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Digitalis (Discarded Heroes Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ronie Kendig
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Book Description

Step into the boots of a former Marine in this heart-pounding adventure in life and love. Colton “Cowboy” Neeley is a Marine trying to find his footing as he battles flashbacks now that he’s back home. Piper Blum is a woman in hiding—from life and the assassins bent on destroying her family. When their hearts collide, more than their lives are at stake. Will Colton find a way to forgive Piper’s lies? Can Piper find a way to rescue her father, trapped in Israel? Is there any way their love, founded on her lies, can survive?

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  • Editorial Reviews


    An action-packed thrill ride from start to finish...if you liked CBS's long running hit series THE UNIT you're going to love Ronie Kendig's DIGITALIS. Enjoy the ride and the read. I only have one question...where do I sign up for Nightshade?

                Bob Hamer, veteran FBI undercover agent and the author of ENEMIES AMONG US


    Digitalis is a story of skill and purpose woven with love and spine-tingling danger...that will live long past the last page. None of us fully realize the dedication of those who keep our world safe.

    DiAnn Mills, Christy Award Winning author of Pursuit of Justice

    Balancing a story of high action and deep emotions isn’t easy, but with Digitalis, author Ronie Kendig pulls it off with the casual grace of a truly talented storyteller. I don’t know what kept me on the edge of my seat more, the fast-paced military intrigue or the powerful tugs on my heart. Doesn’t matter: This is one pulse-pounding adventure you don’t want to miss.
    --Robert Liparulo, author of Comes a Horseman, Germ, and the Dreamhouse Kings


    In Digitalis, the second book of the Nightshade series, Ronie Kendig has done it again. Passion, intrigue, and heart stopping action make this story impossible to put down.

    Action, great character, romance, and faith weave together to make this story a must read.

    (Lara Van Hulzen Radiant Lit 20101228)

    Wow!  I fell in love with the men of Nightshade in the first book of this series and I was really looking forward to reading about the hunky cowboy's, Colton Neely, story. This book did not disappoint at all. It was everything I thought it would be and more. Action, suspense, drama, romance. I loved, loved, loved it.

    I'd highly recommend this book!  I cannot wait for the other books in this series and to get to know the other members of Nightshade. 

    (Sara Bofferding GoodReads 20110101)

    I would like to say just how much I enjoyed reading Digitalis. I was at the edge of my seat through the last third of the book. I loved both Colton and Piper, and it was exciting to see their relationship develop. 

     The twist at the end was especially good. I am looking forward to reading further books in the series.
    (Michelle Chapman A Few of My Favorite Things 20100114)

    I have put Ronie Kendig’s books at the top of my must read list! I lost a good night’s sleep over this novel because I could not stop reading. Intense in places, I didn’t want to close my eyes and wait until morning to see what happened. Colton has some serious issues, and Ronie doesn’t shy away from it.

    I can’t wait to read what she has in store for us with the third and fourth books!

    (Norma Hutchinson Bookworm Hollow 20110104)

    Reading a Ronie Kendig novel is like watching a movie—a nail-biting, intense action movie. The words seem to jump off the page and leave you breathless as Colton takes you from one heart-pounding scene to another. Novel Journey and I give it our highest recommendation.
    (Ane Mulligan Novel Journey 20110101)

    In this book, there is a lot of action and suspense just as the first, but even more, and there is also a lot more of the romantic element. Don't let that scare you away guys. This, just like the first book, will definitely capture male readers' interest. There is a lot of action, guns - all the stuff that the average man is interested in, yet women should and do enjoy these books also.
    (Mark Buzard Thoughts of a Sojourner 20110216)

    Kendig portrays military engagements realistically, without egregious gore, and she leaves out the expletives.  Digitalis is #2 in the "Discarded Heroes" series and is well written, easily read, and a captivating page-turner.
    (John Bernstein CBA Retailers + Resources 20110309)

    The pacing is fantastic. I didn’t skim a single page. As in the first book, Kendig hooks you into Colton’s and Piper’s world with such effectiveness that I never questioned the credibility of the events. Speaking of events, the plot kept me guessing unto the end, including the way the romance between Colton and Piper developed.

