Into the Storm (Troubleshooters Series #10)

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Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann blends high adventure, harrowing drama, and heart-racing passion into thrilling novels of suspense. Whether tackling danger or wrestling with desire, her elite heroes and heroines never fail to give their all, in stories that soar above and beyond expectations. Now, in her electrifying new novel, Brockmann takes us INTO THE STORM.

In a remote, frozen corner of New Hampshire, a Navy SEAL team and the elite security experts of Troubleshooters, ...

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Overview

Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann blends high adventure, harrowing drama, and heart-racing passion into thrilling novels of suspense. Whether tackling danger or wrestling with desire, her elite heroes and heroines never fail to give their all, in stories that soar above and beyond expectations. Now, in her electrifying new novel, Brockmann takes us INTO THE STORM.

In a remote, frozen corner of New Hampshire, a Navy SEAL team and the elite security experts of Troubleshooters, Incorporated are going head-to-head as fierce but friendly rivals in a raid-and-rescue training exercise. Despite the frigid winter temperatures, tension smolders between veteran SEAL Petty Officer Mark “Jenk” Jenkins and former cop turned Troubleshooter Lindsey Fontaine after an impulsive night goes awry. And then, suddenly, Tracy Shapiro, the Troubleshooters’ new receptionist, vanishes while playing the role of hostage during a mock rescue operation.

Teaming up with the FBI to launch a manhunt in the treacherous wilderness, Jenk and Lindsey must put aside their feelings as a record snowstorm approaches, dramatically reducing any hope of finding Tracy alive. The trail is colder than the biting New England climate until a lucky break leads to a horrifying discovery–a brutally murdered young woman wearing the jacket Tracy wore when she disappeared. Suddenly there is a chilling certainty that Tracy has fallen prey to a serial killer–one who knows the backwoods terrain and who doesn’t play by the rules of engagement.

In a race against time, a raging blizzard, and a cunning opponent, Jenk and Lindsey are put to the ultimate test. Rising everything, they must finally come together in a desperate attempt to save Tracy–and each other.

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PRAISE FOR SUZANNE BROCKMANN

Breaking Point

“[An] adrenaline-rich tale of suspense . . . With its realistically complex and conflicted characters, intense sexual tension, and edgy humor, this is Suzanne Brockmann at her best.”
–Booklist

“An action-packed breathtaking thriller.”
–Romantic Times (Top Pick!)

Hot Target

“[A] fast-paced thriller . . . edgy, exceptional . . . brava!”
–Library Journal (starred review)

“[An] intense thriller . . . an emotional banquet served with lots of taut adventure.”
–Romantic Times

Gone Too Far

“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

Into the Night

“She skillfully builds suspense. . . . With its complicated, complex characters and a sexy romance seasoned with humor and danger, Brockmann’s [novel] is absolutely irresistible.”
–Booklist (boxed and starred review)

Out of Control

“Brockmann consistently turns out first-rate novels that tug on the reader’s heartstrings, and her latest is no exception.”
–Publishers Weekly

Over the Edge

“A taut, edgy thriller.”
–Linda Howard

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Library Journal
SEAL Team 16 rolls on in the latest from Brockmann (Breaking Point), here combining with security firm Troubleshooters for training ops in the San Diego desert. The competition between the groups is ferocious, as former team leader Tom Paoletti's new crew wants to stick it to the navy guys. Troubleshooter Lindsey Fontaine plays hostage in the operation, all the while keeping a creeping interest in SEAL Mark Jenkins at bay. At the same time, a serial killer is preying on young women, with one of them becoming a deadly pawn in his game. It's pretty gruesome stuff, and it only gets more graphic as the training op and the killer collide on a snowy night in New Hampshire. Lindsey is front and center at the denouement, but the romance between her and Jenkins seems too hurried to be credible. The serial killer sequence has numerous plot holes, especially when details about his crimes are revealed. Also, lingo and "mantalk" infuse the tale, which will make Brockmann's longtime readers perhaps wonder whether they picked up the wrong author. Libraries, however, will see demand for this one. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/06.]-Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345480156
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/31/2007
  • Series: Troubleshooters Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 246,530
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 1.18 (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 a leading voice in romantic suspense. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on 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. Visit her website at www.suzannebrockmann.com.

