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Firethorn can easily be praised for simply being fun entertainment, but within this story are spiritual elements that should be equally praised and considered. I enjoyed reading about Griffin, Kazi, Range, and Marshall s almost subconscious seeking of redemption. The family dynamics of these same characters also highlight the bonds that are hard to break because they are worth fighting for and sustaining. Stripped of its action and relentless pacing is still a fantastic story that offers healing, restoration, and hope.

I absolutely cannot recommend this series enough. I m not a romance reader, but I have fallen in love with these books. Firethorn is the perfect conclusion to the Discarded Heroes series. However, I do hope we have not seen the end of the Nightshade team. Please, please, please bring them back for another few rounds! --Melissa Willis The Christian Manifesto 2011-01-01

Ronie Kendig hit a grand slam with the writing of Firethorn. It is the fourth book in the Discarded Heroes Series and she did not disappoint those of us who eagerly awaited her next turn at the plate with the bases loaded. The first three books were definitely hits, but Firethorn delivered the much-anticipated homerun.

Be prepared for a tear jerker. Kendig brings home the horrible and unfair cruelty of war, making readers aware of what our real, true life heroes and their families face every day. This book requires a box of Kleenex at your side. Saying goodbye to these characters who have become like best friends throughout the series is not easy.

Through Griffin and Kazi, two individuals with serious faith issues, Kendig shows the reader the importance of learning to trust, not only those around us, but God the Ultimate Protector. Kendig s fans won t want to miss the conclusion of the Discarded Heroes Series. --Elizabeth Olmedo Fiction Addict 2011-12-14

Book Description

Former Marine Griffin Riddell is a fugitive from a miscarriage of justice. Can he prove his innocence before being recaptured? Covert operative Kazi Faron, the woman who set Griffin free, is trying to save members of Nightshade. Is there anyone they can trust?  


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.; Discarded Heroes edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602607850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602607859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 24 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dineen A. Miller on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have loved every book in this series and Firethorn is an amazing finish (though I'm sad to say goodbye to this hunky cast of heroes). Ronie Kendig just keeps getting better and better writing action packed stories with heroes and heroines who are so dynamic and engaging. I have left each story with deep attachments to these amazing characters, almost wishing they were real so I could hear an occasional update of how their lives and loves progress! :-)

The settings, the conflict, the details in every book are surprising and so thorough. And Firethorn tops them all. I am so thankful Kendig is an author who will produce many books. She just keeps getting better and better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Anyone who's read anything by Ronie Kendig knows that she can deliver "rapid-fire fiction", and she does not disappoint in Firethorn, the grand finale for the Discarded Heroes series! Open this book and instantly you will be sucked into the latest adventure for the Nightshade team. Except, instead of being sent on a mission...they are the mission--to regroup back together and hunt down whoever tried to permanently dismantle the Nightshade team.

What I found most intriguing about Firethorn is that it wasn't just about Griffin (Legend) and Kazi--though they are very central characters--but touches on each one of the members of the Nightshade team. Including their wives. Getting to see the men and their families from previous books--Max and Sydney, Colton and Piper, Canyon and Dani--fight for their livelihood was the most gripping part of the book. After growing so attached to all of them in Nightshade, Digitalis, and Wolfsbane, I was nearly out of my mind with worry when the Nightshade was targeted and the members scattered.

Bringing in Kazi--an assassin who's always worked alone--was a really neat twist in contrast to the tight teamwork that Griffin is used to with the Nightshade team. This book almost rivaled Wolfsbane's position as my favorite out of the series. Almost. I admit I was a little depressed on finishing this book--one ending just completely took me by surprise. And while I don't hate the book--by any means!--it still...really saddened me. (No spoilers in this review, so that's all I'm saying!)

Ronie Kendig is at the top of her game with Firethorn. The writing grips you, the characters (once again) spring from the pages, and the action is non-stop! It's so hard to believe the Discarded Heroes series has come to an end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Faye on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
You'd better hold on tight because Firethorn is a wild ride that will have you hanging on with white knuckles, as the characters cross continents and oceans to rescue the endangered Nightshade team. You will not want to miss this expolsive conclusion to a terrific series!

Not only do we get to explore Griffin's character more, we also get to re-visit other members of the Nightshade team and their families. The characters were wonderfully complex and the action never stopped. Firethorn was strong in every area. Masterfully plotted and executed, as well as both emotionally and spiritually solid, Firethorn is the perfect conclusion to a great series.

The writing really gripped me and the fast-paced action kept the pages turning rapidly. I was first introduced to this series by my father who is a bigger fan of the series than I am, and he was really excited to learn that I would be reviewing this book.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone! This book has it all, action, adventure, romance, military suspense, and so well-researched :) I would put out a warning though, that there are some scenes of violence--just to ya'll informed :) Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Wow! My first Ronie Kendig book and it was fantastic! Suspense from the beginning and non-stop action!

This is the fourth book in the Discarded Heroes series, but Firethorn was great on its own - I didn't feel like I was missing out on much having not read the first three.

The Nightshade team was so cool! They were so brave, going into dangerous situations and protecting others. I loved each member of the team! The banter between them was so funny - I seriously laughed a couple of times, especially when they fought over which branch of the military was better (i.e. SEALS, Marines, etc.).

There were some surprises in Firethorn that I didn't see coming. I'm not going to say what, because that would spoil it for all of you! :)

While there was some sadness, Firethorn was such a great read that I completely recommend it! I hope to read the first three books in this series because I want to know more about Nightshade!

*I received a complimentary copy of Firethorn for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nicole2450 on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Firethorn by Ronie Kendig is the fourth (and sadly, final) book in the Discarded Heroes series.

Firethorn follows former Marine Griffin "Legend" Riddel, who finds himself sitting in a maximum security prison facing charges for a murder he didn't commit.

Covert operative Kazi Faron is hired to break Griffen out of prison and reassemble the newly dismantled Nightshade team.

As Kazi and Griffen race around the world to rescue the Nightshade team, Griffen learns that Kazi has secrets. Secrets that could get them killed.

Will they find the traitor in time? And can they learn to trust each other long enough to save the team?

I knew going into this book it was going to be bittersweet, considering it's the last Discarded Heroes book. The Nightshade team is a group of characters I have grown to love and respect and am sad to see go. But then again, if I have to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters, might as well see them go out with a bang. Literally.

If I had to sum this book up in one would be intense. I don't know how Ms. Kendig continues to write such amazing books. The action is fast paced and exciting; it draws you in and won't let go! I am not really an emotional person, but I was getting teary toward the end of the book (anyone who reads it will know exactly why!) so for me, an author who is able to get me emotionally invested into a book has to be good.

Each and every character is true to life and they bring so much to the story as they deal with the underlying themes of hope, faith, redemption, rejection, and family. It was interesting to see how each of the complex plot lines came together toward the end, there was one I hadn't figured out and was surprised with how it ended up.
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