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Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal bestseller.

A Border Patrol murder exposes a high-level conspiracy in USA Today bestselling author Steven Konkoly’s explosive thriller.

After exposing and dismantling a deep-state conspiracy that nearly destroyed his life, Ryan Decker finds his covert skills have put him on the radar of influential Senator Steele. Now Steele needs his help. Two patrol agents were killed in a bizarre explosion near the US-Mexico border - and the evidence doesn’t line up with the official story.

Enlisted by Steele to run an undercover, off-the-books investigation, Decker and his partner, Harlow, head to the border town of Tecate. But when they’re caught in an ambush, Decker realizes they’ve stumbled onto something far more dangerous than any of them understood.

The cover-up is rooted deep in the Department of Defense itself. Fearful for their own lives and unable to trust anyone outside their small circle of skilled associates, Decker and Harlow set in motion a risky plan to stop a criminal conspiracy.

©2019 Steven Konkoly (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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You’re In For Another Crazy Ride

I really enjoyed the first book in this series (The Rescue), I thought it was an incredibly well told thriller. The Raid was no different. It was a fast-paced thriller that took what the first book introduced and ran with it. Of course, Ryan Decker is back and he’s still on a mission. He’s trying to get to the bottom of what he wasn’t able to completely finish off in the first book.

If you’re unfamiliar with Konkoly’s storytelling – just know you’re in for a ride. He’s a non-stop storyteller that sprinkles in details about Decker while he’s jumping out of planes or in a firefight in the Mexican desert. He gives you just enough to like the character then throws them out of a plane to see if their chute works. It’s a fantastic way to tell a story and something I admire. The entire way down we learn who a character is without wasting a breath.

The Raid was so enjoyable because it felt real. I would say other than the shootouts in crowded areas but I’m sure a Google search or two of Mexican cartels and bloodbaths would turn up results. The specifics (that I won’t spoil) that Konkoly gets into as to why and how the main piece of this story where happening felt very realistic.

The technology used (especially early on in their first investigation) was crazy. I like that it even surprised Decker a bit. His description of where he knew the tech was and saying that this was numerous generations ahead of the stuff that was being dreamed up was a great way to explain it without going too deep into it.

Overall, I’m a thriller fan and a Konkoly fan – so The Raid was a win-win for me. A blast of a book that I absolutely flew through.

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I want more.....

The second book is just as good as the first one and I want more. I love Decker and Harlow and their teams. I love the fast paced story where they always keeps calm and quick thinking. Definitely a book I want to read again.
Narration is perfect for this book.

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Starts with a bang and never lets up!

This action-infused, twisty-turny series has geared up to become one of my favorites. Initially, the subject matter of human trafficking grabbed my attention, but it was the well-crafted writing that reeled me in like a fish. Not only did I read the Kindle version, but am presently listening to the audio as well. The narrator is talented and does a superb job with all of the characters’ voices. Looking forward to more Ryan Decker stories.

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Cliched and a lot of Fluff

The Story dragged longer than it needed to. Pages of waffle that does not need to be there. Also an anti-climax. Like the author ran out of ideas about how to end it.

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Didn't keep my interest, but a couple times.

Not much going on in this book. kinda boring... I kept waiting for some good action, but the book didn't really get my blood pumping. I give it a solid 3 stars. Just average.

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I cannot finish

The descriptions and recommendations seemed so enticing that I bought both The Rescue and The Raid. I started with the first and lost interest quickly, so when a window popped up asking how I was liking the book, I clicked on not and took up the exchange offer. A few days later I decided to give The Raid a try. Unfortunately I had pretty much the same reaction. The characters all seem two dimensional and the writing amateurish, and the reader, though he has a pleasant voice, is emotionally unconvincing (though he is pretty good doing accents). The terribly boring dialogues continuously punctuated by « said Pierce » , « said Harlow » were what clinched it for me. I can’t say you won’t like it, I can only say that it didn’t maintain my interest and that I found listening more irritating than enjoyable. Objectively one star may be a bit too hard, but I have seldom if ever been so put off by a reader or an author. And I have well over 2000 titles in my audible library.

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Storyline is solid but...

Another reviewer put out the warning about “he said” “she said” being over used, they were not wrong. I liked the 1st book enough to spend a credit for book 2 so it’s not unmanageable but I will say it’s grating! The storyline is solid, as is the writing overall, but what is missing here is a good editor, in fact, I suspect an editor is missing altogether. I hope the author makes enough money to hire an editor because, if he does, he’s going to make a pile of money! The narrator is gifted, he’s got some growing to do (whispery voices are not a thing) but I’ll definitely look forward to hearing from him again! Spend the credit if it’s a 2 for 1!

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Excellent story

Very engaging story. believable. had a hard time putting it down. Damn GPS kept interrupting. lol

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bad ass

I love these books. Decker isn't your typical 10' tall super hero soldier spy guy. He is mortal and relys heavily on the people around him.

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It was a good book.

it was a good book. full of action but I didn't care for the reader.

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Good Story!

This is a good story which I think is spoiled by the seemingly endless 'he said, she said'. I know this supposed to be an unabridged narration, but I find the 'said hes and said shes' to be extremely irritating.