Reviewer: Lori Graham
Title: Nightshade - 1st in the Discarded Heroes series
Author: Ronie Kendig
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Current/U.S. and Philippians
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Ronie's Website/Blog: www.roniekendig.com
Max Jacobs is not dealing well with his PTSD and as a result he has lost his marriage to Sydney, or at least he thinks he has. Because of that, he accepts the invitation to join an elite Special Forces group called Nightshade. This group takes missions that no one else will, missions that no one will ever acknowledge.
Jonathan and his wife, Kimber, are missionaries in the Philippians and their village is coming under attack. They try to hide away but the terrorist group finds them. Only their faith keeps them strong, waiting and praying to get home safely. Rescue comes in the form of a special ops group, a group led by a man desperately trying to find his place in the world again and is asking God a lot of questions.
Ronie Kendig has created a piece of work that is truly multi-layered. The depth created with mere words is evident on every page. There are a couple of sub-plots going on through the storyóMax and the new team, Jonathan in the villages and the Higanti camp, and Sydney as she is trying to figure out a life without Max. This story is raw with its touches of reality and yet poignant with the human emotions so wonderfully displayed. Ronie has truly done the homework needed to create a military piece but yet has written the story so well that the reader isnít lost by the military terms and actions, while continually being refreshed by the sheer human factor.
If ever a manuscript should become a movie, Nightshade is it!
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