The Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters Series #2)

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In The Unsung Hero, award-winning author Suzanne Brockmann dazzled readers with her remarkable cast of tough and tender U.S. Navy SEALs. Now her daring men in uniform return for THE DEFIANT HERO—a thrilling novel of steadfast courage, intimate passions, and the profound risks that are taken in the name of love. . . .

"The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists." Meg Moore remembered the warning from her job as a translator in a European embassy. Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her...

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In The Unsung Hero, award-winning author Suzanne Brockmann dazzled readers with her remarkable cast of tough and tender U.S. Navy SEALs. Now her daring men in uniform return for THE DEFIANT HERO—a thrilling novel of steadfast courage, intimate passions, and the profound risks that are taken in the name of love. . . .

"The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists." Meg Moore remembered the warning from her job as a translator in a European embassy. Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her daughter and grandmother who have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists. Meg will do anything to meet their unspeakable demands; anything—even kill—to save her child.

When Navy SEAL Lieutenant, junior grade, John Nilsson is summoned to Washington, D.C., by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasn't seen her in years, but he's never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesn't. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Jill M. Smith
When you are in the mood for action, tension, excitement and romance, be sure to pick up The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann. Ms. Brockmann is a one-of-a-kind storyteller!
Romantic Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Against the backdrop of terrorism on U.S. soil, Brockmann (The Unsung Hero) weaves three complex romantic relationships--one fondly recalled, one unexpectedly resumed and one bursting at the seams to get started--into a tight tale that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the author's next installment. When terrorists kidnap her grandmother, Eve, and her 10-year-old daughter, Amy, widowed translator Meg takes an Eastern European official hostage to trade for her lost family members. Readers will forgive the plot's implausibility as Meg hurls herself headlong into her risky rescue attempt in spite of interference by former flame and Navy SEAL Lt. John Nilsson. While heating tension and passion to the boiling point, Brockmann firmly squashes the clich of military men with hearts of stone and imbues her SEALs with honest emotional courage. In an equally refreshing move, she then stands the romance formula on its head, making the SEALs chase the intelligent, self-confident women who've done just fine so far without them. A smart, thrilling keeper among so many disposable stories, this is one to recommend heartily to friends. (Mar. 1) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Continuing her novels of romantic suspense that feature Navy SEAL heroes (The Unsung Hero), Brockmann brings together a heroine whose daughter and grandmother have been kidnapped by religious terrorists and a SEAL hero who was in love with the heroine years earlier and is now charged with negotiating the situation. She then spins an unforgettable, riveting adventure that is fast-paced and a bit chilling. A RITA award-winning writer, Brockmann lives near Boston. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804119535
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/27/2001
  • Series: Troubleshooters Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 376,571
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann
Suzanne Brockmann is a bestselling author. She has won numerous awards, including one Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Series Romance; four Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards for Best Silhouette Intimate Moment of the Year and Best Series Romance of the Year; fourteen WISH Awards; and four Gold Medal Reviews from Romantic Times magazine. She was recently nominated for a RITA by the Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance.

She lives west of Boston with her husband and two children.

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Meg didn't understand at first.

The man was smiling, and his pleasant expression and tone of voice didn't match his words. "We've taken your daughter hostage."

She was in the parking garage beneath her condo, hauling a box of files from the back of her car, when he approached her. She wasn't even a hundred feet away from Ramon, the building's security guard.

The smiling man must've seen the confusion in her eyes, be-cause he said it again. In a Kazbekistani dialect. "We have your daughter, and if you don't follow our orders, we'll kill her."

And this time, Meg understood. Amy. She dropped the box.

"Everything okay over there, Ms. Moore?" Ramon was down off his stool, starting toward them. There'd recently been a rape in another parking garage in this part of Washington,

"Tell him yes," the smiling man murmured, opening his baseball jacket, giving her a flash of a very deadly looking gun.

Oh, God. "Where is she?"

"If I don't make a phone call to my associates within the next hour, she's dead," he told her as he bent down to pick up the box. "My associates are Kazbekistani Extremists."

Terrorists. But not just regular terrorists. The Extremists were religious zealots, capable of terrible violence and cruelty,
all in the name of their god. And they had Amy.

