Out of the Ashes by R.C. Boldt – Review

reviewOut of the Ashes


Phoenix /fēniks/: (in classical mythology) a unique bird inhabiting the Arabian Desert that burned itself on a funeral pyre before rising from the ashes with renewed youth to live through another cycle.

This isn’t mythology, it’s war, and Hendy is left in the hands of Hell’s cruelest gatekeepers.

His team is killed before his very eyes, and despite his efforts to save them, he’s captured and subjected to merciless torture—losing virtually every piece of his identity but his pulse.

After his rescue, he returns home from Afghanistan, saddled with facing the daunting task of healing his physical scars as well as the invisible ones—his emotional demons.

Dr. Presley Cole isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Embarking on a new journey, she makes it her mission to prove to Hendy that his life isn’t over; that he’s worthy of love.

Because sometimes even a phoenix needs help to rise…

Out of the Ashes.



This is the second time I have had the privilege of reading this book and let me tell you it gets better each time you read it. This is one of those books that I have no words for. RC Boldt has a way of dealing with heavy subjects in a way that makes you feel everything that the character is going through but at the same time with enough levity and humor to make you fall completely in love with the words on the page.

My Thoughts

This book is about a former SEAL that was injured and his journey to recovery, but it is so much more than that. These characters are real. They are not perfect. They do not always have the answers or handle things the way they should, but that makes the book so much better. The care she takes in portraying PTSD and military veterans in her books is outstanding. I highly encourage you to look past the “heavy” nature of the subject matter of this book and truly enjoy this close-knit group and the family that they created. They are so real and fun and amazing that you will want to immediately find out more about each of them and reserve your spot at Mamma K’s table for Sunday Dinner. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is so good you will not want to put it down.

My Favorite Quote




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About the Author

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl. 

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