The Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence #1   -     By: Ronie Kendig
“Special Forces Operative Cole Russell had a mission gone wrong and is no longer welcomed in the United States. When a dormant disease resurfaces he is asked by the FBI to help find a cure. As he travels the globe he stumbles across an ancient secret society and an artifact with biblical origins.

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?”

Conspiracy of Silence is a book unlike any other I have read. Typically, I prefer biographies, historical works, theology, or books about cultural issues we are facing today. My sister is the one that prefers more “political thriller” type books. She is the one that actually sparked my interest in this particular book — and I am glad she did =}

This book was an interesting blend of action, politics, war, heartbreak, and — surprisingly — history — Biblical history, in fact. It centers around an archaeological dig site in Israel, where surprising artifacts are being found. A whole city that had been buried. This book weaves into the artifact find a surprising tale of Biblical significance, bringing in elements of surprise, betrayal, and redemption.

There was a LOT of Jewish history throughout the pages of this book. A lot of Christian history. There are several prominent characters who are Christians, and there are a couple who are Jewish. There are a few who claim to be atheists. There is a lot of dialogue between the different belief systems, which I enjoyed.

The political setting was a less-than-believable scenario than others I have read by just a bit, but it was good nonetheless, and made for a fun read. A more…..ahem…..whimsical person — meaning less practical =P — would probably not have cared. Or noticed, for that matter. There were no *words* — the language was clean throughout, and there was a strong Christian influence through the pages.

The one thing I disliked about Conspiracy of Silence was that it seemed to just dive right into the story with no background information, leaving my brain swirling for the first several chapters. It was so bad, I looked up the authors website to see if there was a backstory…..and I found that there was a novella that came first — The Warrior’s Seal — and it was free. I would highly recommend reading that first, so you can enjoy the actual book.

I am looking forward to the second book in this series, which should be released sometime this year….I would pass this book along, too. As soon as I have posted this, my sister who originally wanted to read the book will have it in her possession…..since she has already devoured The Warrior’s Seal :D

*I received this book from the publisher in return for posting an honest review.
I was not required to enjoy it. All opinions are my own.*

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