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Raptor 6 by Ronnie Kendig

Title:  Raptor 6 (The Quiet Professionals #1)
Author:  Ronie Kendig
Pages:  351
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
This is my first book by this author, and it won’t be the last.  This plot is set in Afghanistan.  The main military unit is a Special Forces Unit tasked with ensuring peace and protecting innocents as the U.S. downscales their presence in country.  There are six members on the team, but the main focus of the story surrounds Dean Watters, who is captain of the team.
Dean had a terrible childhood and enlisted in the Army at age 17 to escape.  He has been honed by experience into a leader of men and a fighter for freedom.  He meets Zahrah Zarrick when the school where she teaches explodes due to a bomb.  He immediately is taken with her and admires her commitment to God.  He soon discovers how deep that commitment runs and what Zahrah will do to keep it.  He has guarded his heart as everyone he has ever cared about has left him, so he tries to view his interaction with her as part of his job.  However, she manages to sneak into his heart and show him what God can do through one of His own.  Dean has been a believer, but struggles with seeing innocents suffer and being unable to protect them.  Can he give up his will to the ultimate Protector?
Zahrah Zarrick is the daughter of an Afghan woman and a famous U.S. military hero.  Her mother is dead, and her father is very protective of her.  Zahrah knows she has been called by God to teach Afghan children, especially girls.  Her masters degree in quantum cryptology, however, makes her a target for very bad people.  She meets Dean and falls for him right away.  She is told by Dean that they have no future, that the Army is his family and that he never intends to marry.  However, circumstances throw them together and she is forced into a horrific situation along with Dean.  He sees her strength and dedication to God even after she suffers extreme physical trauma.  Can she win Dean’s heart?
This is a fictional military suspense story with lots of great action, tension and drama.  There are situations that happen in the story, such as torture and rape, that I want readers be aware of.  While I didn’t like reading about these subjects, it made me much more aware of what our military men and women, as well as innocent people in other countries face every day.  The story also awesomely portrayed what a completely surrendered life to God can look like and accomplish.  Zahrah’s faith in the face of such conditions was humbling.  I also loved the camaraderie between the men of Raptor 6 and the teasing and humor.  The bravery and courage these men showed was inspiring.  I look forward to the next book in the series, which I hope will be coming out soon!
My rating is 5 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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