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The Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  5,486 ratings  ·  276 reviews
There are eight words Meg Moore has never been able to forget: The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists. But what was merely a chilling warning when she worked as a translator in a European embassy now spells out a potential death sentence for her daughter and grandmother, who have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists.

Meg has to act - and qu
Audiobook, 416 pages
Published October 20th 2008 by AudioGo (first published March 1st 2001)
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I really enjoyed this book by Suzanne Brockmann about the Navy Seal Team 16 and their romances. I gave it 3 stars because it felt like that Brockmann's main plot was weak. I didn't like Meg at all and the relationship with John and dialog felt weak and forced, almost not interesting. In fact, MEG IS TOO STUPID TO LIVE. Sorry, had to get that off my chest. I hate it when female characters are stupid. "Oh gee, I have a big strong Navy Seal to help me but I'm sure I know better how to handle a terr ...more
Jane Stewart
I disliked the characters, and I disliked the author's writing style.

The author has five different stories happening, 3 current day and 2 flashbacks. She frequently is telling one story, then stops at a cliff-hanger point, then goes on to another two stories before coming back to the first story. Notwithstanding the cliff-hangers, she is jumping around within these five stories for the entire book. It was irritating, annoying and offensive. It felt worse than tv commercial interruptions. Other a
Wendy F
This book took me 10 days to read, that's terrible.

The first half of this book was slow. Honestly, I really really did not like Meg. Talk about TSTL, at least for me. If she'd just trusted John from the immediate things would have been a lot more interesting, in my opinion. The constant driving from place to place and all the arguing about trust, it was overkill. It felt like 75% of the book was the same conversation between Meg and John over and over again.

However, the last quarter of the boo
4.25 STARS~

Eve and Ralph What An Awesome Well Told Love Story~
Sam and Alyssa~OMG What They Did With That Chocolate Syrup, Yum!
Meg and Nils~Both Were Such Freak'in Defiant "Hero & Herione"

In This Book~

Meg and Nils ~They Were Infuratinly Frustrating, I did not like them. I especially did not like Meg~BUT, both MC were a negative, they made this ALMOST COULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT =4.25 stars

What made this close to perfect was the absolute perfect descriptive writing, made you not only see the
This is my first book by Suzanne Brockmann so I wasn't sure what to expect. A friend recommended it as she's read it many times and loved it, so I gave it a shot. I enjoyed many aspects of this book. I also didn't like a few. The main couple, Meg and John, were great. Their story was interesting and intriguing. I really liked seeing them go through all the suspense of trying to find Meg's daughter and grandmother while also coming to terms with their personal relationship and finally exploring t ...more
Feb 01, 2010 Rossy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Recommended to Rossy by: series continuation
This was a really good book, but i have to agree with others that Meg got on my nerves a time or two. Not enough to ruin the book for me, but there were a few times i want it to plain smack her. It seem to me that her decisions were all very stupid, she truly topped the cake when it came to stubborn heroine for sake of being contrary.
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Book two in the long running and popular Troubleshooters series, Suzanne Brockmann again incorporates three plotlines to weave her story. Surprisingly it wasn't the main plotline regarding kidnapping, terrorists and second chance love or the WWII nostalgic story which really kept my interest - it was the explosive enemies to lovers third thread between Roger "Sam" Starrett and FBI sharpshooter Alycia Locke that earned this book an extra half a star. And promises to be ongoing over the next coupl ...more
I've read this book multiple times. It predates my kindle and my paperback is well loved.

It's been so long since I'd read this, that while I remembered the story, I had forgotten some of the details.

One of the things I love about Meg is that she is willing to do anything for her daughter. That's the driving force behind all of her actions throughout the book. Similarly, John feels the same way about Meg and he's willing to do anything to help her and save her daughter. I really do love them to
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Like the previous book, several stories at different period in time mingled in this book.
The lead one involved Meg, whose daughter and grand-mother were taken hostage, and who was manipulated by terrorists to do their bidding. She got John to help her.
A second one with the hostages being hostages, trying to survive and escape. While trying to survive, the grandmother remembered and told back to the little girl how she first fell in love with Ralph during WW2 in England.
A third one with another
I'm going to start this off by saying I think it depends on what sort of read you're looking for. This book had the action with the mission of rescuing a little girl and grandmother from terrorists, then it had a subplot that included fiesty, snippy, teasing, "I-want