Nightshade, Discarded Heroes Series #1   -     By: Ronie Kendig
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Nightshade, Discarded Heroes Series #1

Barbour Publishing / 2010 / Paperback

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They've championed freedom and risked their lives---but too often, America's veterans are forgotten and discarded. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, former Navy SEAL Max finds himself engaged in a new battle---to save his family. How can he protect his wife from a dangerous enemy when she wants him out of the house? 320 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 160260777X
ISBN-13: 9781602607774
Availability: In Stock
Series: Discarded Heroes

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Soldiers all across the globe are returning home to their families after brutal tours of duty. They are discharged from the service. . .and on their own. Meet Max Jacobs, one of these discarded heroes, as he faces a wall of failure—in his career, his friendships, and his marriage. Failing again—this time to end his life—he is offered a thread of hope. Are covert government operations the answer for him, or will they only bring more danger and dissension upon his broken family?

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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 four children and a Maltese Menace 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 (

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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!

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!

Nightshade is the first book I have read for a review.  I am a fan of love stories and the military and this one did not disappoint.  Ronie Kendig really captured my heart with the military members and kept the story full of action and romance!  I always enjoy a book that has someone comes to Christ and learns to trust God, as it is such a victory for them!  I was constantly waiting to see what was going to happen next and really struggled to put the book down.  Following many characters at the same time can sometimes cause the reader to be confused, however Kendig did a good job separating the story lines, then merging them together.  She had great descriptions of the locations, pain, love, and fear that the characters were going through.  I even squirmed when the viper dropped down!  I was thankful for the Characters/Glossary and the Glossary of Terms, especially since the Nightshade team went by nicknames. 

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!

Kendig doesn't have to worry about a sophomore slump. Heart-pounding action, intrigue and handsome, fearless heroes combine as readers crisscross the globe following the exciting missions of the Nightshade team.

Ronie Kendig delves into the hearts, minds, and souls of the characters to give the reader an exciting, emotional, evocative look at the resiliency of people and their capacity to love. 

Nightshade is timely in its depiction of the atrocities present in our world today, yet it is timeless in its revelation of love and faith that never gives up.  Tough fighters, true heroes that love without reservation and have deep abiding faith—men that show “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend” makes Nightshade memorable.

It was an enjoyable,emotional read from start to finish. Ms.Kendig drew characters I could relate to, people I wanted to get to know better. I cried several times, identified with their emotions throughout and did not want to stop reading. I was hard pressed to stop for anything, even when my eyes got so tired that the words blurred on the screen.

Nightshade is a fast paced military thriller.There were many complexities in this story that required solid plotting, and that was very well done.The author clearly understands the way men think and did a great job showing that. Same with the strained marriage relationship and the ex-military type teamwork. The Nightshade team acted like they were ex-special ops, which made the story that much more intriguing.

The characters in this book were extraordinary.  I immediately sympathized with Max. Reckless abandonment combined with internalized hurts where highly effective in creating a character the reader could love.  It was a little harder to sympathize with Sydney though.  Her actions were understandable and there’s no excusing Max’s behavior, but her decisions, especially late in the story made her more frustrating to follow.  Other members of the Nightshade team were wonderfully intriguing and presumably subsequent books will fill in some of their backgrounds.

Wow, wow, wow! This is one fascinating read and I recommend it to EVERYONE!

Nightshade was not only excellent read for me but my husband intends to pick up the book and read it now too.  With the suspense and military action (along with questions I had for him), this book appeals to far more than just women.

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Author: Ronie Kendig
Located in: Dallas, TX
Submitted: January 27, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  In 2010, I will celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary. With my husband, we have four children and two dogs. I have a BS in Psychology and grew up an Army brat.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I've always loved writing military or action-adventure stories. But one Sunday during church, a woman requested prayer. Her husband was a Navy SEAL and his anger and PTSD were destroying their marriage. It was a moment of stunning clarity for me--I knew it would be a grave injustice to ever pen a story that romanticized our heroes. Don't get me wrong--they *are* heroes, but they're also people with hurts/needs, and I think that is often forgotten.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope readers will come to the series with an open mind, that they'd find hope & healing, and perhaps a desire to support our men & women in the armed forces with more compassion, more prayer, and more understanding. Above all, I pray that the wounded of heart and/or soul will find hope in God.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Writing this story took a huge emotional toll, as has its sequel, which I'm working on now. The research alone was heart-breaking, but delving so deep into a character with such intensity drained me. I had to prep myself every time through prayer and mental focus to really jump in and get the story written.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I love to hear from readers, and they can visit me online at my website or on my Facebook fan site. The Discarded Heroes series includes: Nightshade, Digitalis, Wolfsbane, and Firethorn. I also have an espionage thriller, Dead Reckoning, through Abingdon Press!

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