My Review: Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig

Dead Reckoning
by Ronie Kendig
Copyright 2010
Abingdon Press
397 pages
ISBN: 9781426700583

From Goodreads:
Dead Reckoning is the story of a young woman anxious to abandon the crushing effects of her father’s espionage career only to find herself tangled in the very web of mystery and intrigue that consumed his life.

Underwater archaeologist Shiloh Blake is consumed with passion for the water and inflamed at the injustices of life, blaming her secret agent father for her mother's death. When her first large-scale dig traps her in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash, she flees for her life and is followed by an unknown man. Who is he? How is he always one step ahead? Reece Jaxon is a former Navy SEAL, who now serves his country as a spy. His mission is threatened by the beguiling Shiloh Blake as he hunts down the sources to a nuclear dead drop in the Arabian Sea. The only way to end this nightmare and prevent a nuclear meltdown is for Shiloh to join forces with Reece. Will Shiloh violate her vow to never become a spy like her father? Will she reconcile with her father? Will her trust issues destroy her chance for love? And will she allow God to help her through this ordeal?

My Review:
I have never really been a reader of suspense fiction, it just wasn't that interesting to me until I discovered author, Ronie Kendig. I first read her second release, Nightshade a few weeks ago and I LOVED it! She kindly offered to send me a copy of her debut novel Dead Reckoning and I finished it on one day, staying up till the wee hours of the morning.

From the first page I was hooked! Being a lover of history I've always had a respect for and interest in archaeology so it was easy for me to like underwater archaeologist, Shiloh Blake and her best friend Khalid Khan. There is also a hunky ex-Navy SEAL turned spy, Reece aka Brutus, who will give you heart palpitations! Did I mention that from the very first chapter there is enough "edge of your seat" action to give a body a heart attack? Seriously. It is so good!

A lot of the suspense that I've read has had one or two scenes that made my pulse race but Dead Reckoning does not let up, it's nonstop action from start to finish. Assassinations, kidnappings, nuclear weapons, spies, and terrorists all in the exotic setting of Mumbia, throw in not one but two romances involving our main character, Shiloh and you have a suspenseful and thrilling read that will knock your socks off! I highly recommend this book to anyone (guys that means you too) who loves a great story!

P.S. I think the author is like me and has a thing for all things fast, like motorbikes! This book's hero owns a Ducati and Nightshade's hero drives a Hayabusa! Yum!

To learn more about Ronie visit:
The Discarded Heroes site

To read my review of Nightshade, her release from Barbour Publishers go HERE.

* I received my copy courtesy of the author, Ronie Kendig. Thank you.*


  1. Love the review, Renee. You know I totally agree with you :)

    And although I know you are a die hard historical fan, glad Ronie has shown you the grass is green in other places, too ;-)

  2. I would go nuts if she wrote a historical :-P

    XOXO~ Renee

  3. ROTFL!! Green grass? After NIGHTSHADE treks across it? probably not. LOL Seriously, the funny thing, Renee--I love historicals too. Although, I did attempt one recently and just about puked. Trust me, you don't want me doing that. LOLOL Hmm..but maybe...if I time traveled NIGHTSHADE...mwa-ha-ha-haaaaa! :-D

    Thank you so much for the VERY generous and hilarious review. I loved it. Made my night!

  4. Glad I made your night! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE a time travel book, you should totally go for it!

    XOXO~ Renee

  5. Great review, Renee! I confess that I haven't read anything by this author, but this book sounds great!!! :D I love books that have things constantly happening--I think Sons of Thunder was mostly like that for me. :)

    Thanks for sharing your review!


  6. Wow, you read that book fast! I think we both listed at as "currently reading" on Goodreads on the same day and then you were done like 10 hours later!? :) I'm around page 150 and I love it. Suspense fiction is probably my favorite genre.

  7. Amber honestly I think you would LOVE her books if you gave them a try! Nightshade is probably my favorite but DR is excellent too!

    Hahaha Sara what can I say I couldn't put it down! :-P

    XOXO~ Renee

  8. I loved DR when I read it back in either March or April. Can't remember which month it was now. I cannot wait to read Nightshade, hopefully I will be buying it in one week.

  9. Haha, I see you saw my comment about posting about my giveaway! ;) Thanks so much, Renee--I really appreciate it!


  10. I'm looking forward to reading this one too, as soon as I can get my hands on it! Digitalis can't come soon enough...and I might just need some (Digitalis) before it gets here to counteract the heart attack I'm going to have while waiting!! :)

  11. Julie, did you visit Relz blog? She has a great interview with Cowboy on her blog!

    XOXO~ Renee


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