Multinomah, Feb 2002, 11.99, 350 pp.
Lieutenant Grace Yates is a combat fighter pilot assigned to the USS George Washington, presently sailing in the Mediterranean Sea. Since her boyfriend was killed two years ago, Grace has closed herself off from a serious relationship, not wanting to bear that pain again. She does not realize that there is a man she is acquainted with who intends to make her change her mind by slowly and gently wooing her.
Air Force Pararescuer, Major Bruce Stanton spent almost his entire military career pulling downed pilots out of enemy territory before they are captured. After he almost loses his life in a top-secret mission, Bruce has an epiphany and realizes what is really important in life. He has deep feelings for Grace but he must go slowly if he is to win her. He starts by writing her a letter, which she responds to. Before long both are looking forward to each other's correspondence. When they are stationed stateside, they make time to explore their relationship and by the time both are returned to combat zones, they know what they feel for one another is deep, true and everlasting.
Although TRUE VALOR is a very intense and beautiful relationship drama, it is also an action-packed military thriller with some stunning aerial scenes. Dee Henderson has written a novel that will appeal to both genders especially those readers who relish a cleverly interweaving of action, adventure and romance.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner