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Flashpoint (Brockmann, Suzanne) [Hardcover]

Suzanne Brockmann
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30 Mar 2004 Brockmann, Suzanne
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.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (30 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345462327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345462329
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,788,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book 3 Jun 2012
By Gosia
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book is written very good but it's not my favourite of the series. All characters and the crime plot described in convince way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the love? 7 April 2004
By Brenda Schmitt - Published on Amazon.com
Suzanne Brockmann is at the top of my list of favorite romance authors. She ousted Linda Howard from the spot and that's saying a lot. Once I discovered Suzanne as an author, I found and devoured everything she wrote. She is a master of the romantic suspense genre because she always managed the perfect combination of action and romance. In an apparent effort to appeal to a broader audience, Suzanne has cut out half of what made her a favorite of mine - the romance - in her latest outing, "Flashpoint."
Intimate encounters between characters are glossed over, alluded to or, in some cases, skipped entirely. Is it wrong to want details? I certainly don't think so. It's hard to describe, but the love scenes in "Flashpoint" feel like they've been edited nearly to the point of deletion. Having read all of her other books, I know Brockman knows how to write a steamy love scene. So why did she hold back in "Flashpoint?"
I don't know if Flashpoint is a deliberate attempt to move away from being labeled a romance novelist in favor of becoming a suspense author, but what I do know is Brockmann messed with her winning formula and the result is a generic thriller that borders on bland.
I rushed out to buy this book on the day it was released. I won't make the same mistake with her next release. I'll get it from the library before I shell out money.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but not really fitting of the series it comes from 7 July 2006
By JJN-1313 - Published on Amazon.com
7th book in the SEAL Team 16 series.

Hmm...well, what comes to mind to say first about this book is that it was good, if taken simply as a book on it's own, but if you take it as part of a series where 6 books came before it, it was lacking.

Flashpoint begins a new phase in the SEALs series, a serious sharp left hand turn from the previous books. After the events that happened in books 5 & 6, several SEALs and FBI Agents left there jobs - some willingly, some not - and formed a security consultation firm, Troubleshooters Inc (TI). So in this book, instead of being focused on SEAL activity, you have a mission being done by TI. Because of all this, you have not only a new book premise, but also an influx of new characters. All of the main characters in the book were completely new.

The main focus is on Jimmy Nash, a former "Agency" operative who is working for TI now. Then there Tess Bailey, a former "Agency" support staffer who joins TI because she wants to do field work. She and Jimmy had a one night stand 2 months before the book started. Those two, along with a few other agents, have been given an assignment to go to Kazbekistant (fictional country) to retrieve the laptop of an al-Qaeda associate who was killed in a recent earthquake. Once there, they meet Sophia, an American in hiding and in big trouble.

As I said, the book on it's own isn't too bad. The plot was somewhat interesting, and the characters weren't too bad. Tess and Jimmy's romance was fairly decent. On just an overall level, the book kept me reading, but it didn't necessarily have me enthralled.

The problem, though, is that it IS part of a series and Brockmann almost completely disregards everything she set up and did in the previous 6 books. Well, to a certain degree. The idea for TI was born at the end of book 6, so tha was used, but that was about it. She didn't follow the format she'd always used, she didn't utilize all the wonderful characters she'd built up, nothing. It barely felt like the book was connected at all. Tom Paoletti (book 1) has a short appearance at the beginning and the end, because he runs TI, Cosmo Richter, a SEAL has a cameo, and Sam and Alyssa are mentioned once, but that's it. She doesn't even tell us anything about Troubleshooters, only the barest of details. Considering the setup of the book, a more detailed description would have been nice. I missed the historical flashback scenes in this one too.

Overall, the book was a bit of a disappointment. Brockmann should have stuck to the formula that made the other 6 books work.

Rating: 3 / 5
39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne wrote this? 5 April 2004
By J. Stinson - Published on Amazon.com
I am a huge fan of Brockmann's, but oh my goodness, I don't think she wrote this installment of the NavySeals. I liked the characters, but their danger and action scenes fell flat for me because of thier behavior and dialog I either wanted to laugh or encourage the terrorists to take them out for violation of good character exchange! I will still read Brockmann because there isn't anyone out there who writes like she does or makes you feel what the characters feel like she does....BUT, I just might have to wait for the next one to hit paperback instead of killing myself to get to the bookstore on the first day of release.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't fall half in love with Nash - you didn't read the book! 30 Dec 2005
By Jill Guntur - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Suzanne Brockmann! There is no other author that can compell me to read until the ugly hours of the night. This book has been one of my favorites and one of the books I return to again and again.

It may be slightly disconcerting to some Brockmann fans because it introduces all new characters with only a small overlap of familiar "friends". Once I got over that, I loved it. Once I finished it the first time, I re-read it within the month.

Decker and Nash worked for the "agency" until they discovered just how expendable their superiors believed them to be. They left the same night, but not before Nash free falls into a hot, passionate and emotionally frightening night with fresh faced, wholesome, Tess Bailey. Next day, both agents are gone.

Months later, Tess quits her job after realizing she will always be turned down for promotion because she is a woman, and too good at her technogeek computer brilliance. Same day, she is on a plane to meet Tom Paoletti, head of the Troubleshooters, Inc. She walks into an interview and straight into Decker.... and Nash. Rapidly, they find themselves heading to K-stan posing as relief workers after a devastating earthquake. Jimmy Nash is melting down from the inside out. He ran away from Tess because he found he cared and that messed him up. Now he can't run. He has to stay and pretend to be her husband and hope he can keep his hands to himself.

This book is brilliant in dialogue. Her wit is ever present. The description of where they are and what they are doing is so vivid, I feel like I watched it in a movie.

Don't let this experience pass you buy. You will put the book down, half in love with the idea of Jimmy Nash.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different 21 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
One of my favorite features of Suzanne Brockmann's books is that she usually introduces her heroes or heroines as secondary characters in her previous novel. (what a sentence, but you get what I mean?)
So here, she goes totally off the board with three characters we've never met before, have no fuzzy feelings for, and have no sense of depth for.
Yeah, the love scenes are nearly PG-13 -- a most unwelcome change from her previous novels. But the worst part is that the reader just doesn't care about Jimmy and Tess.
Ok, all that said, I can't wait for Cosmo's story. I still adore Suzanne's books, and hope that she is able to fight off the pod person who has taken over her body.
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