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Nightshade (Discarded Heroes #1)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  952 ratings  ·  103 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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M.L. Tyndall
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
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
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...more
Jul 06, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Sheri Salatin
Aug 15, 2011 Sheri Salatin rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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...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...more
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
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,...more
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
"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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.

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...more
Jill Williamson
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
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
Christine Wright
Another great book! Ronie is really good at story telling.
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...more
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...more
"Nightshade" is a military suspense novel that both men and women will enjoy. It's fast-paced and intense, with danger lurking throughout the story for both Max and Sydney. Non-bad-guy characters do die. The world-building was excellent, bringing the story alive in my imagination. I liked the characters and cared about what happened to them. They acted in realistic ways, and I liked the tension of Max and Sydney still wanting to be together yet not seeing how that was possible with all the probl...more
Edge of your seat thrill ride... here it comes - Nightshade by Ronie Kendig is amazing and a book that you won't be able to put down until its all over and then you're just gonna wish that the second book was already out so you could jump right into it!
Max and Sydney are about to go through a divorce. Max just isn't the same since his time in the service, he saw stuff he just can't forget and knows Sydney would never understand. Sydney is scared of his nightmares and temper and after catching h...more

Max Jacobs, has issues! Anger issues. To the point that all he truly cares about is now in jeopardy. What has the war done to Max? Why can he not vocalize what he feels to his wife Syd? Instead he just closes her out, and turns that anger inwards. Which causes himto be very voilatile. Explosive anger is what finally drives Syd away, now what will he do?
Syd Jacobs loves her husband so much, she just hates that she is afraid of his explosive anger. He keeps telling her this is just the way that h...more
Victor Gentile
I had the privilege of interviewing Ronie Kendig, on our radio show “Kingdom Highlights”, for her new book, “Nightshade” Book One in the Discarded Heroes series published by Barbour Publishing.

My all time favorite TV show is Mission: Impossible. Every week this elite team of spies would go and do the impossible in insanely short periods of time. Well “Mission” is back, sorta, in this new series, Discarded Heroes, because they are an elite team, called “Nightshade” of 6 men all honorable discharg...more
Author: Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Barbour Books
July 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60260-777-4
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

Former Navy SEAL Max Jacobs is suffering from PTSD. His rage is uncontrollable, and he believes all is just as it ever was, except for the horrible nightmares. But trying to get situated into real life is trying after seeing the horribleness of war, and now Max’s wife, Sydney has filed for legal separation, with divorce pending.

Sydney still loves Max, but when he refuses...more
Nightshade Discarded Heroes #1

Nightshade has it all. It’s like a guy book for girls. Or maybe a girl book for guys. Action, suspense, mystery, a few good punches and kicks…and a bit of love thrown in the mix.

Max Jacobs is a former Navy SEAL suffering from PTSD and struggling to assimilate back into everyday life. He’s leaving a tour of duty behind him, and now his marriage and wife. He thinks he has nothing to live for as he flies down the highway on his motorcycle, hardly caring that he just mi...more
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...more
Jan Crow
By Ronie Kendig
Review by Jan Crow

Seven Men. Each man came back from the war changed, affected in some way. Each man had been trained in skills that they had no use for at home. Each man had been discarded from their branch of the service.

Max Jacobs, a Navy Seal, home to start over after serving his country, not knowing what he was going to do. Cowboy, a sniper, formerly with the U.S. Marines. Legend, Midas, the Kid and Fix all make up the remaining men of the team led by their Chief,...more
Ronie Kendig- Nightshade (Barbour 2010) 3.75 Stars

Former Navy Seal Max Jacobs is struggling with the ghosts of previous missions. It is turning him into a bitter, angry man and destroying his marriage. His wife is now filing for divorced and so he sees nothing to lose when offered a position on a black ops team of discarded heroes. They handle the toughest situations and are making waves of rumours in the media. Can he control his anger and save everything he loves?

It was a curiosity peaking int...more
Susan M. Baganz
I’ve become a fan of romantic suspense. What can I say? There’s something about the danger and a man of honor willing to lay it all on the line for his team, his country and the people he loves. This series looks at a group of men assembled for black-ops. Undercover international operatives that are not acknowledged by the government but go in and do the dirty work no one else wants to. The name of this team is Nightshade (also title of the first book) and is made up of men with dark pasts who h...more
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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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