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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

Two Months Later
San Diego, California
Friday, December 2, 2005

Lindsey Fontaine knocked on her boss’s door. It was ajar, so she pushed it open, peeking in. “You wanted to see me, sir,” she started, but then realized there was someone in a Navy uniform sitting across from his desk. “Oh, I’m sorry.”

“No, come on in, Linds.” Her boss, Tom Paoletti, waved her into the room. “You’ve met Mark Jenkins, haven’t you?”

“Not officially,” Lindsey told him. She’d seen Jenkins earlier this morning. Hanging out at the new receptionist’s desk.

Reading rank wasn’t one of her strengths, but Tom was a former Navy SEAL. His company, Troubleshooters Incorporated, did a great deal of business with the government, including the military. Which meant lots of uniforms walked through their door.

The very young man—Jeez, were they really taking them this fresh out of diapers these days?—pushing himself to his feet while favoring his left side was a petty officer, first class.

And oh, yes, he was definitely first-class—in more ways than one. Extra cute, with muscles.

But wait. His rank meant he’d been in the Navy for a number of years, because petty officers started at third class and worked their way up to first. And that meant he couldn’t be as young as he looked.

Shame on her for making assumptions. She should’ve known better—as someone who still got carded. At the movies. When she went to see an R-rated film.

Lindsey knew firsthand what a pain in the butt it was to look far younger than her years.

“Nice to meet you, Lindsey,” Jenkins said as he shook her hand.

Good grip. Solid eye contact. Pretty, pretty hazel eyes. Great smile. Cute freckles. And not too tall, either. She liked him already.

Except for the fact that he was clearly infatuated with Tracy Shapiro, Troubleshooters Incorporated’s remarkably inept new receptionist. Of course, most men seemed to turn into idiots around women who looked like Tracy, the brainless hairdo.

Not that Lindsey had exchanged more than a casual greeting with Tracy, who’d started working there just a few days ago. But there was no doubt about it, Tracy had set Lindsey’s Brainless Hair-Do-o-meter clacking right away. It might’ve had something to do with Tracy bumming five bucks for lunch off of Alyssa—after flat-out flirting with Alyssa’s husband, Sam.

But okay, to be fair, it wasn’t the flirting-with-Sam part that was a problem. Alyssa had to be good and used to that.

The Real Hair-Do Action came from Tracy lamenting her lack of money for lunch, accepting a fiver from Alyssa with only the vaguest of promises to pay it back, and then, without taking a breath, launching into an explanation of how she’d seen the shoes she was wearing on sale, and she just had to buy them, and could they believe she’d actually gotten them for only three hundred dollars?

When Lindsey came to work, she wore sneakers or clunky-heeled boots, bought on sale for $29.95, so . . . No. She could not believe that any pair of shoes, even those made by mermaids off the coast of Sicily, could be worth three hundred dollars.

“Jenk found Tracy for us,” Tom Paoletti told Lindsey now. “They were friends back in high school.”

“Ah,” she said. They were friends back in high school was guy code for Jenk had always wanted to jump her bones. Apparently, he hadn’t given up trying. He no doubt thought helping her get a job might work. “That explains it.”

Oops, she probably shouldn’t have said that aloud.

“I mean, I’m sure she’s just feeling her way, first days and all,” Lindsey added, putting on what she hoped would be perceived as an optimistic expression. “I mean, we’ve all had ’em, right? First days. Kind of scary. Kind of overwhelming . . .”

“Absolutely,” Jenk said, flashing her a grateful smile.

And first days of work had to be doubly hard for Tracy, who’d apparently been intercepted midway through her quest to see the Wizard and finally get a brain.

Cleverly, Lindsey didn’t say that aloud.

“Have a seat,” Tom ordered in that easygoing way he had of making a demand sound like an invitation.

She sat. Jenkins sat, too.

Tom Paoletti was the best boss Lindsey had ever had. Not only was he good-looking in that Captain-Picard-make-it-so, bald-men-can-be-sexy way, but he was also smart and unbelievably kind.

Maybe too kind. Lindsey made a mental note to offer to volunteer to fire Tracy for him. After the past few years she’d had, firing someone would be a cakewalk. She wouldn’t even blink.

She’d mention that to Tom later, when Mark Jenkins wasn’t around.