Oh, God.

"Everything's fine," Meg called to the guard, her voice shaking only slightly.

"We're old college friends." The man turned his friendly smile on Ramon. "I thought I recognized Meggie. I didn't mean to appear before her like the ghost of Christmas past,
though, and scare her half to death."

Ramon's hand was on the gun holstered at his waist. He smiled politely, but his dark brown gaze was on Meg. "Ms.


She'd prepared for situations like this, back when she was working at the American embassy in Kazbekistan, an Eastern
European country also know as K-stan or "the Pit" to the Americans who served time there. During her stay, she was reminded regularly that the United States didn't negotiate with terrorists. The best solution was preventive--stay safe, stay secure, stay away from dangerous persons and situations.

It was a little late for that now--although who would have thought a K-stani terrorist would show up here in Washing-ton,
all these years later?

Meg knew what she should do in this situation. She should enlist Ramon's help while this man held her box of files, while his hands were full and he couldn't easily reach for his gun. She should be a strong American and refuse to negotiate with terrorists. She should seek help from the FBI.

Who, no matter how good they were, wouldn't be able to find her ten-year-old daughter within the next sixty minutes.

After which time Amy would be killed.

Meg forced a smile. American be damned. She was playing this one out as Amy's very frightened mother. "It's all right, Ramon," she lied. "We're . . . old friends."

"How about I carry this upstairs for you?" The man continued the charade. His English was remarkably good--he had only the faintest of accents. "We could talk about old times over a cup of coffee."

"Great." She smiled again at Ramon, who watched them all the way over to the elevators.

"Where is she?" Meg hissed from behind her frozen smile. "Where's Amy? And what about my grandmother?"
Amy had planned to take her great-grandmother, Eve, to the
Smithsonian while Meg picked up these files she'd been hired to translate. Meg hadn't been sure exactly who was the baby-sitter--the ten-year-old or the seventy-five-year-old.

"The old lady's your grandmother." He nodded as he pressed the elevator's call button. "I thought she was too old to be your mother. We've got her, too."

Meg felt a rush of relief. At least Eve was with Amy. At least Amy wasn't alone and terrified and . . . "I don't under-stand.
I'm not rich, and--"

"We don't want your money." The elevator doors opened and he stood back, politely letting her on first--the perfect terrorist gentleman. "We want you to do us a little favor."
Oh, God.

"You frequently do business at the Kazbekistani embassy across town, right?"

Oh, mighty God. The doors slid closed, but she kept her smile in place. Ramon would be watching through the security cameras.

"I only work as a consultant, a translator. It's never, I
never . . ."

He pushed the button for twelve. Somehow this man she'd never seen before knew she and Amy lived on the twelfth floor.

Meg took a deep breath and tried again. "Look, I'm not allowed into any areas inside the embassy that contain confidential information or--"

"We don't want you to spy for us. We already have an agent in place inside the embassy for that purpose." He laughed and it wasn't purely for the cameras. This man was enjoying him-self,
amused by her fear.

A fear that morphed hotly into anger as she turned her back to the security camera. "Then what do you want, damn it? How do I even know you've got Amy and Eve?"

The elevator doors opened at the twelfth floor. He stepped back, again to let her go first. "If you like, we'll send you the old lady's head in a box--"

"No!" Oh, God.

He laughed again. "Then I guess you've just got to trust me, don't you, Meggie?"

Meg's hands were shaking so badly, she couldn't get her key into the lock.

He shifted the box to one arm and a hip as he gently took her key ring from her, opened the door, and pushed her in-side,
following her into her living room. "I'm afraid I can't be as trusting," he continued, setting her box next to the couch. "After we discuss strategy and negotiate terms, I'm going to drive with you over to the embassy. I know it's after five, but there's a function tonight. Nothing formal. You can wear jeans. In fact, I want you to wear jeans. With those boots you have. What are they called? Cowboy boots. Or should it be cowgirl boots?"

"Negotiate terms?" Meg didn't give a damn what she wore. "What terms?"

"Well, it's actually a pretty simple negotiation with only one or two minor points. But the bottom line is that if you want to see your daughter and grandmother again, you'll do what we tell you to do. If you don't . . ."

