Synopsis of the book:
His Mission. His Team. Captain Dean Watters keeps these parts of his life in laser-like focus. So when hackers threaten both his mission and his team, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Ten military super-secure computers are missing — which if opened, would give America’s enemies a blueprint of U.S. military intelligence. Failing to stop the hackers isn’t an option.
Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. She’s also a target. Her expertise in quantum cryptology makes her an unwitting pawn in the hackers’ deadly game. They’re coming for her, and Dean and his team must stop them.
Before the team can get to Zahrah, she disappears. Now Dean must race to rescue her and stop the hackers from unleashing terror on millions across the globe. But to do so, Dean will be forced to crack open the steel box around his heart — a move that might come at the highest cost.
Intense. Gripping. This story was packed with action and intensity from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know how it would end. It was real and emotional the entire time.
I have a deep admiration and respect for those who serve our country and I love that this author brings their struggles to life. The men and women who serve in the special forces particularly. Captain Dean Watters was such an interesting man. I loved his loyalty to his team and his country. I could empathize with his struggle to embrace God in the midst of the suffering of those closest to him.
Zahrah was such a beautiful person. I loved her depth of faith and how she clung to God’s promises particularly in the midst of adversity. She was strong even when she thought she was weak. I also liked how her faith really reached into the depths of Dean’s heart.
There is a warning I must impart on the contents of this book to those who do not like to read about violations on humans, women in particular. This story reflected human torture and violations of women in captivity. I felt that the author handled these dark topics with delicacy, but I was not able to move completely beyond my disappointment in reading about those things to enjoy the rest of the story.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
I absolutely loved Zahrah. Her personality, her faith, and her love for those around her.
What I didn’t like about this book:
See the Spoiler Alert.
My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, if you like military suspense and edgy action. No, if you do not like to read about realistic dark topics. This is the first book in this series and it did end somewhat abruptly with unanswered questions. I’m torn about whether or not I want to finish this series. I would like to know what happens and I think this author is absolutely great at storytelling.
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