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The Darkest Hour (A KGI Novel Book 1)

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

Maya Banks
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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: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (7 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,282 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A 'setting the scene book' 8 Jan 2011
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I, like many of the reviewers are an avid fan of Maya Banks and have enjoyed everything she has published, I do agree with the reviewer who also stated that her sweet series was getting a little out of hand with all the menages between friends, and it was a nice change for her to write a genre starting off a new series.

I agree that this is very similar in content to the Lora Leigh Navy Seals books, and quite frankly I also think Lora's books have the edge here.

I didnt warm at all to the two main characters Ethan and Rachel, in starting a new series Maya concentrated on introducing us to all the preiphery characters and forgot to flesh out the main ones, hardly anything was written regarding Ethan and it was due to this fact tht I couldnt relate to him, the other brothers in particular Sam, Garett & Donovan the writer made us hungry to read more and I am currently reading Sams story which already after 1 chapter is far better than this book.

I would say that this book is a means to an end in introducing us to the new series, read it for what it is worth in introducing the characters and leave it at that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new series 3 Oct 2010
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I am fairly new to Maya Banks but enjoyed this book. I found it very emotional. At the time Rachel went to South America, her marriage to Ethan was on the rocks but none of his family knew anything about it. When Rachel is rescued, she remembers Ethan and his brother Garret but there is a dream she keeps having where Ethan seems angry with her. Ethan is trying so hard to right his wrongs - hence the very emotional scenes.

As previous reviewer states, it is similar to Lora Leigh series Elite Ops and I thoroughly enjoyed those (well actually, not that much since the last three offerings!). I agree there are a lot of characters to get used to but I can see it being a good series of books and have got the next ones on my wish list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad... 29 Jun 2014
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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 scenes.
If you're looking for a little light (if predictable) reading and a nice H.E.A. then you could certainly do worse than give this a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 27 Jun 2014
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Another insight into the lives of the the close knit Kelly family. You must read on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 26 Mar 2014
By mari
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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 feels like they are falling in love again but ethan has a reason why he is worried when her memories return and he wonders if she can forgive him, meanwhile someone learns of rachels return from the dead and tries to kill her so its up to the kelly family to find out who it is and why.

Maya Banks is fast becoming one of my favourite authors I loved this book it is sucks you in to the story from the very first page right up until the last page leaving you wanting to read the next in the series, it has just the right amount of romance and action throughout the story, all the characters are great and fully dimensional, plenty of sexy alpha male characters who will get their own story. Brilliant story and im going to download the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series 24 Mar 2014
By Jo-Anne
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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
very good book
Published 2 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 3 months ago by honey1968
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 9 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 13 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 13 months ago by Marrianna Humphries
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What a amazing book, couldn't put it down!!!
Brilliant plot, romantic, heroic, adventures, laugh out loud, scary and of course love
Published 14 months ago by Elizabeth anne Innes
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
Love series that have a great family in. This was an exciting read that I thoroughly enjoyed. Excited to start reading he next instalment.
Published 15 months ago by Tori
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
What a great start. Really good book, like the family, like the strength of the males in the book. Roll on the next one
Published 15 months ago by Pasty
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
I could not put this and all the other books in this series down. I loved the characters, storylines the action and the romance.
Published 18 months ago by SML15
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