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Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes, Book 1 | [Suzanne Brockmann]

Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes, Book 1

Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs - or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the US government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties.
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Publisher's Summary

Suzanne Brockmann's seamless blend of heroic military action and intense passion inspired USA Today to call her "a superstar of romantic suspense" - and for years her award-winning Troubleshooters audiobooks have been must-listens for fans of sizzling stories of action and adventure. Now the New York Times best-selling author shoots to thrill again with Do or Die, an electrifying new audiobooks that is certain to win Brockmann new listeners and delight devotees.

Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs - or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the US government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission for reasons he will not - or cannot - reveal.

But saying no is not an option - especially not for Phoebe Kruger, Ian's beautiful and unexpectedly brash new attorney. Determined to see the abducted children set free, Phoebe not only gets Ian on board but insists on riding shotgun on his Mission: Impossible - style operation, whether he likes it or not.

Though Phoebe has a valuable knack for getting out of tight spots, there's no denying the intensely intimate feelings growing between Ian and Phoebe as the team gears up for combat. But these are feelings they both must fight to control as they face an array of cold-blooded adversaries, including a vindictive Mob boss who's got Ian at the top of his hit list and a wealthy psychopath who loves murder as much as he loves money. As they dodge death squads and play lethal games of deception, Ian and Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the innocent and vanquish the guilty - or die trying.

©2014 Suzanne Brockmann (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Do or Die will captivate readers with its intense, action-filled plot, alpha-and-a-half hero, and his smart, perfect-for-him heroine, as well as secondary characters who contribute pathos and humor." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Brockmann leaves the reader breathless.... The sex is great, the action nonstop; and the dialogue between Ian and Phoebe is some of Rita Award–winning Brockmann’s best." (Booklist)

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    K. Holt 03-07-14
    K. Holt 03-07-14
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    "Suzanne Brockmann hits another out of ballpark!"

    Congratulations to Suzanne Brockmann--DO OR DIE rocked ALL FIVE stars.

    TOP REASONS WHY IT EARNED A FIVE STAR REVIEW FROM ME:
    * Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank are extraordinariliy good matches to Brockmann's writing. Their performance is always 3-D and truly extraordinary-- this book was no exception to that rule.
    Amazing, 3-D characterizations that remained true to themselves.
    * Tightly interwoven, multiple plot lines and multiple point-of-view characters--and it was easy to follow, and WORKED.
    * Beautiful balance of suspense, romance, thriller elements, military aspects.
    * Pacing in this action-packed book was ideal....quiet, introspective, share-my-background-with-you-because-I'm-falling-in-love-with-you scenes were offset by action scenes that rocked.
    * It was fun to see beloved secondary characters (like Yoshi, Martell Griffin, and Jules Cassidy--even if he was only mentioned in passing).
    * Dialogue and tags written like the consummate professional Brockmann is.
    * Plot twists and turns that kept me guessing. While events were beautifully foreshadowed, events didn't go as planned, didn't unravel the way I'd anticipated--I liked that!
    * Ultra-rewarding comeuppance for the bad guys.
    * Hard-won happy endings....and the sense of an optimistic-next-step for the romances. Without an unrealistic "let's get married--right now" kind of wrap-up, I had the complete confidence the romantic couples will be just fine in the future. That's all I need!
    * This book is a superb opening to a new series (Reluctant Heroes)...and WOW...did Ian Dunn's story illustrate what a reluctant hero he is!
    * For me, this book delivered 100% on its promise...from the book description/blurb, from my past experience devouring ALL of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooter series (and even older works). Brockmann just keeps getting better and better.
    * Characters face serious conflict, and they triumph by hard work, teamwork, trial and error....and EARNED the solutions.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to fans of Suzanne Brockmann, fans of military romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic suspense....virtually anyone who loves an excellent book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    AtlantaBabe 02-13-14
    AtlantaBabe 02-13-14
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    "First book in a new series!"

    Suzanne Brockmann is off to a great start to her new "Do or Die" series with Reluctant Hero. A mob family, foreign terrorist, the FBI, covert ops, a gay couple with a baby, a lawyer, plan A, plan B, goat f**ks and ex-Navy Seal Ian Dunn.

    A pull you in romantic suspense that is not too heavy on the testosterone. Fantastic narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Loy 03-10-14
    Loy 03-10-14

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    I enjoyed this story -- it had a lot of build up -- introducing all the characters --
    I think her new series is going to be good. The main girl could have had a lot more backbone but in the end she did. the hero needed to let people help him and in the end he did

    I will look forward to seeing how the other people find their way to love and happiness

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 02-11-14
    Rhonda 02-11-14
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    "Glad we have a new book!"

    I really liked the humor....loved the new characters....loved the narrators....looking forward to the next installment....This is a little more intrigue but worth the purchase!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Boredom Rochedale South, Australia 02-28-14
    Boredom Rochedale South, Australia 02-28-14 Member Since 2015

    reviewed wrong book for one more day

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    "It may be long but I loved it all"
    Any additional comments?

    I really like the diverse characters in this book and it caters for a lot of different tastes. For the majority of the book I was think the same thing as Ian's brother, "Just kiss already" But when they finally did it only got better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carol 12-31-14
    carol 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Brockmann does it best!"

    Lawlor and Ewbank are the perfect readers for the high energy characters and believable stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Shea 07-27-14
    Sandy Shea 07-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Vintage Suze is back?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Do or Die to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read it but loved the audio


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Phoebe


    What does Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring the characters to life. Love Lawlor and Ewbank.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the new series. Great character development. We get time to "know" them as well as follow the action. Can't wait until the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan C UK 07-19-14
    Susan C UK 07-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Utterly brilliant"
    What made the experience of listening to Do or Die the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were stunning. I have always enjoyed the combination of Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank on Suzanne Brockmann's books and this was not a disappointment - just made a fabulous story utterly brilliant


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - every time I thought I knew what was coming next there was another twist!


    What about Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank ’s performance did you like?

    Their voices and the way in which they do the different character perspectives - stunning


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but only because I don't have time to do that! I listen to it on my commute and it makes me want to get out of the house in the morning to see what happens next!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of Suzanne Brockmann and I wasn't disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonya Detroit, MI, United States 07-06-14
    Sonya Detroit, MI, United States 07-06-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book and series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Do or Die to be better than the print version?

    I'm a Suzanne Brockmann fan and this book did not let me down. If your looking for a easy listen during a long summer drive this is it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    karl isacson 06-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Seemed like a romance novel in disguise"
    What did you like best about Do or Die? What did you like least?

    There was a little bit of suspense??? The sappy dialogue was painful


    What does Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Do you really read ..."POS" as "pos". Somehow when I read it I think "piece of Sh.."


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed but kept hoping it might get better. It didnt for me

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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