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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

'Wolfsbane' by Ronie Kendig

What's this one about?
On a demolition mission in Venezuela Danielle Roark and her team are captured. In prisoned for months Danielle is repeatedly tourtured, beaten and raped, by the General in the VFA. But one day Danielle manages the impossible and escapes, bringing back incriminating evidence that should put her captor away. But things don’t go as planed and Danielle finds herself facing charges of espionage and treason. The only way to prove her innocence is to return to Venezuela with Elite Ops team Nightshade. 
Canyon Metcalfe is dealing with his own tragic past, a past he is under strict orders never to discuss, and heading back to South America with Danielle Roark is just another reminder of those horrors. But as their growing attraction mounts, Canyon promises to protect Danielle. However, when Nightshade’s mission fails and Canyon is injured his promise is broken and Danielle is once again left behind.
What did I think? 

Wolfsbane is Ronie Kendig’s latest edition in her Discarded Heros series; a series based on an Elite Ops group called Nightshade. As a newcomer to Kendig I was a little worried when I noticed the series is not only part of the romantic suspense genre, but also the Christian. While I have been a reader of Christian fiction before I tend not to purposefully pick books in this genre, as I find the Christian elements are often overdone. In saying this I have to admit in Wolfsbane my fears were quickly set aside as Kendig touched on religious components when it fit the story. Kendig did not write her characters as “perfect Christians,” she had an array of characters some were very secure in their faith others struggled, and some had little knowledge of religion. She humanized these characters by their faults, and showed that Christianity is something you strive for, not necessarily something we all inherently have.

Wolfsbane had a very suspensful opening scene starting out with Danielle’s struggle, and kept the pace up all the way through. I did find a few elements predictable, but it didn’t take away from the overall message this story was trying to convey. Overall, Wolfsbane was a very tastefull, and well written story. I think there is something for everyone with this series.

How many stars?

Published July 1st 2011 by Barbour Publishing
Paperback: 320 pages

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