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In her sizzling, award-winning novels of suspense, bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann delves into the adrenaline-rushed world of counter terrorism–and taps into the real passions of its brave men and women. Now in her widely anticipated hardcover debut, she spins a story of action, intrigue, and romance, as a U.S. Navy SEAL and an FBI agent race to unravel a mystery–while confronting their own unresolved feelings for each other. . . .

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In her sizzling, award-winning novels of suspense, bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann delves into the adrenaline-rushed world of counter terrorism–and taps into the real passions of its brave men and women. Now in her widely anticipated hardcover debut, she spins a story of action, intrigue, and romance, as a U.S. Navy SEAL and an FBI agent race to unravel a mystery–while confronting their own unresolved feelings for each other. . . .

In his career as one of America’s elite warriors, Lt. Sam Starrett can do no wrong. In his private life, Sam–the king of one night stands–has done little right. Now, he’s waiting for a divorce and determined to stay active in his young daughter’s life. But when Sam shows up at the door of his ex-wife’s home in Sarasota, Florida, he makes a grisly discovery. His daughter is gone and the body of a woman lies brutally murdered on the floor.

FBI agent Alyssa Locke’s relationship with Sam has been overwhelmingly intense and nearly catastrophic, yet it refuses to end. The last time she saw Sam was six months earlier, when they worked together to stop terrorists from assassinating the U.S. President. Much to her dismay, Alyssa is assigned to lead the murder investigation and once again the two are face to face. When explosive information surfaces linking Sam to the still unsolved assassination plot, the stakes are raised. With her reputation hanging in the balance, and her loyalties in question, Alyssa is faced with an impossible dilemma:arrest a man she believes to be innocent, or risk her career.

While Alyssa tries to fight their intense attraction, Sam is determined to heat things up between them once again. And the complex case pushes them both to the wrong side of the law–and on the run to discover the truth. As more agents step into the chase, and with Sam’s daughter still unaccounted for, neither Alyssa nor Sam can predict just how deadly hot this situation is about to become. . . .

A thrilling novel that ranges back into the days of World War II, into friendships, families, liaisons, betrayals, and the code of honor that binds the U.S. Navy SEALs, Gone Too Far is an electrifying experience in suspense–and a brilliant tale of lives lived on the edge.

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Praise for Suzanne Brockman and Gone Too Far

“At last! Sam and Alyssa’s book! Gone Too Far is Suzanne Brockmann’s best book to date. There’s everything anyone could want: action, danger, suspense, passion, and tears. This is one I’ll read again.” –LINDA HOWARD

“Sizzling with military intrigue and sexual tension, with characters so vivid they leap right off the page, Gone Too Far is a bold, brassy read with a momentum that just doesn’t quit." –TESS GERRITSEN

“Suzanne Brockmann always delivers kick-ass heroes, unforgettable heroines and nail-biting tales of suspense.” –LISA GARDNER

