Undetected by Dee Henderson

51S5x4hpXZL__SX322_BO1,204,203,200_From deehenderson.com:

When asked what he does for a living 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….

And now for my review!

Undetected is the story of Mark Bishop, the Naval submarine commander brother of Bryce Bishop from Unspoken. This novel can stand alone, but I enjoyed it more after reading Unspoken (and I enjoyed Unspoken more after reading Full Disclosure, as some of FD‘s characters played significant parts in Unspoken). All three books are lovely additions to Dee Henderson’s repertoire!

I found Mark’s dedication to the Navy, God, and Gina and his quietly steadfast love for and care of Gina swoon-worthy. His characterization was strong and believable, as was Gina’s. Gina was the character I identified with most, and I dove into her story eager to see how God and Mark’s love gave her direction and confidence. While not on “Gina the genius”‘s level intellectually, I too struggle with questions of “Where do I go from here?” and “Am I doing what He wants me to do?”

This novel is just as wonderful and intense as Henderson’s reputation tells you to expect. I loved the characters, including the brief but influential appearances of Bryce, Charlotte, and Mark and Bryce’s father, who were introduced in Unspoken. Mark and Gina melted my heart a little more with each chapter, and I wish I could keep reading along with their lives. Hopefully, we’ll see these characters again in Mark’s brother Jim’s story someday 🙂

My rating: 5/5 stars

Recommended for: readers who enjoy faith-based romance and fiction full of interesting characters, military themes, and astounding twists and grace; fans of Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey, and Irene Hannon.

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