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True Valor (Uncommon Heroes #2)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  4,769 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Deployment orders sent them overseas.
Lieutenant Grace "Gracie" Yates spent her deployment catapulting off the deck of the USS George Washington in an F/A-18 Hornet. A self-assured naval aviator, she was flying to keep the peace while being ready for war.
Major Bruce "Striker" Stanton, Air Force Pararescue Jumper, had been pulling pilots and Special Forces soldiers from be
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 24th 2002 by Multnomah Publishers (first published 2000)
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Mackenzie Dare
This was a great book! It’s a good, clean love story with lots of intrigue and action. The author is obviously knowledgeable about navy seals, and aircraft carriers which makes it fun to read and 100% believable. I love how Dee Henderson really draws you into the story and makes you feel like you are right in the middle. I loved reading it! Though I’m a little behind on posting my review, this story really only took me about two days to read because it was so captivating. I really wanted to see ...more
Sarah Smith
I enjoyed reading "True Valor" just as much as I enjoyed reading the previous novel in the Uncommon Heroes Series, "True Devotion." Since I am -- and always have been -- an absolute sucker for series, it was so wonderful to have a connection back to Joe "Bear" Baker and his lovely newlywed wife of two years, Kelly Jacobs Baker. However, I was also thrilled to meet and form a fast friendship with another Navy SEAL in that same unit, Tom "Wolf" Yeats. After meeting Wolf, I was introduced to his br ...more
I have read maybe a dozen books by Dee Henderson and loved practically all of them giving them five stars. I did not enjoy True Valor nearly as much. she did not develop her characters enough, it was very surface in terms of their emotions, relationships, and their faith,; the scriptures used in this book did not resonate with me and the constant use of Air Force jargon which I did not understand made it a difficult read. My husband was navy and I have read Henderson's books about submarines, an ...more
I really did enjoy this book, and struggled with how to rate it. I chose 3 stars, because, honestly, there were a lot of forgettable parts to this book. Normally, I find Dee Henderson's jargon and descriptions immersing, but in this book, it seemed to be on overload. My imagination had a hard time processing, because a lot of the jargon was not in the glossary. I'm very much a word-lover, but military-specific wording is not part of my vocabulary. I loved the story about Gracie and Striker, but ...more
Jeni Enjaian
I tried really hard to like this book as much as the first in the series but I just didn't. There's too much in this book that is disjointed, unconnected and without driving force. Rather than saying that there's anything wrong with this book, I'll say that there wasn't anything right. I never really connected with Bruce or Grace. The relationships between Bruce, Jill, Wolf and Grace, while explained briefly seemed to hint at a backstory not given in this book. The plot meandered through several ...more
The second book in Dee Henderson's Uncommon Heroes series focuses on the love lives of two military people. Grace is a Navy pilot. Bruce is an Air Force Pararescue Jumper. The two met through relatives. Grace's best friend is dating her cousin. Grace's best friend's brother happens to be Bruce.

The story is about how two people in the military, two different branches of the military, can fall in love and have what amounts to a long distance relationship.

Many letters written by Bruce and Grace in
I like this series about uncommon heroes. It was an easy story to get into. However, I must say that I like to read about a relationship that can develop in person rather than seeing it unfold in letters and phone calls as is the case with "Gracie" Yate an Air force pilot (wolf's cousin from the SEALS and Striker's sister Jill's best friend) and "striker" Bruce Staton with the Air Force Pararescue Jumpers (Wolf's fiance, Jill's, older brother). This read made me appreciate that I'm a civilian an ...more
Susan Baganz
In True Valor, Major Bruce “Striker” Stanton is a parajumper who is not fond of the water. His only living relative is his sister, Jill, who is a civilian dating a Navy Seal, “Wolf” who works with Joe “Bear” Baker from book 1. Jill’s best friend is Wolf’s cousin, Lieutenant Grace “Gracie” Yates who is a fighter pilot with the Navy. After a near death experience, Striker writes her a letter. She gets it before her next deployment and they strike up a relationship by mail.

Gracie can’t see how a re
Teresa Snyder
Wow! This was an emotional book! Not because of the romance and not necessarily because of the storyline. It was the realization of everything the military personnel goes through to keep us safe.

Although I gave the book 5 stars, the storyline, romance, and characters, were more along the lines of 4 stars. The emotional depth of the book was worthy of 5 stars. The book was a little difficult to get into, in the beginning; characters hard to follow and bond with. There was a lot of military terms
air force major bruce "striker" stanton has his sights set on navy pilot lt. grace "gracie" yates. he carefully plots out his pursuit of the beautiful blue eyed grace, approaching her at a bbq hosted by a mutual friend, then communicating with her by letters as they are sent of on their seperate missions. he has respect for her toughness, as a girl growing up with a dream to fly she bucked convention to rise up through the ranks and become a capable fighter pilot. bruce's job is as a medic recui ...more
Ashley Fuhr
This really fell short of my expectations for Dee Henderson. She is one of my favorites and giving her 3 stars pains me.
I did greatly enjoy the characters, and that is perhaps what kept me so engrossed in the novel.
The plot, however, was lackluster and at some points seemingly unnecessary. I do realize the "realism" she was trying to portray, and she did in fact portray much of military deployments as they feel to those experiencing them. As only being on the civilian side of deployments, I can'
I was not as impressed with this book as I was with the first one. It may be my opinions about duel military families (I won't get into most of my military view points right now, not really wanting to offend others), sure I think that they can work out, but the reality of someone living in one area, and the other living somewhere different for a long period of time is just unrealistic to me. Air Force and Navy assignments, plus deployments, and thinking that a marriage can last through letters, ...more
This book convinced me that Dee Henderson put a lot more effort into the O'Malley series. It was my least favorite of any of her books I've read. Maybe part of the problem is that I've read too many of her books. You start to notice too many similarities.

