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Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,350 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Barbour Books (first published June 18th 2010)
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How did I never heard about Ronie Kendig before! This book kept my attention and made me read every available minute I could. Fast paced, full of action, but also an emotional side to it.

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
MaryLu Tyndall
Jul 11, 2010 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing
A wild ride! Even up to the very last page! I have to admit, I get bored quite easily with so many books I read these days, but that was NOT the case with Ms. Kendig's new release Nightshade! This new author has a definite talent in creating likeable, real characters and then placing them in the most harrowing situations! The hero, Max, is one angry dude, but there's a good reason for his anger. He's also a true hero in every sense of the word. Noble, honorable, protecting, strong, brave. Honest ...more
Jun 30, 2010 Renee rated it it was amazing
Attention readers of romance, suspense and military fiction, you will LOVE this book! Not only is it a love story but it's full of intrigue and heroism that will stop your heart! I was riveted to the pages of this book and finished it in a matter of hours. It's not a lovey dovey, goo goo eyes romance but the story of two hurting people in a marriage that is falling apart. Sydney Jacobs doesn't know how to deal with a husband who she still loves but suffers with PTSD. Max Jacobs doesn't want to r ...more
Jan 14, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Several friends had recommended this series to me, and book one did not disappoint. Max Jacobs is a retired Seal who can't seem to find an outlet for his anger. When his wife files for divorce, Max is devastated and accepts a position on Nightshade, a black ops team. When Sydney, a reporter and also Max's soon-to-be ex-wife, starts reporting on this mysterious group rescuing people around the world, will Max be able to save his wife from those threatening her and his marriage?

Most action/suspens
Jul 06, 2010 Margaret rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST, CFBA
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 slee ...more
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 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 enjoye
Jun 25, 2010 Rel rated it it was amazing
Make room Dee Henderson, tip your hat Chuck Holton, Ronie Kendig has well and truly arrived and stamped her authority in the suspense genre! There are writers who excell at characterisation, others pace their stories to perfection while some can write a love story that touches the soul yet rarely have I seen those talents combined...until now! Just like the Hayabusa motorbike Max Jacobs rides, Nightshade is a powerful and electrifying read, accelerating through danger at breakneck speed and stir ...more
Sheri Salatin
Aug 15, 2011 Sheri Salatin rated it it was amazing
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Former Navy Seal, Max Jacobs is angry and bitter. His life is falling a part. His wife is filing for divorce and to make matters even worse, she's also filed a protective order against him which means that he can't get any closer to her than 30 feet.
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
Dec 03, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
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I was so excited to get this book in the mail. After reading Wolfsbane (the third in the series) I knew I had to read the rest. Nightshade is the first book in the Discarded Heroes series and really sets the stage. Even though I read these books out of order, it still held many surprises and it was really neat reading about how the team formed - something only briefly mention in Wolfsbane.

It didn't take me long to really feel for these characters. By the time I was introduced to Sydney, my heart
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing
NIGHTSHADE by Ronie Kendig reminds me a lot of the NCIS series from Mel Odom with just a little more emotional kick for the female reader.

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
Mar 09, 2011 Lil rated it it was amazing
Nightshade by Ronie Kendig surprised me. I am not usually a mystery or suspense person, but something pulled at me, told me to read it and I could not be more glad that I did. It was an enjoyable,emotional read from start to finish.Ms.Kendig drew characters I could relate to, people I wanted to get to know better. I cried several times, identified with their emotions throughout and did not want to stop reading. I was hard pressed to stop for anything, even when my eyes got so tired that the word ...more
Pat W. Kirk (author name Patricia Annalee Kirk)
Nightshade combines the story of David and the A Team. The Bible doesn’t talk about the scars killing in war put on David’s soul and the A Team made it look fun. Although I hate the violence that permeates too many TV shows and movies, Max’s pain drew me in. The killing he did left him a shattered man. Did David live with guilt?

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,
Feb 03, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
"Nightshade" brings us the story of a former Navy SEAL, his estranged wife, and a missionary couple who are in danger. Max Jacobs suffers from anger issues stemming from PTSD and it has driven his journalist wife, Sydney, to file a restraining order against him. Just when he's ready to give up on life, Max is approached by a secret organization who is putting together an elite force of retired military heroes for special surgical ops. Max signs on with Nightshade and begins to find purpose again ...more
Wendy Sparkes
A great start to the Discarded Heroes series!

