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Wolfsbane (Discarded Heroes, Book 3) Paperback – July 1, 2011
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If I could describe Ronie Kendig s Nightshade series in one word: Explosive. I can t get enough of the Nightshade team and each novel proves more exciting than the last! Ronnie is fast becoming a master at delivering heart pounding fiction. Wolfsbane caused another late night for me, but it was worth it. --Norma Hutchinson Bookworm Hollow 2011-04-27
This is the most amazing book I have read in a long time. It has a high intensity, quick moving plot that doesn t sacrifice depth of character. Descriptive settings cause the reader to feel like they are living the adventure alongside the characters. The characters, though unique, feel true to life and experience struggles and sins that aren t solved in the blink of an eye. Just when you think she s packed everything into the plot, Ronie Kendig adds another layer. This book is worthy of 5+ stars. It has just the right balance of adventure, suspense, and romance. If you only read one book this year, this is the one I recommend. --Kristen Lowery Read Great Fiction 2011-05-10
Every second of this book took me on a journey. From the rain-soaked jungles to the courtroom to crazy dangerous secret missions to almost as dangerous family get togethers, each step of Dani and Canyon's is a challenge that you get to experience with them. The best thing about Wolfsbane are these "real" characters who make real-life mistakes. Sure, most of us aren't a part of a covert ops team but we are exposed to some of the same difficult choices and crossroads on our faith walks that Dani and Canyon faced. Wolfsbane is by far my favorite of the series. I stand in awe of these incredible books and the uber-talented Ronie Kendig. If there are only a few books that you add to your "to-read" list this year make sure one of them is Wolfsbane! You won't regret it. Trust me. --Renee Chaw Black 'n Gold Girl's Book Spot 2011-05-11
A 2012 Christy Award Winner. Demolitions expert Danielle Roark has been left behind in hostile territory during a mission with Nightshade. Former Green Beret and medic Canyon Metcalfe, beset with memories of another mission gone bad, vows to rescue her, sacrificing everything. As secrets unravel, will Canyon and Dani find healing, closure, and each other?
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Olin Lambert is touched personally in this story when his goddaughter, Danielle Roark, a Demolitions expert with Army Corp of Engineers, and her team is attacked by a group of guerillas headed up by a rogue general in Venezuela. Danielle is abducted by the Venezuelan general named Bruzon and held captive for months. She is finally to able to escape her prison, jump off a cliff and find a way to float until found by the US Coast Guard and Coastie Range Metcalfe, Canyon's brother. Before escaping the prison Bruzon held her in, she managed to get a flash drive that held plans to his compound that showed an underground area housing nuclear weapons. She tied the drive to a tooth and swallowed it so that she wouldn't lose it. Unfortunately, upon returning to the states, the tables were turned on her and she was accused of espionage. In order to exonerate herself, she agrees to go on a dangerous mission back to Venezuela to show where he has the weapons stored. Nightshade escorts her on this mission but the mission seems to be compromised from the beginning. Canyon is attracted to Danielle but so is his brother Range.
This book is a roller coaster of adventure and danger with a heavy emotional undercurrent as Canyon fights his attraction to Danielle and she is attracted to him. There is a secondary story going on that took place years before in a village that you have read to understand what and who is being talked about. There are unexpected twists and turns brought out in the story. Canyon has so many problems that he finally realizes that he needs God's way to solve his issues and not his own. Another winner by Ronie Kendig.
Let's go beyond the well fleshed out characters, the suspenseful plot; this story had heart to it. Kendig shows us pieces of ourselves and of life, and they are not all puppies and roses. There are hard things we face in this life, at times evil seems to have the upper hand but we must remember God is with us, God is for us. Do we trust Him? Are we willing to surrender all to Him and let Him work things out? Many times, if we are honest, we fail; we try to do things in our own strength and in our way. We are prideful. We are sinful.
This book is not your typical Christian fiction, there are some surprises packed in here. There is a message beneath all the suspense, the pain, the betrayals and sin. A message that is not preachy but real, honest and so well crafted that it grabs you. Yes, we live in a fallen world, and yes, all of us have sinned. The question is what do we do in response? Hopefully, there is repentance of our sin, a turning to God. Still, sin has consequences, some reaching beyond us and touching the lives of others. Do we also, take responsibility for our mistakes, do we try to make amends?
I applaud Kendig on a superbly written novel. I loved the realness of her characters. I loved the Metcalfe family... You could do a whole series on this family alone! (And I wish she would). Kendig hits all the bases with this one - mystery, suspense, action, romance, drama, faith and more; and she brings it all in for a home run! Fantastic
Canyon Metcalfe has been trying to turn things around. Contrary to his called sign, Midas, it seems like everything he touches falls apart. He's taking the rap for a failed mission and is doing his best to keep his mouth shut. When a senator's daughter is saved by Canyon's brother, he meets a woman that catches his interest with her strength, but his brother has called dibs on her and uses Canyon's past to make him back off.
Dani has escaped from a man who raped her for months. She's brought back evidence that the government should be able to use against him. Instead, her loyalties are questioned and she might even be tried for treason! She sees a kindred spirit in Canyon, and when he finds her trying to harm herself, they share a secret that draws them closer together.
The only way to clear Dani's name is to take her back to Venezuela, where the monster lies in wait for her. Canyon is part of the team that vows to keep her safe, and he promises not to leave without her. Dani is drawn to Canyon, but he pulls back numerous times, and she's doesn't know why he doesn't pursue the electricity between them. She doesn't understand his past and how he's trying to make things up to his brother.
This was a pretty decent book, but it wasn't my favorite of the series. It might have been the rape aspect or maybe how far things go between Canyon and Dani. There was one time where I thought the scene was overly descriptive, but overall, Kendig does a great job telling a wonderful story. I'd give this book 3.5 stars. Still looking forward to reading Firethorn, the story of Legend. I still recommend reading these in order, but you could read this one alone.