One of my all-time favorite authors has another series and another layer to her expertise.
Hackers have stolen secure computers, putting US operatives and missions in jeopardy and lives at risk. Watters has to put his personal ghosts aside and eliminate the threat to America’s security.
His job is hindered by a dedicated missionary. Zahrah Zarrick isn’t only a school teacher hoping to better the lives of the children in Northern Afghanistan, she’s the American daughter of a retired general. And she’s got an expertise of great value to the hackers.
When Zahrah disappears, Watters must face his ghosts in order to rescue her and stop the hackers’ plans of terrorizing millions.
For a guy who comes across so in command and put together, Watters has quite a lot of baggage. A back-story full of pain and brokenness. Being a WARRIOR archetype, he’s constantly frustrated when his attempts to correct injustices are thwarted, even by some who are supposed to be on his side. Some of the other obstacles are a little more engaging. A team of battle-trained black-ops experts, (Each member with a unique background and voice.) and a beautiful woman focused solely on her calling from God.
Zahrah Zarrick, Double Z has a super power of faithfulness. Her commitment level is outstanding. Definitely a CRUSADER, but she takes on the character of an iron-spined WAIF during the second half of the book. With family and friends all counseling her against her convictions, she stands.
Ronie Kendig expertise in military matters shows once again. She immerses the reader in the world of Mazar-e Sharif, Afganistan and the nearby region. The culture, the atmosphere, the fearful reactions of the locals seem real. Vivid. Intense.
I love Ronie Kendig’s work. Her action package is exceptional. This story, being military fiction, has considerable violence—much of it in the form of torture—that far exceeds that of any of the other books I’ve read from Kendig. Not for the faint of heart.