Book Review: Thirst of Steel

Normally when I begin reading the last book in a series, I get a bit nervous. What if the series doesn’t end satisfactorily? What if I spent all the time reading the series only to have it end unpleasantly? What if the author decides to kill my favorite character? So it was with some trepidation that I began reading Thirst of Steel, the third book in the Tox Files series by Ronie Kendig. However my fears were laid to rest as I completed this last book.

This book is another adventure-packed, high-speed, thought-provoking read from Ronie Kendig. When I began this series, I did not expect to learn so many new things and be so challenged in my faith. This book takes a look at the sword of Goliath and what may have happened to it through the years.

Another theme that came out repeatedly in this book and in the two previous books was the reality of a spiritual realm that is just as real as the physical realm. This fact is brought out again and again in this book. As Christians we know that the spiritual realm exists. However, we often try to downplay the effect of the spiritual realm in the world around us. We try to make God into someone that we can understand and control. We rationalize the spiritual world. As one of the characters in Kendig’s book states, “And that is what the Dark One wishes. For us to be caught up in the belief that we are so much more advanced now, so much more intelligent, that we desperately search for justifications to drag God to our level where we can see Him. Where we can control what He does and does not do. That is not a God that I can serve. Mine is mighty. Powerful!” Very well stated. I am guilty of this more often than I want to admit. Why is it so hard for us to remember that the God that we serve is not a genie in a bottle? He is so much more powerful than we can even begin to realize.

Anyway, that was just a side sermon from the whole point of writing this blog which was to tell you that you should really buy this book and read it and recommend it to all your friends. Seriously I really enjoyed this book and would highly encourage you to read it. This book made me sad and angry and hopeful and a hundred other emotions. Even though the characters in this book have lives that are completely different from mine, I still found myself identifying with them and their struggles. This book is releasing today so go grab yourself a copy!

Below is the story summary from the back cover of the book:

“Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole ‘Tox’ Russell wants only to put the dangers of his past behind him and begin his new life with Haven Cortes. First, though, he’s called to complete a final mission: retrieve the sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to reunite the sword. Threatening the life of Ram and Tzivia’s father, they jeopardize Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the blade. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the artifact is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string o f unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to target the true enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith mush destroy the AFO….or join them in the flames.”

 

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: Conspiracy of Silence

Since I was chosen to be part of Ronie Kendig’s influencer team for her upcoming book Thirst of Steel and this is the third book in the Tox Files series, I though I should read the first two books in the series first. And am I ever glad that I did! I just finished the first book entitled Conspiracy of Silence. Wow! I was about fifty pages from the end when I had to come back to reality for supper and it took a bit to pull myself out of the book. It has a way of grabbing your attention and holding it. It is fast-paced enough that it requires you to stay tuned to what you are reading. No zoning out in this book!

This book delved into a bit more of a Biblical conspiracy than some of Ronie’s other work. A Biblical plague is unleashed, and the Tox team has to stop it before thousands of people die. The team has to fight physical enemies, but they also have to lean on their faith and trust in the supernatural.

I was fascinated by the female main character. She was an FBI deception expert, a job that I didn’t know existed. It was fascinating to see what all she could learn simply from a person’s body language and choice of words. No one could get away with a lie around her! And of course, sparks flew between her and the main character.

I also learned about the Aleppo Codex. I didn’t know that such a thing even existed before I read this book. The Aleppo Codex is the oldest complete Hebrew Bible and the first manuscript to be bound as a book instead of written as a scroll. At least it was complete at one point. It is now missing about a third of its pages. Of course, there are all manner of conspiracies about what happened to the Codex to cause missing pages and where they are now. The Aleppo Codex is now on display in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. More can be learned about the Codex at aleppocodex.org. Of course, Conspiracy of Silence takes some literary license with the Codex and with the Biblical conspiracy but it is very thought-provoking. It was fun to learn about something totally new in a pleasure read.

All that to say that I would highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys Christian suspense and even for those that don’t. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I will probably stay up way too late tonight reading the second book. The lie of a bookworm: only one more chapter! Below is a book summary.

 

“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

Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers–and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient society whose true goal remains hidden.

With time running out and the threat of a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through the centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.”