Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Book Review: The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren brims with adventure, romance, and spiritual themes. With all of the action, the story easily held my interest from beginning to end. Sometimes, I struggled with all the technical language because I know zilch about mountain climbing, snowy weather conditions, ice screws, etc. However, I enjoyed Jenny and Orion’s love story and wasn’t surprised to find a second love story brewing (which looks to be the focus of book two).

I liked the characters’ authenticity in The Way of the Brave. Orion and Jenny didn’t change too quickly as they struggled with hard questions about life. A theme about dealing with the past, instead of running from it, plays out through the novel. Bold statements about God, His faithful love, and His healing offered encouragement to the characters and to me.

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren is the first installment her Global Search and Rescue series. Although it is not my favorite novel from her, I think long-time fans of Susan May Warren’s work will want to read The Way of the Brave. 3.5 Stars!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

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