The Defiant Hero - Troubleshooters, Bk 2 Author:Suzanne Brockmann A story of steadfast courage, intimate passions, and the profound risks that are taken in the name of love.... — TRUST WAS THE LAST DEFENSE... — "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... more » 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 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 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....« less
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.
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.
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.