Publishers Weekly
Tough-talking Navy SEAL Sam Starrett and FBI sharpshooter Alyssa Locke, who played supporting roles in Brockmann's four previous romances (Into the Night, etc.), finally claim center stage in the author's suspenseful hardcover debut. Unfortunately, the oft star-crossed lovers must share the limelight with a plethora of characters from Brockmann's earlier SEAL Team 16 tales, which makes for an overstuffed and somewhat disjointed read. The book's primary and most compelling thread focuses on Sam and Alyssa's search for his daughter and almost ex-wife, who may have been kidnapped by terrorists. As the pair scour Florida, they slowly learn to trust each other. At the same time, Alyssa's boss, renowned FBI negotiator Max Bhagat, must deal with his attraction to a much younger woman, and Sam's former SEAL commander, Tom Paoletti, is all but accused of aiding terrorists. To top everything off, Brockmann throws in snippets of Sam's childhood friendship with Noah Gaines, a black boy he rescued from bullies, and includes her trademark-a WWII love story relayed through letters. Although Brockmann has effectively juggled several story lines in her previous romances, here she simply has too many balls in the air, and inevitably she loses track of a few. Still, the author's fans will find plenty of enjoyment in watching passion-and tempers-flare between Sam and Alyssa. New readers, meanwhile, will find that Brockmann has gone to great lengths to get them up to speed, and those who aren't discouraged by the book's slow start will find themselves drawn in by the characters' snappy dialogue and jam-packed lives. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Brockman has won a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and two recent novels were voted the Romance Writers of America's favorite book of the year, but this romantic thriller is her hardcover debut. FBI agent Alyssa Locke helps an ex-boyfriend track down his kidnapped daughter. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Navy SEAL joins forces with FBI agent to find his missing daughter and slutty wife. Even though she filed for divorce, Mary Lou never signed and returned the papers. Sam Starrett, a man of action, takes matters into his capable hands and travels from San Diego to Florida to find out why. He's brooding but resolute. The brief marriage was doomed from the start, but he'd done the right thing when his lust for Mary Lou resulted in pregnancy, and he's just about sworn off casual sex ever since. Maybe it sounds like a pansy thing to say, but Sam now wants "to be fucked for more than his blue eyes and his muscles and the fact that he was a lieutenant with the US Navy SEALS." After his daughter was born, he did his utmost to care for her, when he wasn't thousands of miles away Tracking Down Terrorists or Protecting the President. But he, a misunderstood man, has other things to worry about: military higher-ups think he was somehow involved with concealing terrorist weapons on the helicopter that sank when his team shot it down. Meanwhile, he's hot on the trail of whoever blew a hole in the head of the decomposing female corpse on the kitchen floor of the crummy house his wife shared with her sister. Could be Mary Lou. Could be Janine. He's in shock-though somewhat relieved that his daughter, now two-and-a-half, has vanished. If Haley's alive, he'll find her. Enter Alyssa Locke, beauteous FBI agent with a very healthy sex drive. She, too, is actually looking for love. But bad boys are what she lives for, and Sam, a man with a past, sure qualifies. Finding Mary Lou can't be that hard-there are only twenty million slutty blond barflies in Florida and only a million are named Mary Lou. The daringduo swings into action. Fast pace and snappy dialogue keep Gone Too Far afloat, despite the category-romance clichés: a first hardcover for the prolific Brockmann.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345456939
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Series: Troubleshooters Series , #6
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 209,910
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann
Since her explosion onto the publishing scene ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written 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 lives west of Boston with her husband and two children. Visit her Web site at www.suzannebrockmann.com.

Biography

Although Suzanne Brockmann can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling something (one of her earliest masterpieces was an action-packed radio play called "Mice on Mars"), she didn't begin to write seriously until she was married with young children. She spent several years trying to break into the super-competitive field of screenwriting before deciding to try her hand at genre fiction; and, it was only after months of intensive research that she finally homed in on Romance. In June of 1992, she sat down to write her first book. By year's end, she had completed ten manuscripts, and in August of 1993, she sold her first book, the contemporary romance Future Perfect.

Brockmann's first novels were stand-alones. But as her career progressed, she noticed that romance mini-series, with their opportunities for character development and intersecting story lines, had become extremely popular. Seeking to increase her readership, she decided to write a mini-series of her own. She found her "hook" in a magazine article on Navy SEALs and, in 1996, she released Prince Joe, the first novel in her Tall, Dark and Dangerous series. The alpha males of Brockmann's fictional SEAL Team 10 proved to be the perfect romantic heroes, and the series was an immediate hit with readers. Four years later, she launched a second series of military/romantic thrillers centered on the friendships, romances, and working relationships among a team of Navy SEALS and members of an elite security agency called Troubleshooters, Inc. Starting with The Unsung Hero in 2000, the Troubleshooters books have catapulted the author to the top of the charts.

Brockmann is known in the industry as a risk-taker, having written stories around such sensitive topics as interracial romance and homosexuality, In 2004, she garnered attention for her eighth Troubleshooters novel, Hot Target, which involved one of her most popular recurring characters, openly gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy, in a romantic subplot. Brockman, who dedicated the book to her gay son Jason, was not sure how readers would respond. To her surprise, the reaction from gay and straight alike proved positive. She stated on her website: "I love the fact that the world I've created in my books -- a diverse American world filled with the same variety of people who live in my urban American neighborhood -- has been so enthusiastically embraced by readers."

Brockmann's distinctive literary blend has come in for its fair share of praise. Writing in the Chicago Tribune, veteran Booklist reviewer John Charles stated: "Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance." And USA Today has called her "[t]he reigning queen of militaray suspense." As further proof of her mainstream appeal, she remains one of a handful of Romance novelists to have made the leap from mass market paperback to hardcover.

