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Subject: Suzanne Brockmann
Date Posted: 8/3/2007 1:19 PM ET
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So I've been reading the Tall Dark and Dangerous SEAL series and love it.  Now here's my question to those of you who have read that series and her Troubleshooter series (also with Navy SEALS).  Which one is better, as a whole?  Any preference or are they all good?  I want to finish TDD first before I move on to the Troubleshooter series.  I don't think I'm going to collect the TDD series but I'm considering the T series since they all sound really good.

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 1:34 PM ET
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the tall dark and dangerous books were intimate moments so they're short and happy endings wrapped up type stories. the troubleshooters are longer books and the ones i've read have long involved plots where mabye one couple ends up 'together' but another carries over for several more books. there's more of ap lot involving terrorists and serious stuff IMO. The first one I read was the 2nd in the series, Defiant Hero, and there was the main story of a woman n the run with a terrorist to turn over because other terrorists had her daughtera nd mother and she's freaked out; the mother of the woman is telling her life story which is pretty involved, and you get the hint of antoher relationship going on..a lot to keep track of and some serious stuff. I liked this one pretty well. my other 2 faves so far(and have'nt read thema ll) is 'gone too far' and I think' out of control or over the edge'..whichever is about kenny! I like him the best! gone too far is about sam and alyssa I think and I liked that one too. those 3 have been my faves. t here's another story line going through several books about the FBI hostage negotiator and Gina that I don't like the story of but that' sjust me...

anyways,t hey're both good but for ligther reading I pick the tall dark and dangerous ones and for more involved reading the troubleshooters.

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 2:56 PM ET
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I like the Troubleshooters books best. I like the storylines that carry over. I've only read  a couple of the TDD. I've been trying to get them in order but that's not easy. I may just say the heck with it and read the rest of the ones I have.

Susanna I'm pretty sure Out of Control was Kenny's book. He's one of my favorites too. I also like Cosmo in Hot Target which was the first Troubleshooters book I read.

I recomend reading Troubleshooters in order because of the overlapping storylines.

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 3:10 PM ET
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I like the TDD better; I drift more to shorter stories instead of the longer, more involved, more background, more history, more, more, more stories.  What can I say.  I like the action, the romance, and the HEA.  The rest is just time-consuming filler for me that I skim over so i tend to stick to the shorter books like TDD. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 5:36 PM ET
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I'd say, I liked the Troubleshooter series the best, but then I haven't read all of the TDDs yet. I like how the characters remain constant throughout the Troubleshooters...Sam and Alyssa, Max and Gina, etc...I have to say though, that there is a lot more violence, sex and bad language in those books, but she can get away with it because they aren't published by Harlequin.

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 5:42 PM ET
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Sherri, I forgot to tell you, if you go to Suzanne Brockmann's website, you can download a copy of her guide to the Troubleshooters series...let me see if I can go get a link for it:)

Got it! http://www.suzannebrockmann.com/Troubleshooters%20Series.htm if you scroll down just a little bit, you'll see the "Click here for the  PDF download for The Reader's Guide to the Troubleshooters Series, a 56-page promo booklet that includes information on the Troubleshooters books and characters, a glossary of military terms, an explanation of ranks and ratings, an interview with Suz, and short stories."

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 6:17 PM ET
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hmm..someone else has mentioned liking cosmo's story so gonna have to read that one! I htink I have it but just haven't gotten around to following the longer storyline! and I don't like that Max guy for some reason or Gina..sigh..I dread reading the first book when they meet!

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 6:28 PM ET
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I prefer The Troubleshooters.  Just better, in-depth, stories.  I couldn't finish the TDD series.

Cosmo is MINE!!  LOL  I don't know why but he just presses all my secret buttons!

And, Susanna, the book where Max and Gina end up together has so much other stuff going on that their "love" story gets short shrift.  It's actually very well done.  I like Max but wasn't crazy about Gina.  And the beginning of the book didn't help me change my mind. 

I'm anxiously awaiting Force of Nature!

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 10:42 PM ET
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Suz has a great website, lots of info on her Seal guys, plot ideas etc.  I have managed to get all of the original TDD's for my keeper shelf.  Although Suz hated the cover for "Get Lucky", I love it and the story. I love her Troubleshooter stories, because I like stories that overlap. I probably have kept about half of those; some I read from the library, because I didnt want the hardcover issues. Hope I get her new one quickly.

SuzB link--http://suzannebrockmann.com/

Date Posted: 8/5/2007 11:04 PM ET
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I'm still trying to get all the TDD's..one is pending now but still waiting for member and it was autorequested so not sure if it'll go through or not...then I still 'need'  'get lucky'. might be missing another one too but need to go through and put them in order.I havne't read the one about skelly's sister and bobby but it was mentioned in one fo the books so i probably have it on the s helf somewhere... I need to catch up ont he troubleshooters series too..I started with teh 2nd book and never read the 1st one(didn't like that character for some reason thoughImight if I read that first book!) and skipped around til I read Kenny's story and then Sam and Alyssa's story (finally!) dont' know why she made him marry that nutcase woman though she tries to explain it in that other book but still...ick!

