17 Jun '13

A Vicky Review – Headed For Trouble by Suzanne Brockmann (4 Stars)

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New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann, whom USA Today calls “the reigning queen of military suspense,” breaks out a rapid-fire collection of pulse-pounding, heart-tugging stories and novellas featuring the intrepid men and women of Troubleshooters Inc., fiction’s hottest ultimate counterterrorism squad.


Tough-as-nails Troubleshooters operative Sam Starrett learns the agony of loving someone in danger—and the hell of waiting on the home front—as his wife, Alyssa, hurtles into a foreign hotspot that’s about to boil over.

Navy SEAL Frank O’Leary’s ill-fated holiday reunion with his older brother takes a turn for the better—when a chance encounter on a rainy New Orleans street gives Frank a reason to be thankful after all.

In a maze of tunnels deep beneath a military base in Germany, Jules Cassidy, Alyssa Locke, and their comrades in arms match wits with terrorists on a mission with explosive consequences.

Looking for the best kind of trouble? You’ve found it!

Ok, this definitely shouldn’t be read as a standalone but I thought what the hell -I’d wanted to read this series so decided to start with a collection of stories set in the world of the Troubleshooters.  And I have to say that I’m really glad I did, although I’m pretty sure my bank balance isn’t!

I really enjoyed the insights in to the characters lives, and although I had no basis on which to understand how they came together or what had happened to them in the past, I felt like I could connect to them and for me to get so emotionally involved in their stories in such a short space of time just proves to me that the characters within the series as a whole must be very well written – I cried!  I’m not an overly emotional person (well at least I like to think I’m not) and yet a story that I had no prior knowledge about made me cry. That was probably the point I realised I had a lot of reading in my future starting with The Unsung Hero that was already sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me.

I did find the character interviews a bit confusing but I am sure had I have read the previous books in the series I would have known who everyone was and understood their interactions better.

Overall this was an extremely well written anthology that has encouraged me to start the series from scratch as I want to know more about the Troubleshooters.


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