Force of Nature: A Novel

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Florida private investigator and ex-cop Ric Alvarado’s life is spiraling out of control. His beautiful new girl Friday, Annie Dugan, is far more interested in fieldwork than filing, and despite Ric’s best efforts to ignore the attraction, sparks are flying between them. Then one of Ric’s clients turns femme fatale and tries to gun down an innocent man. Thanks to quick thinking and even quicker reflexes, Ric comes to the rescue, only to learn he’s done a very good deed for some ...

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Force of Nature (Troubleshooters Series #11)

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Florida private investigator and ex-cop Ric Alvarado’s life is spiraling out of control. His beautiful new girl Friday, Annie Dugan, is far more interested in fieldwork than filing, and despite Ric’s best efforts to ignore the attraction, sparks are flying between them. Then one of Ric’s clients turns femme fatale and tries to gun down an innocent man. Thanks to quick thinking and even quicker reflexes, Ric comes to the rescue, only to learn he’s done a very good deed for some very bad people.

Suddenly Ric finds himself deep undercover with Annie, working for notorious crime boss Gordon Burns. One mistake from Ric’s painfully inexperienced partner and they’re both dead.

FBI agent Jules Cassidy’s life isn’t in much better shape. For years the FBI has been trying to prove Gordon Burns’s ties to terrorist activity. Now, thanks to Ric and Annie, Jules has found a way into the lion’s den. But in the course of his investigation he comes face-to-face with Robin Chadwick, the charismatic but self-destructive and closeted movie star for whom Jules feels a powerful attraction. Robin’s in town promoting his latest film—and Gordon Burns is a star-struck movie buff.

With Robin and Jules’s help, Ric and Annie are soon entrenched in Burns’s organization, surrounded by killers who may already have executed an FBI infiltrator. Before long the couple realizes that many more lives besides their own will be at stake if they make a false move. As the heat between them reaches dangerous levels, so do the risks they’re willing to take—in the line of duty, for the sake of loyalty, and in the name of something that runs even deeper.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781469271163
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/5/2013
  • Series: Troubleshooters Series , #11
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann

Since her explosion onto the publishing scene more than ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written more than forty books, and is now widely recognized as one of the leading voices in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards, including Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year - three years running in 2000, 2001, and 2002 - two RITA awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Suzanne Brockmann lives west of Boston with her husband, author Ed Gaffney.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    Ugh, pass!

    Suzanne Brockman is a great author who writes good stories with strong and compelling charactors. Unfortunately, she's lost sight of being, first, an entertainer. I agree whole-heartedly with all of her stances on social justice issues but grow weary of having them stuffed down my throat in my leasure time reading. That's what editorial pages in blogs and news papers are for. I'll miss these charectors, but I think I'm going to go read an author who chooses to entertain and stays off the soap box.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    Does she Have An Agenda?

    Having read previous Suzanne Brockman books, I thought I was reading a book for entertainment not a book with an agenda. The relationship between the two men was in poor taste, and, no, I could not in good conscience read every page. Why not label under gay and not push the agenda in books purely for a 'fun' read. Disappointing! I will not read another of her books nor will I recommend her. Poor taste!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    G A Y

    G a y

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    amazing story a must read

    I am always amazed at how I become attached to the new characters in this series. This is full of suspenseful, dangerous and romantic. I dare anyone not to fall head over heals with this story.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

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    A Winner with Emotions and Suspense

    This was my first book by Suzanne Brockmann and I was so impressed with it that I just had to pick up some of her previous novels. Her writing style just seem effortless in describing scenes, i.e the attachment of Jules and Robin, and giving substance to the plot, which for me are key elements in mysteries. When I was finished the first chapter I was hooked. The story moved along at a fast pace and I found it extremely interesting and easy to follow. I read page after page and until the wee hours of the morning. Thank goodness it was a Saturday and I didn't have to go to work.
    Force of Nature is full of suspense and a worthy mystery that I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2010

    loved it.