Good To Know

In an interview with the online magazine All About Romance, Brockmann says: "I started reading when I was three (my first 'real' book was Beverly Cleary's Here Comes the Bus -- I remember this because no one believed that I was really reading it and I got really upset when my older sister took it back to the school library before I'd finished it!)."

A serious history buff from her youth, Brockmann has read widely on WWII and has been known to incorporate stories from that era into the books of her Troubleshooters series.

Brockmann loves music. She attended Boston University as a film major with a minor in creative writing but dropped out to perform with a rock and roll band. She also sang with and served as music director for a Boston-based a cappella group called "Serious Fun" and produced its first and only CD in 1998.

Brockman is married to novelist Ed Gaffney.

The mother of an openly gay son , Brockmann is a proud member of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays).

In her writing, Brockmann employs a device she calls Deep Point of View. She explains it in an interview with the online writers' journal Writers Write: "In my books, I use subjective point of view, but I'm not satisfied with merely showing the reader what that camera sees from its perch atop a character's head. I bring the camera down, inside of that character's head, so we see the world through that character's eyes. We hear things through his ears. We smell what he smells, feel what he feels, think what he think. With deep POV, I write using words that that character would use. I tell the story with that character's voice."

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CHAPTER ONE

Sarasota, Florida

Monday, June 16, 2003

Roger “Sam” Starrett’s cell phone vibrated, but he was wedged into the rental car so tightly that there was no way he could get the damn thing out of the front pocket of his jeans.

At least not without causing a twelve-car pileup on Route 75.

He had the air-conditioning cranked—welcome to summer in Florida—and the gas pedal floored, but the subcompact piece of shit that had been one of the last cars in the rental company’s lot was neither cool nor fast.

It was barely a car.

Feeling trapped in an uncomfortable place had been pretty much SOP for Sam ever since he rushed into marriage with Mary Lou nearly two years ago, and he waited for the familiar waves of irritation and anger to wash over him.

Instead, he felt something strangely similar to relief.

Because Sarasota was only another few minutes down the road. And the end was finally in sight.

Sam knew the town well enough—he’d hitched down here from his parents house in Fort Worth, Texas, four summers in a row, starting when he turned fifteen. It had changed a lot since then, but he had to believe that the circus school was still over by Ringling Boulevard.

Which wasn’t too far from Mary Lou’s street address.

Maybe he should make a quick stop, pick up a few more Bozos, turn this thing into a bona fide clown car.

On the other hand, one was probably enough to qualify for clown car status.

His phone finally stopped shaking.

What were the chances that it had been Mary Lou, finally calling him back?

Nah, that would be too damn easy.

Although, in theory, this should have been an easy trip. Pop over to Sarasota. Pick up the divorce papers that Mary Lou was supposed to have sent back to him three weeks ago. Put an end to the giant-ass mistake that was their marriage, and maybe even try to start something new. Like a real relationship with his baby daughter, Haley, who after six months probably wouldn’t even recognize him. Then pop back home to San Diego.

Fucking easy as pie.

Except this was Mary Lou he was dealing with. Yes, she was the one who’d filed for this divorce. Yes, she’d been compliant right up to this point. But Sam wouldn’t put it past her to change her mind at the zero hour.

And it was, indeed, the zero hour.

And, true to form, Mary Lou was surely messing with him.

Had to be.

Why else would she not have sent the papers back to the attorney after receiving them four weeks ago? Why else would she not return Sam’s phone calls? Why else would she not pick up the phone even when he called at oh dark hundred, when he knew she had to be there because the baby was surely sleeping?

Sam reached for the stick to downshift as he took the exit ramp for Bee Ridge Road, and came into contact with the stupidass automatic transmission.

Six months ago, this entire suckfest scenario would have made him bullshit. Everything sucked. This car sucked, the fact that he had to come all this way for something that should have cost the price of a first-class postage stamp sucked, and knowing that Haley was going to look at him as if he were some stranger really sucked.

But along with his weird feeling of relief came a sense of readiness. Maybe this wasn’t going to be easy, but that was okay. He was ready for it. He was ready for anything.

Like, Haley was probably going to cry when he tried to hold her. So he wouldn’t hold her at first. He’d take it slow.

