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?
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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.
Out of the Discarded Heroes series, Digitalis is my favorite. It has all the elements that I love in a good book. The characters came to life, that would be my personal favorite thing, but in every scene, it was written true. I really hate it in a book where I have to think, that so would not happen, but with this book, I was able to stay right with the story. The flashbacks that Cowboy experienced were really kind of scary they were written so realistic. Great book. Don't miss it.
Why did I wait so long to read this book? It was sitting on my bookshelf for over a year and then I finally grabbed it 3 days ago. I was very busy those last 3 days and that's not the best time to grab a Ronie Kendig book. You have to read Ronie's books in one sitting, but I had to do it in 3. When I wasn't reading I was thinking about how the story would continue. There was not one moment that the story was slow or not interesting.
I really felt for our sniper Cowboy--Colton Neeley. He has to live with flasbacks to horrible incidents in his life. Sometimes they're so real that he doesn't know if he's living in the present or in the past. He's afraid to start a relationship with a woman, because he thinks no woman wants a broken man like him. But he has set his eyes on a beautiful lady named Piper Blum. When circumstances bring them together he finds out that Piper is not the woman who he thought she was. Actually Piper Blum does not even exist! When bad guys are found in her appartment he knows she's hiding more than only her identity. Colton is confused and doesn't trust her anymore. Then something tragic happens to his family and he blames Piper for it.
Piper is protecting her father, but she can't tell anyone, because that will endanger her father's life. She's torn between her love for Colton and her father. But after the tragic happening she must tell the whole story. The Nightshade team go to rescue Piper's father, but what seemed like a snap-and-grab mission turned out much more dangerous than they had imagined. During the mission Colton and Piper are thrown together. Will they find a way to overcome the obstacles that stand between them?
After reading Dead Reckoning I knew I had found a new favorite author. With Nightshade and Digitalis Ronie did a fantastic job. Can't wait to read the other books in this series!
What's cool about the Discarded Heroes series is that you could easily begin with this book and not be completely lost; each of the three books are connected, but can also stand on their own. While the main characters are the same (with new supporting characters/plot lines for each novel), the books focus on a different main character each time. I read the books "in order," and, while you gain from reading in order, you lose nothing if you started with, say, the second book first.
Not that it matters too much; once you read this book, you'll be buying 1 and 3 pretty quickly!
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Review 9 for Digitalis - eBook
Date:June 5, 2011
Good read. I found myself intriged on how they would resolve their differences. Good infusion of spiritual principles into the plot. Action sequences were tense and I was unable to put the book down until finished.
This is the first book I've read by this author. I would somewhat liken her writing to that of Irene Hannon. I expected more romance, less action. The truth is, this book has far more action, which makes it equally good for men or women. The author did a great job drawing me in to the main character, Colton "Cowboy" Neeley. I felt his pain, wrestled with his moral dilemmas and rooted for him on every page. The heroine, Piper Blum, had a fascinating back story that wove in well to the overall plot of the book. The military sequences were quite realistic, the danger palpable. I loved the theme of "discarded heroes", of walking with them through their failures and pain, but witnessing their healing and finally, their redemption. The author has a depth of understanding both of the military and human frailty, which she balanced together beautifully with hope in this book. A recommended read.
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Review 12 for Digitalis - eBook
A MUST READ!!ACTION PACKED MILITARY ROMANCE/SUSPEN
DIGITALIS by Ronie Kendig is a fantastic,heart thumping inspirational Military Romance set in present day Virgina and various places around the world. It is the second book in the"Discarded Heroes" series and can be read as a stand alone.Book One,"Nightshade".It is well written with military details,depth,action packed,fast paced,page turning and full of suspense. It has faith,romance, commitment,betrayal,sacrifice,team members,an elite group of military soldiers,sniper,solidarity,camaraderie,death,secrets,flashbacks,bad memories,suspense,forgiveness,truth,military missions and finding true love.The hero,Colton (Cowboy) is hard cord,a sniper, has flashbacks,has dark secrets,Ex-Marine,has a 4 year old daughter,want a life with some peace,has faith but at times is faith is a little wobbly,but than enters....Piper,who he thinks he can love.The heroine,Piper,is full of secrets,running from killers,trying to protect her father and his secrets,not looking for love, but enter....Colton.Just when Colton believes he can fall in love,finally have peace,enter a war zone at his home.All Piper's secrets,half truths causes devastation to come to Colton's family and home.Can he ever forgive Piper?Colton and his team nearly die in Israel on a mission to rescue Piper's father.Can Piper keep Colton from flashbacks,save him from himself,find forgiveness and put their love back together?This is a wonderful fast paced,action packed story of heroes,trying to save a country from devastation,put the past behind them,keep their faith,and find true love.This is a dramatic story with death,devastation,and finding peace.If you enjoy military romance/suspense that will keep you turning the pages,setting on the edge of your seat,than this is a story for you.You will have your heart in your throat from the first page to the last.I would highly recommend this fantastic story.This book was received for the purpose of review from Net Galley and details can be found at Barbour Publishing and My Book Addiction and More.
