Into the Night (Troubleshooters) (英語) マスマーケット – 2002/11/26
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Beloved and bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann writes terrific edge-of-your-seat novels of romantic suspense set in the world’s exciting danger zones and exotic hotspots. Now, in her new sensational novel, she comes stateside for her most action-packed adventure yet.
It was supposed to be a “dog and pony show”—an elaborate demonstration of SEAL rescue techniques—to celebrate a presidential visit to a California naval base. Professional, no-nonsense White House staffer Joan DaCosta arrives early to scope out the area. Assigned to be her SEAL liaison is Lt. (jg) Mike Muldoon, a born leader—strong, decisive, tough, and fearless.
Against her better judgment, Joan finds herself drawn to the handsome young officer. Skilled at being “one of the guys” in the mostly male world of politics, she is dismayed when Muldoon breaks through her defenses. While tension mounts between them, fueling their growing attraction, a far more sinister danger is lurking, as terrorists plot a daring attack against the president. To protect their commander in chief, Joan and Muldoon must not only risk their hearts—but their very lives. . . .
Praise for Suzanne Brockmann's addictive novels: 'Sizzling with military intrigue and sexual tension...with characters so vivid they leap off the page' Tess Gerritsen 'Sexy, suspenseful, and irresistible...terrific characters [and] a riveting plot rich in action and adventure' Booklist 'Taut suspense, sharp dialogue...sterling prose and expert plotting' Publishers Weekly 'Brockmann strikes the perfect balance between white-knuckle suspense and richly emotional romance' Chicago Tribune A taut, edgy thriller Linda Howard 'An action-packed breathtaking thriller' Romantic Times商品の説明をすべて表示する
さて、魅力がないのはヒロインだけじゃなくて、物語全体がそう。「Unsung Hero」や「Out Of Control」とはだいぶ雰囲気が違う。それにAlyssaがほとんど出て来ないし、Samはまるで抜け殻のよう。そしてSamがこんなになってしまったのはMary Louのせい!!可哀想だけど、この女、言葉に言い尽せないくらい嫌な女!!いきなり出てきて(私は「Over the Edge」を読んでないので)、Samの子供を妊娠して妻に収まってた。どうせSamを罠にかけたんだろう、と思ってたらやっぱりそうだった。その部分を読んだ時は本気で腹が立った。Alyssaに対して人種差別的な発言をするくせに、自分はアラブ系アメリカ人の男にのぼせ上がる。そんなので悲惨な身の上話読まされても何も感じない。一方的に身勝手なヒーロー像を押し付けられたSamがかわいそうで、別の意味で泣けてきた。
ひき続き「Gone Too Far」読んでいる。思えば、ストレスが溜まるのはこのMary Louのせい?!今回確かに彼女のパートが多くて、うんざりだった。
Again, there are several love stories intertwined and again there is one love story placed during WWII.
1. Mike Muldoon and Joan DaCosta
A slowly paced, good romance that offers a lot of insight concerning the insecurities of the two main characters. "Communication impaired" Mike is fighting against the stereotypes referring, among other things, to his youth and his past/present appearance. Joan fights with her weight, age and how she could manage her career and long distance relationship if she should get seriously involved with Mike. The dialogues were interesting and well done. The romance was slowly paced but when it took of it sizzled!
2. Catherine and Vince DaCosta
They are Joan's grandparents and their love story was placed in WWII. Although I'm not a big fan of the WWII romances that keep coming up in this series, I thought that this was a good love story with interesting background.
3. Mary Lou and Sam
This was a very interesting and well developed part of the book which offered a lot of insight in the couples' relationship. Not that I appreciated or even liked Mary Lou, however, I was very positively surprised to find out how much she loved Haley. I was also astonished to discover how strongly she tried to save her marriage, although her method to do so didn't really persuade me. Needless to say that I was really taken aback by her confessions!
The action part of this book was completely neglected, which didn't really matter to me. However, if you wish to read a real military romance you might not chose this book. In any other case, very recommendable.
The story here is about a plot by terrorists to disrupt a SEAL exercise/exhibition for a presidential visit. Against the advice of the SEAL team commander, the exhibition is open to the public. Yep, bad things happen. The wrong people are blamed and the repercussions ripple out in ways you cannot imagine. She also deal with profiling of Muslims although I am not certain practicing Muslims would appreciate her writing about it in the way she did: a romance between a Muslim and an infidel, a married infidel. But like almost everyone else in America, I don't know enough about Muslims to say so I will keep my mouth shut.
Just know that it is yet ANOTHER good read in the Troubleshooters series.
However I am not reading more of her books.
One of this author's best - I definitely recommend.