    And of course, the book has lots of carnage.

    I know this book is labeled as a romance book, but I’ve recommended it and the first book in the series, Nightshade, to my husband. It’s the perfect balance of man book and sigh-worthy romance. There aren’t enough man books out there and I’m glad to finally have a book I can share with him.
    (Terri J. Haynes In Other Words 20110323)

    Ronie Kendig peals back the layers of her character’s in such an intriguing way that you not only watch the character growth but you also feel that character’s pain and growth. Trusting God is not always an easy thing and Ronie Kendig puts that into light with each of her books. What I also love is that Ronie Kendig sheds light on what real soldiers who see conflict and combat go through today when they come off the field and out of the military. The flashbacks that Colton experiences are similar in nature to those of real soldiers and their experiences. I love how she sheds light on this as well as helping to make the average reader aware of these very real situations.

    I was very sad when I finished Digitalis (Discarded Heroes, Book 2) because I knew that I would now have to wait until July to reconnect with this elite group.
    (Rachael Coe Empowering Mommy 20110516)

    Each chapter reveals new secrets, leading to a crescendo of surprises.  Family values, team loyalty, and relational fidelity are strong for both lead characters.  Kendig portrays military engagements realistically, without egregious gore, and she leaves out the expletives.  Digiatlis is #2 in the "Discarded Heroes" series and is well written, easily read, and a captivating page-turner.
    (John Bernstein CBA Retailers 20110811)

    Kendig does a great job keeping the action going.  She also shows the struggle Colton has with his faith in God and his struggle with the mission and his task to kill terrorists.
    (Joan Nienhuis Book Reviews from an Avid Reader )

    Ronie Kendig knows how to weave an intelligent and action-packed plot.  She also knows how to season such a tale with the perfect amount of romance.  This is a completely enjoyable novel that will keep you up well past bedtime turning the pages of this incredible tale!

    (Stacey Dale WORD up! )

    This unputdownable page-turner has just about the right amount of everything: action, romance, humor, and espionage. And I loved the stunning climax in Israel. I did grow a bit frustrated with Colton’s love interest Piper, but after she dried her tears and tried trusting Colton, I decided she might be worthy of him. As for me, I discovered that Digitalis is good for my heart. In other words, Colton Neeley is my new favorite hero. Of course, I haven’t read the other books in this series yet . . .

    (Renee Ann Smith Goodreads )

    A story with tough men and love that isn't sentimental and sweet, but forged in pain and faith and forgiveness. Action adventure that leaves the reader little time to take a break.
    (Carolyn Scheidies I Deal in Hope )

    Ronie Kendig never ceases to amaze me. "Rapid-Fire Fiction" describes her awesome books to a tee! Each time I pick up a book by her, I know I am in for a wild adventure. Within minutes, I’m completely sucked into the characters and their situations. By the time it comes to a heart pounding ending, I’m dying for more! Digitalis was A-MAZ-ING!! Totally. Her entire Discarded Hero series is completely awesome and one that will remain proudly on my favorites bookshelf for forever! After reading all three books in this series – Nightshade, Digitalis, and Wolfsbane – I still cannot say which one is my favorite. Each one has something that I totally loved about them. The Nightshade team is just an awesome, dedicated group of guys! Gotta love each one!
    From start to finish, I loved this book. Totally! The Discarded Hero series, each and every book, is awesome! Ronie Kendig has become an author who, when I hear she’s coming out with a new book (even before I know what it’s about), I know I’m going to get it. I can always trust Ronie to write a book that will keep my adrenalin running, my mind reeling, and my heart thumping double time. Way ta’ go, Ronie!! I can't wait till the next book comes out, Firethorn!
    (Katie McCurdy Book Reviews by Lady Katy )

    Book Description

    Having left his military career to take care of his young daughter, former Marine Colton Neely finds himself adrift. Before long, he readily joins the black ops group Nightshade and falls for a woman named Piper Blum. Will Colton survive a new romance and a dangerous mission into the blackest of nights?

