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Shane's Last Stand (Short Story) [NOOK Book]

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Meet Shane Laughlin, the hero of bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann’s new novel Born to Darkness, in a special eBook short story about his final mission as an officer with SEAL Team Thirteen—the mission that strips him of his command, earns him a dishonorable discharge, and leaves him blacklisted and unlikely to find work in the darkly futuristic world of the mid-twenty-first century.
 
The assignment seems simple enough: insert into a ...
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Overview

Meet Shane Laughlin, the hero of bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann’s new novel Born to Darkness, in a special eBook short story about his final mission as an officer with SEAL Team Thirteen—the mission that strips him of his command, earns him a dishonorable discharge, and leaves him blacklisted and unlikely to find work in the darkly futuristic world of the mid-twenty-first century.
 
The assignment seems simple enough: insert into a dangerous, war-torn country and take out a deadly terrorist. But from the moment that Shane injures his ankle in what should have been a routine parachute landing, it’s clear that Murphy’s Law—whatever can go wrong, will go wrong—is in effect. And sure enough, the situation goes from bad to worse, until Shane faces what seems like the ultimate no-win scenario. In his quest to save both an innocent woman and the SEALs under his command, he’s willing to put himself in harm’s way, risking everything he’s worked for—his career, and even his life.

Includes a preview of Suzanne Brockmann’s hotly anticipated novel of romantic suspense, Born to Darkness!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345535054
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 78,714
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Suzanne Brockmann
Since her explosion onto the publishing scene more than ten years ago, Suzanne Brockmann has written fifty 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), two RITA Awards, and many Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Suzanne Brockmann lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband, author Ed Gaffney.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    recommend!!!

    I loved this story and it only would have been better if the author had given the ending for Shane (personally & Professionally) and not left us hanging!!! I know they want you to buy the next book, but Jeez it is frustrating to get so far and not get the conclusion!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Pages

    How many pages??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Ok

    I do enjoy this author...sexy, super tough SEAL men...pretty much yeeewowzers. But, this short book should've been 99 cents instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    Shane and his BFF Magic make a satisfying team - if developed in

    Shane and his BFF Magic make a satisfying team - if developed into a novel, they'd probably be like Joe Cat and Blue in the Tall Dark and Dangerous series. This is a very short story.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Great read

    good story, but then I've never read a bad book by Suzanne B.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Excellent

    Good prequel to Born to Darkness

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  • Posted March 29, 2012

    highly recommend

    for fans of Suzanne Brockmann this appetizer is a wonderful start to a new series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Great Story!

    Nice introduction to the main character in Suzanne Brockmann's new series and a taste of the dark future world she's created. I'm even more excited to read the new book now!

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    check it out

    recommend to readers of Suzanne

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