“We’re going to be playing the part of Red Cell—the terrorists—in a training op with SEAL Team Sixteen,” Tom told her now. “Jenk is going to be liaison as we work out the logistics.”

“Really.” Lindsey looked at the SEAL. “How . . .” Convenient, she was about to say, since his being liaison would give him even more access to Tracy. Except, Tracy was not a multi-tasker, and his distracting presence would be far less convenient for everyone else in the office. She, for one, was extremely tired of answering the phones because Tracy had managed to screw up the voice mail system again. “Interesting,” she said instead, because they were both waiting for her to finish her sentence.

Day-am, the freckles across Jenk’s nose were positively adorable, especially when he frowned. Combined with those hazel eyes, rimmed by thick, dark lashes . . .

He was beyond cute, but it was probably in a way that he himself hated. Baby-faced cute. His mouth tightened slightly, because he misunderstood her comment. Interesting. . . . “I’m twenty-eight years old.”

“Oh,” she said. “No, I wasn’t—”

“You were wondering,” Jenk said. “I could see that you were wondering, so . . . Now you know. I’m old enough to vote.”

“Actually, I wasn’t wondering.” Lindsey glanced at Tom, who smiled, apparently in no hurry to talk about that training op. Red Cell. That was going to be some kind of fun. “I mean, I was earlier, but then I did the math, figuring that you probably went to college and then . . . I had you at more like thirty, if you want to know the truth.”

She’d surprised him. “You really thought . . . ?”

She shrugged. “Hey. Without makeup, I look about twelve.”

He looked at her—really looked.

“Being flat-chested helps with the illusion,” she said. “I’m five feet and three-eighths of an inch tall—you better believe I count every eighth. I’m also the same age as my bra size—30A. The A is for my four-oh average at UCLA, which I attended before my seven years with the LAPD.” She smiled at him. “I’m one of Tom’s best bodyguards, by the way. I specialize in the protection of people who might not want their friends, business associates, and/or enemies to know they’re being protected. Because I could tell that you were wondering.” She’d stunned him, so she turned to Tom who was now flat-out grinning. “Red Cell, huh? So you called me in here, boss, because you want me to play the part of Dr. Evil, the terrorist mastermind, right?”

Lindsey liked Tom for a lot of reasons, but particularly because she made him laugh. Some people didn’t get her sense of humor, although Cutie-pie Jenkins seemed to be on the same page after he’d shaken off his shock.

“Sorry, I’m the terrorist mastermind of this one,” Tom told her. “It was a direct request from Admiral Tucker.”

Ah. “Which makes me . . .” She let her voice trail off. “Mini Me?”

Tom laughed again. “Tempting, but no. Not quite.”

Uh-oh. “Please don’t say that I’m—”

He spoke in unison with her. “The hostage.”

Lindsey stared at him.

“Someone’s got to be the hostage,” Tom pointed out, undaunted by her scathing disbelief.

“Yeah, but come on. How realistic is it for the hostage to weigh only ninety-two pounds?” She leaned forward to argue. “Don’t you want to give the SEALs a challenge?” Lindsey turned to Jenk. “Tell him you want a challenge. Tell him you want, I don’t know, Sam Starrett to play the hostage. What is he? Six and a half feet tall? Two ten? Now if only he had a heart condition, too, he’d be a perfect hostage.”

“This time it’s going to be you,” Tom told her.

She knew when to stop pushing, so instead she sighed heavily. “All right.”

“We’ll talk more later,” Tom said, four little words made even more intriguing by the gleam in his eyes. Was it possible she was going to be more than the hostage? Suddenly this was back to maybe being fun.

Maybe.

“I just wanted you to meet Jenk,” Tom continued. “If he needs help with the scheduling—or really anything,” he added addressing Jenkins directly, “he’s going to come to you, Linds.”

Oh, good. She was going to get to be the secretary, as well as the hostage, helping out with scheduling. Whoo-freakin’-hoo. She would have complained that she never saw Tom assigning Sam Starrett to help out with the scheduling—except for the fact that Sam was bitching about Tom giving him a similar task just last week.

“I was thinking it might be a good idea to have the two teams meet, sometime in the next week,” Jenk suggested. “Maybe over at the Ladybug Lounge?”

“Really?” Lindsey was skeptical. “That doesn’t seem very realistic. Meeting in advance, at a bar?”

