Tag Archives: Troubleshooters

Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann

23 Jul

I have said before that it’s generally hard for me to give up on authors I’ve stopped loving–though I hope I’ve finally learned my lesson there.

On the other hand, there are some authors I still very much like, but whose writing may have shifted in directions that, quite simply, don’t interest me. This was the case a few years ago with Ms Brockmann’s (then) upcoming series: I felt completely meh about the whole “not too distant future” thing.

Then, a couple of years ago. she wrote the first of what is supposed to be a spinoff series from the Troubleshooters and I was somewhat interested.¹

And then…then, this book was announced, and here we are.

Reader beware: adult language, some violence, graphic sex. If any of these bothers you, skip the book. Hell, skip the whole series.

Some Kind of Hero, by Suzanne Brockmann

While this is the 17th full length novel in the very successful Troubleshooters series, it absolutely stands on its own, giving a new reader a good taste of what Ms Brockmann’s writing voice is like: fast paced, with well drawn, three-dimensional characters, and set in the real world, very much right here, right now.

Neither of the main characters have appeared in any of the previous books in the series. And while a couple of the secondary characters have, the story is structured so that there’s no need for extensive backstory of previous events, and what little there is, is integrated organically into the narrative.

Here’s the blurb:
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Parting of the ways

9 May

A few weeks ago, Maya Banks posted about what happens when authors’ and readers’ points of view diverge—also known as, when readers break up with authors.

This is by no means a novel topic. Readers have complained about authors changing the rules of the worlds they build *coughJRWardcough* or how every successive book is the same story and the same characters as the previous dozen *coughChristine Feehancough* or feeling betrayed when the author kills a main character, well into the series *coughKarinSlaughtercough* Continue reading

What say you?

1 Mar

There was mention recently in a board formed around (time- and member-wise) the implosion of the old Suzanne Brockmann message board, of the upcoming release of the next Troubleshooters novel (Breaking the Rules, Izzy Zanella’s story—March 22nd 2011, Ballantine).

Breaking the RulesAs many of her readers know, Ms Brockmann’s son came out relatively young, and his mother has devoted considerable effort, time and money to promote tolerance, acceptance and education. Ms Brockmann is not only a card-carrying PFLAG mom, but also has donated all her earnings (from advances on) from one of her novels to MassEquality.

As it turns out, there is a relatively major secondary character in Breaking the Rules who is gay—the brother of one of the four protagonists. One of the posters, Leigh, asked, Is there any book that she has written since Jules that doesn’t have a gay character? She has a passion, and I can admire that. I just don’t want to read about it all the time. I wonder why she hasn’t written about lesbians? or has she?

Which got me thinking (much to the dismay of many a reader, I’m sure :razz: )

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Dark of Night, by Suzanne Brockmann

19 Feb

Hello, I’m azteclady, and have been a fan of Ms Brockmann for close to ten years. She is, in fact, one of only two authors whose books I get in hardback. Oh, and the following review is long-yes, longer than usual even for long-winded me. You’ve been warned.

Dark of Night, by Suzanne Brockmann

 

The fourteenth title in Ms Brockmann’s very successful Troubleshooters series, Dark of Night concludes a seven book story arc for a number of recurring characters. It is also an extremely difficult book to review without giving away spoilers for long time fans of the series-and entirely impossible to talk about without spoiling those who haven’t read Into the Fire, the previous novel (reviewed here).

Then again, it seems that most hardcore fans (otherwise known as rabid fangrrrrrls) have either read it already or sought out all the possible spoilers leaked by those in the know-including some that proved to be utterly wrong, put out by many people who didn’t know jack-while the more casual readers who aren’t as invested in any one character (or pairing thereof) really don’t see what the big deal is.

(Yes, there are casual readers who enjoy Ms Brockmann’s books quite a bit but are not so invested in a particular character that they would vow to trash/not read/hate a book if so-and-so don’t end up together-my significant other, for example.)

All of the above to say, with quite a bit of pain, that there be a few spoilers in this here review. I consider them very small spoilers, but still. So consider yourselves warned. Continue reading

Over The Edge, by Suzanne Brockmann

20 Sep

Over the Edge, by Suzanne Brockmann.

The third novel in Ms Brockmann’s successful Troubleshooters series, Over the Edge can be read end enjoyed without reading the previous two installments (The Unsung Hero and The Defiant Hero), because enough information is given about the recurring characters, their relationships and personalities, that a reader new to the series can follow along perfectly well. At the same time, Ms Brockmann avoids overloading readers with unnecessary details, keeping only to those storylines relevant to this book.

Of course, I will recommend starting with the first novel and following along, not only because I’m a bit compulsive about reading series in order, but because these are really good books. The series is most commonly considered contemporary military romance, heavy on the adventure/action elements. Here’s the back cover blurb for Over the Edge: Continue reading

Into the Fire, by Suzanne Brockmann

14 Aug

Into the Fire, by Suzanne Brockmann

Into the Fire is lucky thirteen in Ms Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. Unlike many series, most if not all of the installments in this one can be read as single titles without really missing necessary background information on ongoing story arcs. Ms Brockmann is uniquely talented, in my opinion, in giving new readers enough information to understand everything that is going on, without overloading her books with backstories from previous novels. At the same time, she writes quite a bit of foreshadowing for a number of story arcs in every book—à la Joss Whedon in Buffy—which increases the enjoyment of each successive novel for long time fans. Continue reading

Look at what I have here:

24 Jul

Love is a man who will open his mind to read the books you like**, and then tells you, and everyone within hearing distance, “this is damn good writing.”

Deeper love is a man who will read those self same books out loud to you–from first page to last, over the course of a few days.

True love is a man who hears you sighing over Roarke and Navy SEALs, and then has these shipped to you.


**And yes, I do mean romance novels 😀