New York Times best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense”, breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad.
Plus more never-before-released adventures featuring Jenk, Izzy, Gillman, Lopez, Kenny, Savannah, and other members of SEAL Team 16 - along with Suzanne Brockmann’s exclusive interviews with her beloved characters. Looking for the best kind of trouble? You’ve found it!
©2013 Suzanne Brockmann (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The short stories with Sam, Alyssa, Jules. I also appreciated the book being bookmarked so that I could skip to the short stories I care about the most.
Yes. I have really enjoyed the characters of this series and will read more if they come out. Her juggling multiple POVs in her books could be a bit much for some people. Having a female and male reader to narrator the famale/male character POVs help to keep track of the story in audio.
I have enjoyed their performances in past Troubleshooter books and their performance in this collection is no exception.
Book Introduction - Melanie Ewbank - (04:33)
Troubleshooters 00 - When Frank Met Rosie - Patrick Lawlor - (39:25)
- I didn't listen to this story.
Troubleshooters 00 - Thoughts on When Frank Met Rosie - Melanie Ewbank - (07:15)
- This is Ms. Brockmann's thoughts on writing this short story about a character was dropped from the series during book 3.
Troubleshooters 06.5 - When Alyssa and Sam Met the Dentist - Melanie Ewbank - (14:45) 3*
- Nice little preview of the villain from Hot Pursuit (book 15)
Troubleshooters 07.5 - Waiting - Patrick Lawlor - (35:05) 4*
- I love Sam and Alyssa so while Alyssa is mostly off-screen I enjoyed this story. Sam gets bad news about a mission Alyssa is on while he's at home with his daughter. The other wives of SEAL Team 16 show up to provide support.
Troubleshooters 09.5 - Sam Takes an Assignment in Italy Patrick Lawlor - (31:58) 4*
- Again, Sam is the main character with Jules coming in to have his back. It's a fun little short story.
Troubleshooters 09.6 - When Jenk, Izzy, Gilman, and Lopez Met Tony Vlachic - Patrick Lawlor - (25:53) 3*
- Fun little story about when the guys get to know Tony.
Troubleshooters 09.7 - Suz's Interview with Tom and Kelly - Melanie Ewbank - (07:41) 2*
- Not a big fan of the interview style bits in this anthology. This was just OK for me.
Troubleshooters 10.1 - Trapped - Patrick Lawlor - (1:02:44) 3.5*
- First short I listened to with some real action taking place. Was nice to see other members of the group in on this op. I love Sam, Alyssa and Jules. It was also the first story with some length to it.
Troubleshooters 10.2 - Conversation with Navy SEALs Mark "Jenk" Jenkins, Dan Gillman, Jay Lopez, and Irving "Izzy" Zanella - Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank - (06:26) 2*
- I didn't think this worked that well in audio
Troubleshooters 10.3 - Suz's Interview with Kenny and Savannah - Melanie Ewbank (07:53) 2*
Troubleshooters 12.6 - Home Is Where the Heart Is (Part I & II) - Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank - (2:52:20) 3*
- Main characters for this short were secondary (non-Troubleshooter) characters introduced in All Through The Night (book 12). I thought the premise of the plot was a bit thin but it was OK.
Troubleshooters 15.5 - A SEAL and Three Babies - Patrick Lawlor - (1:30:18) 4*
- This was my favorite short story in this collection. I loved seeing Sam and Robin working together in this short story.
FAQ Interview with Suz - Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank - (18:15) 2*
- I wish there had been more/longer real short stories instead of some of these entries. We can find this on the author's website.
Valentine's Day - Melanie Ewbank - (03:35) 1*
- I appreciate the sentiments in this commentary but, again, would have preferred more/longer short stories.
Fighting Destiny 00 - Bonus Story: Shane's Last Stand Patrick Lawlor (1:01:55) 3.5*
- This is a prequel to her Fighting Destiny series. I did read book 1 (Born to Darkness) and found it interesting so I liked this story. I can understand its inclusion in this collection since this takes place when Shane is a Navy SEAL (in the dystopian future) and it's one of the few short stories with some action going on.
Troubleshooters 00 - Glossary of Troubleshooters Terms - Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank - (18:43) 1*
- A mostly straight forward glossary of terms.
Troubleshooters 00 - Troubleshooters Series Timeline - Patrick Lawlor, Melanie Ewbank - (13:45) 1*
- A brief summary of the books and short stories that are part of the Troubleshooters series. Appreciate the inclusion in an e-book but these last 2 entries of the audio take over 30 minutes and while the narrators can make it interesting, not something I'd re-visit.
While there was a lot of extra stuff in this collection that I could have done without, the short stories I enjoyed were worth the price of admission for me.
I love this series... when I saw this audiobook I bought it immediately!! I still would have bought it even if I had read the reviews because I strongly believe in making my own judgment calls....but, they were right.
I made it through 2 1/2 hours w/ 7+ to go, but it's just too unbearable. These stories were just too short to really add anything to the storyline. Plus, unless you are a major fan & have read every single book in this series you simply won't get it.
And I have read & listened to every book, some of them numerous times and though I know the characters, this book doesn't go anywhere.
I love this author & the narrators, but you can easily skip this one.
On the other hand, this audiobook is very cheap, so it would be worth it.
Even though this particular audiobook is not my cup of tea, I don't regret getting it.
I just wish I knew that it was a compilation of lots & lots of short stories and these blurbs that are more like a stream of thoughts put onto paper.