"I do."

"Good." He crossed to the windows, pulled the curtains.

"Once you're in the embassy, our inside agent will keep an eye on you. If you make any attempt to get help or to contact the authorities at any time, we will kill your daughter. Have absolutely no doubt about that."

His smile was gone.

Meg nodded. She didn't doubt him. After living and working in Kazbekistan for years, she knew quite well what the Extremists were capable of.

"What do you want me to do?"

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting thriller

    The hostage incident inside the Kazbekistan Embassy started with an extremist group kidnapping widow Meg Moore¿s seventy-five years old grandma Eve and her ten-year-old daughter Amy outside the Smithsonian. The terrorists demand Meg, who has access to the embassy, kill a rival leader, Osman Razein of the Islamic Guard of Kazbekistan if she wants to see her beloved family members alive. <P>Knowing the seriousness of the terrorist threat, Meg captures her target and several other hostages before holing up in a bathroom. Her only demand is that Navy SEAL John Nilsson negotiates with her. Meg knows John from an incident he successfully performed when she worked in the American embassy in Kazbekistan. John is stunned when he learns about the situation inside the DC embassy because Meg is the woman he loves and he will assist her in any way possible. <P> THE DEFIANT HERO is a fast-paced action adventure novel with a touch of romance that works because the reader will realize the dilemma facing the heroine feels real. The characters make her Hobson Choice feel genuine as everyone plays their part to near perfection, which in turn provides the audience with a powerful story line. Suzanne Brockmann will garner new suspense thriller fans even as her current audience will remain faithful with this action-packed drama. <P>Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

    Military Men Have Feelings Too

    What I love about this series is that is a combo romance (the sex scenes will get you as hot and bothered as the characters) and thriller (terrorists, kidnapping, etc) with touches of historical reference (WWII).

    Another surprising aspect to this series is that the protagonists are military men.... and the author reminds you that their tough exteriors are filled with soft, emotional tendencies.

    It combines all my favorite escapist tendencies when reading. I am up to book 4 in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2008

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    Just ok...

    I love most Suzanne Brockmann novels, but this one was just ok. The main storyline between Meg and Nils was frustrating at best. I tried to sympathize with Meg, but she was just too stubborn to be believable. However, the character of Nils was sweet, endearing, funny and sexy.<BR/><BR/>It was the sub-plot of Sam and Alyssa that really held my interest. Since I didn't start this series at the beginning, I was already familiar with them as a couple, but it was good to see how it all began for them. Even the memory recall by Grandma Eve of her romance back in the 1940's was more enjoyable for me than listening to Meg whine and continually resist the assistance that Nils was offering.<BR/><BR/>If you are a "Troubleshooters" fan, I don't think you should miss this story. But if this is your first attempt at this series, I'd say pick some of the other books to start with and then come back to this one. The wonderful thing about this series is that you don't have to start with the first book to understand what is going on and to become thoroughly hooked. It really is one of my favorite series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2003

    My least favorite Brockmann book

    I've read all of the Team 16 books and can't wait for the next one! But, this is my least favorite. I just could not get into Meg + Nils. Nils is a SEAL and he can't get a gun away from Meg after spending 3 days in a car with her - come on! The flash back WWII was my favorite of the 'sub plots' that she's done, though.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Highly recommend this entire series

    Again, this is a great series and will reread this often.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    My favorite 'Troubleshooters' hero!

    I absolutely LOVED this book. The story between Nils and Meg was fantastic. For those reviewers who claimed it was unbelievable that Nils couldn't get the handgun away from Meg, one of the major points of the story was that he could have taken control at any time, but he wanted her to give it up VOLUNTARILY. Meg makes this realization herself in the book. For those of you who haven't read it, don't miss this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    Eh....this book didn't do it for me. There were too many storyli

    Eh....this book didn't do it for me. There were too many storylines and too many characters to keep it interesting. I didn't even get too interested in the main characters, John and Meg, because so many other things were going on. I felt this story should've stated it was about Sam and Alyssa to begin with. It was mainly about those two and had John and Meg's story barely in the background. I did enjoy Eve's story of her and Ralph. It was a beautiful love story. Their love conquered everything that was thrown at them. I wish Suzanne (the author) would've eliminated the story with Sam/Alyssa and focused on the main characters. I also didn't enjoy the flip flopping back and forth. It was Meg, Sam/Alyssa, John, Kidnappers, Eve/Ralph, Eve/Meg, repeat in as many forms as possible. I'm a huge fan of this author but this book just fell too flat for me.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    When some terrorists, that have taken her daughter and grandmoth

