The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue #1)
Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure--and his injuries--has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones's elite rescue team, but he also can't shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun's yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she'll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes--the man she nearly killed.Her skills and his experience are exactly what's needed to prevent another tragedy--but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They'll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?Leap into action with this high-octane, breakneck new series from bestselling author Susan May Warren.

The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue #1) Details

TitleThe Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue #1)
Author
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800735845
Rating
GenreSuspense, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian, Adventure

The Way of the Brave (Global Search and Rescue #1) Review

  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    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.*
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  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Gloria
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    '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 '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.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review4.5 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 Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review4.5 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”.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Inspirationalfictionreader
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "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 "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.
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  • Natalie Walters
    January 1, 1970
    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.***
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    “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 “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.”
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    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...
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Necee
    January 1, 1970
    “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 “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.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    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 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
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  • Toni Osborne
    January 1, 1970
    Global Search and Rescue #1Set in the cold and brutal Alaska this odyssey brings a group of ice climbers to Mount Denali, North American highest mountain. Extreme challenge is their way of escape and nature provides the toughest of grounds to satisfy them. Even with all the skills and experience the climbers will need rescuing. The adventure brings together former pararescue jumper Orion Starr and former CIA profiler Jenny Calhoun, the two main characters, to face their demons….I have mixed Global Search and Rescue #1Set in the cold and brutal Alaska this odyssey brings a group of ice climbers to Mount Denali, North American highest mountain. Extreme challenge is their way of escape and nature provides the toughest of grounds to satisfy them. Even with all the skills and experience the climbers will need rescuing. The adventure brings together former pararescue jumper Orion Starr and former CIA profiler Jenny Calhoun, the two main characters, to face their demons….I have mixed feeling about this book. Some parts I loved and others not so much.Before springing into action and all through its narrative, “The Way of the Brave” bombards us with intricate climbing techniques and the tools needed for a safe excursion. I am not familiar with the sport so the constant jargon became a slight irritant, although in many ways, it is nice to learn something new. Once the adventure gets its needed fuel, the action starts to be much more interesting and seeing the characters belaying and rappelling and falling into crevasses is exciting. Being trap with only hope on their side, the climbers turn to god and we have a good share of praying. I guess most of us would do so if we were stuck between ice walls. To some the Christian content may be frustrating maybe even annoying but I find the author let her characters speak freely with all the emotions the situation imposed on them. This is well-done.Jenny and Orion are the main characters; we also find secondary ones scaling the mountain alongside them. Ham, Jake, Sasha and Aria play chilling roles in this survival adventure. Of course we have the needed romance but this is subdued, definitely not graphic.“The Way of the Brave” is a heart pounding novel that sets up a good series.I received a copy from the Publisher Revell via First Reviewer Program for my thoughts
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 (I rounded up.)How do I describe my thoughts about this book? 'Mixed'.The Way of the Brave is a gripping inspirational adventure story, but it wasn't all great. In this review, I'll be unpacking what worked for me, what didn't, and my overall thoughts on the story.WHAT I DID LIKE:-The characters. Jenny and Orion were hugely likable leads (Orion's name still makes me roll my eyes, but whatever). Each grappled with their own personal demons - each had their own reasons for Actual rating: 3.5 (I rounded up.)How do I describe my thoughts about this book? 'Mixed'.The Way of the Brave is a gripping inspirational adventure story, but it wasn't all great. In this review, I'll be unpacking what worked for me, what didn't, and my overall thoughts on the story.WHAT I DID LIKE:-The characters. Jenny and Orion were hugely likable leads (Orion's name still makes me roll my eyes, but whatever). Each grappled with their own personal demons - each had their own reasons for wanting to scale OR wanted to avoid Mt. Denali. In addition, the secondary characters were great! Ham, Jake, Sasha, and Aria were all their own characters; I never got anyone mixed up.