Nightshade (Discarded Heroes Series, Book 1)

by Ronie Kendig

Paperback, 2010



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Barbour Publishing, Inc (2010), Edition: Discarded Heroes, 368 pages


"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. [4] of cover.… (more)


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368 p.; 8.38 inches


160260777X / 9781602607774

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LibraryThing member jasmyn9
A touching tale of redemption just about sums this story up. We have Max, the ex Navy SEAL who has returned from duty scarred. Trying to be a "real man" he hides his hurts from his wife, Sydney, and they continue to eat him up inside until one night he snaps. It tears their marriage apart, and even
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though they love each other deeply, it seems that they will never be able to find their way back to each other.

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.

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LibraryThing member tarenn
NIGHTSHADE by Ronie Kendig is an awesome Military Thriller. It is the first in the Discarded Hero's series set in today's world around the world. It is an elite Black Ops team that goes to hot spots around the world no one else will touch to rescue and neutralize. These six men have been wounded
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and discarded by the military, but one high ranking official puts them together as a team that makes up "NIGHTSHADE". It is well written with detail and depth. The characters are awesome and pull you into the story and keeps you there on the each of your sit. It has faith, action, violence, death, compassion and a team to reckon with. This is a gut wrenching action paced story. In this first story, the hero, Max, is finding it hard to adjust in the civilian world. He has lost the love of his life, his wife who is wanting a divorce, due to his anger issues. Then Nightshade invites him into their world, which is just starting the new team, makes him the team leader. We are introduced to the rest of the team in this first story. The heroine, Sydney, is Max's soon to be ex, is also trying to be a news reporter, stumbles onto information about Nightshade, which creates problems for her, she ends up in the area where Nightshade is a work. I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy action packed, fast paced, military Special Forces.This is a must read. It is a keeper. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at My Book Addiction and More and Barbour Publishing.
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LibraryThing member TheLostEntwife
I received this book from another blogger participating in Unputdownables Crazy Book Swap. We were to pick a book and send it another blogger via the information given to us.

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
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there were moments that had me cringing and as I continued to read those moments were more and more frequent.

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.
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LibraryThing member cherryblossommj
As my friends Renee and Rel both said, Digitalis, the next book in the Discarded Heroes series cannot come soon enough and I fully and whole heartedly agree. Nightshade is intense and real. Mixing up a team of veteran special ops from various divisions with a endangered marriage, a PTSD (post
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traumatic stress disorder) SEAL in denial and anger, a wife reporter bent on discovering the black ops team with a group of missionaries in danger of Muslim terrorists and my goodness do not expect any slee ...more As my friends Renee and Rel both said, Digitalis, the next book in the Discarded Heroes series cannot come soon enough and I fully and whole heartedly agree. Nightshade is intense and real. Mixing up a team of veteran special ops from various divisions with a endangered marriage, a PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) SEAL in denial and anger, a wife reporter bent on discovering the black ops team with a group of missionaries in danger of Muslim terrorists and my goodness do not expect any sleep while reading this book. The pages have to go fast and as a reader you'll negotiate that it is worth a few less hours of sleep to find out what happens next.

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*
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LibraryThing member MichelleSutton
Nightshade is a fast paced military thriller. I liked how the author showed that PTSD can negatively touch many areas of a soldier's life. Spiritual, emotional, mental, physical. Even relationships between friends and family. There were many complexities in this story that required solid plotting,
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and that was very well done. I didn't see any inconsistencies. The author did a great job with the setting as well. I felt like I was traveling around the world with Syd and with the Nightshade team. The author was not afraid to hurt the characters... a lot. Of course, that just made this reader care more. Nicely done!
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LibraryThing member judyg54
This is the first book in the "Discarded Heroes Series" and what a great way to begin a series! It is all about being a part of a black-ops group of men known as Nightshade. These men handle rescues that no one else will take and that no one will even know who these men are.

In this story Max
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Jacobs, a former Navy SEAL man joins the team while he is trying to come to grips with his war-related PTSD and trying to not fall completely apart while his wife Sydney files for a divorce. Max must learn to get his anger under control and save his marriage. When the team goes into the jungle to rescue a missionary family from the rebels you will feel as if you are there. You will experience the sorrow that happens, the suspense as they flee and hide in the jungle and cheer on the team that watches out for each other. But in the process of trying to keep their identities unknown, Max's wife Sydney, becomes part of the problem, as she does her job as a reporter and tries to discover who these guys are. It was one of those stories that was hard to put down and at times I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I look forward to reading the next story in this series. It has a good blend of suspense, action, love and learning how to let go and let God have control.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)
Author: Ronnie Kendig
Pages: 338
Year: 2017
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
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and came back to the U.S., though not home. In using the genre of fiction, readers will be grabbed by the tension, suspension and never-ending action of heroes who go where they are sent. These soldiers have been hand-picked, and their identity is supposed to be known by a few though as readers will see that might not be the case after all.
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!
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