And Mary Lou, well, she was probably going to ask him to get back together. He was ready for that, too.

“Honey, you know as well as I do that it just wasn’t working.” He tried the words aloud, glancing at himself in the rearview mirror, checking to see if he looked apologetic enough.

But, shit, he looked like roadkill. His eyes were bloodshot behind his sunglasses, and the flight out of Atlanta had been weather delayed for so damn long that he desperately needed a shower.

And he definitely shouldn’t start out by calling her honey. She had a name, and it was Mary Lou. Honey—and every other term of endearment he’d ever used, like sugar, darling, sweetheart, sweet thing—was demeaning.

He could practically hear Alyssa Locke’s voice telling him so. And God knows Alyssa Locke was the Queen of Right.

She’d hated it something fierce when he’d called her sweet thing. So he’d called her Alyssa, drawing the S’s out as he whispered her name in her perfect ear as they’d had sex that should’ve been listed in the world record books. Best Sex of All Time—Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke, Champions of the Simultaneous Orgasm.

Ah, God.

What was Alyssa going to think when she heard about his divorce?

Sooner or later the news was going to get out. Up to this point, his commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Tom Paoletti, and the SEAL team’s XO, Lieutenant Jazz Jacquette, were the only ones who knew that Sam and Mary Lou were finally calling it quits. He hadn’t told Nils and WildCard yet—his best friends in Team Sixteen. Shit, he hadn’t told his sister, Elaine. Or even Noah and Claire.

And he sure as hell hadn’t told Alyssa Locke.

Who was probably going to think, Thank God I’m in a committed relationship with Max so Roger Starrett doesn’t come sniffing around my door, looking for some play. Max. The fucker. Even after all this time, Sam was still insanely jealous of Max Bhagat. Despite his new sense of relief and hope, he was feeling neither when it came to thoughts of Alyssa and Max.

“How could you fuck your boss?” Sam asked.

Alyssa, because she wasn’t in the car, didn’t answer him, of course.

It wasn’t too tough of a question. Sam could come up with plenty of answers without Alyssa’s help. Because Max was handsome, powerful, brilliant, and, yes, probably great in bed.

Yeah, and who was he kidding with that probably? Max was no doubt definitely great in bed. Sam knew Alyssa, and she wasn’t about to spend more than a year of her life with someone who couldn’t keep up with her sexually.

And as far as the fact that the man was her boss . . .

She and Max were incredibly discreet. In fact, they were so discreet, there were some people in the Spec Ops community who refused to believe that they actually had an intimate relationship.

But Sam knew better. He’d gone knocking on Alyssa’s hotel room door about six months ago. And, yeah, it was a stupidass thing to do. He and Mary Lou hadn’t even separated back then. He had no business knocking on anyone’s door.

But an FBI agent matching Alyssa’s description—a woman of color, in her late twenties—had been killed that day, and until the news came down that Alyssa wasn’t on the casualty list, Sam kind of lost it.

Except who had opened that hotel room door that he’d knocked on? Well, gee, hiya, Max. Sorry I woke you, man.

And that was it. Game over. It was looking into Max’s eyes that did it. The fucker cared deeply about Alyssa—that was more than clear.

And every day since then, Sam tried—he really honestly tried—to be happy for her.

And as for his own elusive happiness . . .

Well, he was done feeling sorry for himself. And he was done letting this divorce take place on Mary Lou’s timetable, with Mary Lou running this freak show.

Sam and his expensive new lawyer had worked out a schedule of visits—dates and times that he could see Haley. He wasn’t looking for joint custody—that would be crazy. As a SEAL he went out of the country at the drop of a hat, sometimes for weeks or even months at a time.

He just wanted to be able to see his kid a couple of times a week whenever he was Stateside. Surely Mary Lou would agree to that.

To make it a no-brainer for her, Sam was prepared to give her the deed to their house back in San Diego, free and clear. He’d take care of the mortgage and continue to pay the taxes. Now that Mary Lou’s sister, Janine, had split up with her husband, Sam’s plan was to talk all three of them—Mary Lou, Janine, and Haley—into moving back to California.

Where he would be able to see Haley every other weekend and once a week on Wednesday nights—instead of some pathetic twice a year bullshit.