    When some terrorists, that have taken her daughter and grandmother hostages, approach Meg Moore she doesn't think twice and agrees to go to the Kazabeck embassy and abduct the ambassador. She has no demands except to talk with Lt. John Nilsson, a navy SEAL that she met a long time ago.
    When John gets the call to go into a hostage situation and learns that it is Meg the abductor, all he can do is help her even if he loses his career. And all because he never had forgotten her or the kiss they shared in the past.

    I didn't like this one. I like John character, even if he was/is a liar I still get why he did it but Meg, even after all the things she been through, she keeps on lying and lying. This love affair for me does not stick (sorry Suzanne), it seems rushed and a little forced, as if Meg was doing John a favor. 
    On the other hand, I loved Sam, Alyssa, Eve, and Ralph. For me, in this book, the subplots worked better.
    Overall, it was good to read and yeah, I will read it again but only because of Sam.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

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    I'm addicted to the Troubleshooters books - there, I've said it.

    I'm addicted to the Troubleshooters books - there, I've said it. I started with the Jules related books: Hot target, Force of Nature, All Through the Night and Beginnings &amp; Ends, and then decided to start from the beginning. I read The Unsung Hero and The Defiant Hero in 2 days. I really enjoy the way Suzanne Brockmann weaves her way through 2 or 3 storylines, and they all come together in the end. In this particular story, I loved the story of Eve and Ralph. I absolutely love Sam, and had already read about he and Alyssa in the other books I'd read, so I was surprised at how nasty she was to Sam! Honestly, I understand working in a &quot;man's world&quot; and having resentment for that, but geez - she was over the top nasty to him, even after all the compassion he showed her. I'm looking forward to seeing how their story progresses in a later book.

    As for the main story, Meg and John Nilsson - I loved Nil! What a great guy he is, and certainly not for lack of Meg trying to push him away over and over and over again. I understand a mother willing to do anything to protect her child, I have 3 children of my own, but she seemed to be all over the place. And honestly, for most of the book, I didn't like her very much. In the end, I wanted them to have their happy ending because that's what John wanted so much, and I wanted Amy to be able to experience having John in her life.

    It was exciting and kept me reading - I didn't want to put it down! Another great one! On to &quot;Over the Edge&quot;....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012


    Some of the reviews I read were negative. I liked this book and completly understood Meg's reluctance to trust Nils. Her daughter's life was at stake. I don't blame her at all. This is the third troubleshooters I've read. It wasn't as good as Tom's or Stan's stories, but it still was good. Am looking forward to the rest of the series, especially Sam and Alyssa's story.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    4stars --Barely I’ve read a few books in this long running

    4stars --Barely
    I&rsquo;ve read a few books in this long running series but had somehow managed to miss this one. The adventure, tension and storyline were all there. The boys were in fine form. As much as I liked book one of the series (The Unsung Hero), later books were written more in this style which I&rsquo;ve decided is the true Troubleshooters style. The drama that is Alyssa &amp; Starrett was ongoing and fun; meeting Jules for the first time was a treat. I even enjoyed the second storyline running thru Eve.

    As much as there is good about this episode, there is a humungous elephant in the middle. It was the so-called heroine, Meg. I intensely dislike TSTL heroines and she must be the queen of that particular brand and she sucked the joy out of the book for me and gave me a thought I never have. I didn&rsquo;t think she was good enough for him and I didn&rsquo;t want them to have a HEA.

    I&rsquo;m definitely continuing this series secure in the knowledge that I don&rsquo;t have to read Meg as a lead again.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

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    Exciting read!

    Terrorists holding hostages meet up against SEAL Team 16. Plenty of action, adventure and romance permeate the story. I would recommend the story for adults and for book clubs. I have read all of the Troubleshooters series (17 books to date) and enjoyed them all. I also enjoyed Brockmann's "Tall Dark & ..." series.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    more from this reviewer was okay....

