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The Ronin Genesis

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"Taut and driving, Hildreth delivers another thrilling read."
-Stephen England, bestselling author of the SHADOW WARRIORS series

"Badass Ben Williams rides again, this time rolling hard on Mexican cartels and Russian wetwork crews in this year's most relentless, grab-you-by-the-throat thriller."
-Nate Granzow, author of the COGAR adventure series

"A pulse-pounding action-packed thriller drenched in gunpowder and intrigue."
-Kai Wai Cheah, Hugo Award Finalist and author of NO GODS, ONLY DAIMONS
April 20th, 2005.

Three days have passed since Ben Williams survived the harrowing attack on Tucson's Saguaro Towers Hotel.

However, the danger has far from subsided.

Unknown to the public, the Saguaro Towers was a covert CIA station; the attack, an Iranian false-flag operation aimed at breaching the American intelligence apparatus. The Iranian operative responsible for the attack is in possession of sensitive information and has gone off the grid.

Short on options, the CIA turns to a small start-up private military company to hunt the Iranian. In turn, that PMC turns to Williams and members of his old Special Activities Division team.

Through bloody mercenary combat with multiple factions hunting the data in drug-torn Mexico, Ronin Defense Institute will be born, but there is no guarantee their company--or the shooters themselves--will survive.

497 pages, Kindle Edition

Published August 4, 2017

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Steven Hildreth Jr.

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Steven Hildreth, Jr. is an author, Iraq War veteran, and firearms enthusiast. He resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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Author 32 books146 followers
August 2, 2017
Ben Williams returns. . .and he's darker than ever, in this sequel to author Steven Hildreth, Jr.'s 2015 thriller "The Sovereigns."

And the expectations with which I'd come away from that novel were not disappointed. Taut and driving, Hildreth delivers another thrilling read, which I read in the course of little more than a week, occupying most of my spare time for the duration.

Ronin Genesis is a well-crafted and unique entry in the genre of counterterrorism thrillers, well worth checking out, along with the rest of the series. I look forward to reading more of Williams' story in the future.

Highly recommended. Five stars.
58 reviews1 follower
December 4, 2020
Good but...

What I liked; good story, lots of action, good character development. What I didn't like, way too much detail. I don't need to know what everyone wears every time they get dressed, blue polo, khakis, tennis shoes...what dresses the female operators picked out for the club... wow. This novel ready very slowly, I almost gave up about 1/3 in. You certainly get a lot (of pages) for the money but a few (or not few) less details would have helped the pace. Overall worth the time /effort.
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456 reviews9 followers
April 6, 2018
I am several months overdue to write a review of this book, so here goes nothin’.

The third installment in the Ben Williams series picks up immediately following the events of its predecessor, The Sovereigns. Our hero is hot on the trails of stolen data that could seriously compromise US Intelligence, and might just end up over his head as multiple organizations compete to lay claim to the data.

Williams’s journey takes him into cartel-controlled Mexico, where he and his team encounter several new allies, as well as some familiar faces. Hildreth keeps the action rolling throughout, and his military and technical experience shine during these sequences.

Though the Williams novels are well outside of my usual genre preferences, Hildreth keeps the cast engaging and the narrative moving briskly enough for me to thoroughly enjoy the series. The Ronin Genesis is his biggest novel to-date, and a lot of material is tackled in these pages. As the data recovery op grows in size and scope, the ever-expanding cast of characters threatens to overwhelm the novel and might leave some readers struggling to keep up with who’s who.

Still, Ronin is a fun, engaging ride that will definitely keep you wanting to turn the pages. I can't wait for the next installment.
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1,234 reviews6 followers
August 14, 2017
Heatwole said it best, "And many more to come". Hopefully he is right because The Ronin is loaded with action. A bit like a modern day western, which, so it makes sense it would have Nogales as a main location. The main center of the story is a thumb drive, with very sensitive information on it. Naturally, it becomes a hot potato and some bad people want it, even though it is encrypted and the good guys have the key. The Key Stone Cops are played by the Russians. A huge amount of research must have gone into this novel. Very enjoyable!
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