Hello, Osama, can the boys in your San Diego sleeper cell make it to a party on Tuesday night?

“This is a silver bullet assignment,” Jenk informed her, then translated. “Just short of R&R. Or it was supposed to be. Before Admiral Tucker got it into his head that it would be a kick to pit Tommy here against the new CO of Team Sixteen.”

Yikes. Lindsey looked at her boss. “Your old team versus your new?” she asked. “That’s gotta suck. For your old team.” She turned back to Jenk. “We are so going to kick your butts.”

“Yeah, I don’t think so. We’re SEALs. And—no offense, Tommy—Commander Koehl’s a good CO, so—”

“The poor guy,” Lindsey said. “Because, like, isn’t Team Sixteen still referred to as ‘Tom’s Team’? I mean, that’s gotta sting. Koehl’s been there, what? At least a year already. That must be frustrating. And now if he loses—when he loses—”

Tom interrupted. “Training ops are not about winning and losing. They’re about learning. About improving.”

Lindsey looked at Jenk, who was looking back at Lindsey with an expression equally disbelieving. Not about winning? Who did Tom think he was kidding?

“And yes,” Tom continued. “This was supposed to be fun. So let’s see if we can’t find the time for that social event. Don’t forget to invite Lew Koehl. Let’s try to downplay the winning and losing thing. Starting right here and now.”

Lindsey looked over at Jenk again. “I’m down with learning,” she said, even as she gazed pointedly at the spot where his rear was planted in that chair, making a tiny kicking motion with her foot.

“Totally into improving,” he agreed, shooting her back a discreet L for loser, shaped with his thumb and forefinger, out of Tom’s line of sight.

Lindsey couldn’t help it. She laughed, covering it quickly with a cough.

Tom, of course, wasn’t fooled. He rubbed his forehead. “I’m serious, people. This is going to be . . . at best, difficult. Both for Commander Koehl and for me. I want you working together. Let’s turn this into a win for everyone.” He smiled tightly. “Except maybe Admiral Tucker.”

“We should look at a calendar,” Jenk told Lindsey. “And exchange cell phone numbers.”

Those words coming from those lips should have made her heart beat harder. Mark Jenkins wanted her phone number. He was cute and funny and smart—and tremendously flawed. He had, after all, the hots for the Hair-Do. And his wanting Lindsey’s number was purely work-related.

No doubt about it, he was Lindsey’s type. Perfectly, cleanly out of reach, unless, of course he got a little drunk and ended up going home with Lindsey as his solid second choice.

Oh, yeah, if she played her cards right, she could get totally skewered by this one.

Although it had been quite some time since she’d been skewered—or preskewered, which was far more enjoyable.

Still, a little distance would probably be prudent.

“Wouldn’t Tracy be a better person to assist Jenkins with this?” she suggested, even as she took one of the Troubleshooters Incorporated business cards off of the little holder on Tom’s desk. She wrote her number on the back. “I mean, I’m happy to do it, of course. I was just thinking, since they’re, you know, old friends”—wink, wink—“Jenk might appreciate spending time with her.”

Jenkins liked that idea. “Thanks,” he said, pocketing the business card, still rummaging for one of his own. Yeah, she had been right about him favoring one side. He definitely didn’t have full range of motion in his left arm.

Her own shoulder—her right one—twinged in sympathy.

If she hadn’t just decided to keep her distance, she could’ve given him some rehab and recovery tips.

Tom, meanwhile, wasn’t as thrilled as Jenk was about her Tracy idea. “You’re the official TS Inc liaison,” he told Lindsey. “If I need answers, I’m going to come to you. But you can absolutely let Tracy help. That’s what she’s been hired to do. In fact, you can use this opportunity to get to know her, help bring her up to speed.”

Oh, whee.

Tom was an excellent leader. He was capable of reading his subordinates even when, like Lindsey was doing right now, they were wearing their best poker faces.

“We’ll talk about that later, as well,” he said. “I’ve got a few more things to discuss with Jenk.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    One of Brockmann's best

    Witty with great dialogue. A page turner that is difficult to put down. Brockmann is always a wonderful author but she has outdone herself this time. It's like a perfect reunion as you read characters from previous books and then get to know more about some of them. She is socially conscious and thinks out her plot and characters in such a way that it is like watching a perfectly choreographed dance. Both Mark Jenkins and Lindsey Fontaine are delightful and unique leads that break stereotype. You will grow to love her work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Love me some Jenkins!!!

