Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Undetected - A Review

Published - May 2014, Bethany House Publishers

Author - Dee Henderson

Title - Undetected

Format - ebook, paper, audio

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Mark Bishop is a commander in the Navy. He typically down plays his actual job, which is the commander of a submarine that is armed with nuclear weapons. Having been married for several years before he lost his wife, he longs to have someone to come home to at the end of his deployments. When he finds himself drawn to the attractive younger sister of one of his best friends, Mark knows he must go slowly. Gina Gray is a genius. Her discoveries have provided the Navy with advanced technology that ensures the US is one step ahead of both allies and enemies in submarine warfare. When she asks a question in theory of locating a silent sub in the midst of a noisy ocean, she soon finds herself changing submarine warfare yet again. Yet that's not the end of her discoveries. When two men, both submariners, begin to pay a romantic interest in her, she spends more time in her work because she's afraid. Which man will be the victor of Gina's heart. And will Gina's discoveries forever change the way that Mark and Gina's brother command their vessels forever?

I've loved Dee Henderson's books for years. My favorite are her O'Malley series. After reading Unspoken last fall/winter and feeling very bogged down with it, I was a little wary of her newest release.

I have to say though, that this one seemed very similar to both the Uncommon Heroes and the O'Malleys in tone of writing. I didn't find myself bogged down in page after page of tedious detail. It was fast paced and very much a page turner. I started it on Monday May 19th, and finished on Friday the 23rd - that's reading mostly only at lunch/breaks at work.

I loved Gina's mind. Her intelligence and her questions. I also loved how she would question God about things and that her relationship with Him was very real and personal. Mark was great. He reminded me in so many ways of Joe from True Devotion. I loved how Mark would make sure that his crew was safe and knew their jobs inside and out. I also loved how he tried to let Gina be who she was and not expect things from her.

While it's classified as romantic suspense, it's really not. I mean it is, but not in the ways that Henderson fans have come to expect. For me it seemed a more of a return to the books that highlighted her earlier career.

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon

Rating - 4 stars. Four really solid stars.

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