"Nightshade" is a military suspense novel that both men and women will enjoy. It's fast-paced and intense, with danger lurking throughout the story for both Max and Sydney. Non-bad-guy characters do die. The world-building was excellent, bringing the story alive in my imagination. I liked the characters and cared about what happened to them. They acted in realistic ways, and I liked the tension of Max and Sydney still wanting to be together yet not seeing how that was possible with all the problems that had come between them.
This was a Christian novel. I thought that the Christian characters were portrayed realistically. Max's best friend (who was also one of his team members) was a Christian who could relate to what Max was going through due to his past. He urged Max to read the Bible--especially about King David--and to not give up on his marriage and just live with his anger but to get help. The male missionary was also a point-of-view character, and he had to deal with why God would allow his family to be kidnapped. I didn't feel like the author was ever lecturing at the reader.
There was a minor amount of "he cursed" style bad language. There was no sex. Overall, I'd highly recommend this as novel as well-written, exciting, clean reading. I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
After the numerous atrocities Navy SEAL, Max Jacobs, saw during his wartime tours, he returned home a changed man. Unable to control his anger and deal with the psychological trauma of his tours of duty, he accidentally struck his wife Sydney, which led to her filling for divorce. Feeling he had nothing to live for and no other options, he accepted the offer to lead an elite team of soldiers, who like himself had struggled since leaving the military. Though secretly funded by the government, their … more
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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. OlsonAuthor of Powers20100524)
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 WarrenAuthor of Nothing But Trouble)
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!