Synopsis of the book:
Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe is a man of his word. But when he makes a promise to the Afghan woman named Fekiria, the short-fused soldier never knew how much it would cost him.
Fekiria Haidary is keeping secrets and telling lies. Going against her strict traditional upbringing and estranged from her family, she is a pilot with the Afghan Air Force.
On a mission to track down the terrorist who has plagued Raptor and the U.S. military with corrupted intel and planted information, Brian and his brothers-in-arms are nearly killed when their location is bombed. Hunting the attacker, Brian stumbles upon Fekiria and her friend, who are protecting several young girls from the Taliban.
Fleeing for their lives, Brian and Fekiria begin a daring escape into the mountainous Tera Pass. As frigid temperatures, crippling injuries, and friction strain their survival prospects, Brian uncovers a lethal threat against Raptor and is faced with an impossible decision: save Raptor or save Fekiria and the girls.
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.
I wasn’t sure I was going to continue this series because I had a tough time processing the first book, but I’m so glad that I did. I love the depth of character that this author brings to the men and women who serve to protect our country. Staff Sergeant Brian Bledsoe has a past to overcome and I enjoyed watching him become a better man through his adversity.
Fekiria doesn’t trust Americans and she represents the nature of people to judge others by generalities. This is what stands in the way of her attraction to Brian. It is a journey for her to see him as an individual rather than a symbol of a group of people. I found her journey to be uplifting because it reflects on our ability to move past prejudices and love others.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
The interaction between Brian and Fekiria showed hope and finally love in the midst of evil.
What I didn’t like about this book:
There are lots of characters in the story so there were times when I found myself getting a little lost among the viewpoints and the acronyms.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, particularly if you like military suspense and edgy action. This is the second book in this series and, like the first book, it ended with some unanswered questions. I will be reading the next one in the series because I have to know what happens.
Note: 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.
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