Into the Storm
Suzanne Brockmann
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Into the Storm
Suzanne Brockmann
528 pages
July 2007
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Suzanne Brockmann is an undisputed master at writing military and suspense fiction. Into The Storm is another of her looks inside the world of the elite men and women who are involved in military and counterterrorism operations at home and around the world. But this time the danger they are facing is much closer to home in the form of a brutal serial killer. The world that Brockmann paints shows these people in a very human and real way, showcasing their strengths as well as their weaknesses, which makes what they do all the more amazing.

Troubleshooters Incorporated is a private security company founded and run by former Navy Seal team leader Tom Paoletti. His company does a lot of business with the government, as well as the military. In Into The Storm, the men and women of Troubleshooters Incorporated face off with the men of Navy SEAL Team Sixteen in a training op, pitting Tom and his company against many of his former men in the SEAL team. Sprits are high, and everyone on both sides is looking forward to the security exercise.

Petty Officer Mark Jenkins is a member of the elite SEAL Team and has more than one reason for being excited about working with Troubleshooters Incorporated. He’s helped his sister’s friend, the woman he’s had a crush on since grade school, get a job as the new receptionist for Troubleshooters. Now that she’s left her former boyfriend, he’s hoping that he’ll be able to spend more time with Tracy Shapiro, and finally get her to see him as a man and not just as her friend’s younger brother.

There is just one problem—Lindsey Fontaine. Lindsey is a former LAPD detective who is now working for Troubleshooters. It is Lindsey who gets his sense of humor and laughs at his jokes. It is Lindsey who looks at him as if she thinks he’s hot. And Mark finds himself looking back, attracted to the Lindsey’s quiet beauty and quick wit. Their attraction leads to an impulsive night of passion that causes tension between them, as they must continue to work together.

The first training exercise leads to another. This one is in the mountains of New Hampshire and is designed to help both teams get some cold-weather training. What should have been a fairly straightforward training exercise turns into a nightmare when Tracy, who had been playing the role of the hostage in the training op, disappears without a trace.

The search is on as the weather conditions worsen. As the hours go by they fear they will not find her before she freezes to death. When they discover the body of a brutally tortured woman beneath the ice of a flooded quarry, their anxiety for Tracy escalates as it soon becomes apparent that a known serial killer has made his home in the area. The clock is ticking and the race is on to find her before it is too late. Both teams work together and mount a frantic search to rescue their missing coworker. Mark and Lindsey must test themselves, putting aside their differences, to work together to save Tracy and possibly themselves.

Brockmann skillfully weaves the many personalities and storylines together, and adds enough tension and suspense to keep the reader turning the pages. For anyone who is familiar with her other books, featuring either SEAL Team Sixteen or Troubleshooters Incorporated, there is the added bonus of seeing old friends and catching up with their lives. With a blend of humor and suspense, she adds enough passion and angst to make this a realistic and fascinating tale.

Aside from the novel, there is also a mini bonus story featuring Navy SEAL Sam Starrett and his wife, FBI agent Alyssa Locke, tucked in at the back of the book that is a quick, fun read. As always, Brockmann delivers the kind of story that her readers expect—action, danger and passion all rolled into one. Into The Storm is sure to be another huge hit with readers.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Norma Collins, 2006

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