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Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes Hardcover – February 4, 2014

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Product Details

  • Series: Reluctant Heroes
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345543793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345543790
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.7 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (280 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* In the first book in a new series, best-selling Brockmann (Born to Darkness, 2012) introduces former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn, who is in jail for a crime he did not commit, but to which he pleaded guilty to protect his younger brother and his family, unbeknownst to them. Ian is offered his freedom if he will snatch two children from the Kazbekistani consulate in Miami. They are the offspring of an American nuclear physicist and her estranged and vicious Kazbekistani husband. Ian refuses because he fears that his release will trigger an attack by the Dellarosa mob, but he’s sent on the mission anyway. Sure enough, he has to fend off the mob and bear his brother’s undeserved scorn. In the midst of a wild plot and an even more convoluted family scenario, Ian falls for Phoebe Kruger, the lawyer almost accidentally representing him. Brockmann leaves the reader breathless, and longing for sequels. The sex is great, the action nonstop; and the dialogue between Ian and Phoebe is some of RITA Award–winning Brockmann’s best. Her fans will cheer, as will all military-romance fans. --Mary K. Chelton


“This is action-adventure on steroids with an interwoven romance or two, maybe three or even four in full bloom or on the cusp of blossoming. From the start, I’m recommending that you keep an eye out for the next book in this Reluctant Heroes series. Here’s a vote for Martell Griffin’s story. [Suzanne] Brockmann writes with the imagination running free and on the wild side. What’s not to love about that? . . . Suspense remains high at octane levels, and the romance is served up with witty banter, ultrasexiness and very poignant moments.”USA Today
“Fans of Suzanne Brockmann’s military suspense novels need not worry. There’s a new cast of intriguing, smart and buff characters (both the men and the women), but the adrenaline-driven pace and crafty plotting are pure Brockmann. . . . There’s a whole new team to meet, with agents and family and in-laws and outlaws and, yes, even a baby. They’re each unique, intriguing and developed as the action continues, with Brockmann deftly juggling their stories with quick timing. . . . As the team members dispersed, I looked forward to reading their tales, knowing that master storyteller Brockmann will deliver them as she did in the seventeen Troubleshooters books.”Tampa Bay Times
“Brockmann effortlessly and expertly tosses hundreds of details into the air and juggles them with brilliance. The first in her Reluctant Heroes series, the novel will captivate readers with its intense, action-filled plot, alpha-and-a-half hero, and his smart, perfect-for-him heroine, as well as secondary characters who contribute pathos and humor. Enthralling and breathtaking.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Brockmann leaves the reader breathless, and longing for sequels. The sex is great, the action nonstop; and the dialogue between Ian and Phoebe is some of Rita Award–winning Brockmann’s best. Her fans will cheer, as will all military-romance fans.”Booklist (starred review)
“Hard-hitting, fast-paced, and superbly plotted, this nonstop thriller will leave fans breathless and is a flawless start to Brockmann’s new series.”Library Journal
“Bestseller Brockmann’s Reluctant Heroes series opener delivers everything that romantic suspense fans will expect. . . . [Do or Die] moves powerfully . . . and the cast of sensitive alpha men and strong, imperfect women is well developed.”Publishers Weekly
“Events take off with a bang and never let up as Brockmann juggles multiple plots with her protagonists caught in a web of deceit (for the right reasons) as well as treachery. As always, there is humor, poignancy and kick-ass action that will keep your blood pumping. The name Brockmann means romantic suspense!”RT Book Reviews (4-1/2 stars)

Customer Reviews

I loved the action and the romance.
Cheryl M Dvorak
Although the main couple for this story was Phoebe and Ian, there were so many great secondary characters who featured prominently in the storyline.
There were too many story lines going on and the steamy scenes were boring.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on February 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My sister put me on to the Brockman books and I have mostly enjoyed and re-read them, However, this one was far too long. I even started a second book before I finished this one and I Never do that. As previous reviewers have said, too many characters, too many plot threads, too many stakeholders, too many romantic entanglements, etc. And, again, as a previous reviewer said, Brockman's "gay is good" soapbox has become very tiresome. Don't bludgeon me over the head with a message I already agree with, certainly not in a book that is purportedly in the standard romantic suspense category.

I'm quite annoyed that I paid hardback price for this book.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ruby Reads on February 18, 2014
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I haven't read a Suzanne Brockman novel in several years. I loved her earlier novels because there is probably no author who can develop characters or write an action sequence as well as she does.
However, this book was a real departure from her earlier Seal Team novels.
Very little character development of the hero and heroine (Ian & Phoebe) and almost no back-story made it hard to understand their motivations and actions. We get little or no explanation of Ian's motivation to join the Navy or why he left the Seal Team and almost nothing about Phoebe. What we do know about Phoebe makes her seem stupid. In addition, too many characters were introduced which made it hard to keep them straight.
The plot was very convoluted. A rogue ex-Navy Seal is in jail who also leads covert operations. A major international kidnapping occurs and the FBI felt only find one person (the Hero) could complete the mission. So he is released from prison to do just that and a very junior lawyer insists on going on the mission. The two dodge death squads, cold-blooded adversaries, vindictive mob bosses and a wealthy psychopath.
However by the novel's midpoint, the hero and heroine's romance was clearly second place to his gay brother's romance and far too much time is spent on the romance of these gay secondary characters. The whole action-suspense plot becomes about protecting the romance of the hero's brother. I like plot twists, but changing the main romance of the hero and heroine for another was a poor substitute. I found myself a bit irritated that the hero and heroine's romance wasn't going to be the main romance of the story. For example, the hero and heroine became sexually intimate and even agree to a long term relationship. But then their emotional relationship became quite boring.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By LovelyRitaMetaMaid on March 13, 2014
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I really, really love Suzanne Brockmann's writing style, but I hate this book. Brockmann used to have the ability to make you fall in love with all of her heroes, but the main romance in "Do or Die" drags and I can't detect much of a spark between the hero and heroine. And as for the B-plot....

Well, I'm a liberal and this is 2014 so I don't have any objections to reading about gay marriage. As a matter of fact, I've always admired Suz for injecting so much diversity into the Troubleshooters world and I do appreciate her efforts. However, the B-plot in this book doesn't work. It just doesn't. The flashbacks are boring and predictable, and in the "present day" there is no conflict in their relationship. Obviously there's inherent tension in a kidnapping, but you never doubt for a moment that these two guys love each other and are going to live HEA, so what's the point of including their relationship in this novel?

If I hadn't had any expectations for this book and if this had come from any other author, I probably would have given this book three stars. But Brockmann can do better, so I can only give it one.
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45 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on February 11, 2014
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I have always enjoyed her romance/ navy seal themed books, but while I firmly believe in marriage equality/ equal rights for all, homosexual romance is not my choice of genre. Just like, I would imagine, homosexuals do not want to read about heterosexual sex. I enjoyed Jules Cassidy's story and like his character, but brockmanns books have become a platform for her to push her beliefs (which I happen to agree with) at her readers. They read more like a persuasive essay than a romance/action novel.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By RomReader VINE VOICE on January 30, 2014
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20-something lawyer resists being fired by ex-Navy-SEAL-turned-jewel-thief Hero who she's been sent to represent on her 1st week at the law firm. 30-something Hero has been waiting patiently in prison for 18 months for the completion of the deal he struck with a notorious mafia. He wasn't happy to be freed prematurely by a US government agency in exchange for his security knowledge of a Middle Eastern consulate, where 2 kids are currently being held hostage. His concern for the safety of his brother and his family makes him abduct heroine and her car. Heroine won't let Hero dissuade her from his plans to protect his brother and help save the hostaged kids. Their time together increases their intimacy but their priority is the immediate danger surrounding them. This, however, changes when their protect and rescue plans go awry and heroine's life is endangered.

This book was difficult to read. It was 400+ pages that read more like an action tv-series script. Multiple-pages worth of frame by frame description of the characters' actions and their POV(point of view) about everyday details that took away from the focus of the main romance and main action-suspense plot. The action-suspense plot by itself had lots of factors and people/groups involved. It would have been more exciting if it wasn't bogged down by so much. There were also multiple secondary characters, secondary romances, and two primary romances. When I wasn't bored by this long-winded book, I felt manipulated by how the main romance between Hero and heroine got switched with the romance of Hero's brother and his partner. By about 50% of the book, the main romance became that of Hero's brother. Hero and heroine played the supporting role and became 1 of the secondary romances.
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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

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.

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