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Author: Ronie Kendig
Title: Storm Rising, #1
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 381
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764231871
ISBN-13: 9780764231872
Series: Book of the Wars
Stock No: WW231875

The Book of the Wars has resurfaced! Mentioned in the pages of the Septuagint but lost to history, its pages hold secrets–and dangers–never before seen on earth. Former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe has the Task to capture the ancient text and is finally given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as “Viorica” snatches the volume right out from under them.

Iskra “Viorica” Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most–freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives–entire nations. Though both are haunted by secrets of their past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in two-thousand-year-old words could unleash the storm of their own destruction.

Storm Rising, #1

Publisher’s Description
Mentioned in the pages of the Septuagint but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets–and dangers–never before seen on earth.

Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is finally given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as “Viorica” snatches the volume right out from under them.

Iskra “Viorica” Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most–freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives–entire nations. Though both are haunted by secrets of the past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in two-
thousand-year-old words could unleash the storm of their own destruction.

Review
“FROM THENCE THEY REMOVED, AND PITCHED ON THE OTHER SIDE OF ARNON, WHICH IS IN THE WILDERNESS THAT COMETH OUT OF THE COASTS OF THE AMORITES: FOR ARNON IS THE BORDER OF MOAB, BETWEEN MOAB AND THE AMORITES. WHEREFORE IT IS SAID IN THE BOOK OF THE WARS OF THE LORD, WHAT HE DID IN THE RED SEA, AND IN THE BROOKS OF ARNON, AND AT THE STREAM OF THE BROOKS THAT GOETH DOWN TO THE DWELLING OF AR, AND LIETH UPON THE BORDER OF MOAB.” NUMBERS 21:13-15 (KJV)

The Book has been found . . . and the mysteries surrounding said book have military leaderships around the globe scrambling to obtain THE BOOK OF THE WARS OF THE LORD. NAVY SEAL Leif Metcalfe has been given command of his own team, and the opportunity to redeem himself from his previous failure, despite a 6 month period of time of which he has no recollection.

Bulgarian operative Iskra “Virorica” Todorova is also seeking the book, for her own personal desire . . . freedom. However, a series of strange global storms, coupled with dire predictions of future events, have forced Leif and Iskra into an uneasy alliance in order to thwart impending disaster.

In the end, will Leif and Iskra find the freedom they are so desperately seeking?

I normally devour Ronie Kendig’s writing. However, I just couldn’t get into this particular book, for several reasons.

The book is large . . . not just in terms of pages. It’s large in that it covers large areas of planet earth, much of which I’m not familiar with. It contains many sub-plots, and those sub-plots develop over a large amount of time. And this is just the first book in the series, which means the requisite “cliff-hanger” ending for this particular novel.

My biggest issue, however, stems from a personal bias a prejudice, if you will. I’ve never been a big fan of books that resurrect some obscure passage of scripture, and then unleash poetic license in megaton proportions. My wife is an author, so I understand the imagination aspect of the craft. But for me, the practice of eisegesis (reading something into the scriptures that may or may not actually be there) is not good. God says what he means, and means what he says . . . human conjecture is not really necessary.

Ronie Kendig exhibits her usual nail biting, gut wrenching tension in her action scenes, putting the reader “into” the action as no one else can, and she develops the characters and their relationships so real that you feel you could recognize them on the street. If you are looking to “escape” from reality, you could find no finer writer.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my open and honest review.

Book Author Bio
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty novels. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live outside New York City with their children and a retired military working dog. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters. Visit her at www.roniekendig.com.

Laura HiltonAuthor:
Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools her children. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Her publishing credits include Hot Chocolate and Shadows of the Past from Treble Heart Books; a devotional in a compilation from Zondervan; and the first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House will be released in April 2011, the second book in September 2011, and the third in April 2012. Laura has her business degree from Ozarka and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Laura is a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.

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