-The writing. So many Christian novels these days border on the insipid (or cross the line altogether) with dull dialogue, boring plots, and stock characters. Susan May Warren avoids all of that and deftly crafts an exciting story that kept my turning pages (or swiping my phone screen at least). There were *some* issues I had with the writing (more on that in a bit) but overall, this book was a highly entertaining read.-All the technical details. I love reading books where I learn new stuff in an interesting way. I learned a LOT about mountain climbing and winter survival while reading The Way of the Brave and I'm so glad the author didn't skimp on the survival part of things in favor of more romance.WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:-The romance. I just...I don't get romance plots like this. Most of Jenny and Orion's love seemed super focused on physical attraction (unhealthily so, at times) with all the requisite quotes about Orion's broad shoulders and Jenny's lips that tasted like sunshine and hope. Kind of cringy and it didn't really make me root for them as a couple. I did like, though, that both Jenny and Orion were their own characters apart from the romance. They had their own lives.-The unfocused (somewhat) plot. Not to give any spoilers, but about ninety percent into the book, the focus switches quite drastically and it's a little confusing/weird. I get that the author had to give Jenny's arc a satisfying ending (one I saw coming a mile away) and that she's setting up the sequel (which I'm still interested in reading). But it made the story feel off, a little. Could just be me though. :P-The Christian content. Okay. So. This is what frustrated/annoyed me most about The Way of the Brave. This book had HUGE potential to truly help the hurting, those with PTSD and depression and survivor's guilt. But instead, it felt like the author gathered up a bunch of Hallmark card platitudes and used that to stave off her characters' struggles. Near the end of the book, two or three different characters talk to Orion and Jenny about God and their 'dialogue' is like one long sermon. Really preachy, non-subtle, and completely skippable (at least to me).Anyway. Even if that sounded harsh, I still really enjoyed this book. Overall, The Way of the Brave is a heartpounding, intriguing novel that's full of heart and heroes and that sets up a great-sounding series.This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Marylin
    January 1, 1970
    When I read a book, I like to highlight or underline quotes that are powerful and gripping. Well, in this new book by Susan May Warren it’s as if the WHOLE book is underlined. In the first paragraph, there is a quote that shows the mood of our hero Orion.“But he belonged in all that cold and darkness, under the shadow of unforgiving Denali, buried under a numbing layer of ice and snow.”Orion is a man trapped with dark feelings of anger for a past he had no control of. Jenny has a secret that is When I read a book, I like to highlight or underline quotes that are powerful and gripping. Well, in this new book by Susan May Warren it’s as if the WHOLE book is underlined. In the first paragraph, there is a quote that shows the mood of our hero Orion.“But he belonged in all that cold and darkness, under the shadow of unforgiving Denali, buried under a numbing layer of ice and snow.”Orion is a man trapped with dark feelings of anger for a past he had no control of. Jenny has a secret that is eating her alive and so she climbs to the highest mountains to try to feel free of the darkness she has. Orion and Jenny both are brave, yet neither one feels brave. Their pasts haunt them, and they don’t know how to get beyond the pain they believe they caused others. This story takes place on a beautiful mountain in Alaska. Denali is the highest mountain in North America. It is a stunning mountain and there are many who fly over or hike it. Any time of the year, people flock to it to see its beauty and majesty. It can also be one of the most dangerous. In this book, you will experience real death dropping action and scenes. The author keeps us on the seat of our chairs gripping the armrest trying to breathe. I’m so glad I’m not one of her characters because of all the things she puts them through. WOW! The action is non-stop and jaw-dropping. The way Susan May Warren describes the mountain and the action will leave you feeling you’re right there with each step.I'm at a loss to have words eloquent enough to convey the depth of emotions and feelings I get each time I pick up one of Susan May Warrens' books. In each of her books, I find wonderful life lessons of the love of God, woven in such a way that it is real and not fake or pushed.Whatever Ms. Warren writes I'll read because I know I'll be captivated and blessed in a way that is life-changing.I was given this book by the publisher which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kelly-Jo Sweeney
    January 1, 1970
    I'm giving this one three and a half out of five, rounded up to four. I struggled a bit to know what to give it, but I think that's a fair rating. What I didn't realise when I started reading it, was that it was a religious romance. I cottoned on fairly quickly when various characters started referring to God as though he were an off-screen character that they all knew well. Perhaps that's how they and the author feel? I don't know, it just wasn't what I had been expecting.The book itself deals I'm giving this one three and a half out of five, rounded up to four. I struggled a bit to know what to give it, but I think that's a fair rating. What I didn't realise when I started reading it, was that it was a religious romance. I cottoned on fairly quickly when various characters started referring to God as though he were an off-screen character that they all knew well. Perhaps that's how they and the author feel? I don't know, it just wasn't what I had been expecting.The book itself deals with a mountain climb and rescue. I have to admit that I've not done much climbing and certainly no mountaineering. I can't tell you how accurate it was, but it certainly seemed to contain plenty of detail and made for a fascinating and exciting read. It even had me looking up Denali online and looking at some photos. In many ways, the romance and the connection to the characters came as secondary to this adventure storyline.The characters themselves all seem to have had terrible things happen to them in the last few years. It's really hardly surprising that any of them seem to need to use religion as an emotional crutch, I think anyone would struggle