Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)
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...more
This book was busy, loads was happening:
Max and Sydney - My heart ached for them, dealing with their broken marriage, both not willing to let it go but also not let going of their own hurt and pride to meet each other halfway to work on mending the broken walls. Max had so much hurt from being at war and inciden ...more
Oh my goodness, what a ride!! Max Jacobs is the elite when it comes to his job, but he believes himself to be a failure in his personal life and he doesn’t want help from anyone. “I’m good,” is what he tells everyone until he figures out his next step. He’s impulsive, full throttle, determined, loyal, and loves to ride his motorcycle. He doesn’t do things halfway and even though he once believed i ...more
Most action/suspens ...more
Max was just the right mix of macho tough guy and a scarred and injured warrior. I enjoye ...more
Then Griffin happens and Max is requested to join an elite team of discarded heroes called Nightshade.
This group is secret with only one man knowing of their existence and identities. Missions? To go into countries and rescue people where the US Gove ...more
I loved that the main characters wanted to save their marriage and became willing to meet each other halfway. It's a delight when books take you beyond the initial euphoria of newlyweds and show that life isn't all fun and roses beyond, and it's great to see t ...more
Having read all the books in the Discarded Heroes Series, I started to love all the guys. Max is one of my favorites, but all guys are easy to love and it was great to read each of their stories.
Max is a former Navy SEAL and has seen too many awful things in combat. Those things are haunting him and unleashes his anger. Now his wife Sydney is afraid of him and files a restriction order an ...more
Former Navy SEAL, Max Jacobs, suffers with PTSD after his tour of duty. Having a hard time assimilating back to civilian life, he allows his untreated emotional battle scars to upend his marriage. He loves his wife without question, but ignoring the issues of his emotional state forces her to file a restraining and seek divorce.
Sydney Jacobs loves Max but can ...more
Nightshade tells several stories: Max, his wife and a missionary couple. Max, a “discarded hero,” and former soldier, presumably discharged, but a member of Nightshade, ...more
A team (Nightshade) is assembled. They go where the American Army can't. They are known to no one but themselves & the person who created the team. Someone else who is providing the funding knows of the team, but not who they are. If trouble comes - they are on their own to sort it out! If the assignment goes wrong, no one will admit they sent them. If they die, no one else will know.
The team are sent places to help out the people of the countries ...more
It didn't take me long to really feel for these characters. By the time I was introduced to Sydney, my heart ...more
Max is a former Navy SEAL who feels his life has ended when his wife of six years, Sydney, wants a separation. When he can't take care of matters himself, he is called up to head a top secret undercover mission. In the meantime, Sydney is chasing all the local stories and just isn't happy until she's offered the human interest story.
Little do they know, Max and Syndey's lives are going to continue to intertwine even tho ...more
Though Max and Sydney are struggling in their marriage, it was great to see that she was committed to him, wanted him to get help with his PTSD and wanted their marriage to work. Also, the story was very fast paced and full of suspen ...more
Book is published by organization offering exceptional value and Biblical inspiration to the masses (taken from mission statement). It is anything but a gross marketing scam.
Story is nothing like those found in Scriptures. Promotes killing of others (non-Americans) by ex-elite military forces. Promotes secret armies within the United States.
Depicts relationship between a man and a woman as abusive one.
Panders to the uneducated in the same vein as grocery checkout tabloids.
Both a piece of military fiction and a tale of a marriage gone south, Nightshade dishes up plenty of drama, action, and intensity. I did find it to be a bit harder-edged than Christian fiction usually is; some of the violence bordered on extreme, and the usage of the term "bull" in a profane way was slightly bothersome. Still, those who are looking for great Christian military fiction will find it here.
There are a few things that dropped this to three stars for me:
1. This is definitely Christian fiction. I'm not especially religious myself, but I appreciated Max needing to find faith again. However, everyone was pushing it ...more