This was a good addition to the Troubleshooters series. Was it one of my favorites? No. It was good though. What kept it from being one of my favorit..Show More »es was for me Meg wasn't very likeable. I loved Eve's story and Sam and Alyssa's story. I look forward to reading the rest of Sam and Alyssa's story.
Great read! This is one of my favorite books from the Troubleshooters series and Stan is one of my favorite heros. I love Stan and Terri's story. I'm..Show More » looking forward to the rest of Sam and Alyssa's story and Max and Gina's.
Take one of the best action-romance authors and pair herin this re-recording with Lawlor and Ewbanks on vocals and you have nothing short of an extrao..Show More »rdinary gift.
This is one of the best of the troubleshooters series by Brockmann. Even with the previous poor recording from a few years back, I had listened to it several times. The story, the action and the unique parallel stories running thru the large story arc of the SEAL team 16 are captivating. While we are engaged with the contemporary action romance of Chief Ken Carmody and American aristocrat Savannah Van Hopf, we are drawn into the tale of Savannah's grandmother's--who we will see in several subsequent books--heroism and her own WWII love story. And if that wasn't enough to keep you totally glued, is the story of Dave Jones (grady morant) and the irrepressible and inspirational 40-something missionary Molly. Their own story will come up again in a later book in the troubleshooters series and it will never leave you.
This book gets Five stars for story, romance, action--heck it has it all, and the5-star vocal performance really turns this into a knockout.
Consider this book a great investment--you'll enjoy it the second and third time around. and fourth.... tina
I liked the way that Suzanne Brockman's U.S. Navy Seals are strong, smart and sexy but not the violent alpha jerks who have been so popular in recent ..Show More »romantic fiction. Thankfully these brave warriors do not enjoy beating, humiliating and degrading the women in their lives. Refreshingly, these military heroes actually like and respect the opposite sex.
Unfortunately, the main plot of the 5th book revolves around Joan (White House PR person), age 32 who moaned & groaned about being too old and too fat to be attractive to Lt. Mike (age 25). Joan was a pathetic bore, but not as obnoxious as Mary Lou, who whined constantly that her husband Sam didn't appreciate her.
The backstory of Joan's grandparents, who met during WW2, was interesting but not enough to save this novel from being too depressing for words. Mary Lou was a conniving, selfish bigot; Sam was a total martyr, and Joan thought that lying for a living was an admirable profession. It's truly sad when the most interesting women in a romance are a 83 year old grandmother and a 1 year old baby.
While I managed to finish this audiobook, my mind wandered often. I found the experience more annoying than entertaining, although I believe the author is talented. I just wished that she would write more self-confident and assertive female characters.
I've been looking forward to Sam and Alyssa's story for ages. Brockmann did not disappoint. It had everything I love about Sam and Alyssa, a continuat..Show More »ion of Max and Gina, some Tom and Kelly and tons of excitement. If I had to have one complaint though it would be that at times there was too much going on in the story, too many POVs. Usually the side WWII story adds to the plot but not so much this time. I found myself getting annoyed when the main story, which was pretty exciting, would get interrupted to go back in time. I think it would have been better to leave it out this time. Anyway, I still loved the story and would recommend it to any Brockmann fan and especially to a Troubleshooters series fan. It's a must read for the series.
I was disappointed at first because the characters I've come to love in the Troubleshooters series are barely mentioned. It didn't take me long to bec..Show More »ome vested in these new characters though and love them too. I'm now looking forward to reading these new guys' stories. I gave the performance only four stars this time where I usually give them five, not because they weren't good, but because they read this one differently than they've read the previous books in this series. It was little things like pronouncing names differently than they previously had and giving Tom a new accent. (Tom and Cosmo do appear briefly in this book) they were still good, just different. That pretty much sums this book up, good, just different from the previous books.
Great addition to the Troubleshooters series. Cosmo wasn't what I expected. I think he might be my new favorite Seal. I look forward to reading the st..Show More »ories of the new guys in Troubleshooters Inc. It was great seeing Tom and Kelly again in this one. I've missed them.
The Good: Suzanne Brockmann demonstrates a good sense of humor, which adds some lightness to help balance out some of the graphic violence. I enjoyed ..Show More »Jones and Molly's story, whose relationship was loving and believable, but not Max and Gina's.
The Bad: the "happily ever after ending" consisted of the Hero stating that he would continue to work 80-90 hours a week because his job was all important.. Likewise, the Heroine decides to give up going to law school so she can change diapers and sit at home waiting for her Hero to remember he had a wife and children. So not romantic!
The Ugly: I didn't like Max(45) and Gina (25) as couple, although they were both interesting and likable as individuals. I just couldn't get into a man having sex with a girl young enough to be his daughter. Icky!
This is a pretty good Troubleshooters story -- tough guys, smart women, danger, sexy stuff and heroes all around. I like the way gays are accepted an..Show More »d treated as family without hesitation.
My only wish is that the author had left out some of the dialogue between the gay characters & shown us the scene in a more subtle way. Do gays really talk that way? I don't think ANYone could have so many lame conversations. Well maybe they could but it makes the storey sound like a group of junior high school kids giggling in biology class.
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.
Congratulations to Suzanne Brockmann--DO OR DIE rocked ALL FIVE stars.
TOP REASONS WHY IT EARNED A FIVE STAR REVIEW FROM ME: * Patrick La..Show More »wlor 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.