to cope with that kind of things thrown at them. If I had a criticism about the adventure element of the book, it would be that that side of it was relentless, with a number of things happening one after another that they needed to face and deal with.The romance worked well, it was in many ways a second chance romance, although Orion and Jenny hadn't actually been lovers before. It did seem to be very much secondary to the other events in the book, but that didn't really matter.There were a couple of things that I didn't like, which is why it doesn't receive a larger rating. Firstly the constant religious discussions were just a bit much. If I had known that this was a religious book, I'd have probably given it a miss for that reason. The other thing that bothered me a bit was the way some of the characters acted. A doctor with a suspected broken ankle and other injuries won't let someone examine her, she's halfway up a mountain and she's worried it wouldn't be right to let him see her stomach and lower chest. Really? Then there's a scene where one character overreacts (completely) because another woman has invited a man back to her room when she's always said before that she would 'wait'. It's a really really odd scene and just doesn't ring true for characters that are supposed to be adults.Overall, I enjoyed the book, more as an adventure read than anything else.I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    A battle for survival against the elements, brings Orion Starr face to face with a familiar face as they fight to get off of Denali alive. Orion returns home from his time in Afghanistan injured after a failed mission to his home in Alaska. When a group of climbers goes missing--a group that includes a former ally, Orion agrees to join the rescue team to go up after them. Orion has never wanted to go up the mountain, because he respects it's dangerous beauty and is still recovering from injuries A battle for survival against the elements, brings Orion Starr face to face with a familiar face as they fight to get off of Denali alive. Orion returns home from his time in Afghanistan injured after a failed mission to his home in Alaska. When a group of climbers goes missing--a group that includes a former ally, Orion agrees to join the rescue team to go up after them. Orion has never wanted to go up the mountain, because he respects it's dangerous beauty and is still recovering from injuries he received while on duty. His anger has kept him from taking good opportunities to live up to his potential, and I really loved how he had a faithful and encouraging friend in Hamilton. Jenny has a passion for climbing, and struggles to come to terms with the guilt that she carries. The mountain is unpredictable and Murphy's Law seems to be out in full force. I admired her determination and dedication to leading her friends to safety. The first in a brand new series by Susan May Warren, sure to thrill, with her signature Easter eggs from previous novels--I love seeing some familiar faces. Filled with dangers around every corner, sometimes it was hard to read because it just seemed like these people couldn't catch a break. There was a lot going on, as well as a well built back story. Strong characters, who must beat the odds in order to survive. Full of action and adventure!I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren is a gut-clenching trek through and up Mount Denali in Alaska. I have always wanted to go to Alaska, so Warren does a wonderful job at bringing Alaska to me. I also love snow, winter, and cold weather. While the characters have to endure horrible conditions to survive. I love how Warren introduced us to some very brave characters who would do anything to survive. I had a hard time putting the novel down. I couldn't wait to see who would survive and leave The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren is a gut-clenching trek through and up Mount Denali in Alaska. I have always wanted to go to Alaska, so Warren does a wonderful job at bringing Alaska to me. I also love snow, winter, and cold weather. While the characters have to endure horrible conditions to survive. I love how Warren introduced us to some very brave characters who would do anything to survive. I had a hard time putting the novel down. I couldn't wait to see who would survive and leave the mountain. As for the romance, it happened between two couples. Nothing too touchy feeling. No Hallmark moments. Thank God for that. But enough sparks to satisfy those who need to have it in a story. Warren does a wonderful job at allowing her readers to experience the falls and climbs through the whiteout conditions and give readers a moment to gasp with the characters. My favorite part is the organic faith of the some of the characters. I enjoy seeing them call out or question God in a realistic fashion. It made the moments a little more realistic for me as the reader. Overall, The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren is a delightful read that captured the true essence of what it means to be a hero. Fans of her previous couple of series would enjoy The Way of the Brave. Ronie Kendig also has a book, Hawk, with a hero and heroine fighting a snowstorm, waiting to be rescued.I received a complimentary copy of The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I had mixed feelings about Warren's Montana series when I started it, but the series and characters grew on me. I ended up liking them enough that I wanted to try another series. I'm hoping the same thing will happen here.Let's start with the characters. I liked Orion and Jenny well enough, but I never really felt like I was connecting to them. (And once I finally figured out it was O-Ryan, not Ore-ee-an, his name was a bit much :) They dealt with some rough things in their past and 3.5 stars I had mixed feelings about Warren's Montana series when I started it, but the series and characters grew on me. I ended up liking them enough that I wanted to try another series. I'm hoping the same thing will happen here.Let's start with the characters. I liked Orion and Jenny well enough, but I never really felt like I was connecting to them. (And once I finally figured out it was O-Ryan, not Ore-ee-an, his name was a bit much :) They dealt with some rough things in their past and are carrying around guilt, which is understandable, if necessary, which they come to learn. I really liked Jake and Ham and Aria and I'm looking forward to seeing them in future books. The