Do or Die
Suzanne Brockmann
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Do or Die: Troubleshooters (A Reluctant Heroes Novel)
Suzanne Brockmann
608 pages
September 2014
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The length of this book initially scared me a bit. I wasn't sure if I would want to read such a long story. But Do or Die starts out like an action movie and and barrels through to the end 558 pages later. The main characters, Ian Dunn and Phoebe Kruger are great characters, but the supporting cast really keeps you reading.

Former Navy SEAL Ian is in prison because of a deal he made with the mob. Along with Phoebe, his new lawyer, he is let out to help the US government rescue some kidnapped children. Of course, the story is much more complicated than that, and the secondary characters--Ian's siblings--make the story come alive. This book is actually more about family than about romance.

Ian doesn't want Phoebe to "help" him but finds that she is more than capable and not a "clingy" female. The author shares the characters' thoughts a lot, which helps build the characters (and gives readers a window into the many emotions of the characters) much better than just dialogue would. Phoebe's first look at Ian and her thoughts are my favorite.

But this man in prison garb was built like a boxer. He was Mack truck huge. Piano mover massive."
The ongoing themes throughout this book are family, love, respect, sacrifice, and love. Beautifully done. I look forward to the next book in this series to follow the characters who haven't yet gotten their "happily ever after."

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Kelly McKeage, 2015

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