The Way of the Brave – Susan May Warren

The Way of the Brave
The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren
Also by this author: The Way of the Brave, Heart of a Hero, Price of Valor
Series: Global Search and Rescue #1
Published by Revell on January 7, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance, Suspense
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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.

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren was a book I could not put down once I got a few chapters into it. I never thought I would enjoy a novel about climbing a mountain, yet here I am now, declaring its praises. The Way of the Brave is easy to read and fast-paced, and I definitely lost sleep over it. I couldn’t leave the characters stranded on the side of an Alaskan mountain. It was almost like some portion of my brain thought my reading faster would result in a quicker rescue of the characters.

Susan May Warren introduced each of the characters in a good manner, although I will note she did this quickly. I had to reread some of the beginning sections to remind myself who was who. As soon as Warren sucked me into the story, though, I had no problem differentiating between the characters. Relief flooded me when I saw this was only book one of a series. I didn’t want to give up the characters after just oen story! Warren obviously has a knack for character building, because each one had so much depth packed into them, even in what seemed like such a short book to me. The book tore my emotions between never wanting it to end and desperately wanting the characters to be safe!

The Way of the Brave was a wonderful way to start the “Global Search and Rescue” series. It caught me—hook, line, and sinker. Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr goes to Alaska, where he grew up, to hide from his memories of a mission gone wrong in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Jenny Calhoun—a former CIA profiler—and her two friends arrive in Alaska to climb Denali, which she likewise sees as a way to escape her past. She wants to push away all the guilt associated with a SEAL mission she approved, one that resulted in the deaths of good men, including some of Orion’s friends. Jenny doesn’t want to see him. Doesn’t want to trust him. Doesn’t want to feel anything for him. When he comes to rescue her and her friends, though, after an avalanche has blown them off-course, circumstances force both Orion and Jenny to face their demons.

This was my first Susan May Warren book, and it definitely won’t be my last. It got a little too technical at times for my liking. Warren lost me sometimes with the terminology, but I could tell she’d done her research! The Way of the Brave is a very quick read, but…my word, Warren packed so many godly messages into it. She interweaved the message of God’s goodness, forgiveness, and ever-presence without any situation ever getting too preachy. And she did it all so succinctly and simply. One of my biggest complaints about many Christian books is that they present Christian elements in a way that no one but a theologian could understand. In The Way of the Brave, Susan May Warren does just the opposite. She breaks down the big concepts into easy pieces that even the new believer could understand and appreciate.

Long story short: Do you want an action-packed, life-threatening, heart-pounding thrill ride mixed with a good serving of romance? One that will make you feel an avalanche of emotions from the first page to the last? One with relatable characters that will tug at your heartstrings? One that will make the hours pass by like minutes? Read this one!

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