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 7:49 AM ET
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Thanks Eileen for the link!  I think I'm going to read the TDD's I have on order and in house and then read the Troubleshooters series.   Seems to be a consensus that those are the better ones.  Ladies, I was in the Navy as a young adult and believe me - the way she portrays the SEALS is dead on.  Those guys are something else.  :-)

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 8:45 AM ET
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gosh, Now I HAVE to get me a Seal Sherri! The Troubleshooters series is different..the TDD were written as silhouette-type reads and the troubleshooters are similar in that characters overlap but there are often 2-3 stories going on in those and more 'action'..

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 9:46 AM ET
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Okay, Ladies,  All this talk has made me take a look at Suzanne Brockmann.  I'm sitting here looking at my copy of Into The Night.  I'll definitely put this to the top of the TBR mountain.  I've kind of gotten burned out on historical romance for the time being and I love the Intimate Moment series romances and romantic suspense in general.

Don't know how much reading I'll get done this week as my daughter is getting married this Sunday.  This should be a crazy week for me.  Although, who knows, I might get MORE reading done just to have a few minutes rest from the chaos.

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 2:10 PM ET
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And I, who said I didn't like the TDD series, found a copy of Everyday, Average Jones this weekend at the UBS and figured for sixty-nine cents it was worth reading.  LOL

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 10:41 AM ET
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Hi all,  The wedding is over and it was absolutely beautiful, as was my daughter.  They went on a honeymoon to Mexico by Cancun, and it looks like they will be getting back in the nick of time before the hurricane comes.  Anyway, back to Suzanne Brockmann, I'm about half way into Into The Storm and I'm really enjoying it.  Some of the relationships don't make sense to me because I have picked up well into the series, but I think I'll search for the backlist.  Thanks for this thread.  I don't know if I would have read this author on my own.

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 11:07 AM ET
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It's funny, b/c I had given up on Brockmann and after this thread I had to start giving her another try :). I liked Into the Storm. I like her TDD series better than the longer books, they are a little to soap opera-y for me.

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 5:01 PM ET
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I just finished Into the Storm with Mark Jenkins and Lindsay Fontaine. Another great one from Brockmann. Now I can't wait until the next one. She can't write fast enough for me! I am really looking forward to Deck and Sophia's story and Jules Cassidy's story. This is the best SEAL series I've ever read. I've been a military wife (USAF)  for 23 years and I agree that Brockmann's protrayal of the SEALS is dead on. My DH has worked with quite a few during his time in Special Forces. He totally respects them.

Pam

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 5:54 PM ET
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Ani - Everyday Average Jones is very good!  You'll like it alot.

Sherri

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 9:47 PM ET
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I did!  It was much better (IMHO) than Frisco's Kid, which had turned me off on this series. 

Date Posted: 8/18/2007 9:56 PM ET
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I liked Frisco's Kid but probably because I already knew about him from other books..It hought she made him a bit too helpless though..I mean, seems to me a SEAL could kicka$$ even in a wheelchair!  EVery day average jones and night watch are my 2 faves from the series alon with 'identity unknown' which I read a long time ago before I knew the series even existed...

Date Posted: 8/25/2007 11:34 AM ET
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Just finished Into The Storm.  It was good, but I was a little fuzzy on some of the relationships between the characters as this is the first Brockmann novel that I have read.  I have a couple others on my shelf and a couple more coming, so I'll keep reading them.  Love those SEAL characters.

Date Posted: 8/25/2007 8:38 PM ET
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they're hard to keep track of Kathy! some have recommended reading them in order because their 'stories' carryover...for instance in the 2nd book(which I started with!) Sam and Alyssa are sorta an itembut it takes until the 5th book or so for 'their story' to be featured. I think the guy in the 1st book takes 4 books or so for their relationship to be 'permanent' and it's part of another story. others like Kenny and John get their story in one book (as far as I can tell since Ihaven't sat down and read the whole series  yet). I had my faves (kenny, john and sam's stories so far) that I read out of order and the other characters confused me some. I also have trouble keeping them straight because she often pulls out a story from the past with a character and/or adds a 3rd story to that one so since most o fmy reading is on night shift I can't keep up with so many characters which is one reason Ihaven't read these yet!

Date Posted: 8/25/2007 9:31 PM ET
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Definitely read them in order...it's a big help. Here's a list:) I've read the first 10 and loved all but 1 of them.

Troubleshooter, Inc

  1. The Unsung Hero
  2. The Defiant Hero
  3. Over the Edge
  4. Into the Night
  5. Out of Control
  6. Gone Too Far
  7. Flashpoint
  8. Hot Target
  9. Breaking Point
  10. Into the Storm
  11. All Through the Night (I think it's part of this series)
  12. Force of Nature (not sure about this one, it's not out until next year)
Date Posted: 8/25/2007 11:50 PM ET
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Thanks Susanna and Eileen for your comments.  I just got The Defiant Hero in the mail today froma PBS member.  That is the second one.  I'm going to check out The Unsung Hero from a website called readingwave.com.  It is like Netflix only for books.  I saw it when R & R had the Google ads on the forums.  I'll take your advice and read them in order.

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 12:26 AM ET
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you'll probably follow them better that way..I started with the 2nd one and was only a little lost since I'd jus tmissed one book but I missed the 3rd book (think it was) and was lost in the 4th and 5th ones about stuff that was happening related to an air show that must've been in the 1st or 3rd book.. Ineed to read these myself but haven't found the time/energy/attention span!

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