn’t show that. He has so many questions, almost as many as Fekiria, and only begins to grasp some of their answers at the end of this book. I’m looking forward to seeing him continue to grow in Falcon. I also really enjoyed Brian and Fekiria’s relationship. They start out as just short of enemies, what with Fekiria’s disdain and borderline hatred for Americans. They also both have such strong personalities that an explosion or two is to be expected. I liked following them as they figured out how to work together and slowly become friends, then maybe something more. I appreciated how they challenge each other and push one another to do their best. I always love the spiritual side of Ronie’s stories. She does a wonderful job of incorporating Biblical views and values into the storyline, without overwhelming the reader or having it seem unrealistic. Fekiria and Brian both have questions and neither is entirely sure what they believe. How do you trust in Someone you can’t see? Who seems so removed from the here and now? These are honest, real questions that people ask every day. Ronie does answer them to some degree, but she never deviates from the plot to “preach” to the reader. I also enjoyed the bits of wisdom throughout. There were several times when I would stop and just think about a sentence or two that struck my heart. I have to confess, I was pretty irritated with Ronie when I reached the last page - I didn’t want it to end! Also, she leaves us with a pretty major cliffhanger, which made me wish I could grab Falcon now and find out what happens next! Waiting is definitely not my strong suit when it comes to any of Ronie’s books! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys military fiction, suspense, or just a great book with realistic characters and a great storyline. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in anyway. All opinions expressed are my own.
LJ44 More than 1 year ago
Another amazing, intense read by Ronnie. The second book in the Quiet Professionals series gives us Hawks story. Evil still threatens to disassemble Raptor and Brian more than ever must control his anger that has more than once brought trouble. This time its over a woman he must risk his career to keep a promise. Thrown into making life threatening decisions Brian must trust the God his Granddad speaks of and look to Him for strength. Brian must choose between rescuing the woman that has grieved him along with children or rescuing his brothers in arms. Ronie's style of writing is real rapid-fire action from the first to last page, you wont want to put it down once you start!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ronie Kendig books are so intense and fantastic that I need a wine in hand while I read! Such heart squeezing, nerve wracking, gasp-inducing suspense and characters. Kendig knows how to get into your head and put you right into the action. Your emotions are in for a wild ride as you feel the struggles and pain of Brian “Hawk”, the strong, stubborn special forces hero, as he does his best to save others all the while feeling like a target is painted on his back. He has a past, and anger, to overcome and conquer.   Fekiria has a hatred toward Americans but is forced to trust them when she is thrown into a huge mess.  The team is still trying to find out who is targeting the military, and why, but still stay alive long enough to keep innocents alive.  Kendig knows war is real and doesn’t sugar-coat it. The perfect romance is scattered into the story just enough to make you beg for more after the last page is turned. The characters are so well written and perfectly flawed that you feel you know them.  Action-packed danger-you-can-feel make this a huge page turner and one you cannot put down.  Highly recommend! You cannot go wrong with a Ronie Kendig book! 
FirefliesNStardust More than 1 year ago
With her story-telling mastery, Ronie brings the character of Brian "Hawk" Bledsoe to life in a rush of action-packed adrenaline and emotion. Something I have come to love about Ronie's stories, there's no "formula" - meaning every book I read of hers has it's own twists, turns and shocking surprises. A lot of authors I read who write a certain genre, tend to get into a story formula that by their third or fourth book you can predict everything that will happen. It may be about a different character, but their story follows the same path that characters before them have, making the plot predictable and boring quickly losing my interest. This is most definitely not a problem in Ronie Kendig's novels. Each book has it's own heart-stopping plot, making it impossible to figure out early on where this is going and keeping you up until early hours of the morning determined to finish and put your mind at ease. Of course, the one thing that was introduced in The Quiet Professionals series: cliff hangers! And the travesty at realizing you just read the last page and won't get to see what happened for at least another 6 months. (Oh please hurry May and the release of Falcon's story) I also love that no two characters are the same. Each central player has their own unique story to share and battles to fight. In Hawk, we get to see behind the eyes of what causes Staff Sergeant Brian to have such a short-fused temper and why Fekiria Haidary has harbored such a dislike of American military men. Determined to track down the terrorist who is plaguing Raptor and the U.S military with corrupted intel and planted information, Hawk takes us once again to the middle of Afghanistan, this time not only still trying to uncover the mysterious hacker tracking Raptor's every move but also a perilous trek into the mountainous Tera Pass as Hawk and Fekiria are thrown together in an attempt to rescue a group of orphaned girls on the run from the Taliban. It always amazes me how realistic Kendig's stories come across: you walk away feeling these characters just have to be real-life. I grew up an Air Force brat, but Ronie's novels have given me a deeper respect and appreciation for what people in the military truly sacrifice. "Denying what one believes just for temporary comfort is the sign of a weakhearted man. A shallow belief. If we cannot stand for our beliefs, we will fall for everything"~ Mitra in "Hawk". I loved immersing in Hawk & Fekiria's story and eagerly await Falcon's tale.