Part of her SEAL Team 16 series, this is the first book in Tom Paoletti's "Troubleshooters" saga. Starring Decker, Nash and Tess - it takes place in K-stan (aka "The Pit") and has them looking for an elusive laptop belonging to a terrorist who died in a recent earthquake. Nice love triangle between the aforementioned characters and throws in another female American to the mix once they arrive. Not a keeper but I did enjoy the action. Could have used a little more romance and a little less "save the heroine from the bad guys".
I honestly couldn't finish this book. It revolves around Kazbekistan and terrorists which is a topic I absolutely abhor. Since I really like Suzanne Brockmann, I didn't read the back of the book before I purchased and I really should have. I greatly enjoy her writing and this book is no different from her others in that regard. I made it up to page 150 before I gave up. The whole terrorism thing and degrading women was just too much for me.
This was an extremely good read!! I tend to skip past "dry" parts of a book - this one had me turning & reading every page. I liked to change of locale - Kasbekistan isn't a usual choice. Ms. Brockmann made her characters - all of them - seem like regular people, with all the quirks us humans possess. This was the 1st "Troubleshooter" book I've read but I plan on reading as many as I can. Well-written, fast-paced drama-romance without alot of fluff.
Veteran romantic-suspense novelist Brockmann serves up a heady mix of tension, romance and international intrigue. Readers first meet Agency computer specialist Tess Bailey posing as a topless barmaid in order to save field agent Lawrence Decker from a deadly setup. After she and gorgeous macho agent Diego "Jimmy" Nash succeed in rescuing Decker, they celebrate with a steamy one-night stand that they both later regret. Months later, Tess quits when she doesn't get the promotion she was promised; conveniently, partners Decker and Nash have quit the Agency as well and have signed on with a covert private agency, Troubleshooters, Incorporated. Assigned to earthquake-ravaged Kazbekistan (aka "The Pit") to retrieve the laptop of al-Qaeda warlord Padsha Bashir, they find themselves in need of a seasoned computer hacker: enter Tess. Player Nash is a bundle of nerves around Tess (he really likes her!), and Decker is smitten as well: it's the perfect love triangle. As Tess juggles the dangerous assignment and the affections of both men, Sophia, a mysterious woman who avenges her hatred of Padsha during the earthquake, asks their help in fleeing the country. Car bombs, shady American reporters, police interrogations, aftershocks and hot sex complicate matters, but it's a hotel ambush and Tess's kidnapping that sends both men on the rescue effort of their lives. Their brisk success allows the romantic entanglement to resume center stage, where, as far as romance fans are concerned, it belongs.
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2005 book. Troubleshooters Inc. is an agency made up mostly of ex government agents from various agencies. I helps private citizens in trouble or goes where the Government can't officially go. This time they are after the laptop of a deceased terrorist and find a citizen or two in trouble while looking for it. I enjoyed it.
A Troubleshooters Inc book. Tess Bailey joins a team that is going into earthquake ravaged Kazbekistan to recover a lost terrorist laptop. On this team is Jimmy Nash, a man she had a one nighter with months earlier. Brockmann portrays danger, romance and suspense in her typical manner
Jimmy Nash and Tess Bailey are together again. Well sort of. Several months ago, Tess, a computer analyst, helped Nash save his best friend and colleague Decker from a potential hit. With the adrenaline running high and eyes wide open, Nash and Tess had a one night stand after all was said and done. Now, they are part of a team sent to Kazbekistan to help recover a laptop with enough information that could put a major dent in the fight against terrorism. Can these two work together or will their attraction get them killed?
Jimmy Nash and Lawrence Decker work undercover for the CIA. They both leave the Agency after an incident where they were deemed expendable. A major earthquake in the country of Kazbekistan has caused the war-torn country to open its borders for aid. This gives Tom Paoletti's group, Troubleshooters, Inc., a chance to enter the country posing as relief workers. Their mission is to find the laptop of an al-Queda operative who was killed in the earthquake. Nash and Decker are part of the group infiltrating the country. Another member is computer expert Tess Bailey. Tess and Nash had a one night of passion before he left the agency. Now they must pose as husband and wife as they fulfill their mission to recover the missing laptop.
This is the seventh book in the Troubleshooters series, but the first book where the Troubleshooters are not part of a Navy SEAL team. We have a lot of brand new characters in this book, including Nash, Decker and Tess. Even though I didn't know these characters, I was pulled right into the story and couldn't put it down. My rating: 5 Stars.