    This one definitely wasn't of the same caliber of the first in the Troubleshooters series, The Unsung Hero. For this one, I definitely was looking forward to hearing the stories of the secondary characters--Eve and Ralph from World War II era and Sam and Alyssa from present day--more than those of the main characters, Meg and John. Actually, come to think of it, Alyssa was really annoying me as well, with her larger-than-the-average-boulder-sized chips on her shoulder regarding her gender and race. I'm not saying there isn't some truth to what she experienced, but she took it way to far. For someone who wants to be judged on her own merits, she sure is awfully judgemental about Sam/Roger/Houston (at this point, I don't even remember what his real name is. Hopefully I'll have it figured out by his book, which I think is number six). She definitely has a lot of growing to do before she gets my vote as a sympathetic character; at this point I'm thinking Sam can definitely do better. Which leaves me with Eve and Ralph. I loved their story! Definitely a highlight of the book, especially since it wasn't obvious from the start what was going to happen there. It almost made up for the rest of the book. Almost. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of this series, but this one will never be counted among one of my favorites.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

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    Setting Up the Series

    This is the second book in Brockmann's Troubleshooter Series. I don't recommend reading them out of order but if you do, PLEASE don't start with this one. It's not the best. ---

    In Defiant Hero we are introduced to more of the circle that become The Troubleshooters. The main characters are Niels and Meg, but honestly their storyline isn't the best in this book. The other two couples in this story are far more interesting. (FYI: Brockmann usually tells her stories from the perspective of three different couples.) ---

    The second couple is Meg's grandmother and her beau during WWII. (FYI: The first few books in the series have a WWII story line told from a character's perspective.) ---

    The third couple is Sam and Alyssa. They were in Unsung Hero, but we get a better introduction to them - and all of their dysfunction - in this book. (That's HUGE plus for me because I &lt;3 this couple.) ---

    A good book. I recommend it because it's part of the series and the series is worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Not disappointed at all...

    I rate all my books by content and romantic pull (some call it smutt) whatever you call it. I rate them in my catalog 1 being the lowest 5 being the best. This is definitely 5 content and 4 romantic pull. I thought there was plenty of chemistry. And just to get the story straight, she was not having an affair. Read it again.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009


    Any and all the books in this series are a must read. They keep you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    Not what i expected

    I was so looking forward to this book but i was disappointed. the hero and heroine did not have any chemistry. And the whole romance with the married woman and younger man was not that romanctic. I didn't like how her husband gave her permission to cheat and she was going to do it. I didn't see where she was actually inlove with the hero.I like ms.Brockman's writing but i find that the supporting characters take away from the main hero and heroine. She make you more interested in the other characters than the main ones. Like sam and Assyla, A havent read their story yet but i hope it's good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006


    I've never read a Suzanne Brockmann book before, but you can bet I will be getting more of her books! I couldn't put this book down. Lately I've been lucky to read a book a week, but I read this book in two days. I loved how Ms. Brockmann made Nils (the male lead) a decent guy with feelings and depth. So often military men are portrayed as cavemen beating their chests. But in this book the author took the time to make him human and the effect was sensational. I especially liked the way he allowed Meg to come to certain realizations on her own instead of using brute force. I also loved the fact that there were really three stories going on at once. It was AMAZING. Eve's story was touching and fit perfectly into the context of the book despite the fact that it had happened sixty years ago. And I liked how the author launched Alyssa and Sam's story within the context of Nils and Meg's story as well. I feel all the characters were as developed as they needed to be to serve their purpose within the story and I was particularly appreciative of the fact that the story was never allowed to drag. Don't miss this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2004

    Outstanding Read!

    I loved this book. I thought Brockman did a another great job with this book. I love they way she included the love story of Meg's great grandmother and also Sam and Alyass's rocky start. I love all the novels she has written about Team Sixteen and can't wait to read more. Great Job Suzanne. Can't wait to read more!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    Read it within 24 hours

    This is the first book by Suzanne Brockman that I have read and I loved it. I fell in love with Nils and his devotion to Meg. I can't wait to read all the other books by Suzanne.

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