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Mae Lund would do anything for two things. One is the opportunity to fly. The other is her nephew, Josh. When she's leaving her hated job of flying tourists (too calm) she gets a phone call from her sister, stating that Josh had gone missing. In Georgia. The country. Mae calls the first person who comes to mind, her ex-boyfriend, Chet Striker.
Chet is surprised to hear from Mae after so long. After all, they hadn't parted in good terms. He needed a pilot, she was the best of the best, but he hadn't wanted her to fly into the heart of danger. Mae had never quite forgiven him for refusing to offer her the job. Chet is hesitant to help her with Josh though, because the Georgian officials had a price on his head. If he enters the country again, he's dead.
But Mae is insistent, she is going to Georgia. And the next thing she knows is Chet is there too, taking a risk on his life to help her find Josh. Or is he there to find the missing Princess that Josh had allegedly run away with? It didn't matter. Chet and Mae together were like mixing oil and water. The sparks flew. The anger grew. And they had no idea where to look for Josh. Plus the very people that want Chet dead are also on their trail.
POINT OF NO RETURN is the first book in Ms. Warren's new series Missions of Mercy. I was looking forward to reading this book since I heard that it was coming out since I liked Ms. Warren's previous books set in the former Soviet Union. Filled with danger, intrigue, and romance, they can't be beat.
Mae and Chet are both strong willed characters suffering from the back-lash of bad decisions they'd made in their lives. I hoped they'd be able to find their peace, find Josh (and the Princess), and love. Once I started the book, I had to keep reading. Mae is the queen of sarcasm and her witty comebacks were funny. Plus the action and suspense were non-stop. Discussion questions were included at the back of the book.
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I really enjoy several books I've read by Susan May Warren so I anxiously awaited the arrival of a review copy of this book. I read the first page from Point of No Return and was hooked. Susan's family was in Russia living as missionaries for several years. Because of her experience there she's able to bring the readers an insight and realism that brings the story to life.
Chet Stryker the main character wants to start a security business. Mae Lund wants to fly for Chets new company, but he refuses to let her fly - He cared too much for Mae to send her on any dangerous mission. He wouldn't let another person he loved die on his watch! Because of his decision not to hire Mae they separate never know if their relationship would lead to the marriage. Chet struggles to find anyone that could take on the tough jobs he wants to be involved in; so he accepts security jobs from rich people. They want security at their children's birthday parties. It's not what he had envisioned his company to be doing, but he had to pay his bills some how.
Mae gets news her nephew needs help. Mae finds out her nephew Josh's team went to Europe on a mission trip and he hasn't returned. He's reported missing. Chet Stryker is the last person on the planet she wants' to ask for help but she'd do anything to find her nephew Josh! His life is in danger and her sister was coming unglued. Chet says he'll see what he can do. Mae can't believe he's so aloof. She'd get this thing done by herself. She definitely didn't need him or his attitude.
Chet rethinks his position and his feelings for Mae. Maybe he can help Mae find Josh! He knew Mae would do this job with or without him. She wasn't afraid to do what needed to be done to get accomplish the goal of a mission.Read more ›
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As a romantic suspense enthusiast from way back when, I jumped at the chance to check out Susan May Warren's Love Inspired Suspense Series: Missions of Mercy. Susan's a prolific author, but I've only read one of her books. So I was eager to see what she would bring to the table for the romantic suspense genre. Here are the pros and cons of what her LI series has to offer . . .
First, the pros:
Exotic locations: check Heart-stopping suspense: check Plucky, resourceful heroines: check Tough heroes with big hearts: check Just the right amount of romance and humor as befits the danger: check Perfect length for me to finish while proctoring exams: check Strong inspirational themes: check For a bonus, these guys are ex-military: Two checks!
Now, the cons:
As far as I could discover, she's only published three in this series. Which definitely left me wanting more!
My favorite aspect of the Missions of Mercy Series is that the books are written from a Christian worldview. Kudos to Susan May Warren for making faith an integral part of her characters' lives. And the spiritual issues they wrestle with are not superficial. They matter in the real world. As I wrote earlier this week, when the man with the gun facing down a relentless physical enemy can also operate in the spiritual realm-now that's a great story!
The first book, Point of No Return, features Chet Stryker. Chet's just your ordinary former Delta Force operative now running his own international security company, with a price on his head in Georgia--the country. His beautiful ex-flame Mae, a former military pilot, asks for his help rescuing her teenage nephew who's been kidnapped in . . . Georgia, of course.Read more ›
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Growing up in Minneapolis and attending the U of MN, I learned to love city life, although I'm a woodsy girl at heart. Or maybe I'm an adventurer -- having lived and traveled all over the world, including Siberia Russia as a missionary for eight years. Probably that's why my characters can't sit still, and seem to get into one scrape after another -- they're too much like me! I love God, my family, my country, my church, and feel privileged every day to be able to write stories, that I hope inspire and entertain!