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, Tox is lured back into action.
Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers–and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague–but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.
With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem–but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?
Cole “Toxic” Russell lives up to his name. Everyone who gets close seems to invariably get poisoned by his existence. After a massive snafu involving a very high profile target – with personal connections – Tox and his team are courtmartialed and imprisoned. Yet he is given one last chance to save his team. One job, then they’re free and he can disappear.
Four years later Tox gets hunted down by the very government who abandoned him, and they want him back.
Standing under the command of men he doesn’t trust, and with a team that hates him, Tox is expected to find a deadly bioweapon contained within a set of ancient religious artifacts before millions of people die.
Oh, man, where do I even begin?
Tox is a great character. Deeply flawed, seriously hurting and angry, but with a great heart beneath. Kasey, our main female lead, was also a lot of fun. As an FBI deception expert, nobody could get anything past her, the human lie detector. I’m a bit jealous of her “superpower”. Wish I had it. Life would be so much easier.
To also had a really great team, even if they were rather harsh with him sometimes. Okorie was my special favorite of that group. He’s Tox’s rock. Without him, I feel that things would really have begun to crumble.
No one writes military fiction like Ronie Kendig. In fact, I swear she gets better with every book. (Is that even possible?) She’s pretty much the only military fiction author I even bother to read anymore. Just like all the rest of her books, Conspiracy is non stop action from beginning to end. I was riveted to my seat from the time I picked it up. Only the consequences of not showing up for work on time could convince me to set it down – but I still brought it with me. Any breaks I got at work immediately saw me glued back to that book. I lost a lot of sleep too, thanks to it. Book 2 – Crown of Souls – can’t come fast enough for me!
My Rating: Five Flames
Romance: Clean. One kiss.
Blood/violence: There is a great deal of violence in this book. several firefights and fistfights, chase scenes, and some death. Descriptions of blood are minimal. Worst part is the phosphorus weapon the villains use, a nasty piece that burns a person from the inside out. There was one fairly descriptive scene of that happening.
Happy Reading y’all!