Digitalis, written by Ronie Kendig, is the second book in the Discarded Heroes series. Each book in the series revolves around a different character who has served time in the military, seen action in various conflicts around the globe, and returned home, worn out, damaged in some way, and unappreciated for the service that they have given for our country and its people. Each of the discarded heroes are recruited to serve as members of a very secret black ops group named Nightshade.
In Digitalis, we read about Colton Neeley who is an ex-marine and has left his military career to raise his precocious four-year-old daughter, Mickey. As a result of the events that he has lived through in the military, Colton suffers from terrible flashbacks; flashbacks that are so severe that they sometimes interfere with his ability to function in life's daily routines.
A shopping trip brings Colton in contact with Piper, a beautiful young woman with secrets of her own. Without giving away too much of the plot, I will just say that a romance begins to bloom between Colton and Piper until the day that both of their pasts collide with the present and they must either overcome the obstacles or go their separate ways.
Did you ever read books by an author whose writing immediately struck home with you and every word resonated and leaped off the pages to form a picture so vivid that the line of demarcation between fiction and reality became so thin that it was nearly nonexistent? This is the case with me and Ronie's books. Ronie Kendig is a writer with a phenomenal talent and ability to capture the reader's attention with the first sentence of her books and never let go until the final page is turned.
At the risk of sounding trite, I would add that the characters become real and are not mere cardboard cutouts. The reader can readily sympathize with their plight and feel the anguish along with Colton and Piper as they confront many precarious and hazardous trials. The author also very capably demonstrates that it is only through faith in God, trust in his omnipotent power, and love, both divine and human, that Colton and Piper are able to overcome their pasts and the obstacles that are thrown in their paths.
Digitalis is the first book that I have read by Ronie Kendig. However, I am currently reading book one of this series, Nightshade, and I am finding it to be every bit as mesmerizing and riveting as was Digitalis. While it is not essential to read the books in this series in sequential order, I would recommend that you begin with book one simply because it lays the groundwork for the Nightshade organization and gives a better understanding of the group's function in subsequent books. Ronie Kendig has earned her place at the top of my list of "must read" authors and I eagerly anticipate future books by this gifted and exceptional writer.
A copy of this book for review purposes was provided to me by Barbour Publishing. I received no compensation for this review nor was I under any obligation to provide a favorable review. All comments are my own true and unsolicited observations.
First book I read by this author and I hit paydirt. Great story lines. I enjoyed the characters and their interaction. The description of Colton's flashbacks were so real. I can't leave out how important Israel is to us as Christians and Ronie Kendig laid it out there. I have already ordered another book she has written and will keep my eyes open for future books.
This book is a quick pace grip the edge of your seat book. I enjoyed the romantic suspense, you never knew what was going to happen next! If you enjoy shows like the Unit or maybe NCIS this is your book! You want to plan on having extra time, because this book is hard to put down. I won a copy of this book, the opinions are my own!
Break out the digitalis because you are going to need it after reading this book! It's everything I love about suspense, Christian fiction and romance all rolled into one. From the first page it's non-stop action, thrills and sweet romance! Usually in suspense there's a gradual rise in tension until it all explodes, not so here. It starts out with war flashbacks of a suicide bombing and ends with a nuclear showdown in Israel! Digitalis is all action and it's so fast-paced your head will spin, and did I mention the sparks? The characters have so much fire and passion for God, country, and family in this book that the pages fairly crackle.
Just when I thought it couldn't get any better than a guy on a fast bike, a man in a pickup comes along and steals my heart. If you're not half in love with Colton "Cowboy" Neeley by the end of this book, I will be very worried for you. Movie star good looks, a heart of gold and dedication to family all topped off with a Stetson...characters don't get any better. *Sigh* Piper Blum is an interesting heroine to say the least, I'm not sure if she's my favorite of the two we've met so far (a little helpless for someone who was in the military) but I still like her.
