Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Defiant Hero

The Defiant Hero
(Book Two of the Troubleshooters Series)
By Suzanne Brockmann
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: 2001
ISBN-13: 9780804119535
390 pages

Page 1, Excerpt:

Meg didn't understand at first.

The man was smiling, and his pleasant expression and tone of voice didn't match his words. "We've taken your daughter hostage."

She was in the parking garage beneath her condo, hauling a box of files from the back of her car, when he approached her. She wasn't even a hundred feet away from Ramon, the building's security guard.

The smiling man must've seen the confusion in her eyes, because he said it again. In a Kazbekistani dialect. "We have your daughter, and if you don't follow our orders, we'll kill her."

I read the first book of the Troubleshooters series in March this year and had totally enjoyed the experience. The Unsung Hero offers a great mix of intense adventure and love story involving a group of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs. The review of the second book, The Defiant Hero, is long overdue and I must admit I cannot remember the plot well, except for the fact that I have also enjoyed it very much.

In this installment, the focus of the story is on Navy SEAL Lieutenant, junior grade, John Nilsson, and translator, Meg Moore. John has not seen Meg in years but when she calls for him for help, all the memories of her being with him come flooding back. But what is shocking is that, she is not the victim, but rather, is the person holding a foreign ambassador hostage. What John does not know is that Meg is being threatened and put in a deadly situation. Her daughter and mother have been kidnapped by the Extremists and issued death threats. Meg has no choice but to meet with the demands of the terrorists, even if it means having to kill someone.

The only person Meg knows who could help her is John Nilsson, so she very cleverly puts in her demand to only want to deal with John and nobody else. That is how John is summoned by the FBI to negotiate the hostage situation. Things get very intense from here. John senses that something is amiss in the Meg-as-terrorist situation, but he still has his doubts. He is gambling with his career if he helps Meg to escape. Meg is very stubborn and John has to work very hard to breakthrough to her.

Having read The Warrior Elite (Kindle Edition) by Dick Couch, which gives a good account of "Hell Week" and the other phases of training in the making of a SEAL, I am able appreciate the story even more. The hardship John has to go through in the saga with Meg in the terrorist situation is reflected in this book.

I also admire the courage of Meg's mother while in captivity. She tells the story of the love of her love in her rescue involvement during World War II to her granddaughter. One of the terrorists who keeps watch of them is touched by the story and that somewhat "soften" him toward them. Also, the secondary character, Sam Starrett who is also a Navy SEAL, is growing on me. I cannot wait to read more about him and Alyssa Locke with whom he always have "issues". They both do not see eye to eye and tension is always in the air. But sparks are flying for sure. Just you wait and see.

The verdict? I loved The Defiant Hero! Suzanne Brockmann does such a good job weaving everything together, I do not feel like I am burdened with the multiple characters in the series. I urge you to browse through all the books in the Troubleshooters series.

Note: The Defiant Hero is a joint-reading with Julia who introduced the series to me. Julia: Once again, I’ve totally enjoyed the co-reading experience with you! Coming up next is the review of Over the Edge, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series with you.

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