Saturday, August 9, 2008

Review - Into the Storm

Title: Into the Storm
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Publishing Date: 2006
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Warm

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.

Here is what others had to say:

The Good, The Bad, The Unread
Avid Book Reader (for an opposing opinion)


Stacy~ said...

I enjoyed this book a lot but agree that Brockmann tends to spend less time on the romance than on other elements of the story. I miss the romance.

Jill D. said...

Hi Stacy! Welcome to my blog. I just love Brockmann. I really love the dialogue between the characters and then when we are privy to thier thoughts it even sounds like they are having a conversation in their head. But sometimes with the multiple story arcs the main romance looses it's independence. Although, to be fair if the other characters have appeared in previous books, I don't really mind, but since this is Mark and Lindsey's first appearance it feels like they got the short end of the stick. I still love the series and can't wait to read the rest of the books.

Samantha said...

Hello! This sounds good! I've been looking to read a book by Brockmann since I've never read her before and she always seems to get high marks from people. Do you think this one would be a good one to start with or should I start with something else by her?

Jill D. said...

Hi Samantha! Well, you could start with this book and get a good feel for Brockmann's writing style. I don't think it is her best book and the main romance does get overshadowed by the other story lines. It is still a very good book.

If you want to start at the beginning of the series try The Unsung Hero. It's the first and it's very good.