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.
SERIES: Tox Files #2
GENRE: Inspirational Military Action/Suspense
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
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“Dude, it was so Indiana Jones!”
“Kendig has out done herself.”–RT Book Reviews on Conspiracy of Silence
I completely concur. In my opinion, Crown of Souls is Ronie Kendig’s best novel so far. And I love all of her novels! But this book is just a cut above.
Before I gush more about how much I love Tox and this book, I need to let you in on my daily view from my blogging chair. Take a gander at those two hunky book boyfriends who hold court on the tippy-top of my tall bookshelf. I like to think of Tox having this ongoing conversation with Griffin 😉
Crown of Souls is non-stop tension from every side – from relationships, high-stakes suspense, spiritual battles, and a race against madness. In the very first scene, we have a man down and a team on high alert. It gets really personal for Tox, really quickly, and the more the team uncovers the worse it seems to get.
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. From the quote I included above the review to this line (which left me chuckling): “Tunnels. Why did it have to be tunnels?” I was thrilled to see Mr. Tzaddik again and let me just say … when he shows up, buckle up. Crazy stuff happens around that man! In the coolest sort of way.
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!
To give you an idea of just how consumed I was by this book…. I got so excited when I came across this part on a page I’m posting below. My first thought was “Ooooo YAY! Now the crown has numbers under it. I wonder what that means!”
Sigh. It’s ok. You can say it. “Page numbers, Carrie. They’re called page numbers.”
Go ahead and laugh (I did) but heed this warning – you may not want to start Crown of Souls until you have enough time to finish it in one sitting! Page numbers and all. lol.
Bottom Line: Oh my goodness. Seriously you guys. 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 which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / In a class by itself
KissingBook Level: 4 / Tox is 4 stars all on his own, kisses notwithstanding.
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over fifteen novels. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live in beautiful Northern Virginia with their children and a retired military working dog, VVolt N629. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
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