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The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1 | [Suzanne Brockmann]

The Unsung Hero: Troubleshooters, Book 1

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.
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Publisher's Summary

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings.

In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton - the sweet girl next door who has grown into a remarkable woman.

The town's infamous bad boy, Tom has always longed for Kelly. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day.

©2000 Suzanne Brockmann; (P)2008 BBC Audio

What the Critics Say

"Four plot lines are expertly interwoven to create a love story-cum-thriller in the latest work by veteran romance author Brockmann." (Publishers Weekly)
"Reader William Dufris's primary assets are his contemporary emotional range and the almost palpable color he brings to descriptive phrases. His flexible voice coaxes the listener to use more senses than just listening, a skill especially suitable for the romance genre." (AudioFile)

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    Ray 09-15-13
    Ray 09-15-13
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    "Has everything, a complete story and great reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Unsung Hero to be better than the print version?

    Though I haven't read the story, this listen was one of my favorites from more than 500 titles. A keeper!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unsung Hero?

    Listening to the "inner thoughts" of some of the "couple-characters" was delightfully funny and agonizing, depending on the story line. Had me laughing out loud and wiping my eyes "surreptitiously" while driving on the freeways.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think William Dufris hit his home run here. His pacing, voice pitch and character matching was superb! He conveyed the emotions of adults Tom and Kelly, past and present, the teens - David and Mallory and the elderly/young war veterans very realistically in a life-like manner.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hot action combined with explicit romance skillfully delivered! Rated R


    Any additional comments?

    Well done, Suzanne! I will be looking for the next in line, The Defiant Hero.

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    Russell El Paso, TX, United States 08-12-13
    Russell El Paso, TX, United States 08-12-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Romance Novel"
    Would you try another book from Suzanne Brockmann and/or William Dufris?

    Wouldn't try another, some romance is good but this was almost all about Romantic Relationships. Reader had some voices that were very annoying.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was good but expected as the trail was described in detail.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Character voices were not good for imagining the scenes.


    Do you think The Unsung Hero needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not if it is another romantic novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Will pass on more books by the author.

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    D. Watson Drain, OR USA 07-01-13
    D. Watson Drain, OR USA 07-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"
    If you could sum up The Unsung Hero in three words, what would they be?

    Yummy hot sexy are the three words I would use to describe this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Suzanne Brockmann? Why or why not?

    Yes because it was a good book.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He did an ok job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Action packed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-24-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Unsung hero, not who you think it is."

    I have listened to the whole series and I love it. This is the first book and it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. This book also has a double story in that it flashbacks to WWII. This happens for the first 5 books after that it doesn't have the flashbacks anymore. The series has arching with the different stories for the characters, so it is a must read in order to enjoy the full affect. Since I didn't have the first one on audio, I bought this with the 4.95 sale and decided to reread the entire series. Which I rarely do since I have a gazillion books in my library unread.

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    Athena 05-22-13
    Athena 05-22-13
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    "Another fantastic read!"
    Would you listen to The Unsung Hero again? Why?

    Id read it again, probably not listen to it though. A great compelling story by Brockmann. Loved all the action (in and out of bed); the narrator is a bit frustrating when doing woman POV & voices, but once you get over that its awesome!


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    DK 03-12-13
    DK 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "I like this series - cannot wait for the next book"
    Where does The Unsung Hero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read A LOT - this series is in my top 10!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Paoletti - he deals with real issues associated with those suffering from head trauma and it makes him believable and it helped me to warm up to him.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Paoletti again. Dufris did a great job with ALL characters.q


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

    Yes, unfortunately it is 14 hours long so...


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy these books...they deal with mature themes mostly sexual as well as combat. These are NOT for fans of Tom Clancy unless you like 80% sex and 20% other action.

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    Kate M. Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 02-06-13
    Kate M. Berkeley Springs, WV, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2001
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    "More than a romance, less than a suspense novel"

    Disclaimers:
    1) This is about the audio version of the book. I also read the book, back before it was available as audio and I assigned stars here based on the book without regard to the narrator. If you're considering the audio book I only gave the narrator 2 stars. He makes the female protagonist sound incredibly whiny. Actually, I don't think I like any of the people's voices the way he reads them.
    2) I'm a big fan of Suzanne Brockmann and that may count for one star of the review.

    There was a complaint that this was a romance rather than suspense. I suppose if you're expecting Tom Clancy or Eric Van Lustbader that would be valid. That said, we have to figure out whether Tom is suffering from a head injury of whether he actually sees a terrorist (not a spoiler, you've got that information in the second chapter). Part of my problem is that Dufris reads it as pure romance. When you get to a sex scene his voice is distracting. This gets much better later in the series when there are two narrators. One of the things I really enjoy in these early Troubleshooters books, and I read them long before I got the audiobooks, is the interwoven WWII plot. Tom's uncle, Joe, and his neighbor met in France when the neighbor, Charles, was shot down and rescued by members of the resistance. There's tension between the two because of something that happened there that Joe is going to talk about and Charles wants to keep secret. Beyond that, almost anything I would say about the plot strikes me as a spoiler.

    Because this is a romance, there is a sense in the primary male/female encounter of excessive sensitivity. I think I enjoyed the sex in the written book, without Dufris' particular emphatic reading but maybe that's an area where Brockmann's writing has improved over the years and if I went back and read it again it would still stick out as a little contrived.

    I think it's important to realize that this was written in 2000. That's before the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and our view of terrorists on US soil was very different.

    So, would I recommend this book? I have, often. I enjoy later books in the series more but we're introduced to Jazz Jacquette, Alyssa Locke and Sam/Roger/Bob/Ringo Starrett and I like meeting everyone as they're introduced in the series so when I go back to re-read the series I start here, even though it isn't my favorite of the books. I suppose it would be a five star if it had a little less emoting and more action.

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    Jackie San Antonio, TX, United States 09-05-11
    Jackie San Antonio, TX, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "The wrong narrator can kill a great story"

    I loved the various story lines in this book. However, I almost stopped listening because the narrator did such a poor job.. He may be good at othr genres but he should never read another romantic adventure. The narrators in the rest of this series are much better and do justice to the books..

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    Toni 06-21-11
    Toni 06-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Romance & angst"

    This is the first book by Suzanne Brockmann that I've 'read' so I didn't understand it was big on sex scenes, and characters lusting for each other. I thought it was more action/humor with a bit of romance. I would prefer to have this in print so I could skip past the more explicit scenes and the seemingly endless dialogue (I've loved him/her since we were teenagers, etc.) I hate not finishing a book and I would like to find out the ending and there is some good humor, but I definitely won't do any more audible books by this author.

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    DB 06-12-11
    DB 06-12-11
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    "LOVED the BOOK- Narrator could have been better"

    Loved the book, but had a difficult time getting use to the narrator's female voices. What a wonderful love story, hot, hot & sexy with a wonderfully patriotic "flashbacks" to an additional WWII storyline incorporated into a present day terrorist plot foiled by a top ranking Navy SEAL of SEAL Team 16. Nice FIRST installment to the TroubleShooters SEALS series. I think I am going to like this series as much as the "Dark & Dangerous" SEALS Team 10 stories. I have downloaded the first 5 of this series. Would have preferred another narrator but all in all, very worth the credit.

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