Author: Ronie Kendig
Series: The Tox Files #1
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
After a failed mission, Cole “Tox” Russell has found himself an outcast, but now that the world needs him, he isn’t sure if he is the best man for the job.
It’s been four years since Cole “Tox” Russell was involved in a tragic mission that ended his career and that of his team. He was able to cut a deal and keep his team out of trouble, unfortunately it put him in the hot seat. He has become an outcast, which is what he really wants, to be left alone. It isn’t long after his exile that a centuries-old disease is unleashed in the world and he to be called back into action. His estranged brother is now the President of the United States and enlists his help to keep not only his family but also the entire world safe. He gets his team back and is working with FBI Agent Kasey Cortes to find the answers they all desperately need. It is a race around the globe to fight the plague and an ancient secret society that is adamant to remain hidden. With secrets uncovered and enemies at every corner, Tox and his team have to learn to work together once more in order to survive and break the conspiracy of silence.
Ronie Kendig has crafted another intriguing tale that will take readers on an adventure around the world and keep them on the edge of their seats until the very end. This is the first book in The Tox Files, if you don’t count the prequel, The Warrior’s Seal. I highly recommend reading the prequel, which is a free ebook, before starting Conspiracy of Silence. While the story is great and I found myself flipping pages as quickly as possible to find out what was going to happen. There were a few points throughout that got a bit wordy and could have been trimmed down slightly to make it flow a little better. That being said, most of what is written is very relevant to the story and doesn’t need to be skipped over. I have become a fan of Kendig and her military thrillers and have to say this should not be missed. Tox thinks he is Toxic to those around him and doesn’t want to have any kind of a relationship with anyone for fear of causing them pain. It is obvious there are feelings between Kasey and Tox and the way the relationship is played out was very well done in my opinion. I liked how Kendig threw Kasey into the mix, she wasn’t field trained like the others but didn’t let that stop her from pulling her own weight and doing whatever she could to help the team. The story was tied up nicely at the end but still left open for the next in the series to follow. I for one can’t wait to see what comes next for Tox and the gang. I recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good thriller. There are a few moments of violence that wouldn’t be recommended for a younger audience but overall it is a good clean story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.