Over the Edge (Troubleshooters Series #3)

Over the Edge (Troubleshooters Series #3)

by Suzanne Brockmann

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ISBN-13: 9780345449481
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2001
Series: Troubleshooters Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 8,223
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling and explored brave new worlds as a New York Times bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty years, she has written more than fifty novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts. In addition to writing books, Suzanne Brockmann has co-produced a feature-length movie, the award-winning romantic comedy The Perfect Wedding, which she co-wrote with her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their son, Jason. She has also co-written a YA novel, set in the world of her paranormal Fighting Destiny series, with her daughter, Melanie. Find Suzanne Brockmann on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website to find out more about upcoming releases and appearances.

Hometown:

Boston, MA

Date of Birth:

1960

Education:

Attended Boston University

Read an Excerpt

Four Months Later Lieutenant Commander Joel Hogan grabbed her ass. Right in the McDonald’s on base. Right in front of . . . A roomful of people who weren’t paying either of them the slightest bit of attention.

Lt. (jg) Teri Howe didn’t know whether to be bitterly disappointed or intensely relieved. She took her tray and moved away from Joel, purposefully ignoring him. She headed swiftly to the other side of the room. Evade and conceal. Run and hide. Do not engage the enemy at this time. Don’t create a scene.

She sat at a small table already occupied by a female lieutenant who was deeply engrossed in a book. She glanced up quizzically at all of the other empty tables and then at Teri.

“Ass grabber on my six,” Teri explained. “I’ll be quiet, I promise. You don’t have to stop reading.”

The lieutenant smiled, sympathetic understanding in her eyes. “Some of these guys can be relentless in their pursuit. New here?”

“Reserves,” Teri said. “I’m in between civilian jobs, so I took a short-term active duty assignment.” A hundred and twenty days, with a hundred and fourteen to go, dodging Joel Hogan’s wandering hands. God. It seemed like a long time, but at least there was an end in sight. It was pathetic, when all she wanted to do was fly. “I’m Teri Howe.”

“Kate Takamoto.” The lieutenant nodded, returning to her book, leaving Teri to her lunch.

Teri opened the wrapper of her sandwich, lifted the bun, and stared at the chicken, her appetite gone. No surprise there. She’d been on the Joel Hogan diet for a week now. It was remarkably effective—the mere thought of the man turned the taste of food in her mouth into something unmentionable let alone palatable.

Teri glanced up, saw that Joel had been waylaid by several other officers. He smiled, laughed, his straight white teeth gleaming against the tan of his too-handsome face. His smarmy, smirking, God’s-gift-to-all-women face.

There was a time when she’d actually found him attractive. It seemed impossible now, but it was true. There was a time she’d actually lusted after the King of Repugnancy. And her youth and stupidity were coming back now to bite her on the butt. Big time.

Don’t touch me. She’d already said that to him too many times to count. Don’t talk to me, don’t look at me, don’t even think about me. She hadn’t said that. It was a far less reasonable request, considering they were going to work in the same area for the next 114 days.

God, it made her stomach hurt just to think about it.

She had to stay out of his way.

It was the smartest thing to do. She was going to have to stay on her toes, make sure there was always space be- tween them.

From the corner of her eye, she saw Joel stand up, and she tensed. But he was only going to get milk for his coffee. She forced herself to take another bite of her sandwich and found herself looking straight into Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok’s eyes.

He was sitting with Lieutenant Paoletti and a bunch of the other SEALs from Team Sixteen’s Troubleshooter squad, both officers and enlisted. She’d worked with them before, and after ferrying them back and forth from a training op out in the desert this past week, she knew all of their nicknames.

Nilsson was Nils or Johnny. Starrett was called Sam. Jenkins was Jenk, Jacquette was Jazz, and Karmody was known as WildCard. Even the team’s commanding officer, Lt. Paoletti, had his name shortened to L.T.

Everyone had a nickname but Stan Wolchonok, who was never called anything but “Senior Chief” or “Senior,” and was always addressed in a most respectful and sometimes even reverent tone.

He was a scary looking man, not terribly tall but muscular—completely ripped, in fact—with a face that looked as if he’d spent a few years in a boxing ring. His broad cheekbones, big forehead, and heavy brow seemed made for the permanent glower he’d perfected. His jawline and chin were pugnacious and his nose listed very slightly to the left—broken one too many times, no doubt. His eyes were dark and capable of being cuttingly intense or soullessly flat and dead. His hair had lately outgrown his usual no frills crew cut and was thick and wavy and surprisingly blond. His skin was fair—too fair—and he was nearly always sun- or wind-burned, with ruddy cheeks and a peeling nose.

