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The Rescue

(Ryan Decker #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,809 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Former CIA operative turned mercenary for hire Ryan Decker’s specialty is rescuing kidnap victims. Hired by an influential US senator to liberate his daughter from a human-trafficking ring, Decker never anticipated sabotage or that the assault could go so disastrously wrong. The hostage is dead. His team is wiped out, and so are their families, including Decker’s own wife ...more
Kindle Edition, 390 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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    The Rescue (Ryan Decker #1)
    Release date: Apr 01, 2019
    For fans of Tom Clancy and Lee Child, a heart-pumping thriller of betrayal, revenge, and conspiracy by USA Today bestselling author Steven Konkoly.


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    Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was a fast-paced story with plenty of action and emotion. I enjoy Jack Reacher movies, so I attempted to read a Lee Child- Jack Reacher book once. I put it down within the first chapter or so because it was laced with so much profanity. This was a good, Reacher-style story, and although it was not profanity-free, it was very sparse. I appreciated the fact that the author felt he could write this type of story without feeling compelled to fill it with profanity and sex. It was very well done ...more
    Darcia Helle
    The Rescue has been getting a ton of early praise. Unfortunately, I won't be joining that party train, so feel free to boo me if you must.

    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
    Nicholas Yount
    Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Another fantastic book by Steven Konkoly! What I like about all of Konkoly's series is they are all distinctly unique and original. This book centers around the fallout of a rescue operation. That fallout includes Bratva, FBI, a politically motivated paramilitary organization, a private investigation firm, and an elite rescue team. If that's not enough for you throw in some political conspiracies and coverups, plenty of hair-raising gun fights, and plot twists making you say "Woah! What's going ...more
    Charles  van Buren
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Charles van Buren


    5.0 out of 5 stars

    A suspense filled rollercoaster of a book

    March 3, 2019

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    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
    Richard Lang
    Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Finally, it's not dystopian!

    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
    S.F. Johnson
    Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
    Not the best I’ve read

    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.
    Book Woman 📚
    Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I have read a number of books by Konkoly and always enjoyed each one. This book begins a new series and I’m looking forward to reading each future one as well. Good plot, great character development and fast action make a great read!
    Garrett Goodrich
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    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.
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Insane, but addictive

    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
    John Jenkins
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
    The Rescue is an entertaining novel injected by Steven Konkoly with some clever plot twists. The book is a page turner; and, although some of the plot components seem a bit far-fetched, they mostly work. One component that does not work is the motivation of the primary villain, Jacob Harcourt, who zealously drives events and legislation in his quest to accumulate an unusual kind of power.

    The heroes and heroines are heroic, but mostly human, and the villains are villainous – maybe to excess. So,
    Mrs LIR Linda
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The author is one of my favorite Apocalyptic writers and I have enjoyed several of his novels and think that his preparation advice given indirectly through the stories is really good.

    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
    Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: mmm
    Ryan Decker is a former military operative, now runs a group specializing in stopping human trafficking. His group hired to find a senators daughter that was kidnapped. They've located her and are moving in when it all goes sideways. A year later and Decker is in jail, most of his team and their families have been killed. Then unexpectedly he gets out... The rest of the book is Decker and his out of the woodwork benefactor, Harlow Mackenzie, trying to figure out what really happened and who was ...more
    David Hogan
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Good till the end

    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 just stops. Marlow character should have been more involved and the part she
    Benjamin Drayton
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Same Great Author, Another Great Book!

    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,
    Chessy The Cat
    Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Ryan Decker, a former CIA operative turned mercenary, is framed in a hostage rescue gone bad. Most of his team were either killed during the op or murdered shortly thereafter along with their families. After serving only part of his sentence Decker is mysteriously freed. With the help of private investigator, Harlow Mackenzie, he goes on a quest to find the truth.

    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
    Chloe Cuthbert
    Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Rescue is a solid 10/10

    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
    Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Be prepared to stay up late

    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
    Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    WOW! Not Much More to Say After That

    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!
    Lisa Omstead
    Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This mesmerizing, twisty-turny story was an absolute joy to read. The author has used his considerable (and specialized) military knowledge to build a masterfully layered plot with tortured hero Ryan Decker front and center. There is a plethora of wrong-doings Decker's character is compelled to make right. This thrilling first book in the author's new action-driven series tackles issues including the child sex-trade industry in the United States. Honestly, it kept me turning the pages until the ...more
    Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was pretty good. Lots of action and fast paced. You don’t really get much info on the characters, which would have made it a lot better. It starts with the aftermath of a failed rescue of kids for sex trafficking. So much of what happened in the back ok ties back to that few pages. I think it would have been better to start the series there, and let us learn about who they are and the impact it had on them rather than have them mention one or two lines later in the book. Still it was a good ...more
    Brian Sutherland
    When I first read the synopsis of The Rescue, honestly I wasn't really interested in it. Not sure why, it just didn't appeal to me. Since I have read and enjoyed all of Steven Konkoly's other books, I decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did.

    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
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    An exciting but believable story that seems just feasible enough to be scary.

    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.
    Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Enjoyable book

    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!
    Richard Jay
    Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Much too much verbiage. The story could have been much better told using 1/2 the amount of words. Also, the verbal interaction between the characters did not ring true. No one jokes around when being shot at or otherwise attacked. Such juvenile back-and-forth did nothing to increase the tension.
    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.
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A Stemwinder

    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.
    Gary Webster
    Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I liked it!

    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!
    Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was a really good book. The only issue I have is calling it a “Ryan Decker” book. It was much more of an ensemble - well, at least until Part 4 which was a noticeable shift. I’d have liked Mackenzie’s perspective again but I understand why he didn’t go that route. I hope subsequent books in the series go back to shifting between characters like in the beginning of this one. They are all so interesting and well written.
    Cassandra Robbins
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Why did I choose this rating?

    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.
    Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    About six years ago, I read The Jakarta Pandemic by Steven Konkoly. I've subsequently read several more Konkoly titles and appreciated the suspense, pacing, and relatable characters. The same was true of Konkoly's book, "The Rescue." Decker reminded me of Jason Bourne... from the moment Decker was (surprisingly) released from prison, the reader takes a fascinating and suspenseful journey with lots of twists and turns. Highly recommend The Rescue to suspense / action fans.
    Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Fun read. I read a lot of non-fiction, so now and then I like to pick up a book like this and relax with it. Good story. I got a little fuzzy with who was who, who were the bad guys, or maybe the worst guys, but that could be age related memory issues. I very much appreciated that there were no gratuitous bedroom scenes and very little profanity. A good writer doesn’t need that nonsense if the story line holds his readers’ interest.
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    Steven graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, receiving a bachelor of science in English literature. He served the next eight years on active duty, traveling the world as a naval officer assigned to various Navy and Marine Corps units. His extensive journey spanned the globe, including a two-year tour of duty in Japan and travel to more than twenty countries throughout Asia and th ...more

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