Digitalis

Digitalis

by Ronie Kendig
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Digitalis 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
LJWilliams More than 1 year ago
Struggling with debilitating flashbacks, Colton Neeley knows he can't go on with his career in MARSOC - the Marine Special Operations Command/Team. When a buddy offers him a chance for a fresh start in a new elite group - Nightshade - including the time to heal that he needs, Colton accepts. But the flashbacks don't go away. Piper Blum is drawn to the quiet but larger-than-life cowboy, but she has her own secrets. Ones that could cause death and destruction if they are revealed. Even so, Piper finds herself falling for the enigmatic soldier... Until the unthinkable happens and her worst fears come true. Ronie's third book (second in this series) is action-packed, fast-paced, and laced with romance throughout. I would rate this up there with Dee Henderson's O'Malley series, which is one of my favorites in inspirational romantic suspense. Damaged hero whose tough exterior hides a heart of gold (especially shown in his interactions with his young daughter), strong heroine trapped in circumstances she can't help... a team of buddies that won't let each other down. There is a lot to love in this book. Great dialogue, believable plot that keeps you in the moment every step of the way, surprises that keep it just a little unpredictable, and did I mention the romance? Loved it the whole way through - highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buckle up and hang on as "Nightshade" rises to meet another mission with all the twists and turns as the first. Hated to put it down when it was finished.
Chickfilady More than 1 year ago
Colton, "Cowboy," Neely is struggling to forget, yet the flashbacks keep happening. He cannot control where and when they happen. So he keeps reliving his days overseas over and over again. Will he ever be free of these daymares? Piper Blum, the cute Hastings employee who works at the cosmetic counter, smiles as she sees Cowboy breeze through her store again. Wondering, hoping he might stop to talk to her. Or did he need more towels for his mother again? Is is safe for her to get to know him? Will he find out her secret? Colton and Piper are thrown together for an adventure neither expects. As the two get to know each other, their pasts come to the present. Will their friendship fade or bloom? Can they overcome their pasts and help each other live in the present?
BrittanyMc 4 months ago
I could hardly set this book down! I loved learning more about Colton (Cowboy) and all that he has to deal with regarding PTSD and guilt. Loved the story between the two main characters! Lots of romantic tension and lots and lots of danger. Looking forward to reading the upcoming rewrite to Wolfsbane!
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
DIGITALIS, Book Two of the Discarded Heroes series is the story of Colton "Cowboy" Neeley. Colton was a Marine Special Operations Command Team member before he left the military. Now he is a member of Nightshade, the elite team of former military men that General Olin Lambert put together. The team members go under the radar and rescue those under the rule of dictators or guerilla armies that legitimate governments will not get involved with. Colton, along with his parents and four year old daughter, McKenna, live on his ranch with horses and a private pond in the DC area. When Colton is on a mission, his parents take care of McKenna. Her mother died of a drug overdose when she was a toddler. Colton's life is complicated by flashbacks from war that occur without warning and memories of watching his sister's death by a suicide bomber while they were in Israel on vacation. Colton's job as a Marine and on the team in that of a sniper. His job is killing people and this has caused the flashbacks. When Colton returns from missions, one of the things that he does before returning home is to take a trip to Hastings, a department store. Several months ago, Piper Blum, checked him out at her register and Colton makes it a point to go to her register every visit to the store, usually to purchase towels. He is attracted to her but has not had the courage to ask her out. On one visit McKenna was with him and got separated from Colton. McKenna went to Piper's register and told her that her dad was lost. After the child and dad reunited and went to lunch, they ran into Piper in the food court. McKenna asked Piper to join them to have lunch. Afterwards, Colton, mentioned that maybe they could go out sometime. Colton can't tell Piper about his job since the team and team members are unknown by all except Olin Lambert and a few people. For this reason and because of his baggage, Colton is hesitant to get involved with anyone. What he doesn't know is that Piper also has some baggage that she can't tell him or anyone about or she will endanger a loved one. When Piper's life in threatened, Colton and his team do step in to help her although to great personal loss to Colton. This is another fast paced, on the edge of your seat to the very end book by Ronie Kendig that will keep you up all night. Her books are intense and suspenseful with an underlying theme that reminds us that faith plays an important role in getting us through whatever life throws our way. With God's help, Colton is able to deal with his problems and forgive Piper for deception and how it impacted his life. A thoroughly enjoyable read!
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More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
She will totally capture you from the first few pages. This is just a great series! It is also funny. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books. 
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HURRY UP!!!!!!!!!!
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Great love story amidst all the suspense and excitement. Hated to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story got my attention from the very beginning. Never boring. After I finished this book I immediately read the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Discarded Heroes" series is an excellent read....enjoyed each page!!!
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
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!
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Thanks for the best military-based christian romance I have ever read. Ms. Dee Henderson was right. You sure know how to right 'em. I barely wanted to take time to eat. Gripping and thought provoking. It is one that I will continue to read, loan and buy for others who love the genre.
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angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
Ronie has created another masterpiece! Her writing is amazing and I am continually surprised at her imagination and creativity. The more I read the more I want. Colton is one of my favorite characters of Ronie's. He is strong and faithful. He is there for his friends. He's that 'good old boy' cowboy that everyone can't help but love. But we find out that he carries scars on the inside like the most that serve in the military and/or see the terrible things he has seen and had to do. Piper is a strong woman that needs love and family but has been isolated from the ones she cares about most. When Colton comes into her life she is drawn to him despite the fact she knows it could put her or others in danger. You will love Colton and Pipers story and the intrigue that is intertwined throughout the pages of this book.
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HisChild More than 1 year ago
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. My review: 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.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ronie Kendig, in her new book, "Digitalis" Book Two in the Discarded Heroes series published by Barbour Publishing takes us on another thrilling adventure with the Nightshade team. I said in the previous review that 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". This time it is five men, due to the death of a member of the team in the previous book, all honorable discharged from various military services who are having a tough time readjusting to civilian life. Along comes a sponsor who wants to create a military team to go and rescue villages or situations that the government cannot handle. So this is "Mission" from a military point of view. This team is not sanctioned by the U.S. Government and if they are caught mo one will admit they know of their existence. This time up in the spotlight is the Colton Neeley, code name, "Cowboy", an ex-marine suffering from Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder. "Cowboy" is a single father with a four year old daughter living on a ranch in Texas with his parents. Whenever the team is called he goes on missions with Nightshade as a sniper. At the mall Colton has fallen with one of the sales persons and after many months and an accident has finally had a chance to do something other than purchase towels from her. Piper Blum is pretty and she has an interest in Colton as much as he is interested in herHe is nervous because the previous relationship resulted in his daughter without marriage and she is nervous as she is hiding many secrets. However secrets have a habit of being exposed especially when Piper is placed in danger and Colton comes to the rescue. Not realizing the full extent of the danger he takes Piper home then goes to his superior to ask on a background check on her so that he may pursue the relationship further. During the background check lots of information is discovered that causes the team to go to Israel for a mission. In the meantime there are certain events that are happening there that will put the lives of each team member in great danger, especially Colton's as he is having his PTSD attacks again. Does this sound like a soap opera? Trust me it is not. This is a page-turning, blood-rushing, adrenaline-pumping extremely clever thriller! There are exciting events happening on the home front and there are equally exciting events happening with their missions and everyone's life is in danger through the course of this book. It is how Max learns to deal with everything that gives it a human focus. Like the previous book "Digitalis" is more than a thriller it is a story of relationships. The relationships are the most important things that a person ever has in this life and Ms. Kendig makes this very relevant in this book. This book focuses on family. Colton's family, his friends as family and Piper and her family as family. How Colton learns to deal with each level of family is what is driving the book. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the title of the book, "Digitalis" refers to the drug that is used for the treatment of heart conditions which makes perfect sense to me as Colton has a relationship heart condition that he has to deal
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
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.*