truth that our characters are struggling with and needing to learn is that God is good when the world is falling apart. Our characters, all of them but we are focused on Jenny and Orion, have seen a lot of evil, senseless evil, and it has left them wondering about God's goodness; His love. Suffering has been a topic that is popping up in my life quite a lot lately and it appears here too. What our characters have to see is that God does not promise a smooth life. Actually, Jesus promises the contrary. But He promises to be with us and, for those who love God, He will work all things for their good. The characters would say things like, "God did such-and-such", as though He orchestrated or caused the suffering and death and pain they experienced. They discuss God using hard things to shape and mold us. That's true, He does. But I always get a little nervous trying to say what He allows and what He causes. I think that is dangerous territory and can lead to greater misunderstanding. The thing happened, now are we going to trust God to work and lead us through? There are a lot of good parts that deal with these topics well; where the characters share wisdom. I won't share them all but this one really stood out to me because so many people don't do this. Or rather they do it and they shouldn't. You'll see what I mean: "Don't assign truth to experience or your faith to your feelings. You have to base everything on who God is. Good. Loving. Our rescuer." That's all the stuff I liked. There were a few parts I didn't care for as much. First, the book was heavily technical. A lot of books I read deal with law enforcement or diving or flying or some other specialized world that has technical stuff and I totally get adding in elements from those worlds to add realism, but you have to know that most of your readers aren't in that world. The characters thought and spoke the climbing jargon all the time and the descriptions of the places on Denali were constantly used as thought everyone knows them. I ended up skimming those parts a lot because I just didn't really understand. The whole Aria/Kia thing was confusing for a while. Again, I understand that writers like to reveal mysteries slowly, but it either took too long or was introduced too quickly in the first place, I don't really know. Then, when we figure out who Kia is and why she's important, it felt a little weird. Maybe that was just me.Sometimes I think Susan gets a little close to a line with her romances and near the end with two of the characters, I felt like we were getting there again. I'm hoping that this series isn't as long as the Montana one because I think the storylines with Ham, Royal, and Thorne are going to be wound throughout and not resolved quickly but man! Talk about your cliff-hanger with Ham and I really want to dig into the mystery around Royal and Thorne!!I'm sufficiently intrigued to want to continue the series. I want to see where she takes these characters. Thank you to Netgalley and Revell for a copy of the book. All opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsAction packed (and I mean very action packed) debut into Warren’s brand new Global Rescue series. Heavy on the climbing and mountaineering jargon and if that’s not your thing - you might feel a little overwhelmed. I love the outdoors and her approach to writing about it - at times though I just needed things to calm down a bit for my overtired brain!! I read to destress and this will not be a relaxing read. I loved the new characters, and all the plot lines behind everyone. I feel like 3.5 starsAction packed (and I mean very action packed) debut into Warren’s brand new Global Rescue series. Heavy on the climbing and mountaineering jargon and if that’s not your thing - you might feel a little overwhelmed. I love the outdoors and her approach to writing about it - at times though I just needed things to calm down a bit for my overtired brain!! I read to destress and this will not be a relaxing read. I loved the new characters, and all the plot lines behind everyone. I feel like we’ve been given a good background behind everyone that’s going to feature in this series. It’s enough to want you hankering after the next book. Always a clever approach to series writing, there’s one thing that’s certain, you’ll be back for book 2. I usually want to plan a new vacation after reading a well written book, and though I’d love a trip to Alaska, I don’t think I want to be heading up Denali any time soon!! Jam packed with references to God and how much or how little of a hand He plays in the lives of the characters, features on a regular basis. Great & inspiring read! I received a complimentary copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Susan K
    January 1, 1970
    Romance, clean; Christian faith elements, series, but stand alone first readThis was a gorgeous read! I rarely put up 5 star reviews for non-classic novels. The drama, suspense, attraction, romance, action, all of it so well-crafted and just a whirlwind read! SMW is the master of high adventure romantic suspense. You felt like you were on the mountain with these climbers, and holding your breath at every moment, twist and turn in the novel. She has mastered the romantic suspense novel. The novel Romance, clean; Christian faith elements, series, but stand alone first readThis was a gorgeous read! I rarely put up 5 star reviews for non-classic novels. The drama, suspense, attraction, romance, action, all of it so well-crafted and just a whirlwind read! SMW is the master of high adventure romantic suspense. You felt like you were on the mountain with these climbers, and holding your breath at every moment, twist and turn in the novel. She has mastered the romantic suspense novel. The novel tells part of the action from both of the main characters points of view perfectly. Sometimes this is done so awkwardly that you feel a pause in the action, this just flows. The characters have a past, and as the action unfolds, the wrongs in the past slowly come to light. Strong characters with honest hurting hearts, worries, hopes and dreams, and perfect chemistry between Orion and Jenny. The High Adventure climb setting was incredibly detailed and gorgeous.Perfect tension, intrigue, and masterfully paced. This is the perfect beginning to this series and a wonderful high paced read. Highly recommend to fans of clean romantic suspense and intrigue.I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review, my opinions are my own.
