Susan May Warren’s latest novel, “Rescue Me,” excitingly takes up the stories of strikingly handsome, yet couldn’t be any more different brothers Sam and Pete Brooks. While both work with the PEAK Rescue Team in Montana, Sam — the serious, responsible one — is also a local deputy, and Pete — the irresponsible “screw up” — works as a smoke jumper.
“Rescue Me” is an action packed story with a solid taste of romance on the side. As Sam accompanies his girlfriend’s sister, Willow (who just might have feelings for Sam herself), as she leads her church’s youth group on a hike in the mountains, disaster strikes. With a winter storm looming and bears on the prowl, will Sam and Willow be able to save the teens and themselves — and will feelings begin to blossom between the two?
In the meantime, Pete will join forces with his PEAK team members, including the intriguing and lovely Jess, to find the missing group before it’s too late. Can Pete rise above what he assumes are preconceived notions about himself and save the day? And can he ever decide to settle down with just one woman?
“Rescue Me” is a fast-paced, exciting adventure story filled with bear attacks, death-defying vehicle accidents, flooding rivers and desperation. But Warren also fills her novel with so many incredible lessons, including the obvious theme of rescuing that runs throughout the book — rescuing one’s self, rescuing others, and being rescued by God. Her story reminds us that God is always watching over our lives; dealing with anger or it will consume you; impulses and living by them, and the consequences of those impulses; blame and forgiveness; being so valuable to someone else that they want to change their life for you; and fitting in.
It also goes even deeper with heavy spiritual themes, including none of us are immune to the darkness; knowing the truth in your heart — believe it, live it, share it; and the warning of having the attitude that if we can save ourselves, we don’t need God.
Susan May Warren yet again creates an amazing story that is both entertaining and enlightening. I am looking forward to reading the next installation in the series, “A Matter of Trust,” the telling of fellow rescue team member Gage.
Five stars out of five.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
“Rescue Me” (Montana Rescue series, #2) by Susan May Warren