Firethorn

Firethorn

by Ronie Kendig

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BN ID: 2940161250808
Publisher: Task Force Press
Publication date: 12/23/2018
Series: Discarded Heroes Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 94,198
File size: 909 KB

About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty-five novels. She and her veteran husband live a short train ride from New York City with their children retired military working dog, VVolt N629 (ret), and Benning, the Stealth Puppy. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

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Firethorn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
Bombs explode. Glass breaks. People are shot, kidnapped, and drugged. From the beginning of this book, I could envision it being made into my husband's favorite type of film--an action film. However, I did not like it. I have not read the earlier books in the series, and perhaps this is why this novel was difficult for me to understand. I felt lost until the sixth chapter. There are many characters and many settings which got confusing to this reader. For example, "... the sniffling of Melanie Vaughn Sands, grieving the loss of her brother as well as the father of her children" (334). Did two men die or did Melanie bear her brother's children? I appreciate the author writing without resorting to profanity, but why substitute with "Son of a batch of cookies"(320)? Wouldn't it have been better to state, "he swore" or "he cursed"? Those who enjoyed the earlier titles in this series will no doubt appreciate this concluding novel. Discussion questions are included. Thank you to FirstWildCard and Ronie Kendig for my copy.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Emotionally. Wrung. Out. That's how I feel. The high's and low's are extreme and adrenaline inducing. While my head is spinning from all the action and pounding from the tears, I'm telling myself this isn't real. It didn't happen. Really? It seemed real. Gut-wrenchingly so. I thought nothing could outdo Wolfsbane in this series. I was wrong. Firethorn, while not heavy on romance, brought together two people who seem so opposite but who have so many hidden similarities. Griffin is one tough dude. Kazi is one tough chick. Normally I would say it was a pleasure to watch their relationship unfold but pleasure is too tame a word. It was explosive. Literally :) The imagery is stunning! In between blistering dialog, the author uses short, bullet-like phrases spattered across the pages that kept me in an elevated state of expectation. Every step of the way I thought I was right there, witnessing the events as they unfolded. At just the right moment there would be a flash of humor to help release the tension before plunging me back into breathlessness. There are twists and turns that I couldn't have dreamed of. Just who is the bad guy? Let me tell you, there's more than one. In the words of MI: ¿Your mission, should you choose to accept it,¿ is to stay focused, don't let anyone interrupt your reading time, have some tissue nearby, maybe an MRE (just in case you can't put the book down) and enjoy this final thrill ride into the lives and loves of our Discarded Heroes! An astounding conclusion to a series that will live on forever in my memory. I was provided an advanced galley review copy through NetGalley months ago but had trouble reading it on my computer. No fault of NetGalley. They're great! When I saw that the author was having a contest on her website I entered to win a print copy and won. So, a big thank you to Ronie Kendig for my paperback copy. I was not required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book. No other compensation was received.
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review: Firethorn by Ronie Kendig 5 STARSFirethorn is the last book of the Discarded Heroes series. I have now read only 2 of the 4 but they don't disapoint at all. I liked the book except the part that brought me to tears.Discarded Heroes is about a special black ops team. They are loyal but have some problems and thier families don't all know they are serving are country still.This last book opens with their team under attack at their secret base and some are taken two get out of building before its bombed.Max Jacobs was Navy Seal, Canyon Metcalf was Army Special Forces, ColtonNeeley was Marine, Griffen Riddell was Marne, Marshall Vaughn was Army Ranger, John Dighton Navy Seal, Azzan Yasr and General Olin Lambert member of Joint Chiefs of StaffFor the past 6 months Griffen Riddell has been locked up prison for killing a U.S. Senator. He has been in isolation because he is very dangerous with his training he is also innocent.The General does not know who took his team but he sent someone to break Griffen out of prison so he can help rescue his team. Kazi who goes by lots of different alias. She does not trust Griffen and he does not know her and hates working in the dark.His team has spread out around the world. They only have a week before Azzan his killed in the middle east. Their is a lot intrique and you don't know who to trust and why the team was taken out. Could not put the book down. I would love to read the first two books of the series. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest reviews from Netgalley.01/01/2012 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Sneezybee23 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Falsely accused of murder and locked in a maximum security penitentiary, Griffin Riddell doesn't expect to be broken out of prison by cute blonde, Kazi Faron. In a whirlwind of action Griffin follows Kazi who claims to be reassembling the Nightshade team. Danger and adventure surround Griffin and Kazi as they attempt to rescue the other team members. They are forced to trust each other with their lives, but will they trust each other with their hearts?Firethorn, the fourth book in the Disgarded Heroes Series by Ronie Kendig, can be read as a stand-alone novel, but I recommend reading the books in order. Griffin's character was especially enjoyable for me. He had a unique, somewhat unpredictable personality that was intriguing. The storyline hooked me from the beginning, as is common for action/suspense novels. Underlying themes about trusting in God and the importance of loyalty added depth to the story. Having recently read Wolfsbane, the third book in the series, I definitely had some high expectations for Firethorn. I was slightly disappointed as I thought Wolfsbane was better, but overall it is still a very good read and I would recommend it an anyone looking for Christian suspense/romance book.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of FIRST Wild Card Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission¿s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
JosephLYoung on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Action packed Black Ops. adventure story that includes the pathos that typical war heroes and their families must deal with on a daily basis. Includes crooked politicians, betrayals, redemption and the the emotional turmoil that threatens their very mission. The operational details are authentically described and the inter group loyalty and sense of family are accurately portrayed. It is a story that has you floating along as an invisible member of the team, sharing in their emotions as they charge to finish their mission regardless of cost. Your personal involvement makes the finale enjoyable and rewarding on a personal level. It is an involving story that you will not likely be able to put down until you close the final chapter. Definitely a great read.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Action and more action would describe Firethorn when someone wants the special reconnaissance team dead. The team faces great danger bravely. I have not read the earlier books in this series and had difficulty keeping all of the team members and locations straight but it was still a very interesting book. I would recommend Firethorn to others who want lots of fast-paced action. I won my copy of Firetorn in a giveaway by Toni Shiloh.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
FIRETHORN is the finale to the Disarded Heroes series about the Nightshade team. This is the story of Griffin, the big guy that helped Olin Lambert, the Old Man, put the team together. Griffin was unfairly charged and found guilty of killing a congressman that he happened upon after someone else killed the man. He was sentenced to a supermax prison facility. At the beginning of the story, the remaining team is returning to the Shack after a mission when they are attacked by an unknown group of assailants. Everyone is taken away as prisoners but Max and Squirt, who escaped and are on the run. Someone is out to get the team and they know each person on the team by name even though their identities are supposed to be a secret. Even Olin and his wife are forced to disappear. Before he does disappear, Olin hires Kazi, an undercover operative, to break Griffin out of prison to help recover the team members. Griffin doesn't want to be broken out of prison because he is an honorable man and even though falsely imprisoned wants to do what is right but he knows that the Old Man would not have hired Kazi to break him out unless there was a major problem so he goes with her. Max calls Sydney and uses a code to let her know to go underground. All of the wives of the team members are with her in a secret cabin when they are attacked. Olin sends a team to get the families out and to a secure location as they are being attacked. The big question is who is doing this and why? Who can be trusted? These characters are real people by this time to me and I am worried about what seems an impossible task to recover these heroes and reunite them with their families and each other. Olin has a team of trusted computer people working to locate the men so once Griffin and Kazi leave the prison, they are on their way to get Aladdin and then Colton. What a wild ride this book takes you on! I hate to see the series end and it has a little bit of a surprise ending. Ronie Kendig does not disappoint. I have read the series straight through. I plan to pick up something lighter next because I can't completely close this series from my mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guess what? Part 14 is out at pol! Go and read it, but FIRST WRITE MOAR!! (I spelled that wrong on purpose)
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Don't want to give away a plot or ending but this is the possible conclusion to the series... For now anyway. A must read for all fans of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action and romance that won't let you put it down. Excitement from beginning to end.
MaryAnnF More than 1 year ago
I read this right after reading Wolfsbane (didn't realize until after I had Firethorn that I had missed reading Wolfsbane). You have to keep reading to find out who wants to take down this team which has gone places no one else would. In doing so they have made powerful enemies. By nature of the reason each is available for the team they have worked through or are working through difficult things in their past. I have to admit this one had twists I didn't see coming. I can understand why the series came to an end, but still sad to see it go. She does wrap some things up, so that was good.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
My first time reading Ronie Kendig, but certainly not my last. Loved, loved, loved this book. It wasn't necessary to have read books one, two, and three, but this one just wet my appetite to go back and devour them as well. Love finding great authors that are new to me.
MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Having read Digitalis, Wolfsbane and Firethorn in one month, I became very attached to the Nightshade team. I loved all the books in this series. Ronie Kendig's writing is full action. You can hardly find the right time to stop to go to bed. So be warned not to start reading any of her books shortly before bed time, or you will loose sleep! The shack was attacked and the Nightshade team was captured and seperated. Kazi is hired by Lambert to get the team members back from all corners of the world. First she frees Griffin from the prison and together they are trying to retrieve the other men. They face many dangers. Griffin is surprised in Kazi--this small lady is capable of great things. Griffin "Legend" Riddell is a big guy with secrets he didn't tell his team members. Kazi wants to keep her past and identity to herself, because she doesn't trust anyone. Both Griffin and Kazi are hurting, because of the things they keep hidden. When they get to work together they must learn to trust each other. Unlike the other books in this series we also read a lot about the other team members--that's why it's best to read the other books in this series first. It's great to see all the men back with their families. A perfect ending to this great series! *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review.*
DebPiccurelli More than 1 year ago
Once again, Ronie Kendig has written a fast-paced, action-packed adventure in the Discarded Heroes series. Volume #4, Firethorn, is the best one yet. That’s not to say the others weren’t excellent reads. I enjoyed every one of them. In Firethorn, Griffin Riddell, one of the Nightshade operatives, has been set up for a murder he didn’t commit, and lands in a maximum security prison, unable to prove his innocence. Covert operative, Kazi Faron, has been hired to reassemble Nightshade. Part of doing that is breaking Griffin out of prison. But as they race to rescue other members of Nightshade, and discover the traitor who wants the team dismantled, love begins to bloom. But distrust looms between them. Both harbor secrets from their pasts, but Kazi has one that could get them all killed. These two characters are so dimensional. I think they’re the best I’ve seen in some time. I really liked how Ronie showed us the pain each had experienced, but tamped down inside to avoid vulnerability. Yet, they did remain vulnerable, which kept them real. I applaud how the race issue was handled between the characters, which was treated as if it were no issue at all (not an issue with me, but society sometimes sees it that way). The story was written in such a way that demonstrated not only how much we need the Lord, but that, no matter what has happened in the past, we shouldn’t close ourselves off from other people, and distrust everyone we meet. If we trust Jesus, we’ll be able to discern who is trustworthy, and who is not. A fantastic read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Ronie Kendig "Discarded Heroes" series and each one is good reading....execllent take on personalities and military ops.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
BLOWN AND DISMANTLED! NIGHTSHADE IS READY TO REPAY THE FAVOR! The Nightshade group are recouping in The Shack when they find themselves infiltrated and fired upon. No matter where they hid, they were found out except for Max and Dighton. Not only are they infiltrated, their complex is imploded. The men are then scattered all over the world. Who? How? The Shack was secure! Nightshade team member, Griffin Riddell (aka “Legend”), finds himself in a maximum security prison, charged with the murder of a Senator. He never saw it coming. And he didn’t do it. Kazi Faron, a covert operative, is brought in to break Griffin out of the penitentiary–and she’s successful! Though she tends to be a loner, she’s a fireball that gets the work done despite the odds and dangers. From this point on, Ronie Kendig, in Firethorn, has us traveling all over the world with Legend and Kazi, tracking down the Nightshade team. All have their own dilemmas to escape. It’s a fast-paced, quick-changing twist of events. Just like Ronie’s first three novels, this one does not let up on the action. You can’t let yourself lull over a particular rescue, as she jumps to another. The scenarios are interspersed, which demand that you stay just as alert as her characters. Though interspersed, they all intertwine in a fashion only Ronie can pull off. The touchy romance between Griffin and Kazi is threatened by their distrust, events and her past. But you’ll find yourself loving every minute, wondering if they will make a couple or not. Nothing is guaranteed. Though faith is interwoven into Ronie’s books, and it’s relevant and important to each member, it’s not an ‘in your face’ message. It’s the daily living out of their faith. You can read these books out of order, but it’s more interesting reading from beginning to end. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. I am disappointed the series has ended with Firethorn, however. I could see another book at the end of this one! Ronie considers herself an Army brat, but it’s those experiences that bring depth, accuracy and meaning to each of her books. Special thanks to Ronie Kendig for sending me a review copy. No monetary compensation was exchanged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the entire discarded hero series, yet this book, although entertaining & gripping, it was a jumble of activity. The action changed from place to place so often, between many of the characters that is was a ball of confusion and interfered with the true enjoyment of an excellent story.
