The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren
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.
Susan May Warren is synonymous with action packed suspense. This was especially true of the latest series of hers that I read and loved, the Montana Marshalls, which are full of mystery, danger, and intrigue.
This book –The Way of the Brave — is a story of an entire different nature. Action packed, yes. Danger, yes. But definitely not a mystery. This is a story of man against the elements.
The setting – the majestic Denali in Alaska. I loved the description of the mountain. Alaska is a place I hope to visit sometime, and I could almost see the mountain as I was reading.
The characters—the two most important ones were Jenny and Orion. These two had a previous history, stuff from the war over in the middle east. When they meet face to face again, in Alaska, Orion is almost sure he knows Jenny, but when he talks to her, she pretends she doesn’t know him.
Their relationship progresses, evolves, etc., as the book goes on. I liked how the back story is brought in and I got to see what had happened to them earlier. The author also does a great job at showing why their earlier decisions had such an impact on their lives at the time this story is taking place.
Back to the setting. This is the great Denali. And it is a deadly place. Especially when one is climbing it in the middle of a snowstorm. The details were so intense– I was there! I was sure I felt that cold wind seeping into my bones. Then I looked up from the page and was quite glad to find myself all warm and cozy at home. This is the joy of a great book!
Ms. Warren also uses this book to powerfully reveal to us truths about ourselves, about God, and about His great love for us.
A few quotes from this book that really spoke to me:
“…God uses our wounds to heal us. Make us stronger. And give us compassion for those who are also wounded.”
“God brought you up on this mountain not to betray you, but because you matter very much to him. He does not want you to stay in your anger, does not want you to hide from your calling. And if getting you to face your fears is what it takes—then that’s what He’ll do. Even if you have to suffer.”
“God never said that healing wouldn’t be painful. But, He is about making you whole.” “The more you fill up your hollow spaces with other things, the less you’ll see God. Sometimes we have to be desperate to finally figure out He is all we have left. But in the end He is all we have, and He’s enough.
A story of danger. Breathtaking risks. Life and death. Majestic mountains, glaciers, rock climbing, and much more. If you like action, you won’t want to miss this one!
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