The supporting characters are incredible too. The Nightshade team is a true band of brothers, each different but so alike. With their back and forth teasing banter there's some great comic relief. The Neeley family and Colton's young daughter Mickey really make this story too with their show of love and care for both Colton and Piper. There were so many reason why I enjoyed this story that I can't mention them or this post would be 5 pages long!
Ronie Kendig has earned the top spot as my favorite suspense author. Not only are her characters dynamic but the messages that she weaves seamlessly into her novels make one realize what and who should be the most important things in our lives. I recommend Digitalis to anyone who enjoys a great story.
*I received my copy from the author but was not obligated to provide a review.*
Ronie Kendig is absolutely one of my favorite new suspense authors! I don't know where she comes up with this stuff but I hope she keeps bringing it because I just love her books! She has a style that just keeps me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. With this particular series I love how she is taking each member of this renegade team and devoting a book to each of them. It is giving us these amazingly different viewpoints on the various guys from the inside out. Cowboy is an extremely interesting guy who is dealing with lots of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder while trying to lead a "normal" life. I liked seeing how that affected every area of his life, even when he didn't want to admit it. The introduction of Piper to his life only complicates things, but who would've guessed that she might actually be hiding more secrets than he is... excellent book that just left me wishing the next book was out already!
If you like fast paced, edge of your seat action, you’ll love this book. If you like romance, you’ll love this book. If you’re a fan of suspense and intrigue, you’ll love ... well, can you see where I’m going with this?
Digitalis by Ronie Kendig is book #2 in the Discarded Heroes series. The series centers around Nightshade (which also happens to be the name of the first book). Nightshade is an elite black ops team of highly trained soldiers who secretly “intervene in hot spots no nation or government would touch.”
Digitalis focuses on Colton Neeley, a member of that team. Known as Cowboy to his Nightshade buddies, he is also known to them as the one who’s never missed. His position on the Nightshade team? Sniper.
Learning to lean on God as he struggles with deep private hurts and other personal issues, Colton prays that things will soon start to look up for him. Then he meets Piper Blum at a local mall. The beautiful young woman with the caramel eyes he can’t seem to forget. But something’s not quite right with Piper. Colton’s instincts tell him that she’s holding something back. And she is.
And it’s a doozie.
Mrs. Kendig then takes you on a whirlwind international tour of mystery, suspense and intrigue as Colton and the Nightshade team try to stop the carnage that results from Piper’s secrets and try to save her life and the survival of a nation in the process.
Highly recommended. If you’re not a fan of Ronie Kendig already, you will be by the end of this book.
I just finished reading Digitalis this weekend while I was at a writers conference. And, even though I was exhausted (in a good way) from all-day meetings, I still had to stay up to read what happened to Piper and Colton next! This is a very suspenseful book!
The characters are very well developed and even though I hadn't read the first book in the series, I had no trouble keeping up with the team. And the suspense? That's what kept me reading late into the night.
I can't wait to see what Ronie has planned next for Nightshade.
Hold on to your hats – and your seats! “Digitalis,” Book Two in author Ronie Kendig’s Discarded Heroes series, takes off on the first page and never slows down until the final sentence, which tempts you with the possibility of seeing more of the Discarded Heroes Series.
“Digitalis” is destined to be a number one best seller. Ms. Kendig has done an exceptional job in weaving all of the various threads together to make this a great story. From the gorgeous countryside of Virginia to Saudi Arabia to Jordan to unnamed points in the Middle East, every location added to the intrigue of the story.
The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you’re reading this book. In fact, this book is very hard to put down. With the crazy schedule I have right now, I still read this book in three days.
And then…there’s the hero, Colton Neely. He is a U. S. Marine. Need I say more? Drop-dead gorgeous, strong, determined, handsome, growing in his faith, great dad to his four-year-old daughter, good looking. By the way, did I mention that Colton is really good looking? But all those good looks cover up a secret that Colton finds hard to reveal to Piper Blum, the heroine.
Piper is a beautiful woman with a smile that stops Colton in his tracks. She, too, has a secret. A secret of national importance that could destroy the tenuous relationship with Colton and more important could destroy a nation.
Conflict. Danger. Intrigue. Love. Suspense. It all adds up to make “Digitalis” a best-seller hit!