    Actually, there really isn't anyone from Troubleshooters Inc. who doesn't severely rock my book world, so this was another SB story I happily bought. Izzy, as always, was comic relief...which was a major relief...because the serial killer parts of this book were way too much for my stomach. And I can handle alot, but WHOA!! I did love the hostage games they played. Tom is so smart! <3 It's nearly impossible for SB to write a TS tale that I don't enjoy...just without the missing eyes, scalpings and sewn-up mouths hopefully in the future. =] And Tracy's antics with Zanella had me giggling, then BAM, Yowza! lol <3

    Not one of my favorites, but I'm not complaining about Lindsey & Jenk...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great series!

    Suzanne Brockmann is a superb story writer. All her books in this series are good but this happends to be my favorite with a few others close behind. This is a very intense thriller and I would end up staying awake til 3 a.m having to read " just one more chapter," I just did not want to put it down. Although this was a great suspense it also had humor and a little bit of a love triangle. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I strongly recommend this book as well as the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

    Side plots are OK, main story not so much

    I will read this book again, but mostly because of the side plots and because I love the Troubleshooters series. The main love story wasn't very believable: Lindsay and Jenk weren't together, and then all of a sudden they were - just like that. I couldn't quite swallow it. It was like the author quick got the main love story out of the way so she could focus on the other characters. But I did enjoy the side stories, so I view this book as the set-up (a very long set-up) to the remaining books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2011

    Lackluster

    Brockmann has really really gone off the reservation with this book. Characters are poorly developed and superficial. The story lacks any sense of the original flare of the Troubleshooter's series. Save yourself money and skip it.

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  • Posted January 26, 2011

    Terrific!

    This is my first Troubleshooters, Inc. book and I can't wait to read the others - starting at Series #1. Loads of different characters with their own personalities, angst, quirks, and bad-ass-ness. I really enjoy the mock hostage/terrorist exercise and the pitting of the Navy Seal team against that of TSI's. I would've liked that side story a little shorter and with author delving into the serial killer story line longer. The end was quite suspense with Lindsay Fontaine going mano a mano withe the serial killer.

    And since I'm an avid reader of romantic novels, I have to give the author really high marks for the romance between our hero and heroine. Smoking love scenes too. I find that most times when author tries to infuse romance and suspense, one or the other will come up short but not in this book!

    I also really like that this CD has a male and female reader, who did a great job! I found it odd though, that didn't keep to gender specific voices. Melanie Ewbank read for the male and much as for the female characters; same with Patrick Lawlor, whose take on the Izzy character was fantastic!

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    One of my Favorite Suzanne Brockmann Books!

    I LOVED this book. I'm actually most the way through the Troubleshooters series, and have gone back to re-read this book twice now. Luckily, I had read the reviews from others before starting this book, and when it comes to the truly disturbing parts with the torture being described, I simply skipped them. It's not necessary to the story until the end when one of the TS characters is involved. I loved Jenk and Lindsay together. And although I find Lindsay's reason for pushing Jenk away un-realistic, his undeniable attraction and continued pursuit of her is heart-wrenching. One of my new fav characters - Izzy - is in here plenty as well. I was laughing out loud, and had to re-read multiple times, the conversation in the SUV on the way to the Lodge. Hilarious! Great love story, great outcome, great characters - just skip over the disturbing parts and you have a great overall book.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    Lots of exciting suspense and romance.

    Loved all the Troubleshooters series and realy like the writing style of Suzanne Brockmann. Lots of suspense with descriptive details that keep the pages turning. Hope there will be more of this series

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Must read.

