Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Title: The Darkest Hour
Series: KGI, #1
Author: Maya Banks
Rating: 4 Shooting Stars

The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business. 

 Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background. 

 Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t… 

 It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone. 

 His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive. 

 To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

This story begins with Ethan having to "mourn" the one year anniversary of his wives death. After receiving a notice in the mail, he finally opens it a day later and inside is information stating his wife is a live. But she's being held captive in Mexico. Now Ethan has to go to his brothers at KGI to help get her back. The whole team goes to Mexico to bring her back. But once they find her things aren't so good now that they have her. For one, she can't remember who most of them are. And not only that they have no idea why she was taken to begin with, and who would want to hurt her. But besides that Ethan is also hiding a secret he hopes to spare his wife from remembering. But in time his worst fears may come back to haunt him. 

The Darkest Hour was a very different story from what I've read before. It was very good, I loved all of the characters, and the story. The written was very good as well. The only thing that bugged me however was sometimes it felt like the KGI team wasn't very smart. I mean for one, the didn't really do a whole lot of digging into "who" sent them the information on Ethan's wife. Two, once they got her back they didn't make much of an effort to really keep her safe even they didn't know she would have been in danger, I still would have thought they would be watching her a lot more closing. And to me if they had done this a lot of what happened to her would have been prevented or she would have at least had someone there to help her. I really admired her for all she went through, and still coming out strong. I also really enjoyed the new yet old relationship between Ethan, and Rachel. It was really beautiful. And at times the whole book was kind of sad, and heartbreaking because of what they all had to go through. I'm interested to see more in this series now.

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