But the respect shown to him by his men and the officers in his SEAL team wasn’t because he looked like someone you wouldn’t necessarily want to meet in a dark alley. No, he was respected because his men knew that he would fight to the death for them, if it came down to that. No, he would even fight from beyond death for them, because not even death could stop mighty Senior Chief Wolchonok.

The man was a problem solver. A miracle worker, who expected as much—more—from himself than he did from his men.

And as she sat there, Teri found herself staring back at him. His scowling gaze flickered across the restaurant, landing briefly on Joel Hogan.

Oh, shoot, she’d been wrong. She forced herself to look down at her sandwich, feeling her cheeks heat. Someone had seen Joel cop a feel in the food line. Stan Wolchonok had seen.

God, how humiliating.

She choked down several more tasteless bites of her sandwich and finished her soda. Gathering up her trash, she said another quick thanks to Kate and headed outside, out of the building and toward the water, hoping that the fresh ocean air would help her regain her steadiness and calm.

But she heard the door open, as if someone were following her. Please don’t let it be the senior chief. Please don’t let it be—

“Hey, Teri, where you going in such a hurry?”

Well, that was a lesson in “be careful what you wish for.” It wasn’t Stan Wolchonok. It was Joel.

Evade and conceal.

Keep distance between them.

Run away.

Teri put her head down, pretending she hadn’t heard him, and kept on walking.

The April morning should have been glorious. Crisp and clean with a bright blue sky and a breeze that proclaimed spring was finally here.

Helga Rosen awakened early with the strange sound of airplanes buzzing overhead. Lots and lots of airplanes.

She lingered in her room until eight, and then, like every other day, she went downstairs for a bowl of Fru Inger Gunvald’s porridge, ready to curl up in a warm corner of the kitchen to enjoy her breakfast with a book. If she was lucky, she could get in at least an hour and a half of reading before she had to leave for school.

And if she was really lucky, Fru Gunvald would have brought her daughter Marte with her and they’d play one of Marte’s marvelous make-believe games out in the yard.

Two years older, Marte was Helga’s best friend in all the world.

But this morning Fru Gunvald was late. The kitchen hearth was cold, the room was empty.

Poppi was still home at this hour, arguing with Hershel.

Hershel! Helga ran to him. “What are you doing here?”

Her brother gave her a swift hug. “We’ve been invaded, mouse. The Germans are in Copenhagen. Classes are canceled.”

“Invaded!” she gasped.

“Don’t scare the child,” her father scolded.

“Someone besides me ought to be frightened.” Hershel turned back to her. “It happened in less than two hours, Helga. German soldiers came in on a coal ship before dawn. They’re everywhere in the city now and the king surrendered with hardly a fight. It’s bad news for all Danes.” He grimly looked up at their father. “Worse for Danish Jews.”

“Helga, go upstairs to your mother.” Poppi’s face was turning pink as he glared at Hershel. “Don’t talk like that in front of her.”

The sound of a wagon clattering out in the yard made them all jump. Helga’s heart pounded. She’d read accounts of the roundups of Jews in Germany and Poland from underground newspapers Hershel had gotten at university and passed on to her, whispering to hide them from Poppi.

She ran to the window, but it wasn’t Nazis in the yard. It was only Herr Gunvald. Marte’s father.

He leapt down from his wagon, a big, broad-shouldered man, much taller than Dr. Rosen. He was a laborer, using his back to build houses—a profession that had always impressed Helga far more than her parents.

“Helga needs to know what’s going on,” Hershel said to their father, “what’s happening in Germany—and all over Europe.”

“That can’t happen here,” Poppi insisted. “This is Denmark. Rabbi Melchior says we must stay calm.”

Herr Gunvald hammered on their door as if the hounds of hell were after him.

Helga opened it.

“Herr Rosen, have you heard?” he asked, talking to her father over her head. “We’re part of Germany now.”

“We’ve heard,” Hershel said tightly.

“Where’s Fru Gunvald?” Helga asked. There was no one else in the wagon.

“She’s at home,” Herr Gunvald told her. “Until we find out what’s going on, I thought it best Inger and Marte stay there.”

