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The Darkest Hour

by Maya Banks

Berkley | September 7, 2010 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Darkest Hour is rated 4.1429 out of 5 by 7.
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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.84 × 4.5 × 0.85 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Berkley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425227944

ISBN - 13: 9780425227947

Found in: Contemporary

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is an excellent story. A wonderful beginning to a series that I look forward to reading. It was a heartbreaking but suspenseful "can't put it down" book. I loved how the author, Maya Banks, combined family loyalty and love with the ex-military group KGI. The men of the KGI (Kelly Group International) are all hot, sexy, alpha men who are all friends and Kelly family members and these are their stories... Like all first books in a series, we meet a whole lot of the main characters of the KGI. We also meet the members of the Kelly family. This is Ethan's story - we first meet Ethan when he is ridden with grief, pain, angry and regret. He's woken up drunk again, this time in remembrance of his wife, Rachels' death a year earlier. He gets himself ready to head to the cementary when he encouters a man at the front door delivering a mysterious envelope. After returning home he opens the envelope and can't believe what he sees. Is it true? Is his wife Rachel being held captive in a South American hell-hole? What has she gone through in the last year? After spending the night going over the photos and data, he knows he needs a second opinion, so he heads over to his older brothers home and KGI headquarters. His brothers thinks that he has finally gone crazy until they too saw the proof. They initiated a plan of action to rescue Rachel. How Rachel Kelly has survived this horrible ordeal, being addicted to drugs and suffering from withdrawal, memory loss and being held by a drug cartel has messed with her mind and body... Read this fantastic story to answer the following questions - Will KGI rescue Rachel? Will they ever find out the truth - why was she held captive for over a year? How will Rachel handle freedom? Will Rachel and Ethan have a future? What about the other members of KGI?
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great start to the series 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.
Date published: 2014-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brilliant start 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.  
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In The Darkest Hour - It's The Kelly Men to the Rescue The Darkest Hour is the 1st book in a new series by Maya Banks featuring the hot, sexy men of the Kelly family. These alpha males are all active or ex-military and are the brains behind the guns for hire organization they run known as Kelly Group International or KGI. There were a lot of characters introduced early on in The Darkest Hour. In addition to meeting all 6 brothers of the Kelly clan plus Ma and Pa Kelly and the stray teenage girl they’ve taken, we also meet all the assorted operatives who work for KGI. I will admit to information overload while trying to keep track of all the players (an excel spreadsheet might have come in handy). One thing's for sure - Ms. Banks has lots of interesting options for future books in the series. The Darkest Hour is Ethan Kelly's story, who when we first meet him is in a very dark place. He‘s been finding solace in the bottom of a bottle of booze, mourning the loss of his wife Rachel as the first year anniversary of her death approaches. When a mysterious envelope arrives with proof Rachel is alive and being held captive in a South American hell-hole (and has been for the past year), Ethan's galvanized into action and enlists his brother's help and KGI's resources to mount a rescue operation. Rachel Kelly has somehow managed to survive an unimaginable ordeal over the past year. Addicted to drugs and suffering from withdrawal, memory loss and being held captive by a drug cartel for over a year will mess with your mind and body. Rachel is fragile and damaged and has a huge mountain to climb as she attempts to re-enter civilization and reconnect with the man she’s married to and a family she can’t remember. Rachel may be home safe and sound but her troubles are far from over because someone is majorly pissed she's risen like a phoenix from the ashes. The circumstances surrounding who went to the trouble and expense to fake Rachel's death and then keep her hostage was an intriguing component of the story and definitely kept me reading. Ethan and Rachel's journey is a love story about second chances, learning to love again and rediscovering a lost love. I found the action slow to build between them and given the circumstances, I don't think it would have been realistic or appropriate for them to just jump right into the sack. Ethan is very understanding, patient and tender when dealing with Rachel but there's a secret he's been keeping from her and it proves to be a major stumbling block in regaining the trust in their relationship. I just wanted to shout at him “Dude” it’s not that bad. Just tell her already and save yourself a boatload of grief!“ The Darkest Hour is a good beginning to a new series and I’m sure future books featuring the men (or women) of KGI will only get better. For Fans of: Suzanne Brockmann, Stephanie Tyler, Christy Reece
