Hawk (The Quiet Professionals, Book 2)
by Ronie Kendig
- File Size: 1054 KB
- Print Length: 371 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1624163181
- Publisher: Shiloh Run Press; Gld edition (November 1, 2014)
- ASIN: B00LQ26B7C
- Genre: Military Romance, Christian
- My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
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.
Brian, “Hawk”, is an intense special forces soldier. Although his father belittled him and made him feel stupid, Hawk has always been smart and is a whiz at electronics and computers. Hawk is part of the Raptor team that is in Afghanistan trying to track down terrorists that have breached American communications systems.
Fekiria is a young Afghan woman who has resisted her father’s attempts to marry her to his choice of suitable husbands. She has secretly become an Afghan Air Force pilot. Fekiria has been taught all her life to hate the Americans and her home experience has made her distrustful of any man since the ones she knows only seek to control and limit her.
Fekiria’s duties as a pilot place her in a situation where she is threatened with exposure of her secret and with harm to her Christian friend who secretly operates a home school teaching young girls. Fekiria is horrified when her aircraft controls are manipulated to target the secret school. At the last moment a nearby building is attacked and Fekiria is equally horrified to learn it was a safe house for her cousin’s fiance and the men of his unit, the Raptor Team.
Hawk and Fekiria had met once before and the sparks had flown. He is arrogant and flirty and she is haughty and resistant. Now Hawk discovers she was the pilot that bombed his team but she is in the midst of trying to protect her friend and the children. Before Hawk can get back to his team and learn what is going on with Fekiria he must help her get the children to a safe place. Even when they get caught in a blizzard he assures Fekiria that he will stay with them until he gets them to safety.
I enjoyed these troubled and vulnerable characters who have past indoctrinations and prejudices to overcome. Can they risk allowing feelings to penetrate their carefully shielded hearts? There is plenty of action and danger to add to the emotional tension of the story. I also like the quiet and consistent Christian message that is shared through several important secondary characters.
There are mysteries that remain at the end of this story. The underlying thread of a mole and hacker infiltrating the American system is carried forward from the first book and continues to the next. I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy military action as a background to personal relationship conflict. I look forward to the next book.
I received this ebook through NetGalley for an honest review. It qualifies for my NetGalley Challenge, the TBR Dare and as H for the Alphabet Soup Challenge.