Book Review of The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren


Former Navy SEAL Hamilton Jones thought that the love of his life was dead. But when a girl claiming to be his daughter shows up with a dire message from his wife, Ham knows he will stop at nothing to find her and bring her home.

Kidnapped by rebels while serving as an interpreter in Ukraine, Signe Kincaid has spent the past decade secreting out valuable information about Russian assets in the US to her CIA handler. Fearing for her daughter after being discovered as an operative, Signe sends her to Ham for safekeeping. She’s ready to give her life for her country, and she can hardly expect Ham to rescue her after breaking his heart over and over.

When Ham discovers the reason Signe has kept her distance, he must choose between love for his wife and love for the nation he has vowed to protect. Will he save the many? Or the few?

USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren takes you on a global search and rescue mission where the stakes are higher than ever in this final installment of her popular series. 

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My Thoughts

You know those books you’ve been waiting for since you first read the first book in the series?

Yeah, this is one such for me. And, I loved it. But, I didn’t.

See, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew that there would be a depth of story behind Ham and Signe, I did not expect it to be all of what it was though.

After the seven books that led up to “The Price of Valor” I am not sure if it was just that there were so many things happening or if the ending really was all too sudden tying things up at a crazily fast pace.

While I do enjoy Susan May Warren’s books, I have loved her past books, however, there were things in “The Price of Valor” that pulls it down to three stars. The ending wrapped up too quickly, after most of the book being filled with several shock factors. [ SPOILERS Signe was taken prisoner which we knew in the other books, what we did not know is that she was raped by the man who took her prisoner, had her and Ham’s daughter, and Signe was forced to marry the rapist, or be killed because of his sick beliefs who thought her daughter was his, she was raped many more times and had the bad guy’s son. The bad guy sent her son away and she ended up having to rescue him in the last chapters of the book. Technically, Signe was married to two men at once but she wasn’t really married to the bad guy and it’s just plain confusing! It also came out that Jenny from book one, “The Way of the Brave” had an abortion.]

There were some other shock factors that I won’t go into since they are not as bad as those under the spoiler, though there are warnings in the spoiler area.

I loved how Ham would not give up on his wife, and forgave her. Pointing her toward God even when he didn’t really trust her at moments. The redemptive message in “The Price of Valor” was sweet, and I really enjoyed seeing them heal from their past hurts and abusive childhoods. Seeing Ham as father was so sweet, he went from the strong warrior to the softest guy in a matter of a word.

I would have loved to see Ham with his sister some more because that was wonderful! And, I now really want a book about Pastor Dan, because that guy was so awesome in his preaching/not preaching to Ham. He needed more than one scene!

Due to the content mentioned in the spoilers, I can’t say this is a book for anyone under 18 unless they are very mature.

I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher/review company. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

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