Anyways, best for you to be the judge. 😉
I really tried to like this book. I couldn't. I love the Troubleshooters and SEAL team 16, I didn't love this book at all. Most had been published previously and the rest shouldn't have been published at all. To much moralizing and not enough story. Sounds like the same couple of paragraphs were repeated in every story. So what Jules and Robin are gay, get over it. So Sam loves and respects his wife, get over that too, I get the impression Sam spends most of his time walking on glass around Alyssa, fawning over her and afraid to be himself. So Jules spends his time rescuing his friends, someone's in trouble, call Jules. Seems like no one can help themselves and Jules spends his time driving back and forth to the airport. Come on SB, drop the moralizing and write some real stories.
I love Suzanne Brockmann, I love Troubleshooters and the Seals, I loved the idea of a bunch of short stories to fill in the characters, but I did NOT love this.
1. Hated the commentary in between the stories. Sure, she's political but politics built into a story are one thing, straight political commentary (which is what this felt like) is another. For that, I'll just turn on the talking heads on tv.
2. I escape into the books. I escape with the characters. I hated the short stories in which the characters I've grown to love not only have a conversation wtih the author, but know they are characters and are concerned about their story lines. I don't read or watch "behind the scenes" books and programs for the same reason. *I* know they are characters but I don't want THEM to realize and worry about what happens in the next book. It ruins the escape for me.
I'll stick with Brockmann, but I will definitely stay far, far away from short story compilations from now on!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Lots of short stories ranging from 15 mins to 3 hrs, I will round them out time wise for each story. This has some good stories in it, but you don't need to read it. Don't read if you haven't read the Troubleshooter series. Here's a list of what is in the book. I skipped interviews and Intro, because I never like to listen to that stuff.
• Intro from Author. 5 mins. Skipped.
• When Frank met Rosie. 40 mins. Cute story but sad because we know that Frank dies.
• Author's note on When Frank met Rosie. 7 mins. Gives statistics and explains previous story.
• When Alyssa and Sam Met the Dentist. This story should have been a flashback in Hot Pursuit. 15 mins
• Waiting. 35 mins. Sam angst about Alyssa in the field.
• Sam Takes an Assignment in Italy. 32 mins. Funny story.
• When Jenk, Izzy, Gilman, and Lopez Met Tony Vlachic. 26 mins. Boys at the poker table.
• Suz's Interview with Tom and Kelly. 8 mins. Skipped.
• Trapped. 1 hr. 2 mins. More action, good story.
• Conversation w/ Navy SEALs Mark "Jenk" Jenkins, Dan Gillman, Jay Lopez, & Irving "Izzy" Zanella. 6.5 mins. Skipped.
• Suz's Interview with Kenny and Savannah. 8 mins. Skipped.
• Home Is Where the Heart Is (Part I & II). 2 hrs. 53 mins. Okay story. It was about Will sister and best friend.
• A SEAL and Three Babies. 1 hr. 30 mins. Funny especially since I had been there done that. I feel for Sam on this one. Best story.
• FAQ Interview with Suz. 18 mins. Skipped.
• Valentine's Day. 4 mins. Skipped
• Shane's Last Stand. 1 hr. 2 mins. New series, prequel to Born of Darkness, which I haven't started yet, because I was waiting until she wrote more first. Not sure about how I will like the series or not.
• Glossary of Troubleshooters Terms. 19 mins. Skipped.
• Troubleshooters Series Timeline. 14 mins. A nice flashback to all the books.
It was just a bunch of repeats and what the author likes about her characters.
I would love for it to be another Suzanne Brockman military, romance, action packed, 5-star book. I truly love her writing.
Patrick Lawlor is soooo good at putting the exact spin on his voice to match the emotion of the character. Truly his reading skill fascinates me. Melanie brings life and emotion to her characters and is consistent with maintaining the correct voice.
The entire "book". This should have been just a YouTube interview.
As I said, I LOVE Suzanne Brockman's writing. Had been waiting a long time for another book in her Troubleshooters series, or maybe even a book to start an entire new series. I feel her fans, her very loyal readers, were duped into thinking this was a continuation of the series. I can't believe her precious writing time was wasted on this.
Love the short stories of the trouble shooter gang. I did not like the futuristic story at all. I could not connect to the characters and is in fact one of the VERY few books that I bought but did NOT finish reading. It even went into the goodwill pile.
But, I'm ready for another full length classic Troubleshooters inc. story. It seems like its been a very long time. Start at the beginning. These books will entertain and make you a better person for the way Suzanne brings you into her world.
This is not actually a story but rather conversations between the author and characters with a few short stories intermingled. I was a little disappointed because I loved the rest of the series.
They were fine but the author talking to the characters was weird.
I've read or listened to audio performances of all of the Troubleshooters series by Suzanne Brockmann. They all rank in the top 100 of my favorite books...and I've enjoyed several of them more than once. This anthology of Troubleshooters stories (shorts, interviews, novella-length too) is like icing on the cake....catches readers up to where the characters are years later, tells the backstories of characters who played key (but secondary) roles in the Troubleshooters series, etc.
I couldn't help but give the Performance five stars too; Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank consistently do a phenomenal job performing Brockmann's books. I've come to associate their talent with Brockmann's.....and her books read by others never measure up (IMHO).
This book was on my personal wish list for MONTHS, waiting for it to become available in print or from Audible. I'm glad I opted for the Audible version--a great listen, and one I'll enjoy again.
I'm such a Suzanne Brockmann fan that her books are auto-buys for me. I was so NOT disappointed with the quality and depth of this book. I'd been concerned that too much of he content would be shorts I'd already read (or heard)...and much to my delight, there was very little repeat. It's fresh, new, true-to-characterization of the heroes and heroines that I've adored throughout the Troubleshooters series. It's great seeing Brockmann try something new (this anthology as #17 in the series). It's a true FIVE STARS.
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