Digitalis, Discarded Heroes Series #2
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Step into the boots of a former Marine in this heart-pounding adventure in life and love. Colton “Cowboy” Neeley is a Marine trying to find his footing as he battles flashbacks now that he’s back home. Piper Blum is a woman in hiding—from life and the assassins bent on destroying her family. When their hearts collide, more than their lives are at stake. Will Colton find a way to forgive Piper’s lies? Can Piper find a way to rescue her father, trapped in Israel? Is there any way their love, founded on her lies, can survive?
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with their four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK).
An action-packed thrill ride from start to finish...if you liked CBS's long running hit series THE UNIT you're going to love Ronie Kendig's DIGITALIS. Enjoy the ride and the read. I only have one question...where do I sign up for Nightshade?
Bob Hamer, veteran FBI undercover agent and the author of ENEMIES AMONG US
Digitalis is a story of skill and purpose woven with love and spine-tingling danger...that will live long past the last page. None of us fully realize the dedication of those who keep our world safe.
DiAnn Mills, Christy Award Winning author of Pursuit of Justice
And of course, the book has lots of carnage.
I know this book is labeled as a romance book, but I’ve recommended it and the first book in the series, Nightshade, to my husband. It’s the perfect balance of man book and sigh-worthy romance. There aren’t enough man books out there and I’m glad to finally have a book I can share with him.
I was very sad when I finished Digitalis (Discarded Heroes, Book 2) because I knew that I would now have to wait until July to reconnect with this elite group.
Balancing a story of high action and deep emotions isn’t easy, but with Digitalis, author Ronie Kendig pulls it off with the casual grace of a truly talented storyteller. I don’t know what kept me on the edge of my seat more, the fast-paced military intrigue or the powerful tugs on my heart. Doesn’t matter: This is one pulse-pounding adventure you don’t want to miss.
--Robert Liparulo, author of Comes a Horseman, Germ, and the Dreamhouse Kings
Action, great character, romance, and faith weave together to make this story a must read.
I'd highly recommend this book! I cannot wait for the other books in this series and to get to know the other members of Nightshade.
The twist at the end was especially good. I am looking forward to reading further books in the series.
I can’t wait to read what she has in store for us with the third and fourth books!
christiangirl4evr5 Stars Out Of 5DigitalisDecember 24, 2014christiangirl4evrQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This is the second book in the Discarded Heroes series. It was much better than the first book. The story overall is very well written and is fast paced. It keeps you on the edge and makes you keep turning the pages. God was very much a part of the storyline, which I loved. While the author tried to start a relationship between two characters, one was not developed well enough for where it was trying to go. This wasn't the first time in her books that this has happened. While it did not make a big difference in the story line, it was just out of place. I look forward to the next book in the series.
BodunrinPort HarcourtAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Very interesting read.June 3, 2014BodunrinPort HarcourtAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5The publisher did a much better review of the book than the product review. This is certainly one of my most interesting reads, i would certainly recommend it over and over. It is fast paced, keeps me up through the night each time i re-read it, and i have read it several times over. Thumbs up for Ronie Kendig for this one.
RaeH5 Stars Out Of 5riveting adventureOctober 9, 2013RaeHQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this book for my vacation based on the reviews I had read. They did not steer me wrong. By the second chapter I was hooked, several times reading well into the night because I couldn't put it down! Coming from a military family, the accuracy and detail the author used was incredibly refreshing; their writing skill so good that it makes the reader feel like they are right there in the story. I have already recommended it to several friends and acquaintances. Definitely worth the read. As soon as I read the last line I thought, "Now I HAVE to get the next book."
Wman4JCmiami, flAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Cowboy's Story Brings ForgivenessAugust 19, 2013Wman4JCmiami, flAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4"One shot. One kill." This is the sniper's motto that Colton "Cowboy" Neeley considers when he's working on a mission. Digitalis is Colton's story. The book opens with Colton enjoying himself at a family barbeque when he's overwhelmed with a powerful flashback that puts himself and his family in danger. That's when he gets the invitation to get the help he needs and to join Nightshade. Colton is a believer and he's desperate to be whole again, time and prayer so far have not eased his instability. Nightshade gives him the chance he needs to overcome his demons.
