Four years after a mission gone bad, Cole “Tox” Russell is persona non grata to the United States. But when a mysterious plague is unleashed at an archaeological dig in Saudi Arabia, Tox is lured back into action. Partnered with an archaeologist, an FBI agent, and his old team, he is up against not only the plague, but also a secret society and an ancient mystery surrounding a revered codex that might be the key to the whole mission . . .
Indiana Jones meets military thriller, with ancient plagues, biblical artifacts, and secret societies to spice things up. I really enjoyed that unique blend. The action was non-stop, with plenty of suspense. The team is formed of people from a variety of backgrounds--from Christian to Jew to agnostic to atheist. While there is definite friction thanks to their histories, they are still a cohesive, functioning unit.
Kasey was definitely my favorite character, though unexpected, since she didn't have a part in the prequel. She doesn't have the military prowess most of the others on the team have, but she has special, really helpful skills. And she brings out the softer side of Tox. And the protective side. Basically, she makes him more human. I could relate to her best out of the bunch.
I do recommend reading the free prequel first. It provides a fair amount of backstory and introduces a lot of the major characters. There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book, so that extra help is nice--especially when it's in a another fascinating story. There's enough going on that I think these will be great to reread. I'm excited to see where the series goes next!
I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required--all opinions are my own.
0.5: "The Warrior's Seal"
1. Conspiracy of Silence
2. Crown of Souls