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  • Danielle Urban
    January 1, 1970
    Susan May Warren is one of the best suspense writers, today. Her novels have it all. The danger, risks, and romance all in one action packed read. This book, wrapped its way into the center of my heart. I could not let it go.The whole story was centered around several characters all intertwined with each other's. Like a CIA operative who had a key role in the events of the seals mission. The seals lost their teammates and more. Now, they are preparing to go on a mountain to rescue women.One Susan May Warren is one of the best suspense writers, today. Her novels have it all. The danger, risks, and romance all in one action packed read. This book, wrapped its way into the center of my heart. I could not let it go.The whole story was centered around several characters all intertwined with each other's. Like a CIA operative who had a key role in the events of the seals mission. The seals lost their teammates and more. Now, they are preparing to go on a mountain to rescue women.One being the CIA operative, the other her sister, and another one is a doctor. Each woman had something terrible happen in their lives. PTSD, forgiveness, second chances, faith, and healing are all discussed in this amazing read! It was authentic and so real. I felt like I was there on the frightening mountain with all of the characters.Susan May Warren is a superb writer. Her stories are addictive and memorable. I highly recommend The Way of the Brave to all readers. I am dying of suspense in the wait of the next book in this new series. I received this copy from the publisher. This is my voluntary review.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    The Way of the Brave is the exciting, adventure-filled opener to Susan May Warren's new Global Search and Rescue series. Loaded with all the goodness I've come to expect in a Warren novel, wonderful characters, a descriptive setting, heart-racing suspense, and a strong spiritual thread, it was hard to put down. It did get off to a slow start for me, but the pace picked up quickly and it wasn't long before I could hardly catch my breath from all the excitement. It seemed like anything and The Way of the Brave is the exciting, adventure-filled opener to Susan May Warren's new Global Search and Rescue series. Loaded with all the goodness I've come to expect in a Warren novel, wonderful characters, a descriptive setting, heart-racing suspense, and a strong spiritual thread, it was hard to put down. It did get off to a slow start for me, but the pace picked up quickly and it wasn't long before I could hardly catch my breath from all the excitement. It seemed like anything and everything that could go wrong for these climbers, did go wrong which made for a nerve-wracking read. I don't know much at all, or really anything, about climbing mountains, so there were times when I was a little lost and overwhelmed by all the terminology. But once I got my bearings, I learned a lot about it and found it really interesting. If you're a fan of romantic adventures, you're sure to enjoy this adrenaline-fueled read. I'm super anxious for Aria and Jake's story coming up next. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Wow what an adventure! I am so excited for this new series and this first book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved all of the characters and I am eager to read the next story. This book is non-stop action from the battle field to the mountainside of Denali. I don’t know anything about climbing and I am amazed that people attempt to climb these mountains! I was able to visit Denali a few years ago, from a distance of course, and I didn’t realize climbing to the top was a Wow what an adventure! I am so excited for this new series and this first book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved all of the characters and I am eager to read the next story. This book is non-stop action from the battle field to the mountainside of Denali. I don’t know anything about climbing and I am amazed that people attempt to climb these mountains! I was able to visit Denali a few years ago, from a distance of course, and I didn’t realize climbing to the top was a possibility. I loved the suspense of everyone trying to survive and how detailed Susan is with her writing the experience. Orion I think might end up being my favorite male character I have read in a long time. The romance and secondary story lines were well written. This book also makes me have even more appreciation for our military and those that defend our country. The mental and emotional toll that it takes on these people is something often ignored or glossed over. This story was a good reminder for me to be so thankful for these individuals. I highly recommend this book! It will keep you up late and holding your breath for what will happen next. Five stars!
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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