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Into the Fire (Troubleshooters, Book 13) Hardcover – July 22, 2008

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Book 13 of 16 in the Troubleshooters Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The 13th exciting, if long-winded, entry in bestseller Brockmann's Troubleshooters series answers a question posed in 2004's Hot Target—what happened to former Troubleshooter op Vinh Murphy? Seven years earlier, the half-Vietnamese, half–African-American agent went MIA after his wife, Angelina, was killed during a conflict with the neo-Nazi Freedom Network. Now back in California, Vinh has been suffering alcoholic blackouts in between e-mailing death threats to FN's leader, Tim Ebersole. After Ebersole's murdered and Vinh becomes the chief suspect, a sober Vinh turns to an old friend of Angelina's, a deaf former cop, for help in remembering if he did kill Ebersole. A romantic subplot involving Izzy Zannella, a navy SEAL with Team Sixteen, and Eden Gillman, the runaway teen sister of a fellow SEAL, sweetens the mix. Readers unfamiliar with the players might need a scorecard, but Brockmann ignites sufficient sparks to keep the blaze going. A jaw-dropping conclusion suggests more fireworks ahead. (July 22)
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From School Library Journal

Stressful love/hate relationships simmer in the ranks of the Troubleshooters and their U.S. Navy SEAL buddies in RITA Award winner Brockmann's 13th series entry (after All Through the Night). But when shots are fired, they all direct their attention instead to the neo-Nazi bad guys picking off their agents. Written in third person and told from multiple points of view, the somewhat confusing and slow-to-unfold story benefits from having two readers. Patrick G. Lawlor and Renée Raudman (co-narrators, Don't Look Down) successfully use accents, pacing, and tone to bring the large cast of characters into focus. Public libraries with a Brockmann following will want to purchase.—Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Colonial Williamsburg Fdn., VA
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345501535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501530
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Sophie on July 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Suzanne Brockmann is definitely one of the best romance writers out there. Her dialogue is snappy, her plots truly suspenseful and her characters expertly drawn. Plus, her books are very witty and laugh-out-loud funny in places. So there's no denying that on a fundamental level, ITF is a very good book that's worth reading. It's engaging, fast-paced, and full of surprises.

Like Into the Storm, Into the Fire is dark in tone. As it opens, Vinh and Hannah are both suffering and in great emotional pain. Seeing them come together and heal is very gratifying.

In fact, the theme of healing runs throughout the book, especially as it pertains to Dave, Sophia, and Decker. The flip-side of all this healing is that there's also a fair amount of suffering in the book, not much of it rectified by the end of the novel. Izzy's subplot, certainly, is just beginning and destined to follow the lead of Sam/Alyssa and Max/Gina and take many books (and thus, many years) to resolve.

And maybe that sense of having to wait is what made this book a trifle disappointing for me. I don't want to give too much away, but the Dave/Sophia/Decker triangle took a turn in this book that I suspected might occur after reading Into the Storm. Yet despite predicting what Brockmann was up to (a classic bait-and-switch whereby the couple you think is a given is not a given at all) I felt somewhat betrayed as a reader who has been waiting for the slow-moving Sophia/Decker arc to culminate in these two really hashing things out and loving each other.

And Izzy's new romance is intriguing (although I would say that some readers might be put off by the age difference), but I couldn't help but flash back to all the books that Sam/Alyssa had to suffer through before they had their happy ending.
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70 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Nils on July 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have accepted that the Brockmann who gave us such classics as "Over the Edge" and "Out of Control" is gone, and this trend continues in her latest Troubleshooters book. Once again it's non-stop action, lots of injuries, and thinly drawn romance. It was, however, a very riveting book.

This review contains spoilers.

I've never been a fan of the "secretly in love with this guy but lets him marry her best friend, and wow, he's been in love with her too" story-line, so Hannah and Murphy interested me less than the secondary characters. For me those characters stole the book. Decker, Dave, Sophia, Nash, and Tess finally get a little more screen time. But let me break it to you - Sophia does not end up with Decker. Maybe Brockmann was going to go there several books ago, but she's not going there now. Which is very disappointing.

There is an explanation as to why Nash has always been such a secretive mess, and it satisfied me.

Now on to Izzy Zanella. I fell in love with Izzy in "Into the Storm", because the guy is such a freak and has such great one-liners. Kind of like the Wildcard of old. (Not the Wildcard of his own book.) But then Brockmann decided to pair him with a just-turned 18 year old who is pregnant with another man's child. Did I mention that Eden is Gillman's sister, Gillman, who hates Izzy? Oh, and Eden has the requisite awful childhood baggage, too. In one of Brockmann's favorite plot devices, they have a marriage of convenience which ends about as well as Sam's and Mary Lou's did. This storyline is not concluded in this book, since we are supposed to care about these star-crossed loves and follow their saga to the next few books.

Not for me. Not gonna happen. These two squick me out, for starters. She's 18, he's 29.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Duke on August 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Ms. Brockmann's books to date and this has to be my least favorite of them ever.

I am used to her multiple storylines and can follow two ongoing stories but in this case there were 4 which was too many to many for me to keep up with in one book.
None of the major characters: Murphy and Hannah, Eden or Izzy captured my attention, the most compeling story line was with Nash and Tess, who has already had a book (liked that one) but still. The Decker, Sophia and Dave storyline nosedived into really dissapointing territory for anyone who has been wanting Decker and Sophia to get a HEA, that no longer looks likely.

A 5 book story arc is too much for me and then yanking your readers back and saying no, not going there anymore. I was highly irritated. This may or may not be my last Brockmann book - I was that disgusted, but for sure this author is no longer an automatic purchase for me.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Janet on July 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't decide how to rate this book because for about 390 pages it was SO depressing and boring and messed up I was ready to give it 1 star, but then on about page 392 the action/suspense suddenly appears! The rhythm picked up and the characters came together in one storyline. It still wasn't great, but was better than the 1st 390 pages. So I'm giving it 2 stars for pages 392 on.

I have loved Brockmann's SEALs books and troubleshooters books, but this one just didn't compare. It was depressing reading about everyone's misery, messed-up-in-the-head failures, grief that went on and on and on. I was bored with the psycho-analysis by the new character, the shrink (who I think was the dullest character in the book - no personality and a teaser about her and Decker, which was a total turn-off). She could have easily been a ghost character - like Kevin Costner in The Big Chill - where she is not really seen or heard from, but mentioned by the others.

Where was the action and suspense for the 1st 3/4 of the book? It was boring. I got tired of reading about the messed up relationships. It was a soap opera. Who's in love with whom, but can't act on it, because someone else has the same feelings or the object of their affections loves someone else, etc., etc. etc. There were happy endings for a couple of couples, but the others were left in misery. I prefer to read romances that are pleasing to read, not that bring me down.

The first part of the book was very confusing to me. It jumped around from storyline to storyline and different times.
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