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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Way of the Brave

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    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 t 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.) FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    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. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced. 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. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    '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 a '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. My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book through the Revell Reads program. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Ah the joy of starting a new Susan May Warren Series! There is an interesting cast of characters that are sure to bring stories of bravery and adventure in the upcoming novels. I loved the beginning and end of The Way of the Brave. The bulk of the novel is an adventure novel with several mountain climbers stranded on Denali in Alaska. I got a bit mired down in the details. I look forward to continuing the series. The ending was definitely a hook for the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    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 som 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! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Though this wasn't my favorite book by Susan Warren, you can bet your bottom dollar that I still read through this book in a flash and loved nearly everything about it. Mrs. Warren has an amazing talent of writing books that suck you in and won't let you go until the last page and this book did just that. I could hardly put this down last night even though I had to get up early for church. The characters in this book were real and authentic. Jenny was a very down to earth, who still lived in her Though this wasn't my favorite book by Susan Warren, you can bet your bottom dollar that I still read through this book in a flash and loved nearly everything about it. Mrs. Warren has an amazing talent of writing books that suck you in and won't let you go until the last page and this book did just that. I could hardly put this down last night even though I had to get up early for church. The characters in this book were real and authentic. Jenny was a very down to earth, who still lived in her past regret. I loved watching her change over the course of this book into the person that God would want her to be. I really liked getting to know her character more. Her friends, Sasha and Aria, were also fun to read about. I honestly cannot wait for Aria's book because I cannot wait to see how Mrs. Warren redeems her story. I really liked every male character in this book. Ry, Ham, and Jake were all Special Opt. veterans that all had their own demons. Ham was probably my favorite because of his down earthness and his preaching. I know most characters who preach can be annoying, but Ham doesn't do overbearing. It was perfect every time he had a gospel conversation with one of the other characters. Ry was also awesome. I loved his character development. I cannot say too much in fear of spoilers but his transformation was beautiful. One thing that I wish Mrs. Warren did a tab bit better was the PTSD thing. I have a huge heart for veterans with PTSD and she did a decent job, but I definitely felt like she could have developed it a little bit better. However, PTSD is such a difficult topic to even begin to write about so I just applaud her for her even including it! Another thing that I felt could have been better was the romance. I loved Ry and Jenny together but I felt like there was just something lacking and I could not pin point what. I still love them together and I am hoping to see them in later books! One thing in the romance department that I had a love/hate relationship was with one of the side characters romance (I won't say who's in light of spoilers). I understand why Mrs. Warren included it, but I felt like it was a tad bit too much. It wasn't the worse though so that was a good thing. I love the characters together so I hope they take Ham's advice and get their acts together! Overall, I really did enjoy this story as a whole. I cannot wait for Ham's story especially after that crazy cliffhanger! *FTC: I received this book from Revell and the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    It took me a bit to really get into this book. There are a lot of characters introduced quickly and it was hard enough to keep everyone straight at first let alone make emotional connections. I can see that this story is laying the foundation for the series to come and there are many, many players in this game. Each book will add a layer to an overarching story/mystery to be solved. It's exciting to think about. I have no idea how people willingly go into places like Denali where it's well below It took me a bit to really get into this book. There are a lot of characters introduced quickly and it was hard enough to keep everyone straight at first let alone make emotional connections. I can see that this story is laying the foundation for the series to come and there are many, many players in this game. Each book will add a layer to an overarching story/mystery to be solved. It's exciting to think about. I have no idea how people willingly go into places like Denali where it's well below freezing, you can never get warm, you eat nasty things and seriously? It's a death trap. It absolutely boggles my mind. But, welcome to a whole story of characters willing do this. 