Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole "Tox" Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that's fine--he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action. Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers--and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague--but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.
With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem--but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence? AMAZON 4 STARS
I liked this book but it was hard to follow along at first. I liked it but it also frustrated me at times. So many different characters, so many different
settings with different things going on. The story is told from the viewpoint of several different people. Slowly I began to see where some of them connected but for me the most confusing was the one with Benyamin Cohen. And it remained that way for me for most of the book.
I did like how Cole/Tox was told he was supposed to be there because he was God's warrior.
I liked the relationship between his newest closest friend Chiji,who he called his conscience. Chiji had the ability to bring a peacefulness, a calmness to "Tox" as well as helping him hone his warrior skills.
I thought it was an interesting way that Cole/Tox viewed Kasey at first as a "tough as nails Barbie". That made me smile.
The intense unity between the men, was clearly shown and I kept hoping none of them would be killed off. Tzivia Khalon is another person of interest that I was pulling for too. I guess I did get pretty involved in the story if I can make that statement. It was good to see the code of honor that was so deeply ingrained in Cole, no matter how many times he got screwed over. And his own family,government and others did plenty of that. Kasey Cortes, was quite the addition to the story. I had never heard of a deception expert before, but her expertise sure helped those around her. She made the point that there was a difference between some who is lying and someone using deception. That it wasn't the same thing. Casey was someone who so often refused to use Cole's nickname of Tox. She saw and cared for the man not the Legend.
At one point I began to agree with a statement that Tox made about feeling like he was being overloaded with information. Although I appreciated the research that had to go into this book, about 3/4 of the ways through the book, I was feeling the exact same way. This book is intense with lots of action, lots of deadly battles, near escapes, red herrings, secrets and twists and turns. . And some romance, kind of. Because lets face it they are in the middle of a war zone wherever they go. And it never lets up.
I received a copy of this book via Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.