Conspiracy of Silence


Conspiracy of Silence
Ronie Kendig
Bethany House Publishers

Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole “Tox” Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that’s fine—he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed at an archaeological dig where three Bronze-era censers are found, Tox is lured back into action. Partnered with an archaeologist and an FBI agent who’s an expert in deception, Tox and his team are pitted against a secret society, a plague dubbed the New Black Death, and a revered codex—which may hold the key to stopping the deadly outbreak.

     Though I've heard some really, really good things about Ronie Kendig from friends, I never tried any of her books simply because, judging from the covers, I didn't think they'd be my cup of tea. But then I read the synopsis for this one and was intrigued. Archaeology and ancient diseases? Two of my favorite things! (Okay, only one of those is a favorite thing. I'll let you wonder which.)

     At any rate, I took this book hoping for an Indiana-Jones-like adventure. When I started though, I was a bit confused- something about it seemed much more like a second book in a series than the first. I searched, and there is a free prequel novella (Titled The Warrior's Seal) available. I HIGHLY recommend picking that book up if you're going to read Conspiracy of Silence. It gave quite a bit of needed backstory, and hey: it is free. So after finishing that, I picked up this book again.

     The thing about Conspiracy of Silence is that I would have enjoyed it about 100x more if it had been set...well, a hundred or so years ago. I just don't find adventure filled with modern technology and politics as interesting; it seems (for me anyway) to hinder plot possibilities. Also, it has a lot of military action in it--again, I'm fine with military stuff....if we're talking about, y'know, the Crusades or David's mighty men. And the thing was, this book had mention of things like that. But I couldn't help wishing that's what the story was, rather than the present-day plot. I want to stress that this is totally my own personal preference...I thought the story was fast-paced and exciting, if at times a bit confusing. But I just wasn't as interested in it as I otherwise would have been.

     So in other words...this was a good book, but it wasn't a good book for me. However, I'm sure fans of this author will find a lot to love in Conspiracy of Silence.

Rating: 7

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Sorry this one didn't suit you. :/ That's never fun. I always like Ronie's novels because of their honor to the military, so I'm definitely looking forward to this new series - and good to know it's a good idea to read the novella first! :)


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