Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review ~ HONOR RECLAIMED by Tonya Burrows

Former Marine sniper Seth Harlan is determined to prove that he can still do his job despite his ongoing battle with PTSD. When an old friend contacts HORNET to rescue a black ops soldier, Seth's stability is strained. He knows all too well what it's like to rot inside an enemy camp, praying for rescue and waiting for death. And he's not about to leave a man behind.

Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton just stumbled into the middle of an arms deal. Teaming up with a ragtag team of mercenaries is the last thing she wants to do--especially when she realizes Seth Harlan is assigned to the mission. He may ignite a passion in her she thought long dead, but Phoebe's hiding a secret that could destroy him.

With a bomb in the mix, HORNET's mission is suddenly about a lot more than an abandoned soldier. Racing against the clock, Seth, Phoebe, and the rest of the team struggle to stop a ruthless warlord bent on power, revenge...and death.


Honor Reclaimed was a very compelling novel.  It is the story of Seth Harlan and his attempts to overcome the demons that have haunted him since he was he held captive in Afghanistan two years ago.  Seth is a former Marine sniper and carries more baggage around than a man that many deemed a hero should carry.  He is broken but still remains brave and is newest member of a private hostage rescue team called Hornet.  He is forced to return to the home of his captors and all of his emotional wounds are re-opened.

Outside of the normal Guns and Ammo scenes, everything else about this book was unexpected.  The extent to which Seth suffered, becomes glaringly apparent throughout this mission.  He has nightmares, deep scars, and doesn’t even like to eat because of what happened to him.  In addition, he also feels responsible for the loss of the other members of his team over two years ago. To add insult to injury, he doesn’t feel like he deserves to be romantically involved with anyone.  That’s where Phoebe comes in.  She is a journalist who just so happens to be in Afghanistan doing a story on the embattled women of the region.  Plus, unbeknownst to Seth, she was instrumental in tarnishing his name after he returned from captivity.

In the midst of all the psychological drama that Seth has to endure, there is also a terrorist threat that intensifies the complexity of the mission.  Somehow, Tonya Burrows manages to throw in a generous amount of romance to balance out all of the intensity.  There is just so much going on that I feel like giving out too much detail would ruin the book.  Needless to say, I highly recommend it. It’s one of the best books that I have read this year.

Rating: 4.5

Release Date: May 27, 2014
Book Length: 352 pages
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Gemini
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback

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