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
I loved this book! After reading Ronie Kendig's first book, Dead Reckoning, and hearing all the great reviews about this book, I knew it was going to be a winner. This is right up there with the great military and suspense books by Dee Henderson and Susan May Warren.

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
May 03, 2011 Jill rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Lieutenant Max Jacobs has been honorably discharged from the Navy. He's suffering PTSD. He's been served a restraining order. And his estranged wife Sydney is divorcing him. Max's life has taken a dive. But then Max is offered a place in an elite black ops unit code-named Nightshade. Maybe serving in this group will give him the direction he needs to bring meaning back to his life.

Nightshade reminds me very much of Dee Henderson's books. For the most part this is well-written and enjoy
Jul 07, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow, wow! This is one fascinating read and I recommend it to EVERYONE!

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
I've definitely discovered another good author to follow. The Christian message in this book is deep and real and given a very practical application. The writing is excellent also. I'm definitely going to be reading the rest of this series!

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
P.U. What a stinker...

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.

Jul 28, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it
Absolutely LOVE Ronie Kendig's writing!
Jan 29, 2016 Gloria rated it it was amazing
Sydney and Max Jacobs have been married for several years and live in a suburb of Washington, DC. Sydney works as a journalist for a newspaper and Max has recently retired from the Navy where he was a SEAL. Their marriage is on the rocks because Max, like many soldiers who have been in combat situations, has issues that makes it hard to adjust back to a normal life. Max has an anger issue and Syd is afraid of him when he is angry like when he was so angry at an associate of hers from the paper, ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Patricia rated it liked it
As I expected from reading the first two books in the Quiet Professionals series, I did enjoy this book. However, I felt there were some things that didn't add up for me, such as stopping to kiss and chat after a shootout, or a small-time reporter being a) launched into a huge story and b) being smart enough to follow some clues but cluesless about others. I recognize that there are all kinds of reporters but I thought she was going to extreme and illogical lengths over the rescue of the woman a ...more
Apr 27, 2013 Jerry rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

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.

Score: 4/5
Jill Williamson
Feb 18, 2014 Jill Williamson rated it it was amazing
Max Jacobs is a broken man. His time serving as a Navy SEAL left him with emotional wounds too deep for healing. His wife doesn’t understand and finally kicks him out—files for separation. It is then that Max is approached by a man looking to put together a special opps team. A secret team. A team not even the US government will support. But as someone seeks out the identity of these mysterious heroes, Max’s personal live is further threatened, forcing him once and for all to face his darkest fe ...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
Feb 06, 2014 Elizabeth Olmedo rated it it was amazing
With her second novel, Nightshade, Ronie Kendig demonstrates that her first novel wasn’t beginners luck. Kendig knows how to offer page-turning suspense and characters the reader will care about. While they are flawed it is their mistakes that make them real. Nightshade provides action, romance, and suspense. For those of you who like me think those are the best combinations in novels, you will not be disappointed. As with her first novel, Dead Reckoning, a quality novel thriller doesn’t come at ...more
Aug 12, 2015 Aerykah rated it it was amazing
First book I've read by Ronie Kendig and it was great! I'll be looking into reading some more by Kendig.
Dec 19, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Loved this! Very entertaining, clean, and engaging.
Christine Wright
Sep 25, 2010 Christine Wright rated it it was amazing
Another great book! Ronie is really good at story telling.
Monica Mynk
Jun 27, 2015 Monica Mynk rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved! Gripping story, intense and heart-stopping at times. My heart broke for Max as he grappled with his memories, and faced the pain of a divorce he did not want. I loved Sydney's persistence and determination, though I became frustrated at how easily she let those around her lead her into her decisions. She was very well-rounded and believably flawed.

Pacing was awesome. I was exhasted and wanted to go to bed, but just couldn't put it down!

I cannot wait to read all the others i
Jun 20, 2014 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 Stars
Danger, torn relationships, secrets, murder, hostages... this book has enough stuff to keep you glued to your seat & the pages rapidly turning! I wasn't sure if this novel would be up my alley, but from the beginning Kendig grabbed me & held me captive through a wild and fast paced read. It was awesome! In fact, it was so good I had to stay up late to finish it! The suspense, interesting plot & characters all made for a great read. A nice touch of mystery at the end leads
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Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, who’s an Army veteran. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her husband have a full life with four children and two dogs. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit ...more
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