Blog Tour & Review – Rogue Strike by David Ricciardi

How is everyone’s June so far? Only 3 days in and it’s been an eventful month!

Thanks to Berkley Pub for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

ROGUE STRIKE – David Ricciardi (Releasing tomorrow!)

This is book two in the Jake Keller series – you can see my review for book one (WARNING LIGHT) here!


Book Description:

Jake Keller finds himself in a familiar position–on the run for his life and desperate to find the shadowy figures behind a global conspiracy.

CIA agent Jake Keller and his partner, Curt Roach, are in Yemen on an important mission. They’ve been tipped off to a secret meeting of top al Qaeda leaders. The plan is to interrupt the meeting with a few unexpected visitors–a pair of Hellfire missiles from an orbiting drone. But the drone stops responding to their signals and soon disappears over the horizon. When next seen, the drone is attacking innocent pilgrims in Mecca.

Jake and Curt are staggered. The U.S. government is desperate to disavow this atrocity. Who better to blame than a couple of rogue CIA agents? With all the governments of the Middle East looking for them and no help from their own side, they are in a desperate race to stay ahead of the mob and find out who’s actually behind the crime.


My Thoughts: 3/5 stars!

Last year I picked up David Ricciardi’s book WARNING LIGHT, which was book one in the Jake Keller series. I really enjoyed that one and was excited to see there was more coming out in the series. Despite this being book two, I would say you could pick it up as a standalone without issue.

As you know, I’m a fan of the political thrillers so this series is right up my alley. CIA agent Jake Keller and his partner Curt Roach are out on a mission that could lead them to taking out prominent al-Qaeda leaders. They send out the drone but they soon lose the signal – the real problem is when it then attacks an innocent village in Mecca. Understandably, the US government wants to stay as far away from this atrocity as possible, so why not blame it on the rogue CIA agents? Now Keller and Rouch are wanted by the Middle Eastern governments and they are in a race against time to find out what really happened with that drone strike.

Just as much action as the first book, but there was a lot going on, so there were parts that got a little muddled up for me. I know with series there are some books that can feel like fillers and this one kind of fell into that category for me. Don’t get me wrong, the action and suspense stayed consistent throughout and it made for a fast read. There were just some parts that weren’t as organized and coherent as the beginning and the end.

I would still recommend this series and picking up book one! I hope there will be more with Jake Keller in the future.

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