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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (January 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345501551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501554
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The spy games seldom interfere with the love games of the assorted couples in bestseller Brockmann's 14th Troubleshooters Inc. romantic thriller (after Into the Fire). In San Diego, sassy Troubleshooters receptionist Tracy Shapiro, who's survived several romantic disasters, may have met her match in Lawrence Deck Decker, Troubleshooters' macho team leader. Deck's the former partner of Jimmy Nash, a dead TS Inc. operative, who's actually in hiding with Tess Bailey, his girlfriend and colleague. Also in jeopardy are Dave Malkoff and his fellow op, Sophia Ghaffari, whose heart now belongs to Dave, who'll do anything to protect Sophia and their unborn child. When Dave's kidnapped to smoke out Jimmy, the TS Inc. team and the FBI unite in a rescue plan. While the pillow talk at times overshadows the action, Brockmann fans will cheer as her global problem solvers work out their latest sticky dilemmas, both personal and professional. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

Troubleshooters Inc. operative Jimmy Nash’s death during a mission taking out a neo-Nazi cult leader changed everything. Not only does team leader David Malkoff feel responsible; he feels even guiltier because now that Jimmy is gone, David may finally have a chance with teammate Sophia Ghaffari. Lawrence Decker is one of the few people at Troubleshooters Inc. who knows the truth about Jimmy’s “death,” until the receptionist, Tracy Shapiro, figures it out and complicates things. As part of the group assigned to protect Jimmy, Tess Bailey finds separating herself from the job difficult given her past history and potential future with Jimmy. In the fourteenth installment of her wildly popular Troubleshooters Inc. series, award-winning and best-selling Brockmann picks up the action from Into the Fire (2008), as assorted characters work together to bring down the mastermind behind a deadly Black-Ops scheme. Once again Brockmann neatly blends high-adrenaline suspense and scorchingly sexy romance into an addictively readable mix. --John Charles

Customer Reviews

I've read every book in both series Suzanne has written.
Heather C. Yeager
And I finish almost everything, because I always think that if I read just a little more, even a book that I'm not liking will grab me.
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Brockmann has to change her characters over time...to develop them.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on March 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jimmy Nash is reported to be dead and the few Troubleshooters that know he's alive want to keep it that way as they search for the people from his black ops past who want to see him silenced forever. While mourning, Sophia finally makes her choice in geeky spy Dave Malkoff, and Decker moves on to receptionist Tracy who guesses that Nash is alive, thus putting her in danger - so it's off to the safe house for her (though getting there will be a chore).

Brockmann continues the downward spiral that started with the mess that is "Into the Storm," ironically the book that introduced Tracy to the masses as a bit of a scatterbrain. But believe it or not, she and Decker really click as a couple (though she is far too needy and falls in love too easily). I could care less if Sophia chose Dave over Decker; these just are not the same characters or the same level of writing that I have come to love over the years. Gone are the great action sequences and fully-developed characters with a little romance sprinkled in, replaced with too much talking and narrative to move the story along. When Brockmann uses introspection, all her characters sound/think in the same teeny bopper voice. These are grown men, some well over middle age. Her decision to have Decker into BDSM was an interesting direction, but was poorly executed - what few love scenes he had with Tracy were pretty chaste by comparison of other novels she's written. Brockmann - once an auto-buy - is still a definite library loan.

© Tracy Vest, March 2009
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103 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Scout on January 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book should be used as an example in writing classes on HOW TO jump the shark (if for some reason an author were so inclined) If you have not followed the series you may enjoy this book but for those of us who have been waiting for the past 5 years for a resolution to the story arc it's pretty brutal.

Characters have been completely re-written and in some cases are nothing like the previous books. Nash and Dave who have barely exchanged more then a few sentences are suddenly great friends! Same with Decker and Tracey, apparently there was an animalistic attraction between the two of them for years now! Surprise!!! Dave, who in past books has been described as geeky, needy and insecure is suddenly an Alpha hero who's tough as nails and of course saves the day. AND could be a SEAL with one hand tied behind his back. Gimme a break.

Tracey, sweet ditzy Tracey who was introduced to us in ITS as not smart enough to work a phone system, clothes obsessed and sexually inexperienced (2 previous partners not including one night stand Izzy) is suddenly the smartest character in the book, quickly putting all the pieces together and is sexually confident enough to order Decker around and act out his BSDM fantasies. The thing about character growth is we actually need to see it - Brockmann just makes drastic changes to their personalities and we are supposed to believe that it's just peeling back the layers, we just didn't see those aspects in them before. And if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you in Alaska. Of course I'm more of 'show me, don't tell me' kind of reader and Brockmann seems to have lost her ability for subtlety.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JoAnne Pinto on February 24, 2009
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I just finished listening to the CD version of this book and there were several times when I drove around the block or sat in my driveway because I couldn't turn off until a particular scene was completed. It was that compelling! So be forewarned, this isn't going to be a negative review.

I've read some of the negative reviews of this book and even checked out a couple of blogs that are really negative. As advertised, I'm going in the other direction.

True, I gave the book a four instead of a five and that's only because there was so much exposition. It was probably necessary to bring everyone up to speed; I just found it tedious.

As far as the book itself, I loved it. I thought Dave and Sophia belonged together and with all due respect to those who thought Dave's character changed too much, have you been reading these books all along? Right from the beginning, when Dave was first introduced, it was made clear that he thought he wasn't good for much and everyone else thought he was amazing. He thought he was just a geek who couldn't lead and didn't have much to offer. Ken Karmody said it best towards the end when he told Dave that he (Dave) was a legend in the Spec Op world because of who he is and how he gets things done. In Into the Storm, he saved Decker under impossible circumstances; Tom Poletti and Decker both keep trying to put him into leadership roles that he doesn't think he can handle and at which he then excels. Please, the only change in Dave's character is that he finally realized his own worth and strengths.

I read where someone complained that Sophia was a wimp. I didn't pick that up much, but it could be I just wasn't seeing it. Tracy as Wonder Woman was kind of a shock.
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More About the Author

Suz Brockmann is the award-winning author of over fifty books, and is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America's #1 Favorite Book of the Year and two RITA awards.

Married to author Ed Gaffney, Suz divides her time between Sarasota, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts and New York City. They have two grown children, Melanie, who is a personal trainer and a writer, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer, and two miniature schnauzers, C.K. Dexter-Haven and Little Joe, both of whom (unlike Mel and Jason) still live at home.

Suz is a proud member of PFLAG -- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She is also a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and MassEquality. A firm believer in civil rights for all people, she has fought hard to bring equal marriage rights to all citizens of her home state, Massachusetts.

Suz also recently produced her first independent feature-length movie, a romantic comedy called THE PERFECT WEDDING, that she co-wrote with her husband Ed and her son Jason. The Perfect Wedding will be released on DVD from Wolfe Releasing in December 2013 (and is available here on Amazon). (Find out more at www.ThePerfectWeddingMovie.com)

Suz has also co-written a YA novel called NIGHT SKY--set in the world of her paranormal Fighting Destiny series--with her daughter, Melanie, set to be released by Sourcebooks Fire in October 2014.

Visit Suz's Website at www.SuzanneBrockmann.com
Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuzanneBrockmannBooks
Follow her on Twitter @SuzBrockmann

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