Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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

Anytime Susan May Warren releases a new book, my reaction is "yes, please!" It's a no-brainer! And since she's such a prolific writer, it feels like I constantly have a new book of hers to read ... and I'm certainly not complaining about that 😀.

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?

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Oh, boy, do I ever have mixed feelings about this one! I absolutely loved parts of it—especially the beginning and end, which center around presidential candidate Isaac White's campaign. (His name will be familiar to those who read the Montana Marshalls books.) I also enjoyed both romances—the main romance between Jenny and Orion and the secondary one between Jenny's friend Aria and Orion's teammate Jake. What I didn't care for? The mountain climbing. I just found all of the description to be boring, and I didn't feel my interest kick in until Orion's team found Jenny and her friends. Even then, the time on the mountain was still long. Basically, I loved the first and last quarters of the book and would have preferred the middle part to be about half of its length.

However, a Susan May Warren book that I don't love is still a pretty good book. And the preview for the next book completely hooked me, so I'll definitely keep reading the series! 3-1/2 stars.

Note: You can read and enjoy this novel without having read the Montana Marshalls series, but having knowledge of that series, which runs concurrently to this one, will certainly heighten your appreciation of the book. Also, longtime Susan May Warren readers will appreciate references to characters from the Christiansen Family, Montana Rescue, and Montana Marshalls series (and maybe others that I didn't catch).

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Read my reviews of Warren's Montana Marshalls series, the Montana Rescue series, and the Christiansen Family series.

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation. She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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