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The Darkest Hour (KGI series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maya Banks
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Book Description

Intelligence: high. Body: hard. Mission: what no one else can do.

It's been a year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous phone call claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to doge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 890 KB
    • Print Length: 305 pages
    • Publisher: Berkley (7 Sept. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003XQEVQC
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4.4 out of 5 stars
    4.4 out of 5 stars
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    By Roroblu'sMum TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Maya Banks can be a bit hit-and-miss for me, e.g. for me, her Sweet series started off sexy and fun, but then got a touch yuck with all the 'friends-menage' sex (I have no problems with menage, just the bunch of friends doing each other in various combos - think in-breeding...), so I was hopeful that this would be the start of a great new series. I think it will be, and as other than Ethan, the lead in this tale, we get to know his 5 brothers at at least 4 of his friends, who all sound as if they will get their own tales, though perhaps some might be novellas. All the guys either have Navy, Army or military backgrounds, so that's half the tales done - as well as guaranteed sales - already.

    As this is the first book in the series, there was a lot that the author needed to tell us about KGI, and whilst, yes, all of the explanations were necessary, I did find it a touch complicated to remember so many guys, and when the friends got added to the mix, it was even more to take in, but once that foundations were settled, all was fine and we got treated to a decent tale.

    Ethan and Rachel were married for three years when a year ago, on a charity mission to South America, she disappeared and eventually her belongings and personal effects made their way to Ethan and he buried her and has mourned her since. On the first anniversary of her death, he receives a parcel containing pictures of someone who looks a lot like her, though thinner, ill-looking and also GPS coordinates and a note telling him that she's alive and needs rescuing - so Ethan and the KGI gang go in and get her.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars 12 Mar. 2015
    By Peabody
    Format:Kindle Edition

    I have had this series sat on my kindle for a fair few months.

    I really liked the premise of the story, but for me, the execution was not as good as it could have been.

    I would have maybe liked more from them from before. Not just the glimpses of dreams she had. We are told she had known the family for a long time, before she got involved with Ethan. But being told is not enough. A bit of page time given over to the history, could have improved the story.

    The lack of chemistry between Rachel and Ethan troubled me. She did seem to have more of a connection to his brother Garrett.

    I would have liked to have an impression of her as a character before she is kidnapped. All we see of her is a traumatized victim, and for me, them solving their relationship difficulties a bit sooner would have improved it. But right to the end, it is still up in the air and a very traumatized relationship. What made them even get together in the first place, other than it seems Ethan getting jealous over her being asked out by one of the other brothers.

    The side story of Rusty, interesting, but took away from what would have made me connect with the 2 main characters more. Ie some back story and an insight into who they actually were as people, other than a traumatized victim and guilt ridden grieving husband.

    BUT, as I say, I did like the idea of the story, liked the secondary characters, such as Sam, Donovan, Garrett and Steele (especially Steele).
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series 24 Mar. 2014
    By Jo-Anne
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This story is about Rachel Kelly who went to South America with a group of relief workers. On her way back, the plane went

    down and she was pronounced dead. Her husband, Ethan, has pretty much stayed drunk for the past year but on the one year anniversary of her death Ethan received a package with pictures of her and a note saying she was alive. The package also contained maps and coordinates of her location so Ethan and his brothers (all highly trained former military) plan a mission and went to get her. They successfully rescue her but Rachel has lost her memory and is addicted to drugs - they kept her drugged while in captivity so she would be easier to handle. This was a pretty thrilling story with the brothers trying to figure out who held Rachel and why. Then, when they realize that someone has found out that Rachel is still alive and keeps trying to have her killed, it gets even more exciting.

    I loved the closeness of the family. The brothers were great, highly skilled and had a great 'don't mess with our family' attitude. I didn't really like Rachel much. She couldn't remember much after her year as a captive but she came across as being perfect before she left. I couldn't get around the fact that if she was so perfect, why was Ethan wanting to divorce her? I got tired of hearing her called Sweet Pea and baby all the time too. While Ethan was devastated that Rachael died he really wasn't such a great guy. When Rachel came back, he was more concerned about her remembering that he'd asked for a divorce before she left, than anything else. Then everyone would know he was a jerk.

    I liked the brothers and want to read their stories. I did like this book and will be reading more in the KGI series.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    enjoy this series
    Published 2 months ago by Andreas Sarker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Absolutely loved this series.
    Published 6 months ago by Mrs R.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very good book
    Published 11 months ago by Miss S A Jones
    4.0 out of 5 stars a solid story
    I really enjoyed this book and the story is intense all the way through. It's a tear jerker and would
    recommend reading it!
    Published 12 months ago by honey1968
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...
    Well it didn't set my world on fire but, that being said, The Darkest Hour wasn't half bad. A pretty decent storyline, likeable enough characters and some pretty steamy sex... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by Mrs Nicky Wilson
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
    Another insight into the lives of the the close knit Kelly family. You must read on.
    Published 13 months ago by Lynette Ottley
    5.0 out of 5 stars great read
    When ethan brings his wife home from south America after she been held prisoner for a year she has no memory of their life together before or any memories of their family so it... Read more
    Published 16 months ago by mari
    5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
    having read the 5th book first i was a bit out of sequens but that didnt really matter was still griped by this one all the way through the book and found it very hard to put down... Read more
    Published 18 months ago by tmk
    4.0 out of 5 stars The Darkest Hour
    This was my first Maya Banks book and I really enjoyed the whole story. I am really looking forward to meeting the rest of the KGI.
    Published 21 months ago by Suzy
    5.0 out of 5 stars great series
    This is story 1 of a series of 7 books (I am keeping my fingers crossed for number 8) can be read as stand alone but much more enjoyable read in sequence. Read more
    Published 21 months ago by Marrianna Humphries
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