Probably the most annoying thing was that these felt like stock Dee Henderson characters. Bruce and Grace are the same old talented, romantic, God-fearing people that I feel I've read about before. Their cute little exchanges were very close to
Barbara Derksen
dee Henderson didn't disappoint with this sequel. Jill, Grace, Wolf, and Striker are characters that I enjoyed getting to know better as they perform the difficult tasks in their lives. blending the personal with the military deployment is a juggling act they do well. I'll keep reading.
Rachel M.
*Note: This book really has a 2.5 star rating!!!

I began to read this book with high expectations. However, the more I read, the more I realized that my expectations were not going to be met. The plot was slow and trivial, and the "climax" of the book was a joke. So much more could have been done at that point in the book. The book continued to drag out, and it seemed like Dee Henderson just wanted to fill space with empty words. On top of that, the "love letters" had no depth. In fact, they were
Not nearly as good as many of Dee's other books. I liked the letters and the relationship, but the story-line really dragged and was far-fetched and a bit contrived at points. I much prefer the O'Malley series.
Grace is a fighter pilot. Bruce is a pararescue jumper, the guy that goes to rescue the pilots that have to bail. They met through Bruce's sister and start a letter courtship as they are both deployed.

Why I started this: I didn't think that the army library, I'm going to in South Korea is going to have a large Christian fiction section... or at least not one as large as the Midwest library I work at now.

Why I finished it: The one thing that I hate in any Christian fiction is when they quote scri
Christian fiction. Book two of Uncommon Heroes series. Makes me wonder how accurate a portrayal this is of what our Special Forces do. Not enjoying this series as much as I am the O'Malley series.
This did not have much action and wasn't very interesting. There were too many letters between the main characters because they were hardly together in person. I also didn't care much for the main female character, because her career as a Navy jet pilot was the most important thing in her life.
The first book in the Uncommon Heroes series was great, this one is just amazing.

Henderson really allows you to get to know the characters through first person narrative as well as their letters to each other. At first I thought reading their letters might make the book boring, but I was completely wrong. It adds a depth and insight to the book. The characters are truly the kind that you wish you knew in real life.

Overall, the book portrays facing one's fears, depending on the Lord, and living
Pamela Hubbard
This book brings back characters from the previous book such as Wolf, Bear and Cougar, but focuses on two people in particular: Bruce, an air force parachute jumper rescuer, and Grace, a navy pilot. As the two of them deal with the ins and outs of their deployment and the threats that constantly assail them, they strike up a romance through love letters.
This book seemed to lack a lot of the suspense and emotion that True Devotion brought to the table. The situations were interesting and the cha
Shirley Johnson
One of my favorites. Love Dees characters and relationships between them.
One of my all-time favorite authors. Another great series!
Oh man, this one made me cry twice. It was just so good.

Thank you to all who serve our country. I am so very grateful.
I loved this book! It is realistic and well researched, and I was quickly drawn into the story. All of the characters have their own personalities and seem very real. The story gives me renewed respect for our armed forces serving in the Middle East and around the world. It was a good book to read on Memorial Day weekend.

This is the second book of Dee Henderson's "Uncommon Heroes" series. I have not read the first book, but I didn't feel that I was missing any important information. I would like
Hank Pharis
This one was not as good as the first and third in the series but still worthwhile.
Haley Dusseau
This book is definitely in my top 3 favorite books of all time. I love all of Dee Henderson's books, but this one... I seriously LOVE it!! Mrs. Henderson's Uncommon Hero's Series is wonderful. It has shaped my wished and dreams in many ways, but this book more so than the others. I love the way the characters evolve and the way we get to hear about the characters from the previous and future books. Grace and Bruce will took a special piece of each readers heart. This book is one for my shelves. ...more
4.5 stars. Interesting read of two active military personnel in a new relationship. It would have been go to understand what the flight terminology meant.
Jackie Hargis
loved this book! took me back to the days when I was in Virginia and my husband was in the Navy stationed at Oceana!
Dee Henderson created a story even better than the last Uncommon Heroes story. A female Navy fighter pilot and an Air Force pararescue jumper battle their feelings for each other, and the war on terror. The couple write letters to each other while they are deployed and God develops their relationship. It was amazing to see the characters' spiritual growth through this book and encouraged me to dig deeper into Scripture and share it with my Sailor in letters.
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Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Awa
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Uncommon Heroes (4 books)
  • True Devotion (Uncommon Heroes #1)
  • True Honor (Uncommon Heroes #3)
  • True Courage (Uncommon Heroes, #4)
The Negotiator (O'Malley, #1) The Truth Seeker (O'Malley #3) The Guardian (O'Malley #2) The Healer (O'Malley #5) The Protector (O'Malley #4)

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