- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc; Discarded Heroes edition (July 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160260777X
- ISBN-13: 978-1602607774
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nightshade (Discarded Heroes Series, Book 1) Paperback – July 1, 2010
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VALOR, ACTION, ROMANCE, HEART... Nightshade is the perfect blend of everything I like best in a story. I can t recommend it enough! --John B. Olson Author of Powers 2010-03-02
Nightshade kept me up all night! A tight plot, heartthrob heroes, and description so rich I could hear the jungle noise, feel the heat slide down my back. I ll be clearing out a shelf to make room for Ronie s books! --Susan May Warren Author of Nothing But Trouble 2010-03-12
Ronie Kendig has outdone her debute release, Dead Reckoning with Nightshade. This intense story full of action, is also full of emotion and life. Men dealing with issues they hadn t planned on. Surprise after surprise and bomb after bomb set this adventurous trail with the reader racing to the end. I found myself crying and smiling and hated it when it ended. But, I have it on good authority that that there are more Discarded Heroes stories coming. Ronie, I can t wait! --Jan Crow Katy's Budget Books 2010-05-24
The war isn’t over for former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs when he returns home as a hero discarded from duty. The battle wages on in the form of nightmares and depression. And now his wife is gone. How can Max win back his life—his very soul?
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Max is confronted by a stranger and asked to meet with other soldiers who have recently gotten out of the military to hear about a job offer involving their military skills. From the meeting a secret team is formed to rescue people in other countries in situations where they are being dominated by radicals, terrorists or dictators. They fly under the radar and not affiliated with the US government. They are basically unknown but rumors start to rise about this team of heroes that save those in grave situations. Syd starts working on a story for the newspaper to investigate this team that the government denies exists not knowing that she is investigating Max' team and that she could be endangering the team. Events happen to let her know that she needs to stop the investigation or else. One tragedy happens when their is blown up. At this point, Max finds out what she is up to but can't say anything about his involvement. To complicate matters, she finds out she is pregnant and she doesn't tell Max. The book involves Syd trying to follow every lead that she can to uncover the story along with her friend from the paper, Lane. This leads to some scary encounters. This is an action packed, edge of the seat novel. i couldn't put it down. Oh my goodness, Ronie Kendig is a wonderful author that God has blessed with an amazing gift. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the other books in the series of Discarded Heroes.
The setup of the storyline, with its super-secret special ops team is an interesting idea, and what I like about it is that the author has obviously done her research - the action and the interaction of the team feels very realistic.
The characters all certainly aren't overtly perfect and have their flaws, and have some dimension to them making them relatable - though you really want to smack the two main characters - a lot! Also, I really appreciate the realistic and empathetic way in which the author approaches Christianity in the novel; the character who is the witness is not this perfect angel, overly pious person who hammers everyone with his faith. Instead, he is very realistic with it, and while he does share his faith, he does so wisely.
The biggest issue I have with the book's style, though, is its jumping back and forth in view point. One chapter or part of a chapter is written from the guy's point of view; then it jumps to the gal's point of view. But at least those two are related. Every so often, though, the story abruptly cuts to a completely different couple with a completely different storyline, and this break is jarring. Now at the 3/4 part of the book, the two parts of slowly headed toward each other, but I'm still not convinced of the need to cut to the second couple's viewpoint.
Anyway, the storyline is tight and flows logically from scene to scene, and I consider the book to be well written. I look forward to getting to the ending!