Dark of Night - Troubleshooters, Bk 14 Author:Suzanne Brockmann Taking on the world's deadliest criminals is what the elite security force Troubleshooters Incorporated does best. But now they face a new and powerful threat from their most lethal enemy yet -- a shadowy government outfit known only as The Agency. — For years, operative James Nash has performed ultra-covert "Black Ops" missio... more »ns for The Agency, but when he decide to walk away from their dirty work, his corrupt bosses aren't about to let him go. After Nash is nearly assassinated, Troubleshooters team leader Lawrence Decker launches a skillful deception to neutralize the threat and protect his friend. With the FBI's help, Decker fakes Nash's death, then brings him to a safe house with his fiancée, Tess Bailey, to recover from his injuries and strategize their next move.
Only a handful of people know that Nash is still alive -- and fellow Troubleshooters Dave Malkoff, Sophia Ghaffari, and receptionist Tracy Shapiro aren't among them. Believing that Nash is dead and that Decker has begun a romantic relationship with Tess, Sophia settles for second best and begins a love affair with Dave, who has adored her for years. But Tracy puts two and two together, discovering the truth about Nash -- much to Decker's dismay.
As passions flare, Decker struggles to keep his scheme afloat, and to keep Nash alive. But when he finds himself targeted for death, the game turns even more perilous, and Sophia, Tracy, and Dave are swept into the deadly play. Under fire and racing to unmask their relentless adversary, the Troubleshooters know that the closer they get, the greater the risks. But sacrifices and consequences come with the territory. Forced to choose between love and loyalty, they are no longer just solving a crime -- they're fighting for survival.« less
This has been the highly anticipated conclusion to the story arc that began in Flashpoint. I am glad that it is finally over...it has been driving me crazy over the last couple of books. I will not give away any spoilers to the plot here...I'll talk in generalities, so as not to ruin it for anyone.
First, I have to say that I am a HUGE fan of this series. I *have* to read the book as soon as it is released or I go crazy. I also learned the spoilers before I read the book and I don't regret it.
I did enjoy this book. I was disappointed with some aspects--resolutions were not as well written as they could have been, some of the story was a little weak, old favorite characters became annoying, etc (I will say that I used to like Sophia, but now I wouldn't care if she were never mentioned again). What I did enjoy was the fast pace. It moved slow for the first 80 pages or so, but after that, I had a hard time putting it down. There were a few great scenes between some old favorites (I LOVE Sam!) and I wished for more from them.
This was not even close to a favorite in the series...it is actually probably near the bottom, but I love some of the early books so much that I'm not sure that Suz will ever be able to beat them.
I am hoping that now that this annoying story arc is over and done with that Suz will get back to better stuff...maybe Lopez's story??? I think she is setting him up for something, so I am looking forward to that.
I have waited for Sophia and Decker's story for what seems like forever. I was so excited to pick up this book.
Until I opened it to the first page that is. I will not ruin it for you. But I am disappointed with what Brockmann did to my beloved "couple".
I don't understand why she did what she did. But I will say she ruined, what could have and would have been a wonderful relationship. I read through the entire book, hoping I would like what she did with the characters, but I didn't.
So my review, don't pick it up if you wanted a happy ending for Sophia and Deck.
Taken as a stand alone novel, this is a fine example of romantic suspense. Taken as part of the Troubleshooters series, it has it's ups and downs. We've watched Deck and Sophia for a while now and been teased and waited for their story. I am not necessarily against how it worked out, but it seems that there were drastic personality changes with Deck, who was apparently never that interested in Sophia, and Dave, (who has been a favorite of mine) becoming just as testosterone laden as the rest of the guys, and Tracey, who at one time couldn't work the coffee machine, now being the sharpest knife in the drawer. That was jarring. Overall I enjoyed the story, but was disappointed in the character changes. And Brockmann should just stick with straight up sex, she doesn't know what to do with anything harder edged.