    LOved it. Read it.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    If you love the SEAL Team Sixteen and Troubleshooters, Inc. stories of past, you WILL NOT be disappointed by INTO THE STORM! <BR/><BR/>Suzanne Brockmann continues to deliver romantic, action-adventure packed stories that feature our favorite characters from previous releases, along with new characters that will pull at your emotions. I loved Lindsay and Mark's story, and can't wait for more to come in the future. Especially what will happen between Sophia and Decker, when Jules will find true love, and, of course, the continued love story of Sam & Alyssa. <BR/><BR/>Kudos to Ms. Brockmann on another winner!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Thrilling

    I have read all the Troubleshooters series up to this one and I must say that this is one of my favorites. I like the fact that all the characters are not traditionaly likeable. Like Izzy....he's a smart mouth and you want to tell him to shut up half the time but it makes you laugh. If you like a story with unique characters that are believeable too. Brockmann never disapoints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    Shell Shocked

    I read Bodyguard by SB a few years ago and was happy when I found this on audio in the library. I put down another book which I was thoroughly enjoying for this one. This book reminded me of Crussie books where there are more than two couples all clammoring to discover passion, love or whatever it is called these days. So to say that I got thoroughly confused by all the different couples is an understatement. I finished this book on Monday morning and to say I am happy is an understatement. I have been terrified and keep reliving the horrific attrocities described in this book. 'when she still had all of her face' still sends shivers of icy fear coursing through me and I hope that the memory of this book will leave me soon. If you are into the slice em up gore stuff, this is for you. I also wish there had been more closure given on the character, Five aka Beth. How does one really recover from something that horrendous?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    If this was your first Suzanne Brockmann book, pls don't let it stop you from reading her others. This story is NOT indicative of her other books, which are well-written, exciting, have great, fully-developed characters, and are usually really satisfying reads. The sort of books that you keep to read again. This book is also well-written, with some familiar characters....and by the time I was done, I was actually sorry I'd read it. Because it stuck with me for days, and not in a good way. The problem (for me) was that story was centered around a serial killer and his victims--with very graphic, sickening torture scenes, and their aftermaths. I'm not squeamish--but I read light fiction to get AWAY from all the hideous cruelties that people can inflict on others, that seem to pop up almost daily on the evening news... Again, not representative of her other work.... Try 'Out of Control' or 'Gone Too Far' (which does have a murder, but not overly horrendous)...loved them both!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2007

    first book by this author

    I agree with other reviewers that the murders were really gruesome. Since this was my first book of hers, I am hesitant to read another. The other issue I had was the acronyms. Some I could figure out - some not. It would have been nice to have had a reference page in the front or back of the book to explain them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    Some parts to graphic

    I love the whole TroubleShooters Series! I love the characters and the love stories. I usually enjoy the sub-plots as well, however the serial killer sequences in this book are just way to graphic, over the top and creepy. I did not enjoy hearing about the way this sicko goes about killing and mutilating his victims. I think it was unnecessary and over the top. I loved the relationships between the characters, but the other scenes ruined this book for me!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    Where's the Suspense?

    This was the first time that I've read a book by Suzanne Brockmann and I was not exactly enthused. 'Into the Storm' was marketed as a military style, suspense thriller, but in reality it felt more like a daytime soap opera gone bad. The author spends way too much time entangling the reader with the lust-driven romantic trysts between members of the Navy Seal team and its contracted training support unit, Troubleshooters, Inc. The main characters, Mark and Izzy, are too self-centered and mean-spirited to be truly likeable and the female characters are made to be stereotypical dim-witted, sex crazy, emotional tormented weaklings. By the time the serial killer arrives on the scene, you are just about ready to end this farce. Overall, the book was a decent read, but the author overplayed the storyline for titilation purposes, leaving much of the story's premise and many of its supporting characters rudely underdeveloped. Just okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2007

    Ever seen Hostel?

    Okay I am not through with this book yet but parts of it turn my stomach. And I am not talking romantic butterflys. I don't want to give anything away but a girl is kidnapped and is made to do some grusome stuff. Not to mention what EVIL her kidnapper does. This book deals with HEAVY stuff and is NOT a light weight romantic comedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    Keep 'em Coming!

    Although this is not the best book I've read by Suzanne Brockmann I did enjoy it thoroughly. It's a fantastic read with a rather unstable plot and the characters are likeable enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    Great Read!

    Keep them coming! You can't go wrong with a Suzanne Brockmann novel. I found it interesting and exciting from front to back. Now if we can just get Deck and Sophia together!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Very Disappointing

    This latest SB novel is by far inferior to all of her previously written books. I have been a big fan and have always looked forward to the next and newest. 'In To The Storm' is very trite and focuses too much on too many intra relationships. It also appears as though all the main characters have the same personality? The storyline had great potential but is clouded by too many of the same type of romances. It just seemed to lack the intensity usually found in her other novels :(((

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