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 characte..Show More »rs 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
This is another fabulously exciting installment to the "TroubleShooters" series. Suspenseful, historical tidbits flashing back to WWII, hot & steamy...Show More » Gotta love all of the Navy SEALS in Suzanne Brockmann's novels. A definite MUST buy, but MUST read all the books in sequential order. I love the continuous use of characters throughout the series of books AND the impending terrorist plots, turmoil, angst and hot romantic story lines continued from book to book. I will listen to this complete series more than once, twice, maybe three times or more. I've learned so much about our wonderful Navy SEALS along with the WWII flashbacks and reminders of what our service men and women do for us every day of every year. God Bless America and our Service people.
I have really liked the style of the Suzanne Brockman action books, an exciting story with decent of character development. I have to admit that I hav..Show More »e not read the stories in order. As I come to the earlier numbers in the Troubleshooters series there is much more character development. The books are worked in a way so there are little sniplets from the past that are blended to help you see how the character became the way they are now. As opposed to the later books where the characters already seem to know themselves and they decide to be with their loves/partner anyway and deal with the faults instead of the author helping the readers understanding of what made them that way through past flashbacks.
THIS book is referenced in just about EVERY other book that she writes. This is the story where Gina and Max first meet when she is a hostage on an airplane and he is the negotiator. It colors those characters throughout the rest of the series.(happens in first 1.5 hrs) Also this is the book where Sam meets Mary Lou, then leaves to work on the hostage situation... with Alyssa and Jules. So a lot of characters that you'll come to know and love, and who will have their own books later, do actions in this book that will haunt them through the series.
I wasn't a huge fan of the reader. I don't think that she does well with a large number of male voices and I wasn't a fan of her Danish accent either. She tells the story well, good pacing, you just can't tell all the men apart sometimes.
I enjoyed a book by this author so much I went for another and the story was equally well written. It was not equally well read. If one can get past t..Show More »he flat monotone of the reader then there's an enjoyable adventure here. If you're put off by someone who reads an action or romantic scene as if they were reading a manual on how to strip and rebuild an engine then skip it and go to the next book in this series. You will not be dissapointed.
I loved the story of Muldoon and DaCosta. However...the narrator made it a trying listen. She at least needs to "deepen" her male voices. What a dis..Show More »traction listenening to. You had to really concentrate on who was speaking. I hate that. Otherwise, a great story.
If you are new to the Troubleshooters series, I recommend starting from the beginning. The stories are linked. Sam and Alyssa go way back to the first..Show More » book, although that one is NOT essential to understand things. BUT you DO need to read "The defiant hero" and "Over the Edge" (in that order) to understand Sam and Alyssa's relationship. Things in this book open your eyes to some of the things that Sam says and does.
I read some of the comments on some of the language thing...interestingly I did not notice the swearing at all the first time I listened to the book because it's Sam! In relistening to the book after reading that comment I did notice the swearing, but that's part of what makes him Sam.
The series is amazing. Some people don't like the multiple stories. It may take a bit to get used to it, but I have come to love it. The action is amazing in most of the books (I have to agree with others on the lack of action plot in #12 - All through the night), but having followed Jules' story throughout all the other books, it was OK. These are romance books with explicit scenes mingled with action. If you don't like either, this is not your kind of book. If you like both (you're probably a Gemini), you are in luck! Best books I have ever read, I can't enough. And I can't wait to hear more about Izzy and Eden, which Suz has promised for next book! I was very surprised when she answered my suggestion on her website within a couple of days!
I love this author! Everyone of these books is a keeper! When i started to collect audio books i was so eager to collect all these and to find them na..Show More »rrated by such PERFECT narrators as Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank was such a treat! Only now i find that i cannot get hold of anymore as they are unavailable to Australians!! However if you are fortunate enough to be able to download this series DO SO! Lucky YOU! Fantastic charactures that you get to revisit in each book, fast plot and fantastic narration - its a winner!
I won't recommend this as a stand alone audiobook/novel, but as part of the series, this was a great chapter.
-Robin was too effiminate i..Show More »n the reading. Really, he's an action hero! Come on! His character was written a little effete, but this was taken too far in the reading.
-The relationship felt a little labored sometime, over written with dialog. No one, even the superGayMan, talks like this.
-The straight love story was dull and silly and didn't add to the story line in any way. It detracted, partly because there was no substance, but also because I won't be able to see a really developed story about Dolphina in the future. Bleh, opportunity missed.