    The author wraps you up in her characters and you become best friends with them. And you want more of them and more information about them when you finish the book. I cried through the last 50 pages. Then I went on-line to find the books in this series that I have not read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    YEsss>>>>>

    Finally Robin and Jules get it together. I never thought in a million years I would hoot and holler for a gay relationship. But this is riveting. They make my cry. The whole story was great. Keep it up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2009

    Riveting - Had trouble putting it down

    Brockman can interweave several plots into one with such skill. I could not wait to find out what would happen next to each of the character. Have read most of this series and feel like I know these players in each story.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    Finally!

    I loved this book! The Jules/Robin romance is gripping. In fact I have only read the stories with Jules and Robin. I prefer the romance to the action. Love is the biggest adventure there is.

    And to all those who are turned off by the gay romance, Ms Brockmann writes tastefully and love is love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2007

    OMG!

    Finally Jules wins. Suzanne Brockman writes so well. You could feel the attraction between Jules and Robin. I thought this was a really good book. I was as happy for Jules as I was for Alyssa and Sam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2007

    Very Brave Effort

    I enjoyed Force of Nature very much. Ms. Brockmann has done an excellent job of presenting her position on many of the issues of our day in an entertaining format. The romance between Jules and Robin was handled tastefully and in a logical fashion. I recommend that readers go to her webpage and read the free download pamphlet about her storylines. The characters and plot were very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    Awesome Read!

    This is another great book by Suzanne Brockmann! I really enjoyed Rick and Annie's story and was thrilled to see Jules and Robin get together. As the wife of a soldier and a fomer soldier myself, I was very glad to see the inclusion of the notification issue regarding Ben's death. I hope this might serve as a wake-up call to all regarding the sacrifices being made by our soldiers, sailors and marines who are serving in harm's way. It is a wonderful read, the best in years of the Troubleshooters series. Keep going, Suzanne!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2007

    A must for Jules fans - otherwise PASS!

    This is a must read book for all TS fans of Jules because it's Jules' turn to have things 'go his way'! I thought the chemistry between Jules and Robin was dynamite and very tastefully done. Everyone knew from the beginning of this series that Jules was gay and every major character has had a book with a love interest working out for them. For those who are offended by this book, were you not paying attention to the series theme - major character= major love interest?!?!?!?!? Why should Jules be any different?!!??!!? Unfortunately, the relationship between Ric and Annie took 2nd place and the heat level in this twosome was bordering on boring, unlike others in previous books. It was almost like Brockmann was afraid of offending all with a book totally dedicated to a Jules' love theme so she threw in a hetrosexual couple to pacify any that might be offended. Unfortunately, the chemistry between the hetro couple was not as convincing as the chemistry between the homo couple - I'm sure this offended many, while others such as I, just felt disappointed that Brockmann didn't commit herself to warming up both couples or just one couple 'Jules/Robin'. I think Jules and Robin's affair could have carried the book, if there had been more meat to the storyline and if veteran TS members played more of a part in the book. Sam, Max, and Alyssa were too briefly involved in the story and should have played a larger role. Ric and Anne were just filler. Meantime, where is the whole TS gang?! Brockmann intros a new couple in a book and then they're dropped or she reverts to name dropping to keep them 'involved'. Why not a book 'or 2 or 3' with the TS gang working together and intro a love interest into that mix?! Sorry - I'm a big Brockmann fan and I love Jules, but I miss the old gang and this book was a big disappointment. Not because of the Jules story line, but because everything else seemed so mediocore. Not her best effort and I really hope to see AT LEAST SOME OF THE OLD GANG show up in her next book - they are too much fun and such memorable characters to shelve!!!!!!!!!! Please come through Suzanne!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2007

