RSS

Tag Archives: Troubleshooters

Review – Headed for Trouble – Suzanne Brockmann (@SuzBrockmann)

headed for troubleHeaded For Trouble
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Series: #16.5 in the Troubleshooters series

Thanks to Ballantine Books and Edelweiss for providing me with the review copy

Description:
New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense,” breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad.
• Tough-as-nails Troubleshooters operative Sam Starrett learns the agony of loving someone in danger—and the hell of waiting on the home front—as his wife, Alyssa, hurtles into a foreign hotspot that’s about to boil over.
• Navy SEAL Frank O’Leary’s ill-fated holiday reunion with his older brother takes a turn for the better—when a chance encounter on a rainy New Orleans street gives Frank a reason to be thankful after all.
• In a maze of tunnels deep beneath a military base in Germany, Jules Cassidy, Alyssa Locke, and their comrades in arms match wits with terrorists on a mission with explosive consequences.
Plus more never-before-released adventures featuring Jenk, Izzy, Gillman, Lopez, Kenny, Savannah, and other members of SEAL Team 16—along with Suzanne Brockmann’s exclusive interviews with her beloved characters.

Review:
Oh Suzanne, how I have missed thee ;) It was a sad day when I finished the last few pages of Breaking the Rules (#16 in the series), because I knew that it would be the last one (at least for a while). There would be no more yearly anticipation for the release of the new book in the series and then the torture that I put myself through before letting myself read it (because I knew that once I started, I just wouldn’t stop)…so when I saw that there was an anthology coming out – I did a happy dance (and yes, I truely did…around my house).

This book was comprised of a number of little snippets (day of the life kind of deals), a couple of interviews with characters, a few of the shorts that had appeared as bonus excerpts in books and then my favorite – 2 brand-new short stories – that were actually rather chunky (and I loved them for it!) Trying not to be spoilerish, the first one takes place mostly with secondary characters that appears in All Through The Night (#12 – aka Jules and Robin’s story), so there was actually very little of my favorite SeAL’s showing up in it, but it was still super cute. And the second one, what happens when you mix a SEaL, a famous actor, 3 kids and a bout of food poisoning in BFE (in case you don’t know what that means, butt-f… egypt)…hilarity ensues for sure.

I would totally recommend this for anyone who has read and loved Suz’s characters in the past. If you haven’t read the rest of the books in the series, you might get a bit lost, but maybe these snippets will entice you to pick up the other books in the series. I just hope that Suz’s puts us out of our misery and revisits the teams in a few years with some new stories (puleeze!!). 4 stars!

 
2 Comments

Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Book Review

 

Tags: , , , , , ,

Review – Breaking the Rules – Suzanne Brockmann

Most of the time by the time a series book gets to the sixteenth installment it is starting to get a bit weird.  While I was glad that Breaking the Rules didn’t really run into that issue, I am also glad that the author decided to end it on a high note and not let the series go down the drain like other authors seem to have done.

As with all of SB’s previous books in the series, Breaking the Rules uses the multiple story-line approach – specifically, Izzy and Eden’s struggle with the future of their marriage; Dan Gillman (who was a royal ass in previous books) and his woo-ing of Jenny Lyn Lamae (yes, I totally agree with the fact that this would be a great stripper name…) and then the random storyline of Nisha, a girl who is the victim of human trafficking (I have noticed that this seemed to be an common theme over the last few years, and this is the third book I have read in the last three months that used it – the other 2 being Vanish by Tess Gerritsen and The Night Ferry by Michael Robotham).

One of my main complaints about the book and I might have noted this on previous ones, is that they have become much more politically minded, almost to the stage of lecturing on GLBT rights which gets to be a bit tedious.  I can understand where the author is coming from, but at the same time, there is a fine line between presenting a point of view that fits a character, demonizing others who don’t share the same point of view, and lecturing your readership…it might have been more apparent to me in this one because I was listening to the audiobook – but it is something that irked me.

This is the only book in the series that I have listened to in audiobook and I felt that the narrators (Patrick Lawlor and Renee Raudman) did a good job of voicing the wide variety of characters.  However, at times, Patrick would voice a female perspective and Renee a male, so that was a little bit off putting…rather than doing a switching back and forth by part – an actual identification of male/female characters might have worked better I think.

A very good ending to a long-running series (I think I started reading this when I was in college nearly over a decade ago), and I’m glad to see various loose-ends tied up.  I do hope in the future, if she decides to go back and visit SEaL Team Sixteen that we get to see Jay Lopez’s story, because he is really the only other person I would love to see get their HEA.

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Book Review, Uncategorized

 

Tags: , , , ,

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 393 other followers