This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Dead Reckoning

Abingdon Press (March 1, 2010)


Ronie Kendig


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.


By Ronie Kendig
Published By:Abingdon Press
399 Pages

Back Cover: When underwater archaeologist Shiloh Blake finds herself in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash during her first large-scale dig, she flees for her life. Is the man trailing her an enemy or a protector sent by her CIA father? Will Shiloh violate her vow to never become involved in her father’s web of intrigue and mystery? Will she allow God to help her through this ordeal of danger, mistrust, and uncertainty?

Review: I was thankful to receive a review copy of Ronie Kendig’s debut novel which bursts on the scene overflowing with action and drama right from the start. The first half of this adventure is jam packed with high-speed car and motorcycle chases, explosions and military drama, I felt I was holding my breath and dodging bullets along with Shiloh. She’s a young girl who’s clueless as to why her world is turned upside down. Will she survive one hour to the next? Who to trust? Shiloh really becomes unnerved when she meets Reece, international spy. Is he for her or against her? He helps her maneuver a few mishaps; situations he could have killed her if he wanted to, instead he provides a way of escape. Can she trust him?

The first half of this story reminded me of Bruce Willis’s movie Live Free Die Hard. There is no rest for Bruce as bad guys chase him constantly trying to kill him. The same is true of Shiloh Blake. Her world changes forever when her diving partner rapidly descends on top of her while scuba diving, leaving a trail of blood. What’s happening she hasn’t a clue?

Towards the middle of the story things change to feel like a 007 type of film, with secret operations, international spies, double agents, and everyone in a race to uncover a nuclear terrorist plot in Mumbail! It got a little confused as I tried to keep up with who was who and what side they were on near the end. It’s a fast paced action and adventure drama sprinkled with romance, mixed with enough surprises and fun that drew me into the world this author created. I lost all track of time and was compelled to keep reading and find out the fate of Shiloh Blake and Reece. You will too. Can’t wait to see what Ronie Kendrig has for us next.

Nora St.Laurent
ACFW Book Club Coordinator


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.

1 comment:

  1. Nora - Thank you for your awesome review! I'm so glad you liked it. Sorry you felt lost at that point. :-D And thank you for participating in the blog tour!