    Life changing

    I am a dedicated Brockmann fan, I will read anything, just on the fact that her name is in the Author's spot on the cover. I have read every book in the Team 16 and troublshooter's line. I have awaited Jules' story since his introduction in the first book. I thought the love scences in Force of Nature, where very well written, but would have liked for the focus to have been on Jules' and not Annie and Ric. I hope Jules and Robin do not fade away in future books. And on a personal note, while I understand it was a book, It has also changed my views on Gayism, and brought forth the understanding that, while christians are taught from a very young age that being gay is a sin, I think we all, forget, that in our judgemental lives, that judging someone, is also a sin, and I , from now on, say, God doesnt make mistakes, and shall embrace a future of openmindedness. Thank you Suzanne, for your wonderful story. Your son must surely be an awsome person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2007

    Disappointing : let me count the ways...

    I am an avid Brockmann fan so this hurts to write but its got to be said. 1. The development of the plot was slow. 2. Brockmann's books are typically very action packed, this one was NOT. 3. The main characters Ric and Annie had no chemistry 4. The intimate scenes with Jules would be more appropriate in a gay romance novel. 5. I felt like I was reading infomercials about alcoholism and gay rights with a little racism for good measure. Sorry Ms. Brockmann, but I know you CAN do better. I'm still a fan and I'll await her comeback!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    More bang for my buck!!!

    I was so excited to get her new book. I love the SEALS and cant get enough of them. I thought that it would be your typical HEA but this one knocked my socks off. I got more story than I was expecting to. I have to say that I think this book is my fav out of the whole series. Suzanne you have out done yourself with this one. I hope you brought your A game on for the next book to top that one. WOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    Enjoyable summer read

    I love Suz and will buy anything she writes. However this is her first book that left me wanting. A little slow paced throughout, then all of a sudden it was over, the ending wrapped up too fast. I loved her dialog between the characters but could have done without the war updates and preachiness that entered this book. If you are a Suz fan you will still enjoy this Troubleshooters installment. However, if you are new to reading Suz I would suggest going back a couple of books to 'Hard Target' first. Overall an enjoyable read (you can skip over a couple pages if necessary ~Jules&Robin~ love scene). But don't pass up the book because of that scene. Bravo Suz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    I loved this book!

    This book reminded me a lot of 'Breaking Point', in that we get two HEAs (happily ever after). While I liked Ric and Annie, Jules and Robin stole the show. They actually got a lot less 'page time' than Ric and Annie, but the intensity of their relationship was not hindered by that all. This book was well worth the wait, and to anyone who is at all squeamish about gay love scenes, they were tastefully done. I'd rate them PG or even G. I laughed, I cried... This is my new favorite Troubleshooters book! I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2007

    I really, really wanted to rave about this novel!!

    I really wanted to rate this book a 5, but I just couldn't. I LOVE the Troubleshooter Series and have read and re-read them all several times. I, too, have been waiting for Jules¿ story and to catch up on all the wonderful characters of the series. The two romances in Force of Nature were absorbing and heartrending, but there were two major distractions. A seeming inundation of social commentary was abundantly apparent. Homophobia¿obviously¿but also the war in Iraq, domestic violence, alcoholism, racism, terrorism, sexism, just to name a few. Doesn¿t Brockmann realize she¿s preaching to the choir and the reader doesn¿t need to be made to feel guilty? Like any author, Brockmann uses sub-plots to add drama and move the story forward. But this time, after characters from various story lines have been allowed to do their work, they just fade away. For example, whatever happens to the porn-queen Lillian??? Or the racist cop Donofrio??? Or the assistant Dolphina?? I was left wanting. I recommend this book to veteran Brockmann fans and Brockmann newcomers. The novel isn¿t the best in the series, but it¿s definitely worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2007

    Very Disappointed

    Normally her books are cover to cover reads with only bathroom breaks, however, this one took two long weeks. Ric and Annie were just taking up space, and didn't serve a purpose, much less 'hot couple' status. Where is all the action, the snappy dialog, the actually chemistry between the characters, the entertainment value, and the TS crew? Instead of being an entertaining read, it was more like a social commentary.

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