Book Review: Dead Reckoning

Written by Ronie Kendig
Reviewed by Lena Nelson Dooley

Back Cover Copy:

Trapped by a nuclear terrorist plot in Mumbai!

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?”

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 source of 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 a spy?

My Review:

I personally don’t like to read Advanced Readers Copies of books. However, when the publicist for Abingdon included this ARC in one of the packages she sent to me, I had to read it. Ronie Kendig is one of the authors I mentored before she signed her first book contract, so of course, I wanted to read her debut novel as soon as possible.

I was totally blown away. The book is written very tight and at a breathtaking pace. With every few pages, surprises change everything for the main characters. It was very hard to put the book down when I had to. I wanted to read just the next page, then the next, then.. . . You get the picture.

This book has something for almost every reader. The suspense with plenty of explosions to keep a male reader happy, a rich tapestry of setting skillfully woven in with just enough snippets of information to allow the readers to create the place in their own imaginations, and a strong love story with more than its fair share of roadblocks.

You won’t want to miss this wonderful read.

Lena Nelson Dooley is multi-published and the author of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico. Find out more about her at

ISBN 971-4267-0058-3
Abingdon Press
Contemporary Romantic Suspense

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Dead Reckoning”
  1. Karen King says:

    Hi Sweet Lena,
    This sounds like a book that both my husband and I would like. I’m sure that you are giving Ronnie a great boost with such a delightful endorsement. Hey, would you like to mentor me????? I could use one!

  2. Karen King says:

    You just made me spend more money. I got one for me and one for a young man in prison who is a Christian. I know he will enjoy it. Now don’t recommend anything else any time soon! LOL!!!

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