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CHRISTIAN LIFE IN LONDON | OCTOBER 2020 EDITION
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The Way of the Brave



Author: Susan May Warren

Genre: Christian Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary romance

ISBN 0800735846
ISBN-13: 9780800735845

Publishing Date: January 7, 2020

Availability in London:
Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback


Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads

Summary:

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.

READER REVIEWS

Sarah Grace rated “The Way of the Brave” a 4 out of 5 STARS
Yes! This is definitely my favorite Susan May Warren book yet. Some of her books can be hit or miss for me, but I really enjoyed this one aside from a few things. First off: that cover is so unique and interesting! I'm all about unique cover design, and this one definitely is unique! I'm so glad I have a paperback copy to enjoy it to its fullest.

Right away, our main characters, Orion and Jenny, and their stories grabbed my attention. Orion and Jenny are both very broken characters, which makes them so realistic and relatable. The story is very suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I love a good survival story, and this one fit the bill perfectly! A couple issues I had: I feel like Warren's writing style can tend to be a bit over dramatic at times. Small things end up sounding very dramatic, when in reality, they're not. That is something that can annoy me, and it took a bit for me to get past that. But then, that's probably just me. The other thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the romance. At times it can get too physical\sensual for me. But again, that's just a personal issue.

Overall, if you are looking for a good suspenseful survival story, look no further! This one is going to be one I read more than once, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! (Sidenote: that cliffhanger with Ham's story was brutal! I need the rest of his story ASAP.)


Toni Shiloh rated “The Way of the Brave” a 5 out of 5 STARS
This book was so good!

From the very beginning, I was hooked on the story and the characters. I LOVED that the hero was a former AF PJ (go Air Force!). And I love that we'll get to see the rest of the characters in upcoming books because I definitely want to know what happens with Ham and Jake and Aria. Ms. Warren knocked this series opener out the ballpark.


Susan Snodgrass rated “The Way of the Brave” a 5 out of 5 STARS
'You're just mad because God didn't answer your prayer the way you wanted him to.'

When you pick up a Susan May Warren book, you can be sure that you will not be disappointed. Ever. As she begins another series, that, by the way, promises to be amazing, I was again reminded of that fact.

'That thing inside you that you can't keep dodging, that pull to do something more with your life? God isn't finished with you yet. He's calling you to something.....'

Warren begins her new series, Global Search and Rescue, with The Way of the Brave, which is Orion Starr's story, and Jenny Calhoun's. Jenny does a yearly challenge with two friends and this year's feat is to climb Denali, which soon turns extremely deadly. Jenny is a former CIA profiler and psychiatrist who approved an action that ended in an ambush with the Taliban with lives lost. Now, the man who was also injured in that action is the pararescue jumper who comes to her rescue on Denali when things turn seriously sideways. Can these two overcome the wounds that threaten their emotional lives? Will they allow God to mend their hearts?

One of the things I enjoy most about Susan May Warren's writing is her ability to pull a reader into the story with a powerful spiritual theme. She is so amazingly good at this. And she also deftly weaves in characters from previous books from time to time, which is always a delight to me. And then she ends the book on a note that makes the reader wish it was already time to read the second in the series. She also gives us a glimpse of the story which will involved secondary characters. Anytime I sit down to read a Susan May Warren book, I am guaranteed an absolutely wonderful read! I highly recommend this book.


Heidi Robbins rated “The Way of the Brave” a 4 out of 5 STARS
This book reminded me of that movie Vertical Limit with Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney- hikers stranded on a snowy mountain and when a rescue team went to save them, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Although in the movie only a few made it back alive, have no fear, there is a less gut-wrenching ending to the book!

There is a strong cast of characters that all have heavy burdens from their pasts, and while some are running from their feelings, some are facing them with anger, and some are relying on God's grace to get them through. The main characters are Jenny and Orion who have a second chance at love, but we also have scenes from the perspective of Jake and Aria, new acquaintances with instant attraction, leading into the next book where they will feature as the leads. And at the end of the book in the "coming next" section we hear from Ham, the leader of the SAR team and also their spiritual mentor. I appreciated his counsel to his team and to Jenny, starting them on a path to understanding how God works in their lives. The big universal question of why do bad things happen to good people is explored in thoughtful and profound ways. Orion and Jenny have such a struggle with this and the experiences they have on the mountain make them face the answers they are both avoiding and yearning for. While I felt a little stir-crazy that the majority of the book takes place on the mountain (interspersed with flashbacks to Jenny and Orion's early relationship), this is a strong beginning to the series and I'm so excited to see what comes next for these amazing and memorable characters!


Denise Hershberger rated “The Way of the Brave” a 5 out of 5 STARS
This book is so action packed and filled with some truly terrifying moments that for a when I wondered what Warren was doing to her characters!

I absolutely loved this book. Authors are supposed to "show not tell" but Warren takes this book a step further and you actually FEEL like you are in Alaska on Denali. In fact it brought me back to the night I had altitude sickness from a few hours at 14,500 feet in Bolivia and she had her characters stuck MUCH higher. I actually got a headache because I was feeling so much in this book!

