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Firethorn (Discarded Heroes, Book 4) Paperback – 2012
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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
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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Kendig superbly writes strong characters, their angst, their valor, heart, struggles; and wraps you up in nonstop suspense, action and life lessons all the way until the end. Lessons on fear, forgiveness, pride, struggling to be in control and learning to trust - others and God. There is so much to give nod to, I feel as if I could go on and on. The interactions and relationships are so real, so well fleshed out that they live and breath off the pages. There were a few chuckles during the reading of this novel, but also some tears shed. Man, I hate to say goodbye to this group of characters! Any chance they can make a come back in another series!?!
One thing I can say for sure, Kendig has found a fan in me! A superb series and finale!
Legend doesn't know what to make of Kacie, but it's obvious she has skills and can handle herself. At first he's grateful she got him out of prison, but he also feel s guilt about breaking out. He's an honorable man and is determined to do the right thing. Then he learns that Nightshade is in trouble and the only way to get them back is to work with this mysterious beauty. The trust issues between them start immediately. Kacie has Griffin on a need to know basis ONLY and refuses to reveal helpful information to him unless it's necessary or unless something goes wrong. Griffin attempts over and over again to convince her they are a team until the job is done, but she'll have none of it. She is convinced that her cover will be blown and that people will die if she drops her walls and decides to trust him. Way too many men have betrayed her and she adamantly refuses to let Griffin become another regret.
When Nightshade gets attacked, it's quick and devastating. The reader feels as if their own family has been attacked and very little is known of their whereabouts throughout most of the story. Most of the book is from Griffin or Kacie's perspective. When General Lambert finds out about the attack, he is shocked and horrified. His love for these guys and their families is tangible and the old man is tested like never before getting everything in place and protecting Nightshade's family. In this book, the enemy goes after Nightshade's wives and children as well. It's brutal and the way the narrative is written, you feel their fear and protectiveness for one another in the midst of uncertainty and danger. I know I cried more than once in this book, but I also laughed more than once. The team only goes on one mission without Legend and his absence is felt by all of them. After reading this book, I'm convinced that Nightshade either has 9 lives or they are being prayed for heavily, or it could be a little of both!
Kacie is such a great character in this book and she's the perfect match for Griffin physically and intellectually. However, she got on my nerves a few times because of her refusal to trust Griffin and the risks she takes because of her personal vendetta. Then again, I have no idea what it's like to be so good and deadly as the covert spy she is and yet be so broken and feeling worthless as a person. It's commented more than once in the story that Kacie has NO trouble taking down terrorist organizations and getting dangerous jobs done effortlessly, but then when she's around Nightshade's families she feels so out of place and terrified of being domestic. Being around Griffin gradually pulls down her barriers, gives her an understanding of true honor and love, and shows her that even when you turn your back on God, He never turns His back on you.
This book is also powerful because some of the Nightshade members have secrets that are all exposed in Firethorn. By the end of the book, nothing is secret anymore, their demons have been shed, and with these burdens gone they really are able to experience true freedom as well as the love/fellowship they have together. After all the sacrifices they have already made for one another, this makes their unity even sweeter.
Without a doubt, Nightshade and Firethorn are my favorite books of this series, and I was affected deeply by this team and all they have endured. I considered the wives just as heroic in these stories as the men were. The ending to this series is bittersweet, but tastefully done. The reader definitely gets a new appreciation for soldiers of all types and backgrounds. General Lambert is finally able to get the team back together and even though his own health suffers due to the stress of Nightshade's separation, the old man also recovers nicely. He gives Nightshade a sabbatical after the trauma they have endured both corporately and individually, their status is unknown but once they are together again they have a better understanding of what's most important. They also learn that their impact as a group has affected the world with each mission they've been on and many people stand in to help them regroup. That enhanced the plot beautifully as each of these men are taken to different remote areas and held as hostages; they are also tortured to some degree but since they are so determined to escape it's their strength that is felt more than any wounds they experience. Max's wife comments that Max is too stubborn to be killed by a bomb that goes off where he is located and it's touching because if you know Max from the first book you know this is SO true! The only thing I'm sad about is that there are no more books in this series, but these characters gave me an unforgettable adventure and I bless God for real life heroes like them.
IN ALL THINGS PREPARED FOREVER