Zachary by Raymond Springer

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From the publisher:

“Two enemy factions race toward a childbirth: The Circle of Benediction, a secret society whose mission is to destroy anyone with supernatural abilities, and the Watchers, an underground group sworn to protect those with powers.

“The Watchers, led by Jacob Pennington- an elderly man of unnatural strength, secure the child just before the Circle destroys him. But, can they keep him alive despite the Circle’s resources?

“Held up at Pennington’s Rampart Industries, the Watchers will make their stand. Will they withstand the assault without the assistance of the child, or the child’s blood?

“The birth of this child changes everything…and so would his death.”

I’m really sorry to say, but it took everything I had in me to finish this book. The blurb was intriguing, but that was probably some of the best writing in the entire novel. The idea for the book was okay, but the execution was barely mediocre — and that description does not even include the horrible state of the grammar and spelling throughout most of the book.

And the “Christian” fiction classification is loose at best. There are a few references to the story of the Nephilim before the flood in Genesis, but otherwise everything else is extra-biblical, not to mention the superfluous and rather explicit sex scene near the end of the book. Seriously?

I rarely say this, but don’t bother to pick this book up. Even if an editor cleaned it up (which would be a huge task), the overall story is not good enough for me to recommend it to you. Sorry. 😦

Thanks to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for the digital copy of this book for review purposes. I (obviously) was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own.

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Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

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From the book: “Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole “Tox” Russell has been disavowed by the United States. And that’s fine — he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

“Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers — and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

“With time running out and the threat of a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.”

If you like reading Clive Cussler or Don Brown, you’ll certainly enjoy digging into Ronie Kendig’s latest thriller, Conspiracy of Silence, book 1 of “The Tox Files.” Tox and his team are well-crafted, battling against both the forces of evil and their own complicated pasts, presents, and futures. The action is absolutely non-stop, and the biblical history is deftly woven into excitement of the storyline.

I could not put this one down! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and truly appreciated the honor and respect Ms. Kendig showed for the men (and women) of our Special Forces, reminding us of all that they sacrifice for the country they love.

Pick this one up… you’ll find your heart racing right along with Tox and his team, as they dodge flaming arrows and deadly toxins. *Note: there is a free, e-book prequel to this novel, The Warrior’s Seal, available on Amazon. The story does refer back to things that happened in the prequel, so you might consider starting with it!

Many thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to review this novel. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

Here’s hoping you were blessed with a heart-warming, joy-filled Christmas and praying that your New Year is overflowing with smiles, laughter, good books, and peace in Christ. God bless you all! 🙂