Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Undetected by Dee Henderson

Back Cover:  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.

Review: Dee Henderson is such a good author. My favourite part of this book was the awesome research on the submarines. She wrote, in amazing in detail, the layout of the subs, procedures, weapons, names…it was so cool! Just to see if she was making it up or not, my fiancé and I googled the USS Nevada and were thrilled to see she was weaving a story around a real, live submarine and her facts are accurate. There were pictures online and everything of the submarine. This is a really smart book, and our favourite part was definitely the focus on naval warfare - it made the book so interesting. 

The romance between Mark and Gina was so sweet too, and I love how it starts out based on mutual respect, then friendship, and then grows into something more. Very real and believable. 

While I enjoyed this book, I did find the plot slowed down a bit in the middle and there was a bit of reading that was a push as Mark and Gina focused on their relationship and the book moved from focusing on the submarines to the couple. Generally this would be a welcome switch, but in this case I was really enjoying the first few chapters where it really focused on Commander Bishop and his control of a war-machine. 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

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