Genre City: Dead Reckoning, by Ronie Kendig
Title: Dead Reckoning
Author: Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Date: March 2010
Reviewed by: Holly Wolfe
Shiloh Blake is an underwater archaeologist whose first major dig in the Indian Ocean splashes her into the middle of an international nuclear arms deal. Underwater and in over her head, Shiloh is alone and anchorless in a foreign country. But is she? A mystery man on a motorcycle shows up to pluck her from danger. Is he friend or foe? It’s hard for Shiloh to determine as they join forces in a race to prevent a nuclear showdown.
In Shiloh’s past lurks an estranged CIA father, one the spunky college grad has vowed to keep far away. As she and the mystery man bounce from one explosion to another, she must determine if her father is part of this situation, and if so, what it means for their relationship.
Ronie Kendig is Tom Clancy in a skirt. Okay, I don’t really know if Ronie wears skirts all the time, but I do know that her writing makes me feel like I’m a part of the world’s action. Her use of setting and dialogue puts me in Mumbai, and her familiarity with terrorists, secret operations, and the military makes me wonder just how she could know all that stuff!
With wit, intense scenes, embraceable characters, and a thread of romance, this book has it all—and more. Let me not forget the themes of forgiveness and trust that line the pages to make this a satisfying read—one that will thrill your senses and strengthen your heart.