😳 A story of a whole group of characters who nearly freeze to death, starve, get altitude sickness, fall over cliffs, get injured, and almost die on more than one occasion. Yup, it's one harrowing experience after another. It's intense and my body was so locked up for half this book! I had to remind myself to relax. It was interesting to see how the different characters handled guilt and fear. Not everyone responds the same in extreme situations which is what makes us human and individual. I like how this author portrays that. Meanwhile, Orion and Jenny come in contact after 3 years apart. There are many things swirling around them from the past and it's all mixed in with some pretty yummy attraction. I liked how things came together in the end and how I could feel the shift in not only the characters but the story line as well. I'm looking forward to the next book! Content: some violence, peril, death, kissing, Christian elements (a bit on the heavier side) - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    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 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! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced copy. This is my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    My first Susan May Warren book ever and I must say I am going to have to catch up on some of her other books!! I now know why my friend loves her so much!! This is filled with action/adventure and will take you where no one has gone before. The cover once again grabbed my attention. I love it that the story inside matches what is in the story. I think the only thing I didn't really like was the romance aspect of it. I thought that it was too soon into the book but I guess if a couple feels the spa My first Susan May Warren book ever and I must say I am going to have to catch up on some of her other books!! I now know why my friend loves her so much!! This is filled with action/adventure and will take you where no one has gone before. The cover once again grabbed my attention. I love it that the story inside matches what is in the story. I think the only thing I didn't really like was the romance aspect of it. I thought that it was too soon into the book but I guess if a couple feels the sparks then hey who am I to judge. I also found some things that were repetitive too but overall I still enjoyed it. It was the twists and turns that made it exciting!! I've never been to Denali before except through Tracie Peterson. So, this adventure was a bit different. Sometimes it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck too!! This author sure knows her stuff and I love her style of writing. I was certainly impressed except for the few things I mentioned early on. I for one, enjoy the Christian filled themed of these books. It's why I got into reading them. Some of them have blessed me mightly. I am a changed person because of these books and the authors who put them out there. I loved this book because it's all new to me. I enjoyed meeting Jenny Calhoun. God knows what He's doing when he puts two people together. Maybe it's to mend old hurts, maybe it's for something else only God knows. I think Orion is a bit of an unusual name. It's certainly original. I like different. The supporting characters like Sasha, Aria, Ham were great!! I made friends with them too!! I'm going to reread this in the future because I will want to do this when the 2nd book comes out! This book is the 1st of a new series too and it's going to be exciting!! This author has made me a fan for life!! This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division through Interviews & Reviews.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    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. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    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 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! Pub Date 07 Jan 2020 I was given a complimentary copy. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Walters

    You know that question people ask, "If you're stranded on an island and you have only one book you can take with you, what would it be?" Well, if you ever find yourself stranded on the face of the Denali in the middle of a snow storm--take this book!! The adventure in this story starts early on and does not stop until the last page. Ms. Warren paid great attention to detail in her research, giving readers an authentic climbing experience even at the great peril of the characters. ***I received a You know that question people ask, "If you're stranded on an island and you have only one book you can take with you, what would it be?" Well, if you ever find yourself stranded on the face of the Denali in the middle of a snow storm--take this book!! The adventure in this story starts early on and does not stop until the last page. Ms. Warren paid great attention to detail in her research, giving readers an authentic climbing experience even at the great peril of the characters. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to give a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.***

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is such a great start to a new series that kept me glued to the story until the end. It is filled with adventure, danger, relational tension, romance and a strong thread of faith woven throughout. Orion Starr grew up in Alaska near Denali where his father worked. He is back in Copper Mountain after leaving the Air Force Pararescue Jumpers following a mission gone really bad. He is angry at God, bitter and confused about the bad mission, especially after so much loss in his family life. His This is such a great start to a new series that kept me glued to the story until the end. It is filled with adventure, danger, relational tension, romance and a strong thread of faith woven throughout. Orion Starr grew up in Alaska near Denali where his father worked. He is back in Copper Mountain after leaving the Air Force Pararescue Jumpers following a mission gone really bad. He is angry at God, bitter and confused about the bad mission, especially after so much loss in his family life. His