Surely the idea of a free place to live would appeal to Mary Lou, who, in one of the bigger surprises of a marriage filled with complete surprises, was a total miser when it came to saving money.

So, yeah, Sam was hopeful that he and Mary Lou were going to be able to work this out.

And who knows? Once he did that, the rest of his life could start to turn around, too. Maybe perfect Max had a perfect sister who was beautiful, brilliant and great in bed, too. And maybe Sam and the sister and Max and Alyssa could all double-date.

Yeah, right. Just as Max wasn’t his favorite person, Sam wasn’t Max’s. The chances of them ever socializing—by choice—were in negative numbers.

Traffic in the city was light at this time of the morning. He was literally four minutes from Mary Lou’s door.

Please be home.

Sam had tried calling his soon-to-be ex-wife from a pay phone at the airport, right after his flight had gotten in. It had occurred to him that she was screening her calls and that maybe she’d pick up if her caller ID gave her a number other than that of his cell phone.

Not a chance.

He didn’t leave a message on her machine. He was just going to head over to the house and wait. Sooner or later Mary Lou or Janine would scoop up Haley from day care and come home.

And then he’d do whatever he had to do to get Mary Lou to sign those papers and move back to San Diego.

Hell, if she didn’t want to live in that same house they’d once shared, they could sell it and she could buy another. It didn’t matter to him as long as she lived in the San Diego area. He was going to move into the BOQ on base either way.

Sure, the bachelor officers quarters were tiny, and there was no pri- vacy to speak of. But since it was highly unlikely that he was ever going to have sex again, privacy wasn’t something that he needed.

Sam laughed at himself. That sounded really pathetic—never having sex again—like he was such a loser that no woman would want him.

Truth was, women went for him in a major way. In fact, the girl at the car rental counter couldn’t have been more obvious about her interest if she’d used semaphore flags.

“Where are you staying?”

“Are you in town alone?”

“If you’re looking for a good hangout, you might want to try Barnaby’s, down by the dock. I go there all the time after work.”

Hint, hint.

She was hot, too. A strawberry blonde with a lithe, athletic body and a cute little ass. But hot wasn’t enough for him anymore. No, thank you.

Sam was finished with casual sex. He was keeping his pants zipped, which actually wasn’t as hard as it seemed, even after he’d gone for well over nine months without getting laid.

It sounded like a really pansy thing to say, but he wanted more from life than a fast fuck with an empty-headed stranger.

Because, shit, he’d been there and done that—and ended up married to an empty-headed stranger who was pregnant with his child. And hadn’t that been a fun two and a half years of his life?

He wanted sex to mean something. He wanted to be fucked for more than his blue eyes and his muscles and the fact that he was a lieutenant with the U.S. Navy SEALs.

Unless, of course, Alyssa Locke called him up and begged him to come over, get naked, and light her world on fire.

If that ever happened, all bets were off.

Alyssa was neither empty-headed nor a stranger, but during the few nights they’d spent together, way back before Sam married Mary Lou, she’d definitely thought of him as only a temporary plaything, which still stung.

Sam leaned over to look at the numbers on the houses as he turned on to Mary Lou’s street: 458, 460, 462.

Bingo.

Number 462 Camilia Street was a tiny little single-story Florida-style house with a carport that sat empty. There wasn’t a car in the driveway either, nor one parked out in front.

Sam pulled up and sat, air-conditioning blasting, just looking at the house. With flaking paint and shutters that hung in crooked disrepair, it was about half the size of their place in San Diego. The yard was dry, the grass and plants brown, courtesy of the drought that was turning Florida into a desert.

A tired-looking palm tree provided the only shade out front. The door was shut behind the torn screen, and the dark shades on the windows were pulled all the way down and—

What the fuck . . . ?

From the Hardcover edition.

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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Suzanne Brockmann
This installment in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series gets off to an explosive start when Navy SEAL Sam Starrett goes to Florida to visit his baby daughter and finalize divorce proceedings with his wife, Mary Lou -- only to find his daughter missing and the badly decomposing body of a woman (Mary Lou? her sister?) on the kitchen floor. As the local FBI looks hard at some suspects, especially Sam, and enlists the help of crack FBI agent Alyssa Locke, Sam engages in his own race against time as he tries to elude arrest, find his daughter, and solve the murder. Alyssa believes in Sam but is ordered to bring him in, a situation made even more complex by the intense mutual attraction both have been denying since their first encounter years earlier. Now it's time for Sam to confront the legacies of his childhood, and for Sam and Alyssa to face up to the possibilities of their relationship. Heart to Heart asked Brockmann where she got the idea for this unique series of romantic thrillers and what readers can expect from her next.