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just okay Wow, a few pages in and it's like déjà vu! Although this book is written by MB, for a moment there I thought I was reading something from Cindy Gerard. The similarities were amazing! The characters were fair and the plot was just okay - "rescue girl in distress". The pace was definitely not fast and exciting. I rated it as okay for a quick weekend read. MB has two more books due out in this KGI series so it should be interesting to see how well the action moves in those books.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Garrett stole the show! Maya Banks has started herself on a very ambitious quest with the KGI series. The Darkest Hour not only begins with Ethan and his brothers rescuing his assumed dead wife Rachel but it also introduces us to the Kelly's, all 9 of them. There is a significant amount of time in The Darkest Hour that does not focus on the primary relationship between Ethan and Rachel. This time is spend acquainting us with the 6 Kelly brothers, Marlene and Frank, their parents and Rusty, a lost young woman that Marlene takes into their home. I was really sucked into the family and loved the feel Maya gave them as a group. I felt like we got a good sense of Rachel, even though she doesn't know herself. Unfortunately I did not feel like Ethan got enough time to dig himself out of the hole Banks put his character in - I had hoped by the end that I would really feel something more for him but all I ended up wishing was that Rachel had chosen Garrett instead. I wanted to like Ethan but it just never materialized, and I have to admit to having a bit of a crush on Garrett so maybe that makes me biased. I did enjoy the story as a whole and Banks did a nice job with the suspense subplot. Banks made sure that all her i's were dotted and t's crossed and ends it with an edge of your seat chase that makes it impossible to put down the book till the end. The KGI series is looking like an addition to my auto-buy list. Way to go Maya!
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Romance, Action and Suspense! “The Darkest Hour” by Maya Banks starts on the one year anniversary of Ethan Kelly’s wife’s death. She died in a plane crash on her way back from a humanitarian mission in South America. He is not taking Rachel’s loss well, even one year later. When I first started reading this book, I thought ‘whoa, this dude needs a hug.’ Then, when Ethan receives an envelope containing photos of his supposed dead wife with a note stating that she is still alive, I thought ‘whoa, this dude needs a beer!’ Can you imagine?! What do you do in that situation? What Ethan did is approach his brothers, the leaders of KGI. The back of the book explains The Kelly Group International (KGI) is “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…” What?... You kinda lost me there after ‘rock hard body’. *clears head* The brothers, along with some of their crew head to South America to save Rachel and to try to unlock the mystery as to why she was being kept alive, let alone being held captive. Maya Banks writes family units and circles of friends very well. There is always a strong bond between the friends that you can’t help but fall into. The characters in this story are personable and honest and relatable, even if they are all ex military guys and I’m well, not. That’s one of the reasons why I love Maya’s ‘Sweet’ series. The camaraderie between the characters is infectious, and it’s no exception in this book. The Kellys are loud and competitive but they are dedicated to each other, they watch each other’s back and will do anything for their mama. Now who wouldn’t fall for a family like that? And it’s a big one. Marlene and Frank Kelly have six sons! Ethan, Sam, Garrett, Donovan, Nathan and Joe. The action is this book starts from page one and barely subsides until ‘the end’. But it’s not overwhelming at all because the action vs. the tender moments is well balanced. You get your heart pumpin’, guns blazin’, people duckin’ and muscles quakin’ moments, but you also get your heart tuggin’ moments. Most of those moments are courtesy of Rachel. During her captivity, Rachel loses most of her memory. She remembers Ethan and his brother Garrett, but not much else, and no specifics about the brothers. She doesn’t even remember why she was being held. After she is rescued, we witness her trying to transition back into her life of before. Slowly pieces start coming back to her, but she’s frustrated. And who can blame her? Rachel is a lovely character. She is strong, even though she has every excuse to curl up into a ball and cry. Now, if you are one who likes an angst ridden hero, then you are going to be a happy camper when it comes to Ethan. He is very happy to have Rachel back, but he is also very anxious. It seems their perfect marriage may not have been so perfect after all. It seems Ethan was a bit of an a-hole, and he’s a little nervous about Rachel remembering about that because he still loves her. He never didn’t love her. He was just a jerk. A big ol’ selfish, jealous jerk. While you’re reading, you know it’s just a matter of time until she remembers how he really was with her, so you are sitting on the edge of your seat, waiting and wondering how it will all go down. Speaking of going down *wink*, Maya Banks is known for her erotica titles. So, it’s just understood that she knows how to writes yummy, steamy scenes. What I really enjoyed about the love scenes in “The Darkest Hour” was that they were just that, love scenes. Don’t get me wrong, they were hot. But you have a man who screwed up with his wife whom he thought he’d lost (in more ways than one). He is desperate to feel her again and to show her how much he loves her. You have a woman who has no memory of her husband, but who feels a chemistry and a connection to him. She’s dying to get what she feels they had back. The sex is tender while it’s hot. It’s sweet while it has you fanning yourself. It’s just right. “No Place to Run”, Sam’s story and book two in Maya’s ‘KGI’ series hits stores December 7th 2010 and “Hidden Away”, Garret’s book and the third installment in the series hits shelves in March 2011. Mark your calendar. You know I already have.
Date published: 2013-10-29

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The Darkest Hour

by Maya Banks

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 304 pages, 6.84 × 4.5 × 0.85 in

Published: September 7, 2010

Publisher: Berkley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425227944

ISBN - 13: 9780425227947

About the Book

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 dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel. Original.

From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Maya Banks is an American author who is from the South and enjoys writing about the South. She is the author of the bestselling series, Colters' Legacy, The Sweet Series, Montgomerys and Armstrongs, and The Highlander Series. Banks lives in Texas.
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