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1019 KB
    • Print Length: 322 pages
    • Publisher: Barbour Books; 1st edition (January 1, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004GKMEEK
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down! December 25, 2010
    Being the wife of a retired military man of 24 years of service I loved this book. I read it completely in one sitting, I just couldn't put it down. Ms. Kendig keeps you on the edge and understands all the emotions of the military life. I am passing it to my son and daughter and ordered the 1st book of the series today to catch up! Wonderful work Ms. Kendig, you have made my favorite authors list.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed! December 27, 2010
    Ronie Kendig's debut novel Dead Reckoning set the bar high, Nightshade popped over the top and Digitalis clears it with air to spare! Ronie Kendig has stamped herself as the premier author of romantic thrillers in Christian writing today. Digitalis, the sequel to the brilliant Nightshade, is nothing short of a cinematic experience in written form. With the relentless action of The Bourne Identity, the electrifying chemistry of Speed and the emotional punch of A Few Good Men, Digitalis is a stomach clenching, all consuming thrill ride as the Nightshade Black Ops team is attacked on mission and at home. Ronie's incomparable ability to express the emotional depths of her characters sets her stories apart. From Colton's debilitating PTSD episodes, Griffin's aversion to new blood and Piper's fear for those she loves, Digitalis bleeds authentic desolation, passion and devotion. Then there's The Kid, the youngest member of the team whose smart mouth provides the perfect humourous release just when you thought you couldn't take the tension any more. And if you think I'm overstating it, read Digitalis and I promise to refrain from saying, "I told you so". ;-) Bring on Wolfsbane and Firethorn!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars action packed and intense December 16, 2010
    The second novel in the Discarded Heroes series, Digitalis packs even more action, adventure, and intensity than Nightshade.

    After several tours of duty, Marine sniper Colton "Cowboy" Neeley is suffering from debilitating flashbacks. After an episode that put his family at risk, his friend offers him a way out of the Marines and a way to get help. Knowing he can't continue like this, he accepts his friend Griffin's offer - and joins the group Nightshade - but the flashbacks don't go away.

    Colton has been on a secret mission of his own -he's been doing a little reconnoitering on the woman working at Hastings department store. Piper Blum is drawn to the towel purchasing cowboy, but she has secrets of her own she's afraid to reveal to Colton.

    After an attempt on Piper's life results in a death, Nightshade is tasked with finding Piper's dad, Yitshak Rosenblum. When the chopper is downed, the Nightshade team must race through the Holy Land in an attempt to stop mass destruction, a secret plot Piper's dad uncovered. Will Colton recover from his flashbacks long enough to be there for the team? Can Piper and Colton's relationship survive a foundation that was built on lies?

    I have put Ronie Kendig's books at the top of my must read list! I lost a good night's sleep over this novel because I could not stop reading. Intense in places, I didn't want to close my eyes and wait until morning to see what happened. Colton has some serious issues, and Ronie doesn't shy away from it.

    I can't wait to read what she has in store for us with the third and fourth books!

    ** Digitalis will be released in Jan. 2011. I received a digital copy of this book to review from Netgalley. This is did not influence my review at all. **
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! December 15, 2010
    Amazing second installment of the Discarded Heroes series ... every bit as intense as the first! Journey with Colton Neeley, "Cowboy" of the Nightshade team, as he seeks wholeness, complete trust in God, and love. And meet Piper Blum, a young Israeli woman in hiding to protect secrets that would imperil her homeland. Can either of them learn to trust the other with the truth of who they are?

    Despite her newness to Christian publishing, Ronie Kendig is a strong writer whose work far outstrips that of many multi-published authors, in my opinion. I'm so excited to see these books come to print!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a "Feel Good" Story December 15, 2010
    Ronie Kendig has a knack for writing characters in full-color 3-D! Digitalis, the second book in her Discarded Heroes series, is the perfect sequel to Nightshade as the action, suspense, and romance continue at a pace that never lets up. As a military wife, I also appreciate Ronie's empathy in handling the main character's challenges with post traumatic stress disorder. It's rare to find a writer who does so many things so well, but I'm quickly becoming a big fan!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars *Warning* Great Book Alert! February 3, 2011
    Break out the digitalis because you are going to need it after reading this book! It's everything I love about suspense, Christian fiction and romance all rolled into one. From the first page it's non-stop action, thrills and sweet romance! Usually in suspense there's a gradual rise in tension until it all explodes, not so here. It starts out with war flashbacks of a suicide bombing and ends with a nuclear showdown in Israel! Digitalis is all action and it's so fast-paced your head will spin, and did I mention the sparks? The characters have so much fire and passion for God, country, and family in this book that the pages fairly crackle.

