Flashpoint (Troubleshooters) (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/3/1
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From unrelenting action to intense emotion, from high-stakes drama to break-neck pacing, New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann is a novelist who does it all. Now after her blockbuster hardcover debut, Gone Too Far, Brockmann delivers an exciting new thriller about men and women operating where agents of the U.S. government cannot, where America’s most ruthless enemies thrive—and where every step you take just might be your last. . . .
Jimmy Nash has already lived two lives—and he can’t talk about either of them. Formerly an operative of a top secret government agency, he has found a new job with a shadowy company called Troubleshooters Inc. Created by a former Navy SEAL, Troubleshooters Inc. helps anyone in desperate need—which provides a perfect cover for its other, more perilous objective: covert special operations.
Now Nash and a quickly assembled team of expert operators have come to the earthquake-ravaged country of Kazbekistan in the guise of relief workers. There, amid the dust and death, in a land of blood red sunsets and ancient blood feuds, they must track down a missing laptop computer that may hold secrets vital to national security.
To get it done, Nash does what he does best: break every rule in the book and manipulate those who can help him get what he needs. But this time, Nash may have met his match in Tess Bailey, an Troubleshooters operative with all the right instincts—and zero field experience. The deep attraction between them is immediate . . . and potentially explosive, with risk at every turn. Now these two professionals must play out their dangerous games in the world’s most dangerous place—cut off from their own government, cutting deals with people they can’t trust, and guarding forbidden passions that threaten to compromise their crucial mission.
A full throttle adventure teamed with heated emotion, Flashpoint proves that Suzanne Brockmann can spin suspense unlike any other author working today.
PRAISE FOR SUZANNE BROCKMANN
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.”
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.”
Over the Edge
“A taut, edgy thriller.”
From the Paperback edition.
Anyway, Nash, Decker, Sophie and Tess were attractive characters, their stories kept in a nicely light fashion. I guess and hope that there will be a continuation at least as far as Decker and Sophie are concerned.
Contrary to the previous books that should be read in sequence, this book could be read easily by itself, which might have been Brockmann's intention.
Recommendable for classical military romance fans, however for fans of the Troublshooters series a slight disappointment.
Flashpoint is a fast paced, edge of your seat thriller set in Kazbekistan. Nash is a bad ass agent who plays hard and works harder. His nonchalant attitude has gotten him in trouble more than once. In the case of Tess, his best friend Decker has some feelings for her that Nash either fails to realize or can't resist. It's an interesting subplot of two friends attracted to the same woman. At first, I didn't know who I wanted to root for, but as the plot thickened Nash seemed to be the better choice despite his dark side. He has enough personal issues to fill a book, but with Tess he shows a softer edge. He begins to care about her as a person rather than a potential lay or fellow agent. The moments of tenderness he shows made me realize he is a good man. He just doesn't know how to express himself. He has been an agent for so long that I don't think he knows how to be anything else. It's like he doesn't know where his life as an agent ends and he, as a person, begins.
Tess is an awesome computer analyst, but a green field agent. On her first assignment, she is out of her element. In Kazbekistan, she sees the worst that reality has to offer but still remains upbeat. Her optimism was a breath of fresh air even in the darkest times. I admired her stubbornness and love for Nash because she could see the person he could be under all of the arrogance and attitude. Yet she would not ask for more than what he could offer. She would not beg him to love her. It was all or nothing for her.
Flashpoint is my first Suzanne Brockmann book, but definitely not my last. The characters are richly detailed and flawed. Tess, Nash and the secondary characters are real. Under the harshest conditions, they do and see things that would make a normal person cringe. I was riveted by the story and all of the subplots that were seamlessly interwoven throughout the book. Each one helped drive the story, not diminishing the overall storyline. I could not stop reading because I needed to know what happened next. I hope each of the secondary characters will have their own story because they are so fascinating. Flashpoint is a wonderful thriller that will keep you riveted until the last page.
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