Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks

Title:  The Darkest Hour
Series:  KGI #1
Author:  Maya Banks
Narrator:   Harry Berkely
Published:   September 7th 2010 by Berkley
Length:  290pgs/10hrs46min
Format:  audio book
Genre:  romantic suspese
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

This was a heartbreaking and suspenseful tale that I couldn’t put down. The mix between KGI and the family added an extra layer to the story that kept me coming back for more. I felt like I was on an emotional roller-coaster right alongside the characters throughout.

I’ve got to say however, that as much as I loved the story itself I hated the narration in the audiobook. There were lots of random pauses in the narration that had me repeatedly checking my player to see if it stopped playing. It popped me out of the story and had me wishing I had a print copy in my hand rather than the audiobook.

As a whole this was a brilliant introduction to the series that has me dying for more. I can’t wait to read the next instalment. I’m quickly falling in love with this author.

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