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 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. The Raid by Steven Konkoly is the second book in the Ryan Decker series While this book worked as a standalone novel, I feel that it would have been better to have read the series in order There are references back to events that occurred in the first book.This action thriller is well written Senator Steele asks Ryan and the team to take on an off the books mission along the US Mexican border that involves drug cartels and unscrupulous people in the US government.The story takes us from California to the border with Mexico to Colorado to Washington D C but most of it takes place along the border It is exactly what you would expect from an action thriller with lots of concern over who can be trusted as well as plenty of information on weapons and covert gear.There are a few twists to the story, but nothing that was too hard to deduce There is a little character development, but I did not get a significant sense of what the main characters would be like in their down time outside of missions Nonetheless, it was so full of action and excitement that it kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next I was fully engaged in the mission becoming a success.What is going on at the border What are the cartels up to and why are some elements of the US government providing support to one or of them Who is masterminding the efforts I recommend this book to those that like thrillers with a lot of action Thanks to Netgalley, Thomas Mercer and Steven Konkoly for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This did not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. First of all I would like to thank ThomasandMercer and Netgalley for giving me this opportunity to read Steven Konkolys second book about Ryan Decker This is a good story that concludes some of the stuff that started in the first book Konkoly also promise in the afterword that he is working on an even better third installment in the series Great news since I was really hooked by this character from the start I really love that they have a different ground theme than most thrillers with military connections today I think there are not enough books about trafficking and environment issues today Most are still stuck on terrorism and russians Don t get me wrong those are also problems I recommend this series. With the topic of illegal border crossings in the news it is nice to have a story that addresses it, without becoming preachy The Raid by Steven Konkoly is an action thriller that is kicked off by the deaths of border patrol agents.The novel starts with the two agents discovering a group of young looking kids out in the desert As the agents investigate, they get attacked When the investigation reveals a coverup, Ryan Decker a former special forces soldier turned private security consultant, is called in During his investigation Decker ends up putting himself and his team in the crosshairs of the people in charge of the coverup.During the novel Decker shifts between being on the defensive and offensively taking the fight to the suspects At points in the story Decker s team narrowly miss being ambushed, while at others they are setting a trap At the same time Decker s boss, Senator Steele is also a target for the conspiracy to take out.Overall, the book has good pacing There are chapters filled with action followed by chapters that explore what is going on in a big picture view including chapters written in the point of view of the enemy Reading the plan for the ambush then reading how the hero escapes for me is always exciting.My one issue with the novel was a female assassin Some statements made about her backstory and motivation for becoming a professional killer did not match up Maybe there was to her story However she enters and exits the book quickly Maybe if she was in the novel for longer, her story would have been fleshed out .Otherwise this was a great read I was hooked from the first chapter If you are looking for a good book with a pulled from the headlines feel pick up The Raid by Steven Konkoly today.A free review copy of this book was provided via NetGalley for this unbiased review. Book Review The Raid Ryan Decker 2 by Steven Konkoly I was two point five pounds of trigger pressure away from erasing him from the planet How many pounds of pressure is the trigger Five point five May they always separate right from wrong The Southern Cross conspiracy An ultra secret, high level plot A power grab Missing Javelin missiles and other lethal weaponry Who are the pawns Who are the players Who are the masters US Mexico border In an action thriller that cuts to the chase, Ryan Decker, Harlow Mackenzie, Brad Pierce and company are hurled into consecutive action pack sorties under the auspices of US Senator Margaret Steele on the ground, in the suburbs, in a military exclusive zone, under the desert, in the stratosphere another of those HALO infiltration drops, this time a raid through the doors of hell, the hidden lair of the Cartel.The team takes the fight to the foe faced with booby trapped desert tunnels, spiderbots, reaper drones, hellfire missiles, coyotes, rogue military contractor mercenaries, the Sinaloa Cartel, and corrupt elements in Congress, in the Joint Task Force North s leadership and in cross border military and law enforcement or all of the above, at the same time Worried for his daughter hidden from harm s way and still grieving from the deaths of his wife and son, the culprit and power behind the hideous act, Jacob Harcourt, surfaces from the ether, and makes a pact with even insidious actors.What I like most about the Ryan Decker series by Steven Konkoly, apart from the excellent writing, is its absence of the political toxicity which permeates the works of otherwise excellent storytellers A quick entertaining read Review based on an Advance Reading Copy from UK and Thomas Mercer through NetGalley. This review is also available on my