Heart to Heart: When did you start writing suspense thrillers featuring a Navy SEAL counterterrorist team? What got you started, and how do you do the research?

Suzanne Brockmann: I've been writing about Navy SEAL counterterrorist teams since the mid-1990s. The Troubleshooter series is my second series of books to feature SEALs. I also write the Tall, Dark & Dangerous series, about U.S. Navy SEAL Team Ten's Alpha Squad, for Silhouette.

Back in the mid-'90s, a good friend told me about an article he'd read in Newsweek about Navy SEAL BUD/S training. He knew I was looking for a series hook -- something that hadn't been used before to tie a series of books to together -- and he told me to run to the library, that he'd found what I was looking for. I still remember sitting in that library, reading that magazine and thinking, Yes! I felt that not only could I do justice to the subject matter but that I'd really enjoy doing the research.

As it turned out, researching Navy SEALs at that time was easier said than done, since SEALs are used for covert operations, but the books I read were filled with adventure and danger and real-life superheroes. These days, there's information available about both the Navy and the SEALs online. A wonderful reader (thanks, Vicky!) told me about the UDT/SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce, Florida, and the Discovery Channel has also come out with a number of informative videos on the SEALs and Special Operations.

HtoH: One of your trademarks is the ability to handle multiple plots (also multiple romances) over the course of many books and still keep up the momentum. How do you keep it all straight?

SB: I keep notebooks filled with information about characters and timelines, although, to be honest, I know these characters so well -- you wouldn't need a notebook to keep your friends straight, would you? When it comes to writing the stories, I outline extensively. I'm talking 80-page outlines. I know exactly where I'm going, how the story is going to end, and nearly every scene that happens along the way, before I sit down to write each book. I also plot way out, five or six books, into the future. This allows me to do extensive foreshadowing and to keep my characters consistent. Gone Too Far is the final book of Sam and Alyssa's six-book story arc. (But it's not the final book of this series -- there are plenty more coming!) I plotted their story arc way back when I wrote The Unsung Hero. I didn't work out all of the little details, but I did know generally where I was going with these characters -- as well as many of the highs and lows of their three-year relationship. You see, my goal with Sam and Alyssa was to write a series of books in which a romance hero and heroine's somewhat traditional backstory was delivered to the readers in real time.

Let me explain: In a romance novel, you'll often see characters in a situation similar to Sam and Alyssa's. Two people meet, they have something of a love/hate relationship, they have several one-night stands, and neither of them can deal with the emotions involved in a real relationship, so they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and are forced to work together to solve a mystery. Sparks fly and old feelings surface, but they've got issues to work through before they can achieve a true happy ending.

Now, in a more traditional romance novel, this unhappy shared past would be revealed through flashbacks or conversations. What I did with Sam and Alyssa was to take their backstory and make it into an ongoing subplot that ran through each of those five books that preceded Gone Too Far. The biggest struggle came from my attempts to make each book in this series stand alone. I didn't want readers new to the series to feel lost when they read about Sam and Alyssa, but I couldn't include too much, or I'd risk boring the readers who'd been following the series from the start. It was something of a balancing act!

HtoH: Have you seen a change in reader reaction to these series since 9/11 or even since the war in Iraq?

SB: I think there's a new awareness of who the SEALs are, and of what Special Operations means. I also think there's a certain gratification in reading books where the terrorists are thwarted and the good guys save the day. We live in an era where we really need heroes, don't you think?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    Love this Book!

    Finally Alyssa and Sam's book! Suzanne Brockmann has a way of making her characters come to life and she doesn't disappoint with Sam, who is one of the most realistic characters I've ever read about and my new favorite of all of her SEALS.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    A wonderful story

    It seems like a lifetime ago that we met Sam and Alyssa. Through several books we watched their ups and downs. Now in Gone Too Far they get their story. Its is well worth the wait. Sam Starrett is on his way to see his soon to be ex-wife and young daughter. What he finds at her house is horrific. It sets off a chain of events that rocks Team 16. Alyssa Locke gets dragged back into Sam¿s world. She realizes that she is his only hope to clearing his name and finding his daughter. The resolution of Sam and Alyssa¿s story has everything you want in a book. I can¿t recommend it enough, hurry and get this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Brockmann is Back!!!

