Nebraska born and bred Navy SEAL Calvin "Coop" Cooper, after his own family has perished in a tornado, is ordered to meet the family of a prominent San Diego psychiatrist. The doctor's brother is a fallen SEAL medic who died in Grenada. There, Cooper meets Libby Brownlee, the beautiful niece of this fallen hero. Heavily influenced by her father, "We don't speak military here," is her comment about the military in general, and the SEAL community in particular. What starts out as a frosty debate between two people privately dealing with their own personal grief, turns into a passionate affair neither expected. Just as Cooper realizes perhaps Libby is the woman he's always been looking for, she is snatched out from under him by a psychopathic killer bent on revenge. Dr. Brownlee is forced to rely on Cooper's help, along with his buddies in SEAL Team 3. Will Cooper be able to survive the loss of the woman he loves, or will his self sacrifice be enough to keep her safe?
©2012 Sharon Hamilton (P)2013 Sharon Hamilton
I liked this book and the narrator that reads this series. JD Hart has a lovely way of differentiating between the various characters, which once you figure out who is who is one of the best things about the books that he's narrating. I will say that I enjoyed this book, listening to it allows me to do lots of other things that need to be done while still getting my reading in for the day. The characters in this novel are pretty interesting. Cooper is the male lead and he doesn't quite take over the whole story. He has that type of character that it would be very easy to let him take control and run wild, or at least it seemed that way. Hart was able to put a lot of that likability in the character of Cooper which helped a lot. Libby Brownlee, the female lead in the character took me a little bit to warm up to. She does come off as a classic portrayal of a daughter of a powerful man (her father is a psychiatrist) and only through meeting Cooper, she seems as though she comes into her own and only needed a little nudge from the right person. She has her own demons that she's trying to deal with, which Cooper seems to help her overcome. The meeting of Libby and Cooper seems to be fate, given that Cooper is sent to talk to the family of the SEAL who fell in Grenada years ago, that Cooper has a connection with. The conversation not only allows Libby to become interested and involved with Cooper, but for Cooper to become involved with her family, as it seems that her family is being stalked and being threatened by an unknown subject. The interlacing of the stories and people's lives is interesting. And I really did like the way that previous characters and individuals that have been mentioned before are inserted into the story
The one slight problem that I had with the audio book was the bit of confusion that I had in the beginning. I think that if I were reading it, it wouldn't have been as much of an issue. It starts with the Nebraska tornado and then moves into the story. While the tornado is an essential part of the story, as it fuels Cooper's actions and thoughts for the whole novel, I still felt as though there was a slight disconnect right a the beginning.
I loved the premise of the story, the whole dynamic of Libby's family and their views of the military and how that affects the relationship developing between Libby and Cooper. I love the way Libby blossoms, she's been sheltered and lived for everyone else her entire life and in the span of a couple weeks, her whole world turns upside down and she learns to think for herself. I love to see that kind of growth in characters throughout a story, it makes it worth reading (or listening too).
I loved Cooper and how he handled most situations. He fought himself every step of the way, his head and his heart don't always agree, and I almost felt that he didn't want to be happy himself (although that is understandable at times). He's just the definition of alpha in my opinion.
I wanted to listen to this book all at one time, but it was just too long to make that happen! I was so disappointed every time I had to hit pause!
This was a great addition to the Seal Series. To be honest, I liked it better than the first one.
This book had more sexy heat, but not as much fighting action as book 1 but I think that is what I liked about it. There wasn't as much action so it wasn't overloaded like book 1 and allowed me to enjoy it more. This had more storyline and didn't have 18 different POV's like the previous book. It focused on the main people instead, allowing me to become more invested into the characters. Only 1 story going on most of the time vs 3 or 4 at the same time.
Like the characters, the storyline and the dialogue between the characters.
This is a multi pov but more focused on Cooper (and the Seals) vs. Libby (but then it is a Seals book so that makes sense)
All in all a good read/listen (have as audio book) The narrator got on my nerves at times but not as bad as in book 1. (yes it's the same guy but I think I'm getting used to him, but he still isn't my favorite.)
So.... would I recommend this book/audiobook? Yes
Would I read more from this author? Yes
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
I enjoy listening to JD Hart's voice. He brings the characters to life with his tone and slight rasp.
I'd have to say there were 2 moments that were the most memorable. The first being when Coop gets word of the tornado and when he gets home and finds Bay.The second being the conversation in the bar between Coop and Austin when they finally open up and lay it all out.
Either of the memorable moments mentioned above and the action at the end. I don't want to go into detail of what the action is as to not give any spoilers.
I love the comradery of these SEALs. They are a tight knit loyal group who love and back each other better than most blood families.
A side note would be to make sure to pay attention because there are a lot of different plot points throughout Fallen Seal that at times I was wondering how important they really were to this story.I enjoy Sharon's writing. She can tell a great story, include so many emotions ranging from loss and pain to laughter and humor, and leave you wanting more.
I look forward to reading/listening to more from Sharon and JD!
Yes I would definitely listen to this book again. I was intrigued by Coopers character when we met him in book 1. I liked he was still presented as a down to earth guy with simple roots. He was charming in is own way , had a big heart and loved his toys.
The most memorable moment for me was when Cooper realized he needed Libby in his life. He had been fighting his feelings for her racking up the reasons he should not be in her life when he realized he could not imagine living life without her.
J.D. Hart gives each character a distinct personality based on his voice overs. When you read a book your subconscious attaches specific ideals for each character that may or may not be how the writer saw them when they imagined them. By listening to someone with a pleasant voice who goes out of their way to make the book come alive while reading you can experience the readers vision for each character adding additional enjoyment and another point of view.
yes, there were several places that had me chuckling, especially the inner dialogue when Cooper makes comments to Libby's dad in his head. You can't help but laugh as you imagine his reaction to those unspoken statements.
So far Coopers story is my favorite. I spent a lot of time telling my kindle who the bad guy was and asking why they could not see it. I also had to say I told you so at the end when he was finally caught.
Great story. I love the alpha males that dont turn to mush when they fall in love. Coop definately remains alpha! Like the different inflections of the voices of JD. Overall great listening. We get more of Kyle too. Yes i recommend this book.
Fallen Seal Legacy is the perfect addition to the Seal Brotherhood Series. In this book, 2 families are interlinked by 2 different tragedies. Coop isn't looking for love, but it may have snuck up on him anyway. Libby has returned home, after an altercation in college has her wanting to take time off. The sparks between these 2 are flying everywhere, and I'm surprised my phone didn't overheat with all the steamy scenes. When you add the hidden secrets, suspense, and drama in this book, it makes for a perfect road trip audible. I did put the narrator speed at 1.5, but in all honesty it depends on how quickly you like your books read. (I am a fast reader myself, therefore I like my audios to be on the quicker side)
I highly recommend this audible for anyone looking for a phenomenal book
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook because of the narrator, J. D. Hart. He is exceptional with dialects and he makes sure that you can distinguish each character that is speaking during the story.
Yes. I like this author and she does a good job in describing our active SEAL team members and their dedication to our country. Her plots are smooth and offers insights into all of the characters whether they are main characters or secondary characters.
The dialects of some of the other SEAL team members I would not be able to "hear" in my head while reading their dialogue.
SEAL Team 3 to the rescue.
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