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The Way of the Brave

(Global Search and Rescue #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,466 ratings  ·  343 reviews
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.

Paperback, 347 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 2020)
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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
Toni Shiloh
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Susan Snodgrass
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'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
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
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.
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
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
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
100 Pages per Hour
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Cara Putman
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Deanne Patterson
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Deanne by:
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
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
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
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
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
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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 ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Fiction Aficionado
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Ashley Johnson
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.

Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Linda Klager
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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
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
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“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
Nola Lorraine
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 - This is my first Susan May Warren book and I really enjoyed it. Orion Starr is a former pararescue jumper (PJ) with the military. He's still recovering from a failed mission in Afghanistan that busted his knee and saw some of his teammates killed or captured. Maybe if he knew who botched the mission and what happened to the missing teammates, he could get some closure. Jenny Calhoun was also in Afghanistan. Orion knew her as Jacey, a journalist, but she was there undercover. Three years la ...more
V. Palmer
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Donna Weaver
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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