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It should come as no surprise to listeners that Brockmann began her career as a screenwriter. The dialogue in her romantic suspense novels is always plentiful and finely tuned, which is partly why her newest offering (after Gone Too Far) translates so well to audio. The rest of the credit belongs to Ewbank and Lawlor, who narrate alternate sections of the book, Ewbank taking on the chapters told from a female perspective and Lawlor handling those told from a male point of view. Having just left the FBI, gorgeous Jimmy Nash soon finds himself on a plane with his old partner and friend Lawrence Decker and computer support specialist Tess Bailey, with whom he shared a passionate one-night stand. The trio have been hired by a non-government company called SOS Inc. to pose as relief workers in earthquake-ravaged Kazbekistan and recover a laptop containing vital information about terrorist plots. Ewbank does a fine job of highlighting Tess's insecurities and her enduring fascination with Jimmy, but Lawlor falters when giving voice to Decker, who's said to have a "mellow baritone" but instead comes off sounding like he has a gravel pit in his throat. Both narrators, however, deliver the book's spirited banter with gusto, making this an enjoyable beach listen.
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Support specialist Tess Bailey has always wanted to become a field agent, but doing so means partnering with Jimmy Nash, the tall, dark, and egotistical agent who never bothered to call after their one-night fling. Now Tess and Jimmy, disguised as U.S. relief workers, are part of a team being sent into Kazbekistan by Troubleshooters, Inc., a private personal security firm. The team's mission is to retrieve al-Qaeda leader Ma'awiya Talal Sayid's laptop, reportedly lost when an earthquake struck Kazbekistan and thought to contain priceless information about future terrorist plans. To infiltrate the extremist-held country, Tess and Jimmy must pose as a married couple, and the passion that still simmers between them is nothing if not real. When it comes to pairing up testosterone-fueled action with sexy romance, Brockmann has few rivals, and her latest, the first in a new series loosely linked to her popular U.S. Navy Seals Team books, is a white-knuckle read guaranteed to enthrall readers. John Charles
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (October 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345456947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345456946
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Schmitt on April 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Suzanne Brockmann is at the top of my list of favorite romance authors. She ousted Linda Howard from the spot and that's saying a lot. Once I discovered Suzanne as an author, I found and devoured everything she wrote. She is a master of the romantic suspense genre because she always managed the perfect combination of action and romance. In an apparent effort to appeal to a broader audience, Suzanne has cut out half of what made her a favorite of mine - the romance - in her latest outing, "Flashpoint."
Intimate encounters between characters are glossed over, alluded to or, in some cases, skipped entirely. Is it wrong to want details? I certainly don't think so. It's hard to describe, but the love scenes in "Flashpoint" feel like they've been edited nearly to the point of deletion. Having read all of her other books, I know Brockman knows how to write a steamy love scene. So why did she hold back in "Flashpoint?"
I don't know if Flashpoint is a deliberate attempt to move away from being labeled a romance novelist in favor of becoming a suspense author, but what I do know is Brockmann messed with her winning formula and the result is a generic thriller that borders on bland.
I rushed out to buy this book on the day it was released. I won't make the same mistake with her next release. I'll get it from the library before I shell out money.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JJN-1313 on July 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
7th book in the SEAL Team 16 series.

Hmm...well, what comes to mind to say first about this book is that it was good, if taken simply as a book on it's own, but if you take it as part of a series where 6 books came before it, it was lacking.

Flashpoint begins a new phase in the SEALs series, a serious sharp left hand turn from the previous books. After the events that happened in books 5 & 6, several SEALs and FBI Agents left there jobs - some willingly, some not - and formed a security consultation firm, Troubleshooters Inc (TI). So in this book, instead of being focused on SEAL activity, you have a mission being done by TI. Because of all this, you have not only a new book premise, but also an influx of new characters. All of the main characters in the book were completely new.

The main focus is on Jimmy Nash, a former "Agency" operative who is working for TI now. Then there Tess Bailey, a former "Agency" support staffer who joins TI because she wants to do field work. She and Jimmy had a one night stand 2 months before the book started. Those two, along with a few other agents, have been given an assignment to go to Kazbekistant (fictional country) to retrieve the laptop of an al-Qaeda associate who was killed in a recent earthquake. Once there, they meet Sophia, an American in hiding and in big trouble.

As I said, the book on it's own isn't too bad. The plot was somewhat interesting, and the characters weren't too bad. Tess and Jimmy's romance was fairly decent. On just an overall level, the book kept me reading, but it didn't necessarily have me enthralled.

The problem, though, is that it IS part of a series and Brockmann almost completely disregards everything she set up and did in the previous 6 books. Well, to a certain degree.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J. Stinson on April 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Brockmann's, but oh my goodness, I don't think she wrote this installment of the NavySeals. I liked the characters, but their danger and action scenes fell flat for me because of thier behavior and dialog I either wanted to laugh or encourage the terrorists to take them out for violation of good character exchange! I will still read Brockmann because there isn't anyone out there who writes like she does or makes you feel what the characters feel like she does....BUT, I just might have to wait for the next one to hit paperback instead of killing myself to get to the bookstore on the first day of release.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jill Guntur VINE VOICE on December 29, 2005
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I love Suzanne Brockmann! There is no other author that can compell me to read until the ugly hours of the night. This book has been one of my favorites and one of the books I return to again and again.

It may be slightly disconcerting to some Brockmann fans because it introduces all new characters with only a small overlap of familiar "friends". Once I got over that, I loved it. Once I finished it the first time, I re-read it within the month.

Decker and Nash worked for the "agency" until they discovered just how expendable their superiors believed them to be. They left the same night, but not before Nash free falls into a hot, passionate and emotionally frightening night with fresh faced, wholesome, Tess Bailey. Next day, both agents are gone.

Months later, Tess quits her job after realizing she will always be turned down for promotion because she is a woman, and too good at her technogeek computer brilliance. Same day, she is on a plane to meet Tom Paoletti, head of the Troubleshooters, Inc. She walks into an interview and straight into Decker.... and Nash. Rapidly, they find themselves heading to K-stan posing as relief workers after a devastating earthquake. Jimmy Nash is melting down from the inside out. He ran away from Tess because he found he cared and that messed him up. Now he can't run. He has to stay and pretend to be her husband and hope he can keep his hands to himself.

This book is brilliant in dialogue. Her wit is ever present. The description of where they are and what they are doing is so vivid, I feel like I watched it in a movie.

Don't let this experience pass you buy. You will put the book down, half in love with the idea of Jimmy Nash.
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