"" Writer's Wanderings: Books For The Road - Undetected by Dee Henderson

Friday, August 08, 2014

Books For The Road - Undetected by Dee Henderson

It's bee a while since I read a Dee Henderson book. The O'Malley series by her is one of my favorites. Undetected turned out to be intriguing to me. It's basically a romance but not the usual formula. Here's the back cover blurb:

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.

For someone who likes detail, this is a great read. Where and how Henderson got all her facts on sonar and subs is beyond me. There was no acknowledgement in the edition I read. She certainly did her homework though. The romance is more analytical than emotional and makes for a distinctly different approach to boy meets girl, etc.

Could make for a good book for the road for you.

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