friend, Hamilton Jones, former SEAL and owner of an international search and rescue business and gyms, GoSports in Minnesota, and Ham's friend, another former SEAL, Jake, are in Copper Mountain to recruit Orion for the SAR group. Three friends set out on a girls' trip to climb Alaska's Denali to prove that they are stronger than they think. Former CIA profiler, Jennifer Calhoun organized the trip with her friends, Aria, and Sasha after a year of training in Minnesota at GoSports. Jennifer and Orion met in Afghanistan but haven't seen each other since the tragedy and there is unfinished business between them-and things about Jennifer that Ry doesn't know. When the two groups meet up in Copper Mountain, Jennifer pretends that she doesn't know Orion. While the guys head to a smaller mountain, the girls head to Denali. This is an intense time of survival where humans are at the mercy of the mountains and the weather generated on them along with injuries and accidents. But it is a much deeper story of overcoming past hurts, forgiveness and acceptance through faith, and the promise of romance. This story does end in somewhat of a cliffhanger for the next story, one I am looking forward to reading. An exciting new series! I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions and thoughts are mine only.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review 4.5 stars. “The Way of the Brave”, by Susan May Warren (Revell), is a beautifully written, intense story, where characters haunted by guilt and tragedy seek redemption in the cold, “harsh beauty” of Denali Mountain. Orion Starr, with his quiet manner and “focused energy”, a man “practically born to ice and snow” and to climb Denali is a fascinating, wounded hero, a rescuer to the core. Both afflicted with guilt and tragedy in their person Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review 4.5 stars. “The Way of the Brave”, by Susan May Warren (Revell), is a beautifully written, intense story, where characters haunted by guilt and tragedy seek redemption in the cold, “harsh beauty” of Denali Mountain. Orion Starr, with his quiet manner and “focused energy”, a man “practically born to ice and snow” and to climb Denali is a fascinating, wounded hero, a rescuer to the core. Both afflicted with guilt and tragedy in their personal and family stories, Orion and Jenny feel they don’t deserve forgiveness and are reluctant to resume and develop a beautiful romantic relationship initiated three years ago. With the “cold, unforgiving, brutal” Alaskan mountain as the setting, the odyssey of three intrepid women and a group of brave, yet kind, rescuers is suspenseful and full of challenges and danger. All these conflicting emotions and feelings, doubts about God and faith and the balance between resilience and vulnerability in the face of hardship is what Susan May Warren writes in such a powerful and admirable way. Perhaps one wouldn’t expect some type of conversations, whether about God or feelings of love, to take place in the lethal setting of Denali Mountain, but the author somehow makes them ring true in a vibrant narrative where the cold landscape is as much a character as Orion/Jenny, Sasha/Lucas and Aria/Jake. Men who are so strong and protective, yet aren’t afraid to weep and have deep feelings for their beloved ones are a kryptonite for me and reading this novel was a fantastic journey, not devoid of some anxiety because of all the danger involved. A great start for a new series, “Global Search and Rescue”, I can’t wait for the next story, “The Heart of a Hero”.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    I am so torn about how I feel about this book. First, I’m not really sure I would call this a romantic suspense. To me, it’s more of an adventure romance, as most of the story takes place on Mt. Denali where the main group of characters are either trying to climb the mountain or save those in peril from mishaps on the mountain. I am sure the research done for this book took a ton of time, but I felt that there were just too many climbing terms, techniques, and equipment names that I am not famili I am so torn about how I feel about this book. First, I’m not really sure I would call this a romantic suspense. To me, it’s more of an adventure romance, as most of the story takes place on Mt. Denali where the main group of characters are either trying to climb the mountain or save those in peril from mishaps on the mountain. I am sure the research done for this book took a ton of time, but I felt that there were just too many climbing terms, techniques, and equipment names that I am not familiar with and that really took me out of the first 1/3 of the story. I also had trouble buying into the romance between Orion and Jenny. They had only known each other for a few weeks -3 years previous and hadn’t seen each other since - so it was really hard to believe that their relationship meant so much to each other at the start of the story. Once I got past the first part of the story and the action picked up, it was pretty incredible. I was on the edge of my seat pretty much for the rest of the story! Many of the situations our characters were placed in was very intense! I felt like the faith element of the story was well done and fit perfectly with what the characters had been through in the past and what they were going through currently. All that being said, I feel sort of like I read two different stories. One about how to climb a mountain and all of the equipment that is needed and one really good romantic adventure! 3.5 stars! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "The Way of the Brave" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. The author thoroughly convinced me to never climb to tall, snow-covered, windy peaks. If something could go wrong, it did go wrong on their way down. It was clear that God had a hand in what was happening since one disaster led the rescuers to the women and another led them to find something that needed to be found. But the suspense was high as accidents kept happening and people were injured. There was also tension because of the gu "The Way of the Brave" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. The author thoroughly convinced me to never climb to tall, snow-covered, windy peaks. If something could go wrong, it did go wrong on their way down. It was clear that God had a hand in what was happening since one disaster led the rescuers to the women and another led them to find something that needed to be found. But the suspense was high as accidents kept happening and people were injured. There was also tension because of the guilt that Jenny carried about what happened to Orion, someone she cared about and didn't want to hate her. Jenny was a skilled, capable climber, and it was a freak wind that blew them into danger. I did wonder why Orion, a PJ and mountain rescue worker who explained to a group why they needed a guide prepared for certain emergencies, didn't bring along some critical things for the rescue. Otherwise, he seemed very capable as well. All the main characters worked well together. Jenny and Orion supported and encouraged each other. Both Jenny and Orion questioned why God would let innocent people suffer and if God was really interested in rescuing them. Their friends later discussed with them why God might have let them get in trouble on the mountain and how God can use difficult situations to heal and shape us. There was some intense kissing, but there was no sex. One couple nearly went too far, but that added tension (guilt) to the relationship. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this intense and suspenseful novel. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Please, Ham, don't let me down. Because he didn't want to have to choose which woman to carry off this mountain. And which woman would die. Fans of Susan May Warren will certainly be wooed by majestic language, beautiful word pictures, and deep faith themes. If you aren’t familiar with climbing techniques and equipment, you might become overwhelmed with all the jargon. I know I sure did. Warren writes The Way of the Brave as if she has literally faced the mountain and all its treacherous terrai Please, Ham, don't let me down. Because he didn't want to have to choose which woman to carry off this mountain. And which woman would die. Fans of Susan May Warren will certainly be wooed by majestic language, beautiful word pictures, and deep faith themes. If you aren’t familiar with climbing techniques and equipment, you might become overwhelmed with all the jargon. I know I sure did. Warren writes The Way of the Brave as if she has literally faced the mountain and all its treacherous terrain and wild weather and survived only by the grace of God. A major factor that kept me glued to the pages is how Warren builds connections between characters. She is one of the best when it comes to the intricacies of relationships. Orion and Jenny challenged and encouraged one another both physically and spiritually. In the darkest moments, when life and limb were literally on the line, they never gave up on God or each other and not only did their relationship strengthen but most important of all, their faith was rejuvenated. Characters Jake and Aria haven’t discovered God’s amazing grace yet so I am looking forward to that love story in book two, coming June 2020. I received a copy from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    Wowsers! I’ve been a fan of Susan May Warren’s books for several years now—particularly her most recent romantic suspense series such as the Montana Rescue, Montana Fire, and Montana Marshalls series—so when I say this might just be her best book yet, I don’t say it lightly. First of all, it was a riveting read from beginning to end. One of the things I loved about both the Montana Rescue and the Montana Fire series was the element of “Man vs Nature,” an element that I feel is underused in roman Wowsers! I’ve been a fan of Susan May Warren’s books for several years now—particularly her most recent romantic suspense series such as the Montana Rescue, Montana Fire, and Montana Marshalls series—so when I say this might just be her best book yet, I don’t say it lightly. First of all, it was a riveting read from beginning to end. One of the things I loved about both the Montana Rescue and the Montana Fire series was the element of “Man vs Nature,” an element that I feel is underused in romantic suspense in general. Well, this story was “Man vs Nature” at its most gruelling. Saying these characters were lost on Denali is like saying the Titanic sprung a leak. This was an epic story of survival, and Susan May Warren brought it to life in vivid, adrenaline-pumping detail. But beyond that, I sensed a subtle shift in Susan May Warren’s writing in this novel—I want to say a deepening or a maturing, but neither totally captures the sense I’m trying to convey, and I don’t want to imply that there has been something lacking previously, because that isn’t the case at all. It’s a deepening or maturing of the kind that intensifies flavour. Both the writing and the characterisation were crisper, tighter, more nuanced. And the characters’ spiritual journeys had my eyes filling with tears at one stage. Warren isn’t afraid to have her characters struggle through the tough questions, and not only do they get meaningful answers, but the whole story built towards the spiritual “ah-ha!” moment so that I felt the truth of what these characters needed to learn all the way to my soul. This really was the best kind of reading experience. Intense, visceral, and totally immersive. I am on tenterhooks waiting for the next book in this series! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    The Way of the Brave launches a new series by pro writer Susan May Warren. With her trademark breathtaking romance, fearless heroes and endless suspense and action, The Way of the Brave is a thrilling and slightly daunting read. Jacie is haunted by mistakes she made while working as an undercover CIA profiler - mistakes that led to good service men being injured and killed. Now, with her two best friends, she is attempting to scale Denali, a ruthless mountain, in a bid to remind herself she is s The Way of the Brave launches a new series by pro writer Susan May Warren. With her trademark breathtaking romance, fearless heroes and endless suspense and action, The Way of the Brave is a thrilling and slightly daunting read. Jacie is haunted by mistakes she made while working as an undercover CIA profiler - mistakes that led to good service men being injured and killed. Now, with her two best friends, she is attempting to scale Denali, a ruthless mountain, in a bid to remind herself she is strong and not being held back by her mistakes. Orion lost the only remaining family in the attack on his Parajumping team that left him injured and his teammates dead or taken captive. Coming across Jacie, now going by Jenny, Orion thinks might have a chance of rekindling what they once started, but he has no idea she is the one who holds the answers he seeks or the one to whom his anger is unknowingly directed. When Jacie and her friends are blown off the mountain it will take the strength of both her team and Orion’s to get back to safety. Mountain climbing is definitely not on my to-do list. In fact, it’s something I just cannot see the appeal of. So it was a little hard to connect with the characters and their drive to scale Mount McKinley. It does, however, make for stunning backdrop scenery and a perfect setup for a suspense novel where everything that could go wrong, does go wrong. Whiteouts, avalanches, falls, injuries, altitude sickness - why do people go mountain climbing again? But it tests the characters, pushes them to their limits and force them to reevaluate their lives, faith and pasts. It also gives them the excuse to snuggle close to keep warm. Alongside the spills and thrills of the mountain climbing and ensuing rescues (yes, that’s plural), is the heartbreaking backstory of all the characters. Jacie and the decisions that haunt her, as well as family trauma from her childhood, Orion and his anger, grief and trauma from losing both his military family and his blood family. Ham, Orion’s friend and fellow climber, is on a mission to save them all, if he can just forget the one person he couldn’t save. Jake, the third member of Orion’s team, is also running from his demons, and Jacie’s two friends have secrets, regrets and burdens they are trying to out climb. As she does in her stories, as Jacie and Orion rekindle their affections, face their demons and save themselves, Susan May Warren shadows the story to come, offering readers insight into Jacie’s friend Aria and Orion’s friend Jake and their pasts and blooming attraction, setting the scene for book two in the series. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Today, we save lives.” The Way of the Brave, the first novel in award winning author Susan May Warren’s new Global Search and Rescue series, takes readers on a journey to the state of Alaska, where Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, can be found in all of its treacherous beauty. Readers were first introduced to former pararescue jumper Orion Starr in Susan May Warren’s Summer of the Burning Sky series. After devastating losses and injuries duri Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Today, we save lives.” The Way of the Brave, the first novel in award winning author Susan May Warren’s new Global Search and Rescue series, takes readers on a journey to the state of Alaska, where Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, can be found in all of its treacherous beauty. Readers were first introduced to former pararescue jumper Orion Starr in Susan May Warren’s Summer of the Burning Sky series. After devastating losses and injuries during his time in Afghanistan, Orion has retreated to his home in Alaska. His rescue skills are put to the test when three climbers are lost on Denali, including one woman with a painful connection to Orion’s past. The Way of the Brave starts with a slow build-up to the action and intricate details regarding climbing techniques and the climbing tools needed. Once the action starts, get ready for a fast-paced thrilling ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. One part of the novel even brought me to tears. Orion and Jenny’s story was very well written, but I really connected with their friends Jake and Aria the most. Jake and Aria were my favorite characters in this novel, and the banter between them was so fun to read. I am really looking forward to their story in book 2 of the series, The Heart of a Hero. Susan May Warren is known for her phenomenal family-centered series and incorporating characters from previous series into her newer series. In The Way of the Brave, which focuses on two groups of friends, longtime fans of Susan May Warren will love the return of some familiar characters along with the introduction of some new characters. Since The Way of the Brave is the start of a new series, this is the perfect opportunity for readers who have never read any books by this author. The Way of the Brave is highly recommended for readers of action-filled contemporary romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “What happens in Alaska stays in Alaska.