"After a tour of duty in a war-torn country, embattled former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs finds himself discarded and alienated from those he loves as he struggles with war-related PTSD. His wife, Sydney, files a restraining order against him and a petition for divorce. Max is devastated. Then a mysterious man appears. He says he's organizing a group that recycles veterans like Max. It's a black-ops group known as Nightshade. With the chance to find purpose in life once again, Max is unable to resist the call of duty and signs on. The team handles everything with precision and lethal skill--until they're called upon to rescue a missionary family froma rebel-infested jungle and avoid a reporter hunting their identities. Will Max yield his anger and pride to a force greater than him--love?"--P.  of cover.
Max was just the right mix of macho tough guy and a scarred and injured warrior. I enjoyed his character from the get go and his fragile relationship with Sydney was portrayed in a way that I could see the thin threads that just barely held them to each other. Both strong people, fighting for what they think is best.
Max's special ops team is full of personality. It was a wonderful group of characters that allowed the author to pull things into the story in ways that just seemed natural. Each and every person introduced plays a very special and important role in Max and Sydney's journey. It is a dark and very dangerous one, but one they must face if they ever hope to save their marriage.
The rating on this book could be split into two sections for me. The story of Max and Sydney gets 4-5 stars all the way. However, there is a parallel story line of Jon and Kimber that we follow as well (don't want to say too much more and give anything away). I found their story to be a bit over done and syrupy, predictable and a little preachy, and would only give it 1 or 2 stars. While their role was very important in the overall plot, I just didn't enjoy them much at all.
Overall a good book, one that doesn't show military as all glamorous, but how it can leave the mind as well as the body scarred, making it difficult to return to a "normal" life.
I struggled with this book. It got great reviews here on GoodReads so I was hopeful and I did give it an honest chance, but
The first was in the following text:
"For those not enlightened," an authoritative voice cut through the sufer's explanation, "my name of General Olin Lambert, I am a member of the Joint Chiefs. But among the seven of us, I am merely a citizen of the United States, just like you." Blue eyes probed each man.
Right into Max's soul.
At this point I realized that, no matter how seriously I try to take this book, it would just be another cheesy Christian book designed to make us Christians feel good about ourselves and provide us with a fluffy story about forgiveness. I can appreciate that there are people who love this story and I'm not knocking you if you do - but I like harsh realities literature. I like knowing what other people are dealing with on a regular basis, in a realistic way so my attention gets drawn to those same situations in life and I can plead for those people in my prayers.
There were generalizations throughout this entire book and it felt as if the author decided to use a few hot words "Islam" "SEALS" "pregnancy" to make the story more interesting but just succeeded in giving a cliche story I just couldn't get into.
I know Ronie is here on GoodReads and I apologize for the harsh review - but I promised in this bookswap to do a review on this book and I just can't give it a more positive one.
I did manage to read the whole book, I just didn't like it.
There were so many different elements to this book that make it enjoyable that I do not even know how to begin to touch on them. Ronie Kendig is an awesome new author and I hope and pray that there will be much more to come from her in the days to come. Nightshade is entertaining and suspenseful. The romance is realistic and heart changing. This is a great book for someone from any spectrum. There is entertainment for all here. Highly recommended! More please. *wink*
In this story Max
Author: Ronnie Kendig
Publisher: Task Force Press
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
There are many wonderful stories written by this author just waiting to be opened and enjoyed. Here is the first in a series about those who served in the military
It’s a well-crafted tale of being chosen to serve the country again though if caught they will be disavowed by the country they serve. I read the book in short order because it was so engaging and suspense filled! Plus, I love those who serve in the military as well as the family they leave to do so. While it is true that not all have happy ever after endings, readers can begin to understand why as the characters use their skills in a setting far removed from everyday life here. They also come home at times unable to reintegrate into society or their marriages.
Ronnie Kendig’s characters are heroes who fight to live and fight to help others live. Sometimes the costs are seen on the outside though they are very real as one character named Sydney learned both at home and while traveling abroad. There is hope infused in the story many times and there is mention of a ministry to help soldiers, through a passing character.
The novel caused my heart to race and I couldn’t put the book down! I stayed up late one night to finish the book because I was so involved in the story, and I wanted to see how it was going to end. If you’re looking for a book that really grabs you the moment you open the cover, look no further. There are three other novels in the series that I hope to read and share with you very soon. Until then, read on!