EdgyReader More than 1 year ago
The Discarded Heroes series has been one WILD ride! And I, for one, am sad to see it end. I fell in love with all the macho heroes who made up the covert Nightshade team. I cheered for them when they rescued victims and fought for justice, I trembled for them when their lives hung in the balance, I laughed at their boyish antics, cried at their pain and internal struggles, and smiled as each one fell madly in love! Each man waged his own battle with himself and with God. But what a joy it was to see God's love bring them out the other side stronger and wiser. Ms Kendig knows her stuff. Her tag line is rapid-fire fiction and don't kid yourself, that's just what you get. I felt like I was a special-ops agent myself! Thankfully, thanks to Ms. Kendig, I could capture bad guys from the warmth of my own house. LOL. I'm looking forward to whatever this fabulous author writes next!
Wyn More than 1 year ago
Great thriller. Although this is the final book in a series that I haven't read, I was pleased to find that it stood on it's own. I will definitely be purchasing the preceding books. The story was seen through the eyes of one of the members of a black ops solder and through the eyes of a woman who broke him out of prison. Ronnie has based all the previous books on an aspect of PTS and this time it was on the fact that it's not only those who serve in wars but also those who suffer in abusive homes who have PTS. The story flowed with lots of involvement from all members of the team and their families across several nations. Excitement reigned supreme with some surprising and not surprising results. All in all an excellent book to read.
CaroleTowriss More than 1 year ago
I don’t usually read suspense novels, for the same reason I don’t ride roller coasters: I don’t like my heart in my throat. And that’s exactly where my heart was from page one of Firethorn. The love story is dribbled out in this “romantic suspense” book; the suspense clearly predominates. The book is a thrill ride from the get-go. The characters are adrenaline junkies in the purest sense, but they are richly drawn with deep backstories. Due to their troubled pasts, both Griffin and Kazi, the protagonists, have trouble with trust and faith. In this area, this is not a traditional “Christian fiction” novel (nor are any of Kendig’s novels), where everyone is always happy and polite and spiritually mature. But the characters behave like all of us. They are not perfect. They stumble and make mistakes and struggle with life. For me, that makes the book all the more enjoyable. By the end they have grown, closer to God and closer to each other. I hadn’t read any of the previous three Nightshade novels, but I was able to enjoy and keep up with Firethorn all the same. There are at least three subplots that are all tied together by the end of the book, which at first made it a little difficult for me to keep track of, but by the finale made for quite a satisfying resolution. I highly recommend Firethorn. I have already started one of the first three. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Review: Firethorn by Ronie Kendig 5 STARS Firethorn is the last book of the Discarded Heroes series. I have now read only 2 of the 4 but they don't disapoint at all. I liked the book except the part that brought me to tears. Discarded Heroes is about a special black ops team. They are loyal but have some problems and thier families don't all know they are serving are country still. This last book opens with their team under attack at their secret base and some are taken two get out of building before its bombed. Max Jacobs was Navy Seal, Canyon Metcalf was Army Special Forces, Colton Neeley was Marine, Griffen Riddell was Marne, Marshall Vaughn was Army Ranger, John Dighton Navy Seal, Azzan Yasr and General Olin Lambert member of Joint Chiefs of Staff For the past 6 months Griffen Riddell has been locked up prison for killing a U.S. Senator. He has been in isolation because he is very dangerous with his training he is also innocent. The General does not know who took his team but he sent someone to break Griffen out of prison so he can help rescue his team. Kazi who goes by lots of different alias. She does not trust Griffen and he does not know her and hates working in the dark. His team has spread out around the world. They only have a week before Azzan his killed in the middle east. Their is a lot intrique and you don't know who to trust and why the team was taken out. Could not put the book down. I would love to read the first two books of the series. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest reviews from Netgalley. 01/01/2012 PUB Barbour Publishing, Inc.