    Just when I thought it couldn't get any better than a guy on a fast bike, a man in a pickup comes along and steals my heart. If you're not half in love with Colton "Cowboy" Neeley by the end of this book, I will be very worried for you. Movie star good looks, a heart of gold and dedication to family all topped off with a Stetson...characters don't get any better. *Sigh* Piper Blum is an interesting heroine to say the least, I'm not sure if she's my favorite of the two we've met so far (a little helpless for someone who was in the military) but I still like her.

    The supporting characters are incredible too. The Nightshade team is a true band of brothers, each different but so alike. With their back and forth teasing banter there's some great comic relief. The Neeley family and Colton's young daughter Mickey really make this story too with their show of love and care for both Colton and Piper. There were so many reason why I enjoyed this story that I can't mention them or this post would be 5 pages long!

    Ronie Kendig has earned the top spot as my favorite suspense author.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 12 days ago by jenc08
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, hard to put aside
    Great read, hard to put aside. Ronie is a great writer and I look forward to reading more books from her.
    Published 1 month ago by Kris Hanson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Loved it and the others that followed. Hope she writes some more in this series.
    Published 1 month ago by Anna J. Lukehart
    4.0 out of 5 stars electronic version needs better editing
    The book was great, the electronic version has many, many words that are lacking spaces between them. So while the content is good, the editors need to fix the hundreds of errors.
    Published 1 month ago by Michelle
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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    Published 2 months ago by jesswhetsrn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good story and plenty of action
    Very well written. Good story and plenty of action. I enjoyed it very much and hope more are written about this team.
    Published 2 months ago by D. Grisham
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    Great story that continues to build all the way to the end. Insightful look into the lives and sacrifice of these wonderful men and women.

    Published 2 months ago by Ruth Abbitt
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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    Published 2 months ago by Bob - Ohio
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good
    I had really liked Colton's character in book one and had really hoped to see that same personality in action in this. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Discarded Heroes #2
    This is the second book in the series. The first one is Nightshade, and then after this book, there's Wolfsbane and Firethorn. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by M. Carley
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    More About the Author

    Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs--a a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog, Vvolt N629. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

    Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim, including:

    2014 INSPY Award Finalist - Talon: Combat Tracking Team Dog
    2013 HOLT Medallion Winner - Trinity: Military War Dog (Best Book by a Virginia Author)
    2013 Selah Award Winner - Firethorn (Fiction - Suspense)
    2013 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Winner - Trinity: Military War Dog (Romantic Suspense)
    2012 Christy Award Winner - Wolfsbane (Contemporary Romance)
    2012 Lime Award Winner - Firethorn (Suspense)
    2012 Carol Award Finalist - Wolfsbane (Romantic Suspense)
    Christian Retailing's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards Finalist - Nightshade
    2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award Finalist - Nightshade (Romantic Suspense)
    Named one of the Top 25 Christian Fiction Suspense, Mystery, and Thriller Writers by FamilyFiction (Sept 2011)
    2011 FamilyFiction Readers' Choice Awards - 3rd place as New Favorite Author, 8th place with Nightshade for Novel of the Year.
    INSPY Award Shortlist final in Mystery/Thriller (Dead Reckoning)
    The Christian Manifesto's 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Nightshade)

    Ronie's titles include:
    -->The Discarded Heroes series (NIGHTSHADE, DIGITALIS, WOLFSBANE, FIRETHORN)
    -->The Quiet Professionals Series (RAPTOR 6, HAWK, FALCON).

    Ronie's has also written several novellas including the 7 Hours direct-to-digital novella collection (WHOLE PIECES), Central Park Rendezvous novella collection (DREAM A LITTLE DREAM), and the Denali Dreams novella collection (DARING HEIGHTS, TAKING FLIGHT).

    Ronie can be found at, on Facebook (, Twitter (@roniekendig), and GoodReads.

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