I found the heroine completely annoying, so I never really enjoyed this book. I read it in two days anyway, but Meg really irritated me. Still, its a must read if you are in to Brockmann's SEAL books. The side stories were better than the central story.
2nd in a marvelous series. Main story follows Navy SEAL John Nilsson's attempts to help Meg Moore in multiple hostage situations. Romantic, sexy, fast-paced, and affecting. Also, sub-plots set in World War II and the beginning of the Sam Starrett-Alyssa Locke romance (yum).
I really liked this book! I couln't put it down, now this is the first book that I read that had 3 other sub stories going along with the main story, but I have to admit, I am really looking forward to reading Locke and Sam's story! they really spiced up the book!
I'm getting rid of this one because its the only one in Brockmann's "Team 16" Navy SEALs series that I really dislike. The hero is a liar and the heroine is such an idiot she turned me off right away. Thank goodness that, as usual, Brockmann provides at least two other story lines, one set in WWII that ties into the main story. Its the best one in the book.
Navy Seal John Nilsson is summoned to Washington DC by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation. But the last person he expected to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg Moore. John and Meg were in love once, but he hasn't seen her in years. He's certainly never forgotten her, or stopped loving her. Now, John learns that a terrorist group has kidnapped Meg's daughter, and they've chosen Meg to assassinate the ambassador. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. And Meg will lose her life if he doesn't...
I recently started re-reading this series, having read the first eight or so when they were originally published. The books definitely resonate differently in 2013 than they did when originally published in light of 9/11 and what has happened in the Middle East. I enjoyed the two side stories of this book very much - the WWII side story about the heroine's Grandmother and the Sam/Alyssa plotline. I also enjoyed the beginning of the book in K-Stan and the fact that both the hero and heroine are language experts. I didn't so much care for the kidnap/chase sequences involving the hero and heroine. However, the book does move the overall arc of the Troubleshooters series along nicely. It really is fun to read the series in order, and I recommend that you do so.
I love this series, but this heroine was the pits. For a woman who worked in one of the worst war-torn countries in eastern Europe, she was just plain stupid. She didn't trust the hero, and whined ad nauseum; why he loved this idiot is beyond me. The grandmother's tale of true love was more interesting & rang of truth. I have read the rest of the series, & this one is - by far - the most disappointing.
The second in the SEAL Team Sixteen series, "The Defiant Hero," manages to capture and maintain tension and action-packed suspense with each turn of the page. The characters literally jump from the page to capture your attention.
Widow Meg Moore is forced by terrorists to kidnap a foreign national in exchange for her daughter and grandmother, who they are holding captive. Knowing that it is a hopeless situation, Meg tells the hostage negotiators that the only negotiator she will even consider talking to is John Nilsson, a Navy SEAL that she met while on a foreign assignment. John has carried a torch for Meg for many years, but has not acted on his feelings since she was married at the time.
No one is more surprised than John when he is called to negotiate. The Meg he remembers would never do anything so suicidal. A linguistics expert, the two manage to communicate via a language no one else recognizes, and she reveals the fate of her family. When all is not what it appears, and Meg spirits away her prey to barter for her family, John is quickly on her tail, trying to win her trust and help her out of the mess.
"The Defiant Hero" also marks the consummation of the love-hate relationship between SEAL Lt. Sam Starrett and FBI Agent Alyssa Locke, which plays out over the next several installments in the series. This relationship is so complex, it is no wonder that it plays out over several books.
Meg Moore is approached by a man in a parking garage. He tells her that her ten year old daughter Amy and her elderly Grandmother Eve are being held hostage until Meg complies with their demands. Meg must enter the Kazbekistan Embassy and kill Osman Razeen, a known terrorist. With no other option, Meg enters the Embassy, taking the Ambassador, Razeen, and a third man hostage. When the hostage negotiator contacts her, Meg insists that she will speak with no one except Navy SEAL John Nilsson. Meg and John have a past. She knows if anyone can help her get her daughter out of the hands of extremists, John is the man for the job.
The second book in Brockmann's Troubleshooter series is even better than the first. I had a hard time putting this book down. Not only do we have Meg and John's story, we had a riveting suspense story, a flashback to a WWII romance, and some positively scorching scenes between Sam and Alyssa. I'm loving this series and wish I could just jump into the next book right now. My rating: 5 Stars.
The first book in this series (The Unsung Hero) was fabulous. This book, on the other hand, was not. It was too long because of all the flashbacks and I'm not sure if the flashbacks really did anything for the story. I struggled to get through this book. But there are a lot of characters that repeat in both books. So, I will continue to read the next book, hoping it's as good as the first one.
Meg Moore works as a translator in a European embassy, so she knows that the United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists. But her daughter and grandmother have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists. Meg will do anything to meet their unspeakable demands; anythingeven killto save her child. When Navy SEAL Lieutenant, junior grade, John Nilsson is summoned to Washington, D.C., by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasnt seen her in years, but hes never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesnt
"The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists." Meg Moore remembered the warning from her job as a translator in a European embassy. Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her daughter and grandmother who have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists. Meg will do anything to meet their unspeakable demands; anything - even kill - to save her child.
When Navy SEAL Lieutenant, junior grade, John Nilsson is summoned to Washingtone, D.C., by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasn't seen her in years, but he's never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesn't...