Digitalis, Discarded Heroes Series #2   -     By: Ronie Kendig
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Digitalis, Discarded Heroes Series #2

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Former Marine sniper Colton "Cowboy" Neeley is recovering from a life of bad choices. Piper Blum, daughter of dissident Yakov Rosenblum, is in hiding--from life and the assassins gunning for her family. When she begs Colton to help extract her father from Israel, Colton petitions the group Nightshade to consider the mission. The team agrees, and soon they're deep six--straight into the Holy Land for a snatch-n-grab of Yakov. Will Colton and Piper make the treacherous trek out of hostile territory and into safety with their love--and lives--intact?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1602607834
ISBN-13: 9781602607835
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Series: Discarded Heroes

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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?

Author Bio

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, on Facebook (, Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (

Editorial Reviews

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

The pacing is fantastic. I didn’t skim a single page. As in the first book, Kendig hooks you into Colton’s and Piper’s world with such effectiveness that I never questioned the credibility of the events. Speaking of events, the plot kept me guessing unto the end, including the way the romance between Colton and Piper developed.

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.

Ronie Kendig peals back the layers of her character’s in such an intriguing way that you not only watch the character growth but you also feel that character’s pain and growth. Trusting God is not always an easy thing and Ronie Kendig puts that into light with each of her books. What I also love is that Ronie Kendig sheds light on what real soldiers who see conflict and combat go through today when they come off the field and out of the military. The flashbacks that Colton experiences are similar in nature to those of real soldiers and their experiences. I love how she sheds light on this as well as helping to make the average reader aware of these very real situations.

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.

Each chapter reveals new secrets, leading to a crescendo of surprises.  Family values, team loyalty, and relational fidelity are strong for both lead characters.  Kendig portrays military engagements realistically, without egregious gore, and she leaves out the expletives.  Digiatlis is #2 in the "Discarded Heroes" series and is well written, easily read, and a captivating page-turner.

Kendig does a great job keeping the action going.  She also shows the struggle Colton has with his faith in God and his struggle with the mission and his task to kill terrorists.

Ronie Kendig knows how to weave an intelligent and action-packed plot.  She also knows how to season such a tale with the perfect amount of romance.  This is a completely enjoyable novel that will keep you up well past bedtime turning the pages of this incredible tale!

This unputdownable page-turner has just about the right amount of everything: action, romance, humor, and espionage. And I loved the stunning climax in Israel. I did grow a bit frustrated with Colton’s love interest Piper, but after she dried her tears and tried trusting Colton, I decided she might be worthy of him. As for me, I discovered that Digitalis is good for my heart. In other words, Colton Neeley is my new favorite hero. Of course, I haven’t read the other books in this series yet . . .

A story with tough men and love that isn't sentimental and sweet, but forged in pain and faith and forgiveness. Action adventure that leaves the reader little time to take a break.

Ronie Kendig never ceases to amaze me. "Rapid-Fire Fiction" describes her awesome books to a tee! Each time I pick up a book by her, I know I am in for a wild adventure. Within minutes, I’m completely sucked into the characters and their situations. By the time it comes to a heart pounding ending, I’m dying for more! Digitalis was A-MAZ-ING!! Totally. Her entire Discarded Hero series is completely awesome and one that will remain proudly on my favorites bookshelf for forever! After reading all three books in this series – Nightshade, Digitalis, and Wolfsbane – I still cannot say which one is my favorite. Each one has something that I totally loved about them. The Nightshade team is just an awesome, dedicated group of guys! Gotta love each one!
From start to finish, I loved this book. Totally! The Discarded Hero series, each and every book, is awesome! Ronie Kendig has become an author who, when I hear she’s coming out with a new book (even before I know what it’s about), I know I’m going to get it. I can always trust Ronie to write a book that will keep my adrenalin running, my mind reeling, and my heart thumping double time. Way ta’ go, Ronie!! I can't wait till the next book comes out, Firethorn!

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

In Digitalis, the second book of the Nightshade series, Ronie Kendig has done it again. Passion, intrigue, and heart stopping action make this story impossible to put down.

Action, great character, romance, and faith weave together to make this story a must read.

Wow!  I fell in love with the men of Nightshade in the first book of this series and I was really looking forward to reading about the hunky cowboy's, Colton Neely, story. This book did not disappoint at all. It was everything I thought it would be and more. Action, suspense, drama, romance. I loved, loved, loved it.

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. 

I would like to say just how much I enjoyed reading Digitalis. I was at the edge of my seat through the last third of the book. I loved both Colton and Piper, and it was exciting to see their relationship develop. 

 The twist at the end was especially good. I am looking forward to reading further books in the series.

I have put Ronie Kendig’s books at the top of my must read list! I lost a good night’s sleep over this novel because I could not stop reading. Intense in places, I didn’t want to close my eyes and wait until morning to see what happened. Colton has some serious issues, and Ronie doesn’t shy away from it.

I can’t wait to read what she has in store for us with the third and fourth books!

Reading a Ronie Kendig novel is like watching a movie—a nail-biting, intense action movie. The words seem to jump off the page and leave you breathless as Colton takes you from one heart-pounding scene to another. Novel Journey and I give it our highest recommendation.

In this book, there is a lot of action and suspense just as the first, but even more, and there is also a lot more of the romantic element. Don't let that scare you away guys. This, just like the first book, will definitely capture male readers' interest. There is a lot of action, guns - all the stuff that the average man is interested in, yet women should and do enjoy these books also.

Kendig portrays military engagements realistically, without egregious gore, and she leaves out the expletives.  Digitalis is #2 in the "Discarded Heroes" series and is well written, easily read, and a captivating page-turner.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 24, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This 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.
  2. Port Harcourt
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very interesting read.
    June 3, 2014
    Port Harcourt
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    The 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.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    riveting adventure
    October 9, 2013
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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."
  4. miami, fl
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Cowboy's Story Brings Forgiveness
    August 19, 2013
    miami, fl
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets 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.
  5. Mesa, AZ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Didn't want to put it dowwn
    July 5, 2013
    Mesa, AZ
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Digitalis - eBook.
    Ronnie 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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Author/Artist Review

Author: Ronie Kendig
Located in: North Texas
Submitted: September 24, 2010

    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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