The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren – Book Review, Preview

Posted January 9, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren – Book Review, Preview

The Way of the Brave

by Susan May Warren

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Series: Global Search and Rescue #1
Published by Revell
Publication Date January 7, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Action/Adventure, Suspense, Clean Romance
Setting: Alaska Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 352

Synopsis:

Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure--and his injuries--has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones's elite rescue team, but he also can't shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.
Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun's yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she'll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes--the man she nearly killed.
Her skills and his experience are exactly what's needed to prevent another tragedy--but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They'll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?
Leap into action with this high-octane, breakneck new series from bestselling author Susan May Warren.

I would like to thank Netgalley, Revell for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


Also in this series: The Heart of a Hero

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The Way of the Brave is such a gripping story!

Susan May Warren is so good at creating characters who are brave and strong and yet broken. Both Orion and Jen had been traumatized by events in Afghanistan three years earlier. Jen had hoped to never see Ry again, fearing the truth would come out about her and she would have to see his reaction to that news and to know she had fallen in his estimation.

When Jen’s challenging adventure climbing Denali with her friends turned deadly, Orion, Jake, and Ham – the man trying to recruit him to his global search and rescue team – set out to rescue the women.

I have a crazy fear of heights. Enough so that even heights on TV or in movies scare me. Despite the fantastic imagery in this story, I found I had to keep blocking the pictures in my head of glaciers and crevices filled with snow and peril as I read. I even found myself closing my eyes in parts, as if that would actually help! My heart was racing with fear for the climbers.

The eternal question of how God can allow bad things to happen to good people is one that Orion struggled with greatly. I loved reading about his spiritual journey as he wrestled with this and other misconceptions he had about God.

While it doesn’t occupy a large portion of the story, there are parts where the physical attraction between some of the characters is quite strong and the temptation to have a physical relationship is fought. There are also a few other elements that would have me declaring it to be only for more mature audiences, despite staying in the PG rating.

I loved the way author Susan May Warren included characters from multiple series and yet made it easy to follow for readers who have not read her other books. I recognized characters from both the Montana Rescue and the Montana Marshalls series.

I recommend this exciting adventure for mature readers who enjoy Christian fiction and intense suspense.

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