Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.
Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he’s out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.
Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating–he’s using a mysterious artefact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.
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Each time I crack open a Ronie Kendig novel, I feel the need to have a defibrillator nearby. Why do I continue to read her stress and anxiety-inducing novels? Ancient relics with calamitous influence! Intoxicating suspense! Mad dashes through exotic foreign lands! Light refrains of romance! Men in uniform! Okay, so the last one is not very “literary” of me, but let a girl have her vices, okay?
Crown of Souls, the second instalment in The Tox Files series, sees Cole “Tox” Russell confronting the dark dwellings of his mind and grappling with the fine line between justice and vengeance. Readers are introduced to a greater depth of his character which, coupled with his valour and heroism in Conspiracy of Silence, result in a truly complex and intellectually engaging protagonist. I have previously likened this series to a contemporary Indiana Jones homage, but it is so much more. Herein lies a story of brotherhood, loyalty and truth.
**Disclosure: Review copy provided by author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**