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Publisher's Summary

Suzanne Brockmann's wildly popular Troubleshooters series showcases this master storyteller's rare gift for blending intense adventure with sensuous romance. And it all begins with The Unsung Hero, a heart-pounding tale of love that reveals hidden truths and brings two solitary people together against all odds.

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the sighting as injury-induced imaginings. In a last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorism team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton. As the town's infamous bad boy, Tom was always in love with Kelly, a sweet "girl next door" who has grown into a remarkable woman. 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)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent story-tragic narration

If you could sum up The Unsung Hero in three words, what would they be?

Incredibly good book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Impossible to choose just one.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I truly enjoyed Patrick Lawlor...but not enough to listen to Melanie Ewbank for another second! I couldn't finish listening to this book; it was just that painful. (I've got the book, and I'll just have to re-read the rest.) Have you ever listened to the pronunciation sample of an online dictionary? THAT is how Ewbank reads!! Every single sound of every single word is deliberately enunciated.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was really engrossed in the book, but when I realized that I was cringing and dreading the POV changing to the heroine's, I turned it off.

Any additional comments?

This is a very well written book. It's the one that hooked me on SEALs. The WWII backstory is woven in seamlessly. I'm sorely disappointed that I couldn't bear to listen to all of it. Ewbank is better suited to reading how-to manuals.

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New narration breathes life into this for me

Would you consider the audio edition of The Unsung Hero to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed this newly recorded audiobook better than the e-book.;

What other book might you compare The Unsung Hero to and why?

Other S. Bockmann books in The Troubleshooters series.

Have you listened to any of Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Mr. Lawlor and Ms. Ewbank have become the voices of the Troubleshooters. (Shout out to Rene Raudman on her narration on some titles as well). To have a good portion of this series re-recorded with their narration was a gift from the author and the narrators!

Any additional comments?

Ms. Brockmann's books and audios aren't for everyone. She has multiple points of view and many in this series include flashbacks to WW-II as well as the contemporary storyline. In the audios, Mr. Lawlor reads all characters when the POV is male and Ms. Ewbanks when the POV is female.

I always thought this first book in the series was very good but after struggling to finish the audiobook by the first narrator, I have never done a re-listen of this story. I have really enjoyed this re-listen and may have to continue with the rest of the series now!

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Interesting Story- but

The plot of the stories is really good- very interesting how the stories all come together, however the author's grasp of Military History is shockingly lacking. The United States Air Force did NOT exist during World War II. It wasn't formed until after the end of the war. Until then it was part of the US Army. It should have been referred to as the Army Air Force. That irritated me through the entire story. Also, her description of the Navy SEALs were also woefully inaccurate. Not sure when this book was published but this information is easily available through quick google searches.

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nice story but...

Horrible female narrator. Spoke too slowly and made odd word enunciation choices. Hope for a change in the next series book.

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Rockin' narrator's!

I love listening to these narrator's and this series!, wish I had them all! I love finding a good voice to read my books, I wish these guys read them all! Great Job! !

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An Ok Start to a Freaking Amazing Series

What did you love best about The Unsung Hero?

The relationship between Mallory and David. I know that the author would probably prefer listeners invested in the primary characters' relationship but really it was very vanilla and bland. Mallory was complex, David was expressive and vulnerable, and though they do get their own HEA here, I'd have loved to read a novella about them later on.

What other book might you compare The Unsung Hero to and why?

It's a pretty obvious comparison, but the first book in Brockman's Tall Dark and Dangerous series (Prince Joe) probably. Or Forever Blue - in the same series, which actually takes place separated from the rest of the team

Which character – as performed by Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank – was your favorite?

Patrick as David, probably. Or Charles, or Joe. Melanie - as others have mentioned - reads way too slow in this one. I actually ended up speeding up the playback when she was speaking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Obviously the conclusion to Charles' story, but also David's careful handling of Mallory's insecurities.

Any additional comments?

This first book isn't really representative of the rest of the series. The better content picks up in book two but really takes off in book three.

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Unsung heroes exist

One doesn't have to be a Navy Seal to be a hero but the real Seals along with the other men and women of the armed services are too. Great book.

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troubleshooter

if you love romance and action this is the book for you. little bit of History and suspense.

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love!

Stop reading this...buy this book and the entire series...you're welcome. Buy everything from this author!!!

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The Unsung Hero

I had never read or listened to the first books in this series. Finding the beginnings of the trouble shooters was great. I loved the multigenerational stories.
On to #2.