I still haven't finished this one. I'm four hours in the the second part and I don't think I can take it any more. The basic plot and cast of characters had enormous potential to be a top notch thriller in the genre of Baldacci, but falls short.
I've never read a harlequin romance novel, but this book is what I would expect one to be. A super soldier (super secret, super tough, super hansom, super available) returns home on leave and encounters his secret flame from his childhood days. She (of course) is a super beautiful, super sexy, super smart, super successful Dr. who has only recently become super available.
For the first eight hours of the book these two super people fantasize about each other like teenagers, but they are to each shy(?) to approach each other. I'm all for a little romance in an action novel -- and this one started out well-- but it drug on and on until it became too much
As a personal fan of the series I enjoyed having the first of the series in audio format. Imortant to remember this book was written PRE-9/11 so read it in that context. If you are not a fan of Romance, explicit sexual content (though not as graphic as some), mixed in your thrillers, this is not the book for you, if you are...enjoy the intro to the Troubleshooters.
This is a wonderful story of determination & strength. The narrator brings you right into the story & keeps you on the edge of your seat. I loved this book! My favorite book of the year by far.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The Unsung Hero is a story that revolves around the past and how it affects the present day scenario. Basically it is a love story of a past relationship from WWII that has bound two friends to the present day. The other love story involves the daughter of the unsung hero and the Navy Seal nephew of the OSS soldier. The nephew, Tom is home to recover from a head injury sustained in a rescue operation, he runs into Kelley again, the person responsible for him joining the military and getting out of town. Now for the action part, Tom recognizes a terrorist that they (Naval Intelligence) had long tracked and believed was dead, the man has had extensive plastic surgery but still recognizable by someone who had studied him and learned his pattern. The question was, what was he doing in a small resort town? The answer, there was to be a celebration including dignitaries from Europe, and Senators honoring the men who served in occupied France and was instrumental in thwarting the Nazis. However, Naval Intelligence doesn’t believe him, because of his head injury , they believe he is seeing things. Tom gathers some of his team and sets up operations.
Yes the story bogs down some with the romance story of Tom and Kelley but it was sweet and yeah somewhat sappy but added to the story, IMO.
The two WWII veterans actually stole the show IMO. The ending was superb, what a way to go out, a hero to the end.
Jack Garret, Phil Gigante or Richard Ferrone would have been better narrators of this story. The female voice of Dr. Kelly was annoying but I got past it.
I can't review the book because the narration stopped me at chapter 5. I can't keep going. The narrator gets most of the blame because of the simpering tone used for Kelly - a grown up woman who is a doctor who is made to sound like an ditzy adolescent - his stilted delivery that only disappeared during the action sequences, and the fact that he managed to make everyone sound like a caricature or an idiot. I didn't like ANY of the characters because of this. But the director or editor of this audio book also needs to take the rap. The narrator could have used some direction and clearly didn't get it. And from one sentence to the next we jumped fifty years, or to entirely new characters. I'm sure in the book there would have been a considerable gap between paragraphs, and this should have been reflected in a pause. All in all, I'm disappointed that I didn't get to find out whether I like the writer.
This book just doesn't get going. Although its supposed to be about "The Unsung Hero" it painfully dwells on each thought the two main characters have. Nothing is left to the imagination - and not in a good way. After the fifth or six time the author indicates they each have insecurites along with desires for each other - it just gets old. The author repeatedly reviews every thought pattern as they jostle for the bedroom. Oh, my will he see me smile? I saw his hair move. Was he upset? For every minute on the storyline, there are ten minutes of repeated insecurities. So very little action. A harlequin romance want to be.
This is the first of her troubleshooter books. She wrote other "prequals" to the troubleshooters series for Silhouette under the sub heading TALL DARK & DANGEROUS--romantic suspence among a group of navy SEALs. This story describes how Tom Paoletti leaves his SEAL team after being injured on an operation and begins the troubleshooters, while falling in love and foiling a terrorist plot along the way. I gave the story a four stars, but I would give the narrator 3 stars. He is good at changing his voice so you know when someone different is speaking, but he isn't as expressive as Patrick Lawlor, who narrates Ms. Brockmann's later books. I look forward to listening to some of the other "early" troubleshooter books.
After several chapters, I could not go on. There was just too much fawning and fantasizing over the two main characters by each other.
The first chapter had some nice action, but then it became a chick book about a Navy Seal who returns to his home town and renews an old romance. I kept waiting for the action to restart, but there were just lots of thoughts about each other bodies, etc.
I finally abandoned the book.
This book was a romance writing woman doing her attempt at writing an action thriller. At first I was a little put off but then I was reminded that Lee Childs' main character looks at a woman who looks at him; they make love and then it's the next day and they get back to business. Brockmann's book is about the spaces between the words in the second half of the previous sentence. Overall, a little bit sappy, however, I think she pulls it off; the good guys win in the end and everybody is happy. I didn't give it 5 stars because I like a little more blood and guts and shooting and that kind of stuff. But, the lovemaking scenes . . . . wow! They were right up there. And, yes, I am going to recommend it to my wife. :-)
Suzanne Brockmann, to her fans, creates books with an extraordinary link between romance and fact. This one is more complex than usual with a number of extremely well drawn characters. Of course, steamy romance is included, and Ms. Brockmann deals with her favorite Navy SEALS.
I enjoyed it enough to keep it in my Audible "to listen" section.