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    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 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! *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, however I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    The Way of the Brave was definitely action-packed! So many terrifying things happened up on Denali, that for most of the book, I had to read a chapter and then take a break so that I could handle all that I was reading about. There was a lot of technical climbing terminology that went right over my head. I did end up looking up a few terms so that I could visualize what was going on better. I found myself wondering why anyone would ever want to put themselves in such a position of danger. However, The Way of the Brave was definitely action-packed! So many terrifying things happened up on Denali, that for most of the book, I had to read a chapter and then take a break so that I could handle all that I was reading about. There was a lot of technical climbing terminology that went right over my head. I did end up looking up a few terms so that I could visualize what was going on better. I found myself wondering why anyone would ever want to put themselves in such a position of danger. However, I really did like the book, as well as the characters who were introduced in it. Jenny and Orion both questioned the existence of God throughout this story, went through a lot, and ended up with faith journeys that may not have come about without all that they endured. The author has set things up for another exciting series. Also, if you have read The Montana Marshalls series, you will recognize some scenes from the second book in that series, Tate, overlapping with this one. I found that fun. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "We don't stop living live because bad things can, or will, happen." Orion Starr and Jenny Calhoun had stopping living, in a way, since a mission went terribly wrong in Afghanistan. Orion, a pararescue jumper and Jenny, an CIA agent posing as an embedded journalist were on opposite ends of the tragedy; Orion lost teammates and sustained injuries requiring a knee replacement; Jenny, on the other hand, had a nervous breakdown. The remarkable friendship they had molded on the battlefield li 3.5 stars "We don't stop living live because bad things can, or will, happen." Orion Starr and Jenny Calhoun had stopping living, in a way, since a mission went terribly wrong in Afghanistan. Orion, a pararescue jumper and Jenny, an CIA agent posing as an embedded journalist were on opposite ends of the tragedy; Orion lost teammates and sustained injuries requiring a knee replacement; Jenny, on the other hand, had a nervous breakdown. The remarkable friendship they had molded on the battlefield literally went up in smoke. But Orion had once promised Jenny; "I will find you", he just had no way of knowing at the time that it would require a different kind of rescue mission, one requiring a dangerous extraction off the side of the most treacherous mountain peak in North America; Denali. "This trip is about conquering our fears. About going beyond who we think we are." Famous last words; but oh, how Jenny Calhoun prayed they would not be her epitaph. When a hideous wind blast literally blows her companions and her off Denali, they struggle to survive before an avenging angel from her past manages to arrive. If only it was that easy, for Orion Starr still doesn't know the truth. Honestly, the repetitive references to various climbing implements and the author's vivid descriptions of the Alaskan terrain, were overwhelming at times. Assuming most readers are not serious expeditionary hikers, the story was difficult to picture or even imagine. Scene after scene rather ran together, nevertheless, it was the strength of the characters that carried this story; their struggles, their honesty, their bravery, their will to live, their faith, their forgiveness. Sweeter words were never spoken than, "I forgive you", "please, let it be over". I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda Klager

    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 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?

  25. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    "You need to contend with the darkness in your heart, learn to forgive, and realize that it's not about you. It's about who you could - will - be. Because of your suffering. And because you came through it." Susan May Warren's books have a way of burrowing deep into your heart and soul and this first book in the new Global Search and Rescue series is another great example of her writing. Brimming with intensity and adrenaline of ice climbing, simmering romance, fear and anger with the past, and g "You need to contend with the darkness in your heart, learn to forgive, and realize that it's not about you. It's about who you could - will - be. Because of your suffering. And because you came through it." Susan May Warren's books have a way of burrowing deep into your heart and soul and this first book in the new Global Search and Rescue series is another great example of her writing. Brimming with intensity and adrenaline of ice climbing, simmering romance, fear and anger with the past, and gentle voice of God's love, this story will have you holding on to the edge of your seat while crying with the characters' pain and joy. Meeting Orion and Jenny was indeed a pleasure. Orion is a noble rescuer but is running away from himself and God after a devastating attack that ended his pararescue jumper career. Jenny is a respected psychologist with a past that she is also running from. Their reunion on the treacherous icy mountainside of Denali is bittersweet as disastrous events unfurl one after another. Jake, another former military now turned search/rescue, and Aria, Jenny's best friend, also have voices in this story which leads very nicely into the second book of the series that will explore their relationship further. Fans of the author's writing will appreciate how this series is loosely connected to the Montana Marshalls series - from mentions of events to cameo appearances of minor characters from the previous series. The political environment is a continuation of what the readers saw in the Montana Marshalls series and I'm curious as to how the presidential candidacy of Senator White will play out. Bring on the next book! Those who love action and suspense in contemporary romance will totally love this book. I received a copy of the book from Revell via LibraryThing Early Reviewers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I'm a huge fan of Susan May Warren's novels, so it's no surprise that this book automatically made it on to my want-to-read shelf. ;) I enjoyed this introduction to a new series and the characters were great. It took me a little bit to get into the story, but towards the end I had a difficult time putting it down and am SO eager to read the next one. I can't wait to see what happens with THOSE characters. Lol! The Way of the Brave had so many intense moments. I found the pacing to be fast from the I'm a huge fan of Susan May Warren's novels, so it's no surprise that this book automatically made it on to my want-to-read shelf. ;) I enjoyed this introduction to a new series and the characters were great. It took me a little bit to get into the story, but towards the end I had a difficult time putting it down and am SO eager to read the next one. I can't wait to see what happens with THOSE characters. Lol! The Way of the Brave had so many intense moments. I found the pacing to be fast from the middle point of the story on. The romance was pretty good, although I wasn't a huge fan of it for some reason. Also, I did have a little difficultly keeping the characters straight at first. All in all, though, the ending was fantastic and I really liked the story. As I said, I'm looking forward to the next book. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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.* 

  27. 4 out of 5

    Necee

    “The question is, are you brave enough to let go and give him your heart?” This is a story of bravery, of being strong, and of conquering your fears. Yet, it is also about letting others help, of teamwork, and of trusting Someone bigger than yourself. It’s letting go of your past, the guilt and hurt that can turn into bitterness and anger. The adrenaline and adventure are the icing on the cake of this storyline. Warren kept me hooked with this climbing adventure from this first book in the Globa “The question is, are you brave enough to let go and give him your heart?” This is a story of bravery, of being strong, and of conquering your fears. Yet, it is also about letting others help, of teamwork, and of trusting Someone bigger than yourself. It’s letting go of your past, the guilt and hurt that can turn into bitterness and anger. The adrenaline and adventure are the icing on the cake of this storyline. Warren kept me hooked with this climbing adventure from this first book in the Global Search and Rescue series. Though it could be read alone, this is a new spinoff from The Marshall Family series. I loved that series and believe it is well worth the read. However, if you can’t wait for a Denali climbing adventure, then this is the book for you. This new series starts out with a smidgen of mystery, but is mainly a romantic adventure novel. It is really setting up how amazing this rescue team is going to be. As Ham works to put his team together, he seeks out Orion to join him for a Denali adventure. His hope is to bring Orion onto his team. I’m loving seeing old and new characters coming together for this new adventure and intrigue series. I’ve always dreamed of climbing mountains and absolutely loved how well Warren described rock climbing in a gym to climbing the ice and mountain that is Denali. Her knowledge wowed me and I loved hearing the characters planning their trip. I also thought the “We are stronger than we think we are” theme of our three main heroines in this book was inspiring. I really felt the struggle of these very independent women learning their limits and learning to trust others to help them. Jenny, Aria, and Sasha all have a lot of spunk and I love how much they value and support one another. When Jenny sees Orion Starr again, she tries to keep her distance, but the mountain puts her in danger and she needs more than her team to get down safely. “…the guy still had Fear not, I’ll save you written all over him, just like when she’d met him. When she’d fallen for him, practically at first sight.” Though their romance was short a few years ago, they both still held a torch for each other. It was like Denali brought then back together to conquer their fears, to rescue each other and ultimately to find their true Rescuer. “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Susan May Warren has a way with weaving a faith element into her stories that is so true to life. I love that I always walk away with something God is teaching through her stories. This one really deals with the struggle in believing in a God that seems to allow bad things to happen to good people. The battle to trust in Him no matter what is difficult even for the greatest believers, but Warren finds a way to help us understand how God is working through these characters. This is especially true in trusting God in the area of overcoming anger, fear, and in their case PTSD. I found myself totally wrapped up in her words and soaking them into my heart. There are some scenes that are touched on lightly, that I believe are true to a life and death situation for the characters. I love how Warren kept them in check though. I’m looking forward to seeing the other characters stories unfold. Aria and Jake really pulled at my heart. As they struggle to make right decisions, I’m excited to see where their journey will take them. The preview of what is coming gives a cliffhanger with Ham that I’m hoping brings his happy ending, too. If you want adventure and romance, you’ll love The Way of The Brave. “Love changes you. Love makes you brave. Love can change the world.” This is just one of the amazing quotes I loved! I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher, Revell. I have given my honest opinion in this review. 

  28. 5 out of 5

    V. Palmer

    I recommend reading The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren while buried under a mountain of blankets. You'll still be cold, but you can remind yourself that you're not lost in an avalanche of ice and snow as you burrow deeper into the blankets, LOL! As a mountain girl, I enjoyed the snowy nature of The Way of the Brave! However, I know nothing about climbing an icy mountain prone to avalanches, so there was a lot of technical information to learn. The author definitely did a lot of research for I recommend reading The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren while buried under a mountain of blankets. You'll still be cold, but you can remind yourself that you're not lost in an avalanche of ice and snow as you burrow deeper into the blankets, LOL! As a mountain girl, I enjoyed the snowy nature of The Way of the Brave! However, I know nothing about climbing an icy mountain prone to avalanches, so there was a lot of technical information to learn. The author definitely did a lot of research for The Way of the Brave, and the action picked up pretty quickly. I absolutely LOVE a good Man VS Nature story, and the author nailed this! The captivating intensity was everything I hoped to find in such a storyline. Additionally, there's intriguing and emotionally-tugging setup for future books in the series -- something the author also does really well! Orion and Jenny's relationship was forged in the fires of shared hardships! Their backstory -- though brief -- gave them a strong connection. A connection they both held on to when their worlds were shattered. I enjoyed seeing how that connection deepened when they reconnected -- through even more hardships! I also enjoyed the setup for Jake and Aria's story and getting a glimpse of who they are now. The hero quality of this series is evident. Like seriously, look at that swoony cover, and have you read the title??? But what makes a hero? Is it a man who never needs help? Is it a woman who has never made mistakes? These questions make up some of the spiritual themes of Orion and Jenny's story as their separately (and together), confront their fears, break free from the past, and bravely give God the broken pieces of their hearts. And the way God's love and grace leaps from the pages might result in a soggy book! Four Stars ~ The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren is an exciting story with an important message! This is the first book in the author's new Global Search and Rescue Series from Revell. I'm looking forward to the next book, The Heart of a Hero! Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Donna Weaver

    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 esca 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. 4 1/2 stars I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator did a great job!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    The Way Of The Brave by Susan May Warren is a Christian contemporary suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. It is the first book in the Global Search And Rescue series which promises to be fantastic. The central theme is that of rescue. There are actual rescues which are mirrored by God who wants to rescue us from a life of disconnection from Him. The effects of our pasts may pull us away from God as we deal with our anger and hurt. God may even seem absent. “She wasn’t sure God wa The Way Of The Brave by Susan May Warren is a Christian contemporary suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. It is the first book in the Global Search And Rescue series which promises to be fantastic. The central theme is that of rescue. There are actual rescues which are mirrored by God who wants to rescue us from a life of disconnection from Him. The effects of our pasts may pull us away from God as we deal with our anger and hurt. God may even seem absent. “She wasn’t sure God was even listening to her anymore.” God hears and God sees. God is present whether we feel Him or not. In our anger and our pain, God longs for us to turn to Him and let Him relieve us of our burdens. The evil one wants to distract us from God’s love. “Evil wants to shut you down. Shame you.” The enemy tells us we are no good. We are unworthy. We need to drown out his voice with the love of God. God is love. His character is love. We must always remember this in the bad times. God will never abandon us. “God didn’t base His actions… on what she thought of herself.” Our feelings and emotions are unreliable gauges. We need to trust in the character of God. We need a heart connection to God. There is the theme of hearts within the novel. There has been a literal heart transplant giving a second chance of life (before the book opened). Likewise God can exchange our hearts of stone for a hearts of flesh giving us a second chance of life. The reader witnesses a character paralysed by past actions. We sense the tension that wars within – to tell the truth or keep the past hidden. “Our past doesn’t need to keep us from flying.” When we release our burdens to God we can live free. Susan May Warren has created a marvellous cast of characters with their realistic flaws and concerns. They are easy to empathise with. Her plotline is well thought out and executed as we witness the many ways in which we can be brave. The Way Of The Brave is a fabulous start to a riveting new series. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

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