Dr. Sarah West’s instincts tell her to run when Colonel Foster shows up at her office asking for help. Some of his men are falling off the radar only to reappear in a catatonic or vegetative state. Foster wants the PTSD expert to infiltrate Braxton. In the mental facility, her task is to help heal his men and uncover who is messing with their minds.
Sarah doesn’t trust Colonel Foster. However, going to Braxton may be the only way to find out what really happened to her brother-in-law who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier. Against her better judgment, Sarah accepts the job. It isn’t long before one of her patients, a man she calls “Joe,” wiggles his way into her affection and suddenly saving him becomes personal.
Vicki Hinze’s Acts of Honor is a story about conspiracy, corruption, and betrayal, as well as those who stand against it, no matter the cost. A steady pace and intriguing plot keep the reader’s attention. I became engrossed in Sarah and Joe’s story, reading the book in two sittings after a late night forced me to set it aside.
That being said, as much as I really enjoyed most of the book, the ending greatly disappointed me. It felt very unbelievable when Sarah, an untrained civilian, went through an “ordeal” (which I won’t explain to avoid spoilers) practically unscathed while top, trained military operatives went through it only to come out in vegetative states. Joe’s recovery also felt a bit rushed and unrealistic. He seemed to go from catatonic to completely restored almost overnight.
Readers should be prepared for some strong language, especially the D-word. Almost everybody used it, even though at times it didn’t seem to match their characters. Although the author does not go into details, there is one scene where the protagonists have sex. As is, Acts of Honor is okay for a one-time read.
Rated R: Language and mature themes (suicide, torture, sex)
Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!