Undetected by Dee Henderson kept me glued to its pages


Undetecteduntil I finished it. What a book! I’ve loved all the books Dee Henderson has written from her O’Malley series to this newest series which links back to characters from other beloved books. After reading Undetected, I discovered Henderson had written another book, Unspoken, which leads me to hope there’s a new series in the works. Somehow I’d missed Unspoken, so went back to read that one right after finishing Undetected. Quite honestly, I’m hoping there are many more “Uns” to come!

Set in beautiful Bangor, Washington, on the Navy base there, “undetected” refers to the nuclear submarines of the U.S. fleet and their mission to cruise undetected through all sorts of waters. The hero of the story is Commander Mark Bishop, of the U.S.S. Nevada, a “boomer” with an exemplary record. I was fascinated by all the submarine lore as well as the running of the sub’s mission. The heroine is Gina Gray, a brilliant mathematician with a bad record of relationships who moves  from Colorado after a bad break-up to Bangor where her brother, Jeff, is stationed as C.O. of the Skywolf, a fast tactical sub.

Because I am “math-challenged” I found Gina’s talents a bit hard to believe, but found her very believable. I found myself rooting for her and wondering what she would do next. Deciding she had done a rotten job of finding a guy for herself, she asks Jeff to set her up with a “good” man. Jeff’s first choice is Bishop, but Mark takes himself out of the mix because he feels he is too old for her.

’nuff said. You’re going to have to read the book to find out the rest. I guarantee you will have a much greater appreciation for our submarine forces after you finish the book. And you’ll be hooked on Henderson’s writing if you’re not already.

I was given an advance copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers only to discover I’d purchased it previously but hadn’t read it yet. In the interest of full-disclosure, I review books for Bethany and receive review copies for my honest reviews.


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