While the hubs and I were on a recent trip to the south to pick up a donation to Youth Impact Racing, I had a little extra time to read. I thought I would get more reading done on the plane, but it turns out that a large turtle mocha {at 4:30 am} on a mostly empty stomach in a person who hasn’t slept in 18 hours doesn’t sit so well. By the time we reached Chicago, I felt sick to my stomach and was jittery inside. Thankfully a breakfast sandwich and some peppermint Altoids helped settle my stomach, but I was not up to reading the last leg of the trip.  When we arrived to our little -home-away-from-home- cottage, I slept most of the day away and since the hubs was out “playing” with our dear friend, Jack, I found myself with some time to read.
Reading in silence, with no interruptions… I was in HEAVEN!
Undetected by Dee Henderson, Published by Bethany House Publishers

** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions on the title and author are completely my own and not influenced by any outside means. **

Synopsis. . .
— Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: “I’m in the Navy.” But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping her crew trained and alert during ninety-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and handles it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating around the Pacific Rim, the Navy is glad to have him.

Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, with a lovely smile, and very smart. She’s a civilian, yet she understands the U.S. Navy culture. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.

Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. A breakup she didn’t see coming, though, has her focusing all her attention on what she does best–ocean science research. She’s on the cusp of a major breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop’s perspective and help. Because what she told the Navy she’s figured out is only the beginning. If she’s right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter.  

Review. . . 
I wasn’t sure that I would get into Undetected, because it started slowly with a lot of technical explanation about submarines, but like all of Dee’s other works, soon enough I couldn’t put it down. The story line isn’t as intense as that of her early works, but there is good character development. The intensity comes more in to play with what Gina is discovering rather than the actions and movements of the characters themselves. I did find some of the interaction between the male and female leads and the secondary male character a little far fetched. It’s entirely possible, I suppose, for two men to court the same woman with honorable and thoughtful regard to the other man, but as I said, it seemed a little unrealistic. Perhaps that is a contributing factor to the romance in Undetected coming off a little bland. The characters seem to just come to relational conclusions, rather than feeling them. Rational love is good, but we all know that it’s better when love is a feeling too.  Henderson’s writing style seems to have changed some in her more recent books, but I think that is to be expected. As an author’s life changes, so will their work.
Would I recommend you read this book?
Sure! Especially if you enjoy fiction about military science and life {think the Uncommon Heroes  series}. If you work to not compare Undetected too much to Henderson’s earlier works, I think the book is a great read. It’s a great story and really makes you think about the science behind all of what our military does. If you’re looking for heart gripping romance, this probably isn’t your book. That said, Dee Henderson is my go-to author for intensity, mystery and suspense fiction. I fell in love with her writing style and her characters way back after reading Danger In The Shadows and the O’Malley series. If you like Christian suspense fiction and you haven’t read these books. . . you. need. to.
If you’re looking for a great summer read, go grab Undetected or any other book by Dee Henderson {Psst: the O’malley series is my FAVORITE!} 

Do you have a Dee Henderson favorite? I’d love to hear about it. It’s like catching up about friends we have in common, don’t ya think?



PS: ** I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions on the title and author are completely my own and not influenced by any outside means. **


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