Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Book Review: Digitalis

Remember back in August when I said that I would be occasionally reviewing books?  Well, here is another one and I foresee more in the near future!  This book is #2 in the Discarded Heroes series, by Ronie Kendig.  If you decide to read it, I’d strongly recommend that you read the first book, Nightshade, beforehand, so that you know the background of the characters (plus, because it too was just a great book!).  Now, without further ado…


by Ronie Kendig

Published January 2011

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

320 pages

ISBN: 1602607834


From the Publisher:

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?

My Review:

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.

In the first book, Colton seems to have everything in control, as he helps Max overcome his anger and PTSD. However, within the first few pages of this book, we learn that Cowboy has struggles of his own that he's keeping locked up inside. He's dealing with the death of his sister, raising his little daughter, being a member of Nightshade, all while having debilitating flashbacks. This book was intense. At times, I found myself a bit shocked at Cowboy's behavior towards the team and to Piper. But I loved how the Nightshade team rallied back and supported Cowboy to no end and how Piper didn't let his actions overshadow their love for each other.

Ronie Kendig has an excellent writing style and as with her other books, I found myself instantly sucked into the story. I love how when reading her books, I feel like I'm actually there either underwater in an ocean dive, in the jungle with the Nightshade team, or hiding in a vacant house in Israel. There is so much action and intensity in her books that before I know it, it is late at night and I'm over 150 pages into the book! Plus, Kendig always has a natural way of incorporating the love of God for her flawed heroes, and of us, within all her books.

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 was able to read this book through the wonderful website,  Sara’s Rating: 6 out of 5 stars…yea, it was that good!


Ronie Kendig said...

I'm in tears. Sara, your review touched me so deeply. Thank you. I am so relieved to hear you loved Colton's story. And thank you for your generous compliments. I will hold them dear to my heart!

Wow. Thank you!

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Awesome review Sara! I am SO excited to read this, her books don't even make it to my tbr pile I read them as soon as I get them!

XOXO~ Renee

Lynn Dean said...

"6 out of 5 stars"...It really IS that good! When Ronie writes jungle scenes, I can hear the mosquitoes buzzing and feel the sweat trickling down my back. Her action scenes will absolutely elevate your heart rate!

But the thing I love most about Nightshade and Digitalis (and, I'm sure, the other two books in the Discarded Heroes series) is the dignity and hope they offer to returned service members who struggle with the invisible scars of war. Very moving on many levels.

Anonymous said...

Great review Sar, your Dad and I are proud that you and your sister enjoy reading. Your review gives everyone the feeling of wanting to read this amazing story. Good job, Babe.
Love you,

Joy Tamsin David said...

I have heard such great things about Ronie Kendig's books, I'll definitely have to try her!