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This book and I were simply a bad match. All the things I love in a book just aren't here.
The biggest problem for me revolves around the absence of character development. For me to invest in a story, I have to care about, or at least get to know, the characters. That doesn't happen. Instead, we have a ton of narrating characters, some who matter a lot more tha ...more
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5.0 out of 5 stars
A suspense filled rollercoaster of a book
March 3, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Reviewer Sam Vines, writing an Amazon review, has pointed out something which I had vaguely noticed but to which I hadn't given much thought:
"The Rescue is the only First Read option out of six this month that is not either an introspective emotional journey of trauma and drama or the saga of an underdog’s empowerment (henceforth “angst-based drivel” o ...more
I like Konkoly's writing - there are always guns, violence, former military/agency types, and hard characters who don't stop. I was delighted to see this new hero, Ryan Decker, and the possible path it reveals. Head of the World Rescue Group, just as his team is about to launch a rescue things go to help in a hurry. Two years later and it turns out he went to prison, surviving eight attempts in his life, having his wife and son murdered and seeing all his colleagues a ...more
The characters were never “fleshed out” and the plot was confusing. A couple of dialogue mistakes were encountered and the book did not flow. The main character was a mystery and the book never covered his personal history. An author like Grisham would be a good model for this author.
This book was awesome. It became very difficult for me to put down. The characters are great, and the writing makes the action really come to life. I’ve never been much of a military/action type book person, and this book makes me want to read others.
This is my first book by the author and I was totally addicted to it. I didn't want to put it down even when I realized it was after 1am and I had to go to work in a few hours.
I could not believe the raw deal Decker got, but totally sympathized with the families as well. I was so on the fence with some of the characters but realized that I could actually see how they were mislead. On the one hand I was upset at their treatment of Decker because of his experience and success ...more
The heroes and heroines are heroic, but mostly human, and the villains are villainous – maybe to excess. So, ...more
This thriller surprised me because the story had nothing to do with the world as we know it coming to an end. From the first flash back chapter of a hostage rescue that goes totally wrong, with consequences to the hostage, the parents, the various villains and the rescue team. In fact the rescue team members' fami ...more
I have read Stevens other works and became a fan of his character in the Jakarta epidemic, so it was no surprise I enjoyed The Rescue, its a good story with very good characters, characters with a cause. Mix that with some government corruption which seems to mirror our current situation and bam a good read. Until you get to the end, the book is detailed with good character development and then......it just stops. Marlow character should have been more involved and the part she ...more
There are few authors out there that have the ability to jump from one genre to the next and not miss a beat. Actually, I cannot name another. Steven Konkoly does it and does it very, very well. This new book is a departure from the previous series (which by the way, you need to go buy now because they are ridiculously fantastic) that the author has created. He didn’t skip a beat. The new Ryan Decker character is great! For readers of Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, ...more
Konkoly’s first novel in the Ryan Decker series, The Rescue, pulls out all the stops in this high-speed thrill ride. The character dev ...more
I've been a reader of Steven Konkoly's books for quite some time. His novels typically cater to those of us who enjoy post apocalyptic thrillers, and either grew up in the military or served. And they are fantastic, but understandably, not for everyone.
All of that changed with The Rescue. This is the first novel of his that I can honestly say, will appeal to the mainstream.
It encompasses thrillers, government agencies, and whirlwind action, while giving those of us wh ...more
The book is a page turner from the beginning. The plot is complicated and loaded with twists and turns.
Ryan Decker is in charge of a rescue operation involving a Senator's daughter, who was kidnapped by a Russian human trafficking ring. The operation goes south; Decker's team is killed, and Decker is blamed for it all. He is sentenced to 10 years in prison. Suddenly, he is released, but then the world is out to kill him. Enter Harlow Mackenzie, private eye extraordina ...more
This is the first book I've read by Steven Konkoly & again, WOW! What a start to the series. Very well written, with a wonderfully constructed story line. I can't wait to read the next book. Steven has done an excellent job of describing the characters and the surrounding areas that the story goes to. His attention to detail is excellent. I don't like giving out details of the story, but I will leave it at this, as a fellow Marine, Semper Fi!
The Rescue starts fast and rarely slows down. I don't like reading or sharing spoilers in reviews, so all I'm going to say is you need to read this. You will enjoy getting to know Ryan Decker as he takes on a tough foe with almost endless resources. Than ...more
This is my first time for this author and it has been very enjoyable. There are a number of twists and turns that kept me on my toes and very understandable descriptions of high technology that wasn't over the top. For an action thriller the book also has a great deal of interpersonal relationships between characters. Looking forward to the next one.
The action, the story and the characters all combine in The Rescue to make an enjoyable read. Even when there were parts of the action a reader (like me) who is inexperienced in military jargon and weapon descriptions could have gotten lost, Konkoly did a great job of keeping the story engaging and filled with information. I'm now off to find my next Steven Konkoly book to read!
Finally, the story went on and on with confusing characters. If I put the book down for a few days I had to go back and find out who was who--not an easy task with a kindle.
An excellent novel wit which to introduce Ryan Decker. The story line developed rapidly and went from tense to intense very quickly. This is one of those twist and turn novels that has the reader thinking they have the plot figured out just before the direction changes and leaves you trying to reorient the facts you thought you had all figured out. Looking forward to Book 2.
The beginning was a little rough for me, I think he’s a good writer, but for whatever reason the initial start was kind of choppy. Once it got going it was a pretty good read. I am a fan of these kinds of books so I am less critical. The story line is good, it’s familiar, and everybody has plenty of money so the playing field is level. So if you’re ok with those parameters, then dive in!
Because I enjoyed every word of this book. I could hardly put it down the times I had to. It captured my attention right from the beginning. I really like Ryan Decker's character, and the idea of having a team of women as his assistants was a stroke of genius. I will be looking for more in the Ryan Decker series. Thank you for a most enjoyable read.