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Sharon (Catspaw) reviewed Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, Bk 9) on
Helpful Score: 3
Let me start by saying I've really enjoyed the other books in this series, but this one was pretty bad! Where do I start? With the fact that Gina is a very immature 22 year old chasing 40-something Max? That instead of the probably intended sexy romantic devotion she comes across as scary nympho stalker chick? That she actually gets in confrontations with Max's nursing staff, when she has no apparent education or experience of her own?
The beginning of the book takes place while Max is in rehab for injuries. He repeatedly asks Gina to leave, but Stalker Gina is sure he reallyreally loves her. That he's reallyreally just protecting her. After he asks her to go, she strips, hops into his bed and they have sex, while he tries repeatedly to tell her to leave. If you reversed the roles, say a young woman in rehab asking her male friend to leave, and he did this - he'd be up on rape charges. Stalker Gina never quite gets that she's always initiating, that Max has actually proposed to another woman, that he doesn't want a relationship with her and has told her this. Nope Stalker Gina knows that Max is her guy. Whether he wants to be or not.
I don't know whether Brockman intended to write Gina as the mentally and emotionally unbalanced stalker that she is in the early part of the book, but seriously - didn't anyone edit this? I just didn't see them as a viable couple for anything other than sexual attraction.
As commander of the nation's most elite FBII counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit and beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with her courage under fire. When the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max form making a full investigation--and retribution--his top priority. At the scene of the attack, Max receives an even bigger shock. Gina is very much alive--but facing a fate worse than death. Along with Molly, a fellow overseas relief worker, Gina has fallen into the hands of a killer who is bent on using both women to bait a deadly trap. His quarry? Grady Morant, aka "Jones," a notorious ex-special forces operative turned smuggler who made some very deadly enemies in the jungles of Asia and has been running ever since. But with Molly's life on the line, Jones is willing to forfeit his own to save the woman he loves. The story takes you through the hotzone of global violence and corruption. Very well written and very exciting.
I know this book received many great reviews. But this was a book I couldn't get into. I've read many Brockmann books but this story kept jumping back and forth between 18 months before present day, to four months before present day, then present day, then back again and forward again. The jumping time periods in the major character's lives was disconcerting. Cuts down on the forward flow and the tension that needs to be built in a book such as this about terrorists and kidnappings.
This is the 9th book in the Troubleshooters series. This is the conclusion of the Max & Gina story that started in book 3 "Over The Edge". This book also has what seems to be the conclusion of the Molly Anderson & Dave Jones (AKA-Grady Morant) story which started in book 4 "Out Of Control". There are no members of Troubleshooters Inc. or SEAL Team 16 present like previous books. FBI Agent Jules Cassidy is along for the ride and brings his wit & cheeky attitude to keep everyone going.
This is one of the worst books I've read in a long time. Firstly, I do not like Brockman's style of writing at all - always tongue-in-cheek and facetious. I couldn't decide if she was trying to be funny, but she's definitely not funny. Second, the "romance" part is ridiculous - for example, they are in a life or death situation and the man does not take the "opportunity" to kiss the woman. Really??? Is this the time to be romantic? And third, the book is so predictable. It is obvious from the get-go what is and isn't going to happen.
This is the first book of Brockman's that I've tried reading and will definitely be my last.
Rachelle P. reviewed Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, Bk 9) on
Id been looking forward to Max and Ginas story for a really long time and while I enjoyed the book for same reasons I enjoy most of Brockmanns books, I didnt love how this reunion played out. Im posting spoilers so I wont go into a lot of detail. Suffice it to say, Max and Ginas attitudes, reactions and reactions to each other were mostly annoying to me. Theyve been in love with each for YEARS and this is the their reaction to each other after not seeing or speaking to each other in over a year?
This is Max and Gina's story. At first I thought I must have skipped a book in the series, but then I realized there were many flashbacks which made the novel both interesting and confusing. Once I understood the way time flowed I had an easier time with it. Gina is kidnapped with Molly Anderson and Max, along with familiar characters Dave Jones (Grady Morant) and FBI agent Jules Cassidy travel to Indonesia to rescue them. Satisfying conclusion to both the stories of Max and Gina and Jones and Molly.
When FBI Commander Max Bhagat learns that his long-time love, Gina Vitagliano, has been killed in a terrorist bombing, he rushes to Germany to identify her body. But the woman in the morgue is not Gina. When Max learns that Gina and her friend, Molly Anderson, have been kidnapped, he and Jules Cassidy join forces with Molly's husband, Grady Morant (aka: David Jones) to search for the women.
The ninth book in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series is action-packed. Since being introduced in the third book, we've been waiting for Max & Gina to finally get together. In this book we see what's been happening to them in the last few years. Each chapter jumps to a different point in time, from the present, to four months ago, to seventeen months ago, and back to the present. It took me a little while to get the time-line straight in my head, but we learn how Max & Gina got to this point in their relationship.
I'm happy that Brockmann brought back Molly & Jones. I loved them in "Out of Control" and hoped we'd see more of them. This book did not disappoint. My rating: 5 Stars.
I didn't enjoy this choked, overdone writing style and so I never developed much interest in the storyline of BREAKING POINT.
All of her characters have the same smart-alec, tongue-in-cheek personality, which makes it super hard to take any of the plot as seriously as the narrative seems to expect you to.
So in the end I say if you're a fan of this Troubleshooters series, you'll probably read Book 9 no matter what, otherwise, skip it and read a better quality writer like Tami Hoag instead. Honestly, this was a waste of time for me.
When FBI hostage negotiator Max Bhagat discovers that his long-time love, Gina has been killed in a car bomb in Germany, he races to Berlin with FBI agent Jules Cassidy to identify the body and bring her home. When he discovers that it is not her, he sets a chain of events in motion to find out where she is and to finally profess his love. Max was finally successful in driving her away 17 moths earlier with his fears about their age difference, and Gina left him to join relief workers in Africa with her friend Molly (who was introduced in "Out of Control"). It appears that Gina was in Berlin to acquire a passport for Molly's husband, Grady Morant, who is an Army deserter turned former Asian drug lord's lackey.
When Jules, Grady, and Max reluctantly join forces to find the women, they are taken on a whirlwind trip all the way to Asia. But what appears to be a simple case of kidnapping leaves more questions than answers, particularly the motivations of the man who spirited the ladies away from Germany.
As commander of the nation's most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, Max Bhagat put absolutely nothing ahead of his work. But when Max hears that the love of his life, Gina Vitagliano, has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep him from making a full investigation--and retribution--his top priotity. At the scene of the attack, however, Max learns that Gina is still very much alive and in jeopardy.