Character Spotlight ~ Ronie Kendig’s Aspen & Dane

TalonMeet an Air Force veteran and an intelligence officer in

Ronie Kendig’s

military suspense

Talon: Combat Tracking Dog


The Story

She’s on a mission to find her missing brother. Only his combat tracking dog knows where to look. . . .

Air Force veteran Aspen Courtland just wants her brother back—dead or alive. The US Marine Corps declared him dead, but Aspen is unwilling to let him die without a fight. Aspen adopts her brother’s combat tracking team dog, Talon, hoping to come closer to finding peace about Austin. But after the brutal attack that separated dog and handler, Talon is afraid of his own shadow.

Military Intelligence Operative Dane Markoski has run from the truth most of his life. Now, it’s the only thing that can save him—and his mission—if he dares to face the past. Talon is the key to achieving his objective…but the only way to Talon is through his new owner. But Dane swore he’d never work a woman.

Teamed up in Djibouti, Dane and Aspen battle the elements and extremists. Survival depends on his skills, her optimism, and the courage of a traumatized combat tracking dog. Can Talon muster the valor for one last mission?

Enjoy meeting Aspen & Dane

Brief physical description

Dane has an athletic build, and he’s tall. He has dark hair and brown eyes. Aspen is about 5’ 8 ”. She too has an athletic build, but a bit smaller in scale. She’s very attractive and has a mass of white-blond curly hair that reaches just below her shoulders. Aspen also boxes, so she has some solid strength to her—andSergey takes it out on Dane at one point. :)


Dane – I was really stuck on this one until this amazing lady named Rel Mollet helped me find the perfect match—a Russian athlete named Sergey Krapiva. He’s tall, athletic, and has the “tall, dark , and handsome” thing going on.

Aspen is a cross with the sweetness of Reece Witherspoon and the natural beauty of Charlize Theron. But even that’s not quite right.

Strengths and weaknesses

Dane is incredibly reserved and yet, he’s not afraid to be confrontational. The guy is solid, both physically and intelligence-wise. He’s still battling demons from his past, and he’ll do anything not to face them. But there’s a raw strength about Dane that is powerful and draws in Aspen.

Aspen is often called “naive” by Timbrel Hogan, a friend and handler at A Breed Apart, but Aspen is quick to correct Timbrel that she’s not naive, “she’s just Charlizeoptimistic. Aspen chooses to believe the best about people and circumstances, so she struggles when the bad/negative asserts itself.

Quirk (if any)

Dane has this quirk of always seeking solace in a cathedral or chapel. I found him there one day, and he repeated the task throughout the novel. Dane avoids directly addressing a few topics, and faith is one of them. Surrender like that scares him, but he also can’t deny the solace he finds in the churches.

Background to the story

The main story problem of Aspen’s missing brother was borne out of the many soldiers who go missing, who are held captive, and never heard from again. I couldn’t help but wonder if one of them had made the choice to serve his country on a deeper, more dangerous level.

Thanks Ronie ~ these two are great characters!

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Character interviews with Heath & Darci
Character spotlight on Heath, Darci & Trinity
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Meet the Nightshade women: Sydney ~ Piper ~ Dani ~ Kazi
Character spotlights: Max & Syd ~ Colton & Piper  ~ Canyon & Dani
Visit Ronie’s website and blog
Visit Ronie’s Discarded Heroes website
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9 Responses to Character Spotlight ~ Ronie Kendig’s Aspen & Dane

  1. This is really useful as I start out on Talon.

    Love Charlize strength … it’s a strange mix of Reece & Charlize.. and I can see why Ronie says that’s not quite right..

    Never heard of Sergey.. I’ll see where my mind goes as I read the story.

    I love spending time in cathedrals. Even though they can be packed with people, they can be some of the best places to find silence & a connection with God. So I’m with Dane, there.. I like the name Dane.

  2. AAAHHH! I loved this book. I also love the character spotlight, Ronie & Rel, because I loved these characters so much! Such great descriptions. I need to find some new words, maybe, but when I think of this book I get all distracted and my vocab suffers for it. But… LOVE!

    • Serena Chase » :) Love sharing the love, Serena – Ronie’s books are something else, aren’t they? Thanks for dropping by – made my day!

    • LOL! Love your reply–and love you, you amazing, brilliant writer, you! (three YOU and one YOUR in one sentence–HA!)

  3. Love this spotlight! I’ve been putting off reading this one because I like to have a Ronie Kendig book “in the waiting,” but I’m going to have to finally breakdown and dive in. Looking forward to it. :)

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