Friday, September 23, 2011

Review of Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig    

Back Cover:
In Venezuela, Danielle Roark and her Army Corps of Engineers team is captured. After six months of captivity, Dani escapes, only to end up charged with espionage and forced to return to the jungle to prove that a nuclear facility exists. On the mission, she is abandoned by God and country. Will she live long enough to make those responsible pay?

Haunted by memories of a mission gone bad, former Green Beret Canyon Metcalfe wrestles with his developing feelings for the feisty senator’s daughter. Setting aside his misgivings, he and Nightshade take the mission to help Dani unravel her lethal secrets. Separated from the team leaves Dani and Canyon vulnerable—and captured. After he is rescued, Canyon discovers Dani has been left behind. Livid, he sacrifices everything to save Dani—including his role with Nightshade.

My Take:
By far one of the best books I've read this year! Action, fear, real-life issues, and healing fill the pages of this novel.

The novel opens with:

Captain Canyon Metcalf forced to endure imposed silence, military accusations and taking the blame about a gone wrong overseas, is angry and ripe for the proposition General Lambert puts to him.

 Dani in an unendurable situation of rape, capture, physical and mental torture in the depths of Venezuela by the leader of El Valor de Fuerzas Armadas de Bolivvarian, a fictitious rebel army, General Bruzon, after she and her army corp of Engineers are destroyed/captured. Waiting till he's in the deepest part of sleep, she steals the stick drive, and naked, bleeding, and desperate she flees, diving into the ocean, willing to die rather than be recaptured.

Fortunately she's rescued, and recovered, faces those able to do something about the nuclear plans of Captain Bruzon. Instead of belief, she's accused of treachery. Instead of quick-moving plans to destroy the facility, she's forced once again to return to Venezuela to prove, not only her innocence, but the existence of such a plant.

When she and Canyon are separated from their special ops team, they are recaptured. But when Caynon realizes after he is rescued that Dani was left behind, he takes matters into his own hands. Thrown off the team, he coaxes his brother to help him leave the states--but his brother takes advantage by manipulating a promise from Canyon--step back and leave the field open for him to win Dani's love.

Does Canyon love Dani enough to give up his love for Dani to save her life? And will Dani even be alive by the time he arrives? Can these two bruised, bitter individuals find their way to freedom--enough to open their hearts to love--and God?

Set in the jungles of Venezuela and in the political regions of D.C., Kendig pulls the reader into the action of the book and forces them to be a part of the scene, the lives, the horror and good within the pages.

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