    I am not going to bore you with a synopsis of the book. Instead I am going to tell you why you have to own this title. I have been a Suz Brockmann fan from WAY back in the 'Loveswept' days and own almost everything ever published (darn Loveswept for making Ladies Man a subscriber exclusive). The last two books by Suz have been just sorta 'ok' and honestly, I was ready for her to make a change from the SEAL line, but this book has brought me back hoping for more stories from the guys of Team 16 and the 'new business' (you have to read the book to know what I am talking about). Typically Suz's full length novels are a little overcrowded with simultaneous story lines and frankly, the WWII stories had dragged most of the other books in this series down for me. But this novel has it all: a great Hero and Heroine, fast pacing, excellently interwoven sub-plots and a touching WWII story that fits nicely with the rest of the book. Now, I will say that if you are sensitive to cursing this might not be the book for you, because there is A LOT of cursing. You can't help but root for Sam and Alyssa and their journey is not an easy one. Mary Lou fans will be pleased as well. The story had me laughing and even crying a little. You won't be able to put it down and it is worth the hardcover rate. Don't pay attention to the Kirkus Review. Obviously they only skimmed the story because some of what they said is not close to the mark. I checked out their website and it seems sarcastic reviews are their stock and trade. Way to go, Suz! Please write faster!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2014

    I can't tell you the number of times I've read this book! It con

    I can't tell you the number of times I've read this book! It continues to be one of my favorite Suzanne Brockmann books of all time and I really love all of her books. 
    She gets to to really care for these characters and they become like family. You want to know how they are doing and what's going on in their lives even after "their story " is finished.
    Sam & Alyssa continue to be one of my favorite couples and I really like how Alyssa got to see what a good man Sam is in this book and we get to see what a bad man he could have been. 
    Both characters have grown & changed over the course of this series and I was happy they finally got together in this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    never disappointing

    A wonderful book filled with action and romance. A must read.

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  • Posted April 13, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Sam and Alyssa are my favorite couple in this series hands down.

    Sam and Alyssa are my favorite couple in this series hands down. The fire and pull of their relationship has keep me going with each new story. IT has been one of my favorite parts in reading tis series Brockman includes the side stories of the other characters and I find that great. I hate reading series that introduce couple in one book and you never hear about them again, not so with Trouble shooters and finally we get the complete Sam and Alyssa story that yes I found a little anticlimactic but still a great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    One Last Try

    The things I've done, I can't explain. <br> I know they hurt and caused you pain. <br> I can't say I didn't know what I was doing. <br> I don't know what I was thinking, or what I was proving. <br> We had a special love, but I threw it away. <br> I regret what I've done every second of the day. <br> If I could change the past, believe me, I would. <br> I would take away the pain, if only I could. <br> So now all I can ask for is one last try <br> To love you until the day I die. <br> <br> ~TFG~

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended. Very entertaining

    This was a fast read and very entertaining. You have to love Sam! Good book to read at the beach!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I love the whole series, I went from one to the next to the next non stop and loved each one more than the one before. Great characters and stories throughout the series!

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    "At Last! Sam and Alyssa's Book"

    I completely agree with Linda Howard's review: "At last! Sam and Alyssa's book!..." I've been intrigued about this couple from the first book in the series (Unsung Hero) and I've been anxious for their "happy ending", as Alyssa put it in Out of Control.

    If you've read the previous books in the series, you know that Sam and Alyssa have had a hate/love relationship; topped off with twists and heartache. I didn't think I could love a fictional set of characters anymore than I did, and then I read this book. I want Sam Starret and I want to be Alyssa Locke.

    I can't say a bad thing about this story line. Brockmann gave me exactly what I wanted with this couple. I'm glad she took the circuitous route because we got to know them so well.

    Of course Brockmann doesn't focus on one couple for an entire book, so we also get a better look at Mary Lou and Ibraham's (sp?) story, as well as Max and Gina's story. (I have a strong feeling that Max and Gina are going to be the new Sam and Alyssa.)

    I hope you read the previous books in this series. The book can stand by itself but it's such a good, tied-into-each-other-series that I feel like you'd be missing nuances without the background. I recommend this book and all of the books in the series!

    ** P.S. This is the first book in the series without a WWII storyline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    My favorite. Finally some tension is relieved between Sam and Alyssa. One of my favorite characters by the way. Great story, the twist and turns were so creative.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    Sam & Alyssa

    Finally Sam and Alyssa get there story, and its a good one. Very action packed and thrilling. If you have not followed the series I suggest you go back to where Sam and Alyssa first started in "The unsung hero". This was such a good story. I think you will all enjoy it as much as I did! Happy reading.....

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Hot!

    Suzanne Brockmann is my favorite author! I have read all her books there is not one I have not enjoyed. I have to say Allysa and Sam are one of my favorite couples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Murderous Intent

    Suspense and trouble to the highest degree!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    Waiting...

    I am late to the Troubleshooters series and came in half way through it. Of course Sam and Alyssa caught my eye immediatly. I looked everywhere for this book and with every bookstore i went to, my anticipation doubled. When i finally got the book, i was satisfied and yet not. The book is good. The plot is good everythign is fine BUT with how much effort Suzanne put into bringing these charectors together in previous books, she dissapointed with the climax. i was expecting..i dont know, a more explaosive coming together and yes, the side stories did take away from the main idea BUT the book was excellent and if you are able to keep track of the charectors and side stories, its a really good book. I deinfilty recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    The best!

    I loved this book! It's better to read this author's books in order otherwise, the build up of the characters through the different books is lost. Yes, there were a lot of subplots, but, once again, the author was building characters for future books. No one can beat Suzanne Brockmann when it comes to writing books featuring Navy Seals. She's the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    I couldn't wait to get started with Sam and Alyssa!

    I found this book to be one of her many great reads. Mrs. Brockmann did an excellent job with this book as well as her other nine books. I found that I was up until 2-4 in the morning reading Mrs. Brockmann's books, and still had to get up for work at 6 am. I have two more left in the series and I am very sadden that it is almost over--but this was the main one that I look forward to reading the most. Oh and I found out that if you read them in the order they were written in they all came together in some-way-shape- or-form! As far as the many plots or subplots goes, I had no problem keeping up with them because I read the other six or seven books before this one so it was very easy to keep up with the plots. So as an avid reader I had no problem getting through this book just as I did the others...Keep up the good work Mrs. Brockmann and I look forward to more of your work...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    My least favorite of SEAL team 16

    I was disappointed with this book. I think there were way too many subplots and her other books have carried on their own but this one had way too many carry-over plots. I don't think the Sam and Alyssa romance was one I even care about anymore. Although I liked them individually I wanted to say 'enough already' about their relationship. I think more appropriate title would have been ' Runaways' as everyone was runing from something in this book:Mary Lou, Sam, Max. I agree that the Max and Gina plot was much more enjoyable than the Sam and Alyssa and MaryLou plots. I read some of Ms. Brockman's books out of order and went back and read them all even though I knew from some books how they would turn out. They are still very worth reading and enjoyable. I usually am not distracted by all the subplots and they all tie together but this book definately has been my least favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2006

    Disappointing

    This book had too many side plots, drawing away from each other. None of the stories got the attention they deserved, especially Sam and Alyssa. There was just too much going on at once for me to connect with the characters. A particularly meaningful moment would start to take place, and then suddenly the scene would change to two completely different people. This made the characters hard to know and connect with. I also found it difficult to believe that Sam was worrying about sex with Alyssa when his daughter is missing and possibly dead. The relationship with Max and gina doesn't seem to fit in with the main storyline, not that you could really tell there was one, and drew away from it. The only part I liked was the flashbacks of Sam's childhood. That provided a little more background into his character. Other than that, the storyline was weak as with the character development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    Gone Too Far (Troubleshooters Series #6)

    This was my second book by Ms. Brockmann and I didn't find it great. I thought it was drawn out at times, especially the cell phone conversations with Sam and Alyssa. I also found the constant fighting/bickering between them boring at times too. I totally enjoyed Max and Gina's storyline better. But as I have said in my other reviews, I don't particular like that Ms. Brockmann has other storylines going because I think it takes away from the main characters.

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