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.
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 secret society whose true goals remain hidden.
With time running out and the threat for a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.
Review: I've read a couple of books by Ronie Kendig and I have enjoyed them all. Conspiracy of Silence, however, is in a liege of its own. This book refused to let me go and I burned through all 409 pages in a day in a half. The men and women portrayed in the pages were larger than life, the story twisted faster than a writhing snake, and the action was unrelenting. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a mentally engaging and very exciting read.
The main character, Cole Russel or "Tox" as he's known by most people, is a military legend. His instincts and fighting skills are legendary. Due to a tragic twist of events, Tox ended up black listed by the US military three years before the beginning of this story. Alone, he retreated to hone his skills and heal his mind and body on the planes of Africa. A threat to his family though brings him back into the USA and under the orders of the president himself, Tox finds himself in an ancient battle that spans the globe and time - all the way back to the days of Jesus. With his old team at his back and a girl from his past, Cole races the clock and a tenacious guild of assassin to figure out a complex mystery whose key lies with the chapters of The Codex... the original Bible.
With a respectable knowledge of the Codex, Ronie Kendig digs into the past - literally. Within the sands of Saudi Arabia she starts the story at an archaeological dig site where the Israelites caped before entering the Promised Land. Within that dig site, Bronze-era censers are discovered, which leads Tzivia Khalon, the archaeologist, into Numbers 16 as she tries to unravel the mystery attached to The Aleppo Codex, the censers, and an ancient plague they have accidentally unleashed.
I don't want to give away too much of the story, so I will resist saying more. In short, this was a great novel and I would highly recommend it.
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House for a copy of the book for my review.