For months, Colton has been visiting a store called Hastings on the way home from missions. He has a valid reason to shop there each time, but the main reason he goes is to have an interaction with a certain saleswoman, Piper. One day Colton brings his daughter McKenna "Mickey" to the store and they get separated from one another. That's the opportunity needed for Piper to be properly introduced to Colton and McKenna instantly becomes attached to her. However, Piper's secretive identity gets mixed in with Nightshade and a tragedy occurs. Colton's devastation and response to this tragedy changes his attitude towards Piper completely. Will he ever be able to forgive Piper?
General Lambert has now ordered the team to get monthly mandatory counseling (yes sir, I completely concur with this decision) and he's trying to find a replacement for the team with caution and precision. Dr. Katherine Avery is the appointed shrink and she is brilliant dealing with Colton. It's also discovered that General Lambert has access to information in each member's personal life. On the one hand, it's good to know they're being looked after and protected. On the other hand, it can also feel like an invasion of privacy and their lives are no longer their own.
I soooo enjoyed the romance between Colton and Piper in this book, but for some reason I didn't feel as broken up over death in this story even though it is sad. MOST of the story takes place around Colton's home and he gets a great opportunity to learn more about Piper. However, he is unable to get the answers he needs in time and this brings more trouble to the team. The other part of this story takes place in Israel and another mission goes badly.
There are still missions in this book, but not as detailed as the main part of the plot revolves around Piper and the secrets she protects. There is also not as many scenes with Nightshade. Colton starts out as the easygoing fella he's known as in book 1, but his personality drastically changes at one point and he becomes the hothead that Max was known for in book 1. This demeanor doesn't fit with Colton and brings a different kind of tension to the story. There is one scene where he deliberately aims a gun at Piper intent on shooting, that stunned me. However, I'm now learning that Kendig writes in tough females for these men and Piper is NO DOUBT Colton's equal in every way.
Digitalis illustrates more heroic action from the Nightshade team, but it also illustrates what brokenness will do to a person no matter what their training and skills are. The character journey in this story is learning to let go, learning to trust God on His terms, and learning to forgive. As human beings, we were designed and destined to be connected with a sovereign and holy God, but the choice is ours whether we follow Him with our hearts or do things our own way. This book in no way preaches its messages, it's lived out and reflected tangibly within its characters. You will feel the pain, confusion, and frustration that Colton goes through, but you will also draw strength and inspiration from the redemption and forgiveness he discovers (for himself and for others). There is healing and freedom to be had from traumatic flashbacks and PTSD, but the journey is different for everyone. I really enjoyed book 2 of this incredible series and I'm so happy Colton found his happy ending.
WinkMesa, AZAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Didn't want to put it dowwnJuly 5, 2013WinkMesa, AZAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ronnie Kendig has done it again! I found myself not wanting to put this book down. The characters became real and the setting current. I think this is the best of the series.
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What was your motivation behind this project? The Discarded Heroes series was birthed out a real-life story of heartache and brokenness--a marriage destroyed by the effects of combat-related PTSD. I knew when I saw this family torn apart that I could never again write a story about our military heroes without showing the toll it takes on them and their families.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? It is my hope that this series will serve as a means to dialogue--for our heroes and our nation as we welcome them back home from brutal tours of duty.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It's both heart-rending and inspiring to read true accounts of what our men and women in the Armed Forces deal with. To me, I don't see how anyone can read of their harrowing journeys without being moved both to action and compassion. I pray I continue to learn and grown, both as a writer and a voice for our military heroes.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? One of the most significant influences in my life is my husband, an army veteran and disabled vet. He is my anchor in the tumultuous storms of life, and I learn so much from him. A few of my favorite authors: CS Lewis, Tolkien, Robert Liparulo, Rick Acker, Bob Hamer, Lisa Bergren, Kathy Tyers, Karen Hancock, Stephen Lawhead, Susan May Warren. A few of my favorite artists: Skillet, Kutless, The Letter Black, Big Daddy Weave (especially their song "Audience of One" that helps me write nearly every book), Newsboys, Red, Enya, Day of Fire, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Building 429...
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The Discarded Heroes has one mission: to open dialogue. If the story/stories touch you, please share it with someone else. Spread the word. Help our heroes. THANK our heroes!
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