BUT...I still was strangely compelled to enjoy this novel.
-I love Jules & Robin's story, and I needed this to make me feel more complete. I wanted to hear about success, fighting through alcoholism and coming out. This was a denumant to the last novel in which their love was a feature.
-I love that a gay couple gets to be the central story line. I support, in a general way that has involved little more than fundraisers and signing of all relevant petitions, the civil rights of gay couples. This story helped me continue to embrace the diversity and yet the homogeneity of love. People love other people, not gender-specific-noun love opposing-gender-specific-noun. This also made me cry at then end, although Prop 8 may have been why I felt so sad when I heard the author's note at the end. This book made me want to do more....
-I was happy to hear the Joneses are doing well. :) I know, small thing, but I'm happy. I always fall at least a little (ok, mostly a lot) in love with Brockmann's characters and the fact that they are not always wrapped neatly up between the covers of one story helps me keep them alive in my mind.
Overall, I recommend to current fans, but this is NOT a representative book. Go read Hot Target, then Breaking Point, THEN All Through the Night.
Brockman's books just keep getting better! It is nice to read a series and get to know everyone. I was thrilled while listening to this story. In the ..Show More »future I am going to buy the audible first.
Wow! The major complaint of a reviewer before me happened to be my personal favorite theme in the book. Don't let it put you off, you may love it! I..Show More »t was really funny, riveting and filled with tension. Wow! This was definitely my favorite of all the Troubleshooters books so far. It would help if you have read at least Flashpoint and perhaps Into the Storm before this book in order to best appreciate the truly elegant twists in the romantic story arcs. Brockmann gives us enough backstory to fill in the blanks, but nothing can really compare to understanding the characters the way you do if you get to know them over several books. Not to mention the fact that all the books in the series are great. Dark of Night is the only one of the Troubleshooters series that I have given a five star rating to, however and I believe only one of two that have a five star rating from me out of something like 200 audible titles listened to and rated. Masterful storytelling!
First of all, if you are new to the Troubleshooters series, I recommend starting from the begining. The stories are linked, and sometimes there is som..Show More »ething slight in a previous book that makes things in a later book better. I started by book 13 (Into the fire) and then went all the way back to number 1 (The unsung hero) and went through the whole series...in 1 month!
This book is one of the best so far. It has more thriller into it than others and it keeps you guessing until the end. Also having Sam and Alyssa back and hear about their relationship evolving into something so solid is really heartwarming.
The series is amazing. Some people don't like the multiple stories, it may take a bit to get used to it, but I have come to love it. The action is amazing in most of the books (I have to agree with others on the lack of action plot in #12 - All through the night), but having followed Jules' story throughout all the other books, it was OK. I liked #11 (Force of Nature) better since it actually developed Jules' and Robin's story.
These are romance books with explicit scenes mingled with combat action. If you don't like either, this is not your kind of book. If you like both, you are in luck! Best books I have ever read, I can't enough. And I can't wait to hear more about Izzy and Eden, which Suz has promised for next book!
As always, Brockmann's book is awesome and so is the narration by Lawlor and Raudman. Yes there are topics that are uncomfortable; child abuse in man..Show More »y situatations both in the present of the book and in the characters past, alcoholism, etc... But the book is also about communication and miscommunication, trust and not trusting. I don't believe that Brockmann is portraying and anti-christianity message. I think her characters usually either believe in God (in the Christian sense) or come to some kind of understanding with a "God"-like power. There is only one minor character in the book that seems to use Christianity as an excuse for evil. The religious beliefs or lack of belief of most of the other characters (including the main characters) is a mystery to the reader/listener.
Each character has a very clear voice in the writing and in the narration of the audio version. The story flows and is exciting. And sometimes the characters are annoying, which is one of the reasons why I love them so much. Like real people they make sometimes dumb decisions and sometimes great ones. And like all of us they struggle with themselves and getting to an understanding their place in life and who they are.
The narrators are superb. They create a world where it is very easy to understand each point of view and when that point of view shifts. The format of having a male and female narrator works so well for all of Brockmann???s books. Her stories are more interesting due to the shifts in points of view and the way that each characters ???voice??? shows through. I really like the domestic tensions in this book. It puts a different spin on the thrilling romance part of the story. They story is excellent and different than the other books in the series. I find it amazing that after 16 books, I will be first in line for book #17 when Brockmann returns to writing about this incredible group of people.