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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dead Reckoning

Abingdon Press (March 1, 2010)


Ronie Kendig
I recently finished Ronie Kendig’s new release, Dead Reckoning. From the first page I was hooked. This is a smart, action packed suspense that will keep you turning those pages until the very end.

I was impressed with Kendig’s ability to write so convincingly about an area and a subject matter that is so foreign and out of the realm of understanding for most average Americans. I really felt she’d done a ton of homework and research to make this a truly believable read.

The story was so unique with the terrorist plots and the foreign locale it was hard to put down. I also loved the romance. I found myself really drawn to these characters and so wanted them to end up together.

One little thing worth mentioning—I didn’t love the cover. Because I’m someone who sadly judges books by covers, I might not have picked this one up by the cover alone. That would have been a mistake. I'd have missed out on a great adventure. So, if you are like me, do not judge this book by the cover!

All and all a tremendous debut novel for Kendig. Can’t wait to read more by this great author!
Ronie has been married since 1990 to a man who can easily be defined in classic terms as a hero. She has four beautiful children. Her eldest daughter is 16 this year, her second daughter will be 13, and her twin boys are 10. After having four children, she finally finished her degree in December 2006. She now has a B.S. in Psychology through Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Getting her degree is a huge triumph for both her and her family--they survived!

This degree has also given her a fabulous perspective on her characters

and how to not only make them deeper, stronger, but to make them realistic and know how they'll respond to each situation. Her debut novel, Dead Reckoning released March 2010 from Abingdon Press. And her Discarded Heroes series begins in July from Barbour with the first book entitled Nightshade.

Underwater archeologist Shiloh Blake is consumed with passion for the water and inflamed at the injustices of life. When her first large-scale dig traps her in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash, she flees for her life.

When she spots a man trailing her, the questions are, Who is he? And how is he always one step ahead? Is the man trailing her an enemy or a protector sent by her CIA father?

Reece Jaxon is a former Navy SEAL and now serves his country as a spy. His life is entangled by the beguiling Shiloh Blake as he hunts down the sources to a nuclear dead drop in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai, India. The only way to end this nightmare and prevent a nuclear meltdown is to join forces with Reece. Will Shiloh violate her vow to never become involved in her father's web of intrigue and mystery? Will she reconcile with her past and with him? Will she allow God to help her throught this ordeal of danger, mistrust and uncertainty?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Dead Reckoning, go HERE.


Ronie Kendig said...

Sabrina--Thank you for an awesome and encouraging review. And thanks for the feedback on the cover!

Sabrina L. Fox said...

I hope I didn't offend you, Ronie. I loved the book. I think I don't like covers that are animated or created images. Not sure what that's called. I prefer real life photos or clear crisp images.

But like I said, great book. Glad I didn't miss out. :)Congrats on such a great debut!!!

Ronie Kendig said...

Nope, no offense. I have a limited voice in the cover. That said--I really loved this cover because of it's striking color and depth. But I'm not offended if someone doesn't like it. Again--thanks for the great review!