The mystery surrounding the apparent suicide of her brother-in-law Captain David Quade has bothered Dr. Sara West for years. For the sake of her sister and niece, Sara has been unwilling to let the matter drop, putting her on a constant collision course with Air Force Colonel Jack Foster.

No one is more surprised than Sara when Colonel Foster unexpectedly appears in Saras office with a proposition. If Sara accepts a highly sensitive and very dangerous job within the military, she will uncover the truth about Davids death. Sara is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sara is to go undercover at the super-secret Braxton mental facility. She will be assigned five anonymous patients, one of whom is an agent with top-level clearance who disappeared while on assignment. Later, this officer was discovered at Braxton apparently suffering from some form of mental torture. Sara must discover if this mans mind can be salvaged. If it cant, then he must be canceled for national security reasons.

Nothing is at it appears to be at Braxton. There is also the disturbing discovery that no one ever leaves Braxton: not patients, doctors or nurses. Time is of the essence as Sara desperately tries to unravel the secret to her mystery patients mental condition. As his awareness begins to return, are they both running the risk that someone will attempt to eliminate them before the puzzle pieces all begin to fit?

Utterly thrilling from beginning to end, ACTS OF HONOR is so suspenseful you wont want to put it down. Vicki Hinze has proven herself a true master of military romantic suspense tales. (Jan., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith