Friday, July 25, 2014

Operation Zulu Redemption: Out of Nowhere by Ronie Kendig

This episode is another one full of action as we follow the surviving women of Zulu Team, the all female special ops group.

At the end of the last episode, Teya had walked into an ambush. She is determined to find the guy who left her with a broken nose and black eyes. Trace takes the women back to the secret bunker for additional training. He is seeing to it that they are trained better than they could have ever imagined – their lives depend on it.

When the women find out they are still in the army and have been on inactive status these last five years, tempers flare. Trace can still order them into dangerous situations, and he does.

Trace gets a lead and arranges a meeting in Paris with one of the civilians present during the Misrata disaster. The meeting turns deadly and Teya, at the wrong place at the wrong time, is seriously attacked and is now on the hit list of the most feared assassin in Europe.

Another lead and Zulu goes to Greece. This time Trace and Boone are helpless as the safety of the team is compromised and we are left with the women in danger – again.

This is another action packed episode but I am getting frustrated with Trace's inability to keep his team safe. The women continue to escape, but in the process, make Trace look inept. I, like the women, thought they had been dismissed from the army. I thought Trace was running a rogue operation, trying to find the cause of the Misrata disaster. Finding out they are still in the army, though inactive, makes me wonder why Trace doesn't do a better job of protecting them by calling in more help. It makes for great suspense as the women are attacked again and again but I am getting tired of Trace's ineptness and the army's inability to protect some of their own.

A possible reason for Trace's limited action is that an army official of high rank was involved in causing the Misrata disaster. There is a hint of that possibility in this episode. Trace might be operating under the radar, so to speak, to keep that army professional from knowing his actions.

See my review of earlier episodes: Overkill - the Beginning and Collateral Damage.

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning author known for her action fiction. The combination of her degree in psychology and her knowledge of military life combines for intense scenes of compelling fiction. Find out more about her and her work at www.roniekendig.com.

Shiloh Run Studios, about 185 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this episode from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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