Saturday, August 9, 2008
Title: Into the Storm
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Publishing Date: 2006
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Into the Storm is book ten in Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series. Mark Jenkins, of Navy SEAL’s Team Sixteen is asked to work side by side Lindsey Fontaine, former cop and now employee of Troubleshooters Inc. Troubleshooters Inc. was started by former Team Sixteen captain Tom Paoletti. He is pitting his employees against the new captain and his team of SEALs in a training op exercise. Lindsey and Mark will be working together to set things up between the teams. Lindsey and Mark are instantly attracted to each other. The rest of the plot is rather complicated and I am not going to go into all the details. I will say that the summary on the back of the book is a little misleading. The hostage situation with the receptionist Tracy doesn’t actually take place until about 250 pages into the story.
Ms. Brockmann is the queen of great dialogue and there is no shortage of conversations worth quoting. Whether the conversation takes place between couples or SEAL buddies, Brockmann gets it right every time. Her characters seem so REAL. Izzy especially stole the show with his antics and one-liners.
I had mixed feelings about Lindsey and Mark’s relationship. On the one hand, they made a really cute couple and had some very funny, tender moments together. On the other hand when Mark came on too strong, I would cringe right along with Lindsey. With her hang-up about relationships, she did the only thing she knew how which was to push him away. But Mark being a navy SEAL knows nothing of failure, so persistence played a major part of his strategy.
There is a lot going on in this book. There are multiple plot lines involving Sophia and Decker and Izzy and Tracy. There is also a suspense plot involving a sociopath. All these plots were very interesting, yet I thought they took to much attention away from Lindsey and Mark. I still really enjoyed the story and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, but after finishing the book, I can’t help but feel that Lindsey and Mark got short changed a little. It could be because their story hadn’t appeared in any of the previous books. For those of you new to this series, I think Into the Storm can be read without reading any of the other previous books in the series. I will say that Sophia and Decker have appeared in Flashpoint. However, Brockmann does a good job of catching the reader up without a bunch of info dumping.
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