blog Wine Cellar LibraryFirst, I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas Mercer Publishing for providing me with a free Kindle ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Having read The Rescue , I felt that this book was much better The prequel had left me with some nagging questions The current text doesn t have the same plot holes that I felt The Rescue had My only complaint, really, is that there never is any resolution whatsoever to the presence of the five children in the desert who are found by the Border Patrol agents at the beginning of the book Who were they What happened to them How did they have anything at all to do with the cartels, or the story in general It felt as if their existence was created purely for shock and awe Action books are not my personal favorite, but this book kept the action level high and was full of comedic banter between characters, so the entertainment was definitely there I could see this series being picked up by Hollywood with actors like Jason Statham and Liam Neeson.Still hoping for a spin off series centered around Harlow and her badass team They are the real heroes in this series theraid netgalley This book will be available October 8, 2019 Just know that it is a kick butt and ask questions later type of story.Upfront information This is the second book in the series I highly recommend reading the first book so that you get a better background on the situations and characters There is violence as well as adult language and mild mention of abuse A border patrol stumbles onto an unclear situation and things go crazy before they can make a full report After learning the available information, Senator Steele requests Ryan and Harlow s assistance in investigating the situation What no one knew was the dangers involved Now with their lives at risk again, will they be able to solve the mystery and have everyone come back alive This book had plenty of twists, turns, and unexpected events to keep me turning the virtual pages Disclaimer I was provided an advance copy of this book courtesy of Thomas and Mercer via NetGalley I voluntarily read and above are my honest thoughts. I received this book through Net Galley Read Now program If you enjoy action, then this is definitely a book for you It starts with Russian Human Trafficing and then hits on the Border Patrol, finally ending with Mexical Cartels.Ryan Decker is a civilian contractor working with Senator Steele trying to put a stop with Human Trafficing Ryan, along with Brian Pierce, Heather and other members have starting investigating the disappearnce of two Border Patrol agents who reported see what they thought was Human Trafficing Pierce abd Decker were sent to check out a bunker to find out why it had been blown up Their investigation led to discovery of a crate for the Javelin missile Further investigation put them in the crosshair of an individual identified as Jupiter Jupiter was working an operation with two conressen Senators and individuals in the military called Southern Cross.If you want to find out who the individual callled Jupiter is and what Southern Cross refers to, then you need to read this book which I highly recommend. After surviving an unsuccessful hostage rescue and being made the fall guy, former CIA operative Ryan Decker plans to be very careful about the jobs he takes on He is very suspicious when he s hired to investigate the death of two Border Patrol agents It is thought that one or of the drug cartels are responsible While investigating, Decker and his partner, Harlow, realize that what they find just south of the Mexican border makes no sense at all How would a cartel get their hands on robotic spider drones It soon becomes clear that pursuing the truth will pitt them against the highest levels of the U S Government Worse still is the fact that an old enemy has resurfaced and may be behind it all, including the death of Decker s wife.The Raid by Steven Konkoly is the second book in the Ryan Decker series If you enjoy the stories of Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney but lack the time for a 600 page adventure, you should try Steven Konkoly Konkoly weaves a plot that flows well, blending the reality of the world today with some literary license His characters are well developed and at the end you will be left wanting I plan to go back and read the preceding book, The Rescue, and look forward to future books in this series I also plan to try his successful Alex Fletcher and Black Flagged series A copy of the ebook is the only compensation received in exchange for this review. Another fantastic Ryan Decker book Full of action, suspense, and even a murder plot thrown in Decker, Pierce, Harlow and their team are on another mission for Senator Steele Two Border Agents were killed and they are trying to determine what the agents saw that led to their deaths What the team stumbles across leads to drug cartels, weapon smuggling, corruption and murder The ultimate goal for these criminals is to undermine the largest cartel of Mexico and collect in the profits But these weapons are coming from America, and it is up to Decker and his team to determine who the traitor is and stop them.Great plot and characters as only Steven Konkoly can write Highly recommend both books in the series I am looking forward to and hoping their will be a third The Raid is the second book in the Ryan Decker series, and it does not disappoint Our favorite characters are back, with Ryan on another mission that involves the Mexican drug cartels and shady elements within the US government The action is non stop if not a little over the top , as Decker and his crew wage battle No surprises here, just a good action thriller Great, likeable characters, evil wrongdoers, and than enough action to support the plot, which is not overly complicated like some other novels in this genre Definitely looking forward to in this series, which is now a must read for me This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.