I also loved how she uses hard times in characters' lives to bring up hard spiritual conversations and I appreciate that she doesn't do easy conversions. The book isn't preachy at all - but it is full of truths.

I absolutely cannot wait to read book two in this new series!


Cara Putman rated “The Way of the Brave” a 5 out of 5 STARS
Fantastic book of man v. Nature. A page turner. Filled with challenges and romance. The author is wonderful at creating characters you can't walk away from and she's definitely done it again with this novel. The hero and heroine are real and broken, but together they are better than they are apart. A fantastic read.


Deanne Patterson rated “The Way of the Brave” a 4 out of 5 STARS
The Way of The Brave is the exciting heart pounding start of the new Global Search and Rescue series. The book started off with a bang and just kept on running.

Intense, nail biting edge of your seat action grips you throughout. There are a lot of characters introduced to us in fairly quick succession but the more you will be able to sort them out.

I was thoroughly impressed with the research put into ice climbing at Denali National Park and the details of pararescue jumpers.

I felt the book strongly resonated with clean romance, adventure, Christian faith elements that were there but not pushed on you.

Secondary characters introduced will make an appearance in future books in this series as main characters and I can't wait to read them!


Ashley Johnson rated “The Way of the Brave” a 3 out of 5 STARS
I have mixed feelings about this book! There were a lot of things that I liked about this book, however there were many things that I had issues with as well. Ok, lets dive into some of the issues I had with this one.

First of all I have to say that I felt as if the beginning of Way of the Brave was completely different from the last 2/3 of the book. I felt as a reader I was thrust into an ongoing story that I was having to catch up and piece together bits of information that were implied or that I was given vague details about. I think that it was meant to build intrigue and not reveal too much, to early about the characters, but to me it was just confusing. The first 1/3 of the book was super heavy on information about climbing, climbing equipment, and details about Mt. Denali and all its cracks and crevasses. The info slowed down the pace of the book and, while I appreciate the attention to detail by the author, the run of the mill reader does not need an in depth field guide to climbing and surviving Denali. I also wanted more character development in the beginning of the book. I wanted to be invested in the outcome of the survival of the characters because I had gotten to know them and was rooting for them. I also felt like Orion and Jenny’s 4 week “romance” was just too short to be something that should have been memorable 3 years later. It felt like instant love, just add water, or snow in this case.

Now, lets chat about the things that I enjoyed! I can literally pin point the moment this book changed for me. Page 140. Without giving any spoilers I can just say that there was a rescue attempt for some of the characters and when all of the main characters in this book end up in the same place, the book drastically turned around for me. From that point forward I felt as if the story was action packed. The potential for danger at any moment and from so many factors really amped up the suspense. The reader is given a look in to most of the characters back story and it really made the difference in being able to connect and understand the characters and their motivations and hang ups.

I loved the strong faith element that was woven throughout this story. Both Orion and Jenny each had reasons for their reluctance to trust God and those issues were confronted as a result of their situation. Several instances the idea of God using our struggles to shape us into who He wants us to be was mention and I thought that it was a really well developed theme that really worked for this story.

Overall I ended up enjoying this book. Even when you think the danger subsides, watch out! The end of this book perfectly sets up the next book in the series. If you don’t want to be hooked then don’t read the snippet about what comes next!


Linda Klager rated “The Way of the Brave” a 5 out of 5 STARS
Wow - what a read. This book kept me on the edge of my seat.

I did not know anything about climbing where there is ice and snow. There are so many dangers and the climbers need to have skill and good judgment. I learned a lot of new words about this activity.

The main characters were Jacie/Jenny and Orion. They were experienced climbers - both had things in their past that they needed to deal with. There were 2 different love stories - one with Jenny and Orion and the other with Aria and Jake. All of these couples and another 2 people were involved in going up Denali in Alaska.

I greatly admire people who try to face their fears by doing scary missions. Men and women that like adventure would love this book. The author described the details very well. I wonder if she has ever climbed a mountain?


Donna Weaver rated “The Way of the Brave” a 5 out of 5 STARS
WHAT IT'S ABOUT

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 TAKE

This is my first Warren book. I really enjoyed the story. It is definitely a Christian tale, and some of the characters talk about their faith a lot. If that's an issue for you, this may not be a good choice for you. But if you're okay with people being religious, you're in for quite a ride! If you've ever wanted an entertaining way to learn about mountain climbing, this is a great option.

My word! This story has so much action. Talk about all the bad things happening to these women and then the men who are sent in to do the rescue. It's quite intense at times. And heartbreaking when they're in situations where they think they're going to die and bear their souls.

The story arc for this book (Orion and Jenny) is resolved, but there's obviously more going on that will be resolved in subsequent books. I'm really looking forward to it.

My one complaint is some of the angst seemed to go on too long.






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