The Way of the Brave – Book Review & Spotlight

Title: The Way of the BraveFotor_158690080958330[1]

Author: Susan May Warren

Genre: Adventure, Contemporary, Military, Christian Fiction

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?

My Thoughts

I am always excited to read Susan May Warren’s books. From Russia to the Denali Mountains, she always takes me to new places that I immediately add to my bucket list 😊. The Way of the Brave is the first book in her new series Global Search and Rescue, and wow what a great first book it is.

Susan May Warren takes us to from the Afghani desert to the top of Denali mountain in Alaska. The descriptions of the environments left me feeling like I was the one eating dust and trying to keep my hands warm. They were so vivid before my eyes. The challenges in both places were adventurous and real. They left me with a happy outlook about other adventures that could be in this series.

Now the characters. I enjoyed Jenny’s perseverance and hardworking mentally. I thought she shows great physical strength and a calm spirit in some dangerous situations. Orion Starr, man what a cool name, was an interesting character with some big struggles to let go of. One of my favorite things about him was that he kept quoting:

“Make our steps safe and go before us. Finish the task you’ve pressed us to.”

I love that. God is always there for us, leading us, and guiding us, up the Denali Mountains, or in our everyday lives. This book was such a great reminder about that. I am so looking forward to Jake’s story in the next book and being able to see what his story is about.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for the great characters, the vivid location descriptions, and for reminding me that God is always guiding our steps.

*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.

About the Author

54106I can’t help be amazed at the gifts God has delighted me with – a wonderful husband, four amazing children, and the opportunity to write for Him.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember – I won my first book writing contest in first grade! Over the years, writing has become, for me, a way to praise God and see Him at work in my life.

Although I have a degree in Mass Communications from the University of MN, my real writing experience started when I penned the The Warren Report – a bi-monthly newsletter that detailed our ministry highlights.

Living in Russia meant I never lacked for great material – and those experiences naturally spilled out first into devotionals and magazine articles and finally into my first published story, “Measure of a Man,” in the Tyndale/HeartQuest, Chance Encounters of the Heart anthology.

Susan and husband I grew up in Wayzata, a suburb of Minneapolis, and became an avid camper from an early age. My favorite fir-lined spot is the north shore of Minnesota – it’s where I met my husband, honeymooned and dreamed of living. The north woods easily became the foundation for my first series, The Deep Haven series.based on a little tourist town along the shores of Lake Superior. I have to admit – I’m terribly jealous of Mona, the heroine of my first full-length book, Happily Ever After, a Christy Award Finalist published in 2004 with Tyndale/Heartquest.

Our family moved home from the mission field in June 2004 — and now we live in the beautiful town I’d always dreamed of! God has amazed me anew with His provision, and blessings — and allowed me a season when I can write full time for Him.

I ‘m delighted you’ve stopped in to visit. My hope is that you’ll be blessed and encouraged by soul-stirring stories of regular people interacting with a God who loves them.

I’d love to hear from you! I love getting mail, especially from readers and I welcome your questions and comments. Write to me at susan@susanmaywarren.com. And, if you’re interested, sign up for my newsletter, a quarterly sneak peek into upcoming releases and projects. Thank you for your interest and support.

God Bless and Happy Reading!

In His Grip,
Susan May Warren

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