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True Valor (Uncommon Heroes, Book 2) Paperback – January 24, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
If timing is everything, Henderson has it in spades as she launches the second novel in her inspirational suspense/romance series Uncommon Heroes, spotlighting military maneuvers in the Middle East. Navy Lt. Grace "Gracie" Yates is a tough, blue-eyed brunette who has a passion for flying harrowing missions. She's on the radar screen of Air Force Maj. Bruce "Striker" Stanton, who is looking for a long-term relationship despite his and Gracie's military careers, which separate them for long stretches. Henderson avoids mushy romantic cliches almost to a fault her characters are chaste, even by conservative standards, and Bruce and Gracie's first kiss is as lukewarm as old dishwater. But fresh touches of humor mixed with hair-raising rescue scenes keep readers involved, and there's enough Scripture and God talk to please the CBA market. The characterizations are wonderfully done, right down to Bruce's elderly hound dog, Emily, although overlong stretches of dialogue dilute the quality of some of the writing. The pace is often mired in incomprehensible military jargon ("She'd been given vectors to a KC-135 tanker on angels 12 as a backup, but there wasn't a bright billboard to tell her where it was in its pattern"), but readers can bail themselves out by using the glossary provided, which will be well-thumbed by the final page. Henderson's military themes and her strong, career-minded female characters are fairly original for the CBA market, and this latest installment should help build steam for the series.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
*Starred Review* In True Valor, Henderson continues her Uncommon Heroes series about navy SEALS. Her heroine is a combat pilot, Gracie Yates, who goes down behind enemy lines in Iraq; her hero is air force major Bruce Stanton, an extractions specialist who rescues her. Both knew each other in civilian life, but their fledgling romance had been dashed because of complications with friends and their separate deployments. Henderson's writing is the envy of a lot of evangelical writers for its gritty and convincing detail: Gracie's flight control of a nervous pilot's approach to an aircraft carrier, for instance, is so well done readers will think Henderson must have been there. John Mort
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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 that were hard for me to understand - guys would enjoy that part of the book.
The majority of the "romance" took place in letters, written thousands of miles apart. But you really felt the emotions the characters were feeling. Good and bad. When Gracie's plane went down and Bruce found her, I was in tears. The emotions were that strong. Same with the homecoming after each deployment.
There was a bonus second romance in this book. Wolf, from book 1, and Jill, the only civilian in this story. We also got to see a few snippets of Bear and Kelly, from book 1.
Don't let the emotions keep you from reading this book. The required happily-ever-after ending is there, as is the romance. It will give you a new appreciation of military life. Good and bad.
Looking forward to book 3.
These are not books for young children who can't understand tough situations.
What I especially like about all of Ms Henderson's books is that the characters are well steeped in their own spiritual faiths or their journey toward that end. She doesn't preach to the reader and her characters are not there as a means of converting the reader. Their spirituality is who they are and as characters searching for that one true love they rely on their spirituality to make it happen. Because of this Ms Henderson's books could easily stand side by side any single title romance that was not Christian based and hold her own in the development of the couple's search for that one true love. That through this series she has chosen to have her characters be in the military and in locations right off the front page news makes it that much more enjoyable.
I look forward to reading the next installment in this series and the O'Malley series. I am assured with future offerings of excellent reads which will allow me, the reader to identify with the individual journey toward faith and love through her incredible characters and interesting plots. Her research is impeccable.
I wish more romance readers would take the time to throw off their misunderstandings about Inspirational Romances, they can start by reading the reigning Queen of Classic Inspirationals...Dee Henderson. No one in the this sub genre does it better than Dee Henderson.
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