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The Rescue

(Ryan Decker #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  26,717 ratings  ·  949 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
Published April 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
The hero, (Decker) is as much a pursued and not remindful of Mitch Rapp as some claim. Always being the victim does not make for an interesting, exciting story. 3 of 10 stars
Sean Peters
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG.... My first book by this author and i LOVED this book.

Steven Konkoly’s new Ryan Decker series is a triumph—an action-thriller master class in spy craft, tension, and suspense, one book but I will add this series on my list, awaiting book 2 out shortly.

Former CIA operative turned mercenary for hire Ryan Decker’s specialty is rescuing kidnap victims. Hired by an influential US senator to liberate her daughter from a human-trafficking ring, Decker never anticipated sabotage or that the assault
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
Kathi Defranc
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Exciting Hostage Rescue Gone Wrong Finds High Placed People At Fault

I thoroughly enjoyed this first in a series by author Steven Konkoly! I used to read his books several years ago, before his apoplectic period, and this story brings me right back into the fold! Ryan Decker is an honest, work for the right reason ex-CIA Operator , when trying to save a senator's daughter his whole team is killed! Decker is blamed for this and is put in jail, with a stern outlook due to the Senator's belief that
Adah Udechukwu
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Rescue was an awesome read.
This is the first book by Steven Konkoly that I have read. It is formulaic. You have a hero and conspiracy that involves several groups. David vs Goliath. Good vs Evil. Who will win? You know who will win in the end. It is just a matter of how we get there. The story is not very realistic but it is entertaining. It would make a good made for TV movie. Think the A-Team.

Ryan Decker is a former CIA operative turned mercenary. He is the head of World Rescue Group whose specialty is rescuing kidnappe
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A senator's daughter is kidnapped, and a rescue attempt goes wrong, landing the CEO of the hostage recovery company in jail.

Flash forward two years, and the CEO is released from jail. The Russian mob is after him, a private contractor is after him, and the FBI and LAPD are after him. He's on the run along the vengeance trail. Luckily he's got a little help from his friends.

One of the better recent books of this genre.
Austin Walters
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I think Steven Konkoly does a very good job showing emotion through word choice and his punctuation. I think the name of this book, The Rescue, really is a perfect name for this book cover to cover. This is proven because of how much he gives up to rescue others even his freedom and then how much others give up to give him his freedom back. The author does an amazing job of showing his commitment to helping others in this book including rescue missions, putting his life on the
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
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
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had to get this one and read it quick since I got approved for book number 2.
Why did I not read this one sooner? I don't know but wow what a great rollercoaster of an adventure. I have to start the second really soon. Strong recommendation from me to y'all.
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

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
C.B. Matson
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a strong main character and a good supporting cast, "The Rescue" is an engaging action-thriller that's hard to put down. Author Steven Konkoly weaves a masterful tale without bogging us in details. Nice (although somewhat predictable) ending. I've given "Rescue" four stars, not due to any serious weakness, but rather because of the formidable competition in this genre. More Ryan Decker please, Mr. Konkoly. ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great pacing and emotion

I liked the story quite a bit. My favorite part was the ending. The moment of relief and release for Decker was a great way to finish the story. Overall, there’s a ton of stuff to like. However, I do wish we would have seen a little more chemistry with Harlow.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A slow start, but it picked up, and the ending was satisfying enough.
Page Turner
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.
Michelle Only Wants to Read

Engaging and fast paced. Some formulaic stuff, but it didn’t bother me. A bit far-fetched on some parts, but I still found it enjoyable and read the last 40% in a couple of hours.

March’s selection of Amazon’s First Reads.
Darcey Hawkins
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m Intrigued by Ryan Decker.

I’m not familiar with the ins and outs of covert ops, and I normally avoid them. The Rescue caught and held my attention. I wanted to know what happened next. No spoilers here...I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next one!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book kept my attention from start to finish. Can’t wait to read #2
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just OK. A little too wordy, too much detail about military hardware, and just not enough character driven plot to keep me interested. I ended up speed reading the last third of the book, which I hate to do with fiction.
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.
Jim A
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was ok

Typical Konkoly story. Lots of action in a plot that is pretty formulistic and simple. Nothing special. As the title indicates there will be more to follow. Knowing that up front takes all of the suspense out of what the author is trying to portray with some of the action.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quick thoughts: I enjoyed this. Decent mount of intrigue, good setup and plot progression, and characters with potential. They admittedly do need to be a bit fleshed out/more fully formed in the sequel.
Alex T
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am dumber for having read it
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank goodness Decker had made one friend as the rest of the world seemed to be against him. A real page turner that makes me want to read more in the series.
Steve Fleming
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review of The Rescue

Outstanding story line with amazing characters who were expertly developed! Absolutely no slow spots during the entire story. I highly recommend this novel to any action adventure fan!
David Berkowitz
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Good Summer Read

The Rescue is the first book in the Ryan Decker series. Not having read any of Konkoly's previous works I'm not sure if this character has been seen in another context. And that may be why I rate this as only 3 stars.

There is plenty of action and a compelling plot here Decker, who runs a company whose mission is to recover persons who have been the victims of human trafficking, has a mission literally blow up on him causing the death of a US Senator's daughter - the daughter who
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-2019
My goal this year is to read each month's Amazon First Read selection the month I select it. The Rescue was my selection for March 2019.

If you like fast pace action and witty dialogue, The Rescue is great read. My only complaint is that the action sometimes seem a little over the top. Thriller is not my go-to genre but I do like to vary my reading when I feel I've been reading from the same genre repeatedly and need a different pacing.

Those who love a fast story with lots of movement (gun figh
Don Gorman
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
(2). Lights, camera, action. That is about all you get here, with lots of violence. Too many unanswered or avoided questions here but boy, do we have fast paced action and lots going on. This was a perfect vacation-airplane ride type diversion that required no intellectual outlay at all. Fun, fast and furious (I am into cliches this morning), but like someone said about a famous politician, way down deep it is shallow. Reasonable stuff.
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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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