Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig piqued my interest with it’s promise of a suspenseful adventure and an intriguing take on modern events.
This Is the Way the World Ends.
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.
The biggest struggle with this novel is that, although it is the first in a series, the reader comes into it almost expected to be familiar with past happenings in these characters’ lives. I learned later that Kendig released a prequel that it appears covers some of these events, which I think would have made following the story line of Conspiracy of Silence much easier.
Unfortunately, the difficulty in understanding the history behind the characters and their interactions made following the plot difficult throughout the entirety of the novel. There are also a lot of characters to keep straight, though the level of complexity brings a certain depth to the book, it also brings some confusion at times.
The plot itself is quite interesting, a deadly disease, Biblical archeology, special forces in MidEast conflict—it has all the makings of an intriguing adventure. The plot is a bit unbelievable, but that doesn’t stop the reader from thoroughly enjoying the ride. It’s action packed, fast-paced and invites you to travel the world.
Our hero, “Tox” is a bit too talented for believability, somewhat like a Jack Bauer or other hero character. He is interesting, though, and certainly far from perfect. The cast of characters backing him up are varied and interesting, from a stealthy Nigerian warrior who always has his back to a team of former military brothers, a spirited Israeli historian to a young FBI agent passionate about contributing her skills in deception detection.
For those in search of a big dose of adventure, Kendig’s Tox Files series is probably for you. In spite of it’s flaws, it’s a wild ride!
I received a complimentary copy of Conspiracy of Silence from Bethany House, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.