The Heart of a Hero (Global Search and Rescue Book #2) - eBookSusan May WarrenRevell / 2020 / ePub$9.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fell in love with JakeJune 12, 2020MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis is book two in the Global Search and Rescue Series. It is somewhat of a stand alone book, however you miss a lot of history that adds so much meaning to this book. Therefore I would suggest reading book one, The way of the Brave, first. I honestly liked this one better than book one but part of that may be because I am a Floridian and part of this book takes place in Florida.
I fell in love with Jake Silver in book one and this one you just see how special he is. Aria and Jake have an electrifying relationship yet both must learn a few things before moving forward. Jake, a former Seal, is always doing what comes natural for him, even if it risk his own life. This novel is full of action, drama, romance and so much more. I'm glad we reconnected with characters from book one and can't wait to read book three, where we learn more about Ham.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Good suspense but plot issuesJune 12, 2020bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2I have mixed feelings about this novel. On the positive side, it has great suspense and good emotional and character revelation and development. I have never been in a hurricane and found Warren's account of one and the aftermath very engaging. Also, there is an excellent gospel message included.
On the negative side is that this book is the second in a series and does not stand well on it's own. Much of the character relationship development in this story is based on experiences from the previous novel which I have not read. That made reading this one not as rewarding as I'd liked. The plot follows three people from sort of first person universal viewpoints. I felt Ham's story was an intrusion into the main story of Aria and Jake. I would rather Warren had followed Ham's life in another novel. There are different locations involved since Ham is in Europe and Aria and Jake are in Florida. I felt the jumps to Ham's story really broke into the flow of Jake's story. And then there were flash backs for the characters. And they were not in chronological order which I found confusing. We read of Ham asking Signe to marry in a flash back well after having read flash backs of experiences later in their lives.
One of my pet peeves is when authors use several points of view, not identifying immediately when such a change occurs in the text. Warren does this, for example at Loc. 3133. The previous section was following Jake's life. The next section starts with a male pronoun but it is not until the third paragraph that we find out the male is now Ham.
I am also opposed to the concept of a cowboy being surrounded with all hope lost and the cavalry miraculously coming over the hill for an amazing rescue. Such a technique provides a less than satisfying end to suspense.
Potential readers need to read the first novel in this series to fully appreciate this one.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Nursiebeth5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic read!June 5, 2020NursiebethQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! What a rollercoaster of emotions this book brought out! I was so impressed by the writing that it made me want to search for more books by Susan May Warren. THAT is when you know a book is GOOD!
The story is full of suspense and horrible situations for Jake and Aria. Each of them end up saving the others life more than once due to events caused by natural disasters. They both have a love for saving lives in their own professions and it shows throughout the book. They find that until they forgive themselves for past events that were out of their control, and place God at the center of their lives, giving Him control, they will never find peace, happiness, and true love.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys inspirational suspense love stories. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions in this review are my own.
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