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.
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."
"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.
Digitalis is a very good book. The cowboy falls in love with a saleswoman at the local mall, not knowing she's an Israeli Messianic Jew in hiding from terrorists. Forced to keep so many secrets from each other to protect others they care about, they struggle to find out if their love is strong enough to overcome every challenge they encounter. Just as good as the first book, action packed and full of mystery, you will be guessing to the very end.