Ronie Kendig’s Conspiracy of Silence presents an interesting thesis: what would happen if an ancient curse were unleashed on the modern world? The second book in The Tox Files, Conspiracy of Silence brings back our hero from the first book, Tox Russell. His actions have estranged him from his team, his family, and his country. He has been in exile and left alone.
But now his country needs him back. A strange plague has broken out in the Mideast and the President (Tox’s brother) wants him back in action to find and eliminate the threat. When a team is sent to retrieve Tox, he eludes them and then shows up in his brother’s office–easily eluding the security systems in place to protect the President.
Tox is able to reunite his team and they are off to the Middleast along with an FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and an archeologist, Tzivia Khalon, the sister of one of the members of the team. They travel the globe searching for answers but are blocked near the location of the outbreak. Why? What has caused the plague? Why do these people want to keep the source a secret?
Tox Russell is a complex character but very believable. Kendig has the knack of creating heroes who are flawed but endearing. The romantic interests are believable but restrained. The secondary characters are fleshed out and each are unique personalities. In the Tox Files, Ronie has created a modern-day speculative series of intrigue and mystery.
Ronie Kendig is a prolific author with several awards to her credit. As an army brat, Kendig has drawn most of her series from her experiences with various branches of the military. You will enjoy any of her books you read, especially my favorite, her series about service dogs, A Breed Apart.
Bethany House gave me a copy of Conspiracy of Silence, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.