Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig ~ Review

Conspiracy of Silence (Tox Files #1)Lucie's Review:

Archaeologist Tzivia Khalon falls into the earth in the Middle East and discovers several ancient bronze censers. Suddenly strange things begins to happen in the camp, to which Tzivia seems to be immune.

Tox Russel is headed back to D.C. to meet up with his brother, Galen, when he walks into a sketchy situation, that is most likely a trap.

Kasey Cortes is the deception expert for the FBI, as well is the sister-in-law to the president. She and her sister Brooke grew up with the Russel boys, and everyone called her Haven, until she married Navy SEAL, Duarte Cortes, who never made it home from one of his missions.

When Kasey learns the truth about Tox she is pleased, as she had never believed that his team was guilty in the first place, plus she had always admired him, but he only had eyes for Brooke before he joined the military. Then Brooke married Galen, and they had a daughter, before Brooke's tragic death.

Now it's up to Tox and his reassembled team to get to the bottom of the strange happenings in the Saudi Arabia, and to clear their reputation.

There is definitely a lot going on this story, with many characters, that make it hard to follow everything that is going on at first. I liked Dr, Cathey, who is a wise man who knows his Bible well, and helps to connect the past to the present. I also really liked Chiji, who proves to be a great friend to Tox. I kept wondering when Tox would realize who Kasey was, and it was one of my favorite story threads.

This book definitely packs a lot into the short time frame, and there is almost non-stop action throughout. Vivid descriptions bring places like Jerusalem, New Delhi, and Syria to life. I would mention that there is a sort of Indiana Jones type premise to the story, that asks some what ifs, that give the story a more speculative twist. I think one of my favorite things was that Tox wasn't a perfect hero, he had his flaws, but he did his best to live up to his duty. A fast paced read, with a lot going on, great for fans of Ms. Kendig's previous books and new fans as well!

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