The Way of the Brave

Great First Line: The Way of the Brave

The first line of The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren sets the scene for the rest of the book. Immediately, you are popped into the life of Orion Starr and action never lets up.

The Way of the Brave

The First Line of The Way of the Brave

HE SHOULD HAVE never left Alaska.

This first line is one of regret. The reader doesn’t know what’s happening but they already know that the speaker wishes to be somewhere else. This brings up a number of questions,

  • Where is the speaker now?
  • What are the conditions where he is?
  • What–or who–is causing him to wish he were someplace else?
  • What’s in Alaska?
  • Why did he leave Alaska?
  • Had he gone to Alaska for a specific reason?

We quickly learn that Orion lived in Alaska and had temporarily left for a meeting in New York. As soon as reasonable possibly he escapes to Alaska, but it’s not peace that he finds there. It’s an ex-girlfriend and a lot more reasons to wish he had stayed home that day. I get the impression that had he not left Alaska in the first place, the sequence of events that happened next wouldn’t have.

And that would have been sad because Orion also finds adventure, love, God, and the answers he’d been looking for. He finds purpose and a way to use what he thought was the worst thing that could have happened to him for good.

About The Way of the Brave

The Way of the BraveSeries: Global Search and Rescue (Book 1)
Genre: Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Pages: 352 pages

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 escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost.

When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she’ll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes–the man she nearly killed.

Her skills and his experience are exactly what’s needed to prevent another tragedy–but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They’ll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?

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Other Books in the Series

The Global Search and Rescue series continues with Heart of a Hero which follows the story of Jake Silver who had been drawn to heart surgeon Dr. Aria Sinclair while they had been stranded on Denali. Once again he’s in the position to rescue her but will he be more than her hero?


The Price of Valor is the final book in the series and follows former Navy Seal Hamilton Jones who is reunited with the love of his life and the daughter he never knew he had. Ham must choose between the love of his life and the country to whom he has pledged his allegiance.


About Susan May Warren


Susan-May-WarrenSusan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.

She is also the founder of, a story-crafting service that helps authors discover their voice. You can find her online at

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