“Helga, go upstairs.” Her father’s pink face was turning red. Never a good sign.

Still, she didn’t move.

“Helga, are you listening?”

“I’m going into Copenhagen to find Annebet—make sure she’s all right,” Herr Gunvald continued.

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Over the Edge (Troubleshooters Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Lieutenant Teri Howe is a Naval rescue pilot who loves what she does but freezes whenever a man comes on to her. Stan Wolchonok is the senior chief of the SEAL Team known as Team Sixteen Troubleshooters Squad. Stan notices her immediately and though he vehemently denies it to himself, he cares for Teri a great deal. When he sees her unable to defend herself when accosted by a former lover and unable to defend himself, he subtly breaks up the battle of the sexes and takes her under his wing.

He arranges, with Teri¿s consent, for her to be assigned to his team for an exercise in the Azores. However their flight is diverted when hijackers force a landing in Kazbeckistan, holding over a hundred men, women and children hostage. Teri surprises herself by becoming emotionally involved with Stan and under wartime conditions, the pair finds a love that is strong, real and beautiful. Now, all they have to do is free the hostages without getting killed.

Suzanne Brockmann has written one of the best books of her career, a novel that has action, adventure, intrigue and most of all, romance. It is the story of two lonely people who come together in the middle of a war zone and out of the ugliness comes something almost too beautiful to behold. This is a tale of finding the strength and courage to fight when common sense says flee. OVER THE EDGE takes the audience to the edge and back again.

Harriet Klausner

exes_and_ohs More than 1 year ago
Brockmann didn't disappoint me with this book. This story is about Teri and Stan. They're doing a rescue mission for terrorist that have hijacked a plane and taken the passengers hostage. (This series started before 9/11, and I commend Brockmann for keeping it going.) During this mission we learn more about Sam and Alyssa (my favorite couple) and are introduced to Gina and Max. Brockmann has this intricate world that she's created and I love reading about it. Her characters are lovable and (more importantly) believable human beings. NOBODY is perfect in these books. They have flaws and I think that's why we keep reading about them. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. If you do read the series, start out with the first book: Unsung Hero. They just keep getting better."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book I couldn't put it down. It's fill of action. And the romance between Stan and Teri is unforgetable. I was a fan of Suzanne after I read Prince Joe. If you haven't read her yet what are you waiting for I'm telling you. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It had everything I like in a book...suspense, romance, sorta jealousy thing goin on, action....I just have to say that if you're looking for something to read, you definitely have to check this out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another hit for Ms. Brockmann! I cannot say a single negative about this delightful book. What a page turner (as are all her books) Cannot wait until July to read more about Sam and Alyssa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wont go over the entire description of the book with you again, however, it is a wonderful read. The characters had deepth and true personilites. The book has several story lines going at the same time, and each one will hold your interest and finally in the end will tie together nicely. The final story line is solid and has a twist you wont soon forget. In fact you might even wish it was not over yet!
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing 21 days ago
If this were a different genre, I'd probably react differently to the over-protective he-man types running around this book, but given that it's Navy SEAL-type romantic suspense, it's to be expected. (It'd be like complaining about magical elements in PNR.)Anyway, the characters and dialog made sense, although they got a little heavy-handed at times. The plotting was good and the world-building was strong. The romance part was sort of focused on Stanley and Teri, but there were three or four other romances going on at the same time. It didn't bother me too much, but all the jumping around got a bit distracting at times (and don't forget, there was the whole hostage situation going on too, plus flashbacks from a hostage negotiator/Holocaust survivor who was in the story to... develop Alzheimer's? I don't know.)It was a little more soap-opera-y than I was expecting. I think almost every profiled character was sobbing in a corner at one point or another, and I can't tell you the number of times I thought to myself, "Stanley, you dope." Still, I raced through it quickly and enjoyed it enough that I'll be looking for more by Ms. Brockmann.
dianaleez on LibraryThing 21 days ago
OVER THE EDGE is a carefully constructed, well written "romance" novel, but be warned: it is extremely dark. This is not a "get away from reality" book. Themes include sexual harrassment, gang rape, Alzeheimer's, child molestation, Jewish-Gentile lovers caught in World War II. This is perhaps too much to carry in one book. Add to that at least one tragic romance and one that the reader expected to be resolved and was not. If Brockmann wants to write a really good novel and not a romance, she needs to change forums and go with it. This attempt to combine forms just doesn't work. The Sam-Alyssa romance has become a soap.
reneebooks on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Over the Edge is the fourth book of Brockmann's Troubleshooters series with Navy SEAL Team Sixteen and features multiple storylines and multiple characters that make it difficult to follow what the hell is going on sometimes. I "read" this as a book-on-tape on my trips to and from work and maybe that was part of the problem.Anyway, I counted four (4) separate storylines:Annebet & Herschel (WWII story)Sam & AlyssaMax & GinaStan & TeriHowever, Brockmann delivers an intensely emotional book for all these characters and more. And the action is non-stop and centers around an airplane hijacking in a country called Kazbekistan, nicknamed the Pit. There is only one HEA storyline, but I'm assuming there will be HEA's for the other characters in upcoming books (except the WWII story which I felt was unnecessary and a bit distracting). Be warned though that the violence was also intense a couple of times and very real. Not "romance novel pretty". One scene was especially gut-wrenching. (Grade: A-)
gogglemiss on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I've always wanted to read Suzanne Brockman, and when I bought this I didn't realise that this was in the middle of the Troubleshooters series.Quite addictive, and will be reading more from her.
Archieve on LibraryThing 26 days ago
Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke are at it again. Boy likes girl and girl likes boy, so lets fight, because we don't know how else to deal with our feelings for one another. I have to say that Sam was being bad in this book. But, hey love have this sexy Texan being bad. In this book, Sam admits that he's in love with Alyssa. He even tells Alyssa that he's in love with her.As for Alyssa, she was scared to admit her feelings for Sam to Sam. She had to get drunk to be with him. She told him that she didn't like him, after kissing Sam hotly, after saving his life from a home-made bomb. Well that night, showed just how much Alyssa liked Sam. As these two were about to take a step at taking a chance at having a relationship: Alyssa agreeing to have a "Lets get to know each other better" connection with Sam. Even letting him know she wanted to have a relationship with Sam, in the front of some of his co-workers. Her private, but not so silence conversation with Sam could have been heard by any of his co-work - her dressing up for Sam. Which, Sam didn't care if they kept things private, have dinners in private, he wanted Alyssa to dress up. - Sam finds out some bad news and he had to make sure he delivered the bad news bomb to Alyssa. So, he goes to her apartment to break the news to her. He was going to be a father. That was a sad, hurtful moment for the both of them.Alyssa was the one 6 months earlier that told Sam that she didn't want anything to do with him. So, Sam try to stop hearing how sad his heart was and he hooked up with Mary Lou. The cold woman. Hey, I have to say that Sam has gotten Haley out of this. His precious daughter. Okay, enough spoiling.
stephenskel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In my opinion, this is the book that really gets the series going. The main characters were good, but not great. It's the subplots that are great. Sam and Alyssa's story is in full swing and Max and Gina are just beginning. It's got a good plot and it's hard to believe this was written right before 9/11.
lynnm on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This, along with the next title in this series - Out of Control, is the book that hooked me on Brockmann and made her a must-buy author. While the primary hero and heroine are not my favorite pairing of the series, the subplot involving Sam Starret and Alyssa Locke as well as the thrilling hijacking plot were more than plenty to keep me turning pages as fast as I could.For Brockmann at her level best, Out of Control can't be beat. Pair it with Out of Control and you can't lose.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I have read a number of Ms. Brockman's books and loved them, but this is the best one yet. All the characters had such depth. I felt like I was right there, an impartial observer living the story.
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J: I am over half way and so far there is not much suspense at all. The hostage situation seems to be secondary to a really long "does she/does she not, does he/does he not love story (actually two of them) that is starting to get kind of annoying.
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AnnePR More than 1 year ago
Loved it and am excited for the next in the series! Definitely want to read these in order!
Jenrae More than 1 year ago
Great read. Well written story. Brockmann's books are not cliche romances, they are believable. I love the back stories, it gives the book more depth and sets the stage for future books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all but 2 in this series. While I enjoyed this book, there were more than a few occasions where i was wondering when it would ever end because Teri had no confidence in Stan's attraction for her and it plainly got old halfway through. It wasn't as believable as her other stories to me. Besides that issue, it was still a good story because of the 2nd love story, even though that one ended strangely, but anyone that knows this series can have confidence in the conflict being overcome, as it is setting up a later book.
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This was my first Suzanne Brockmann book. It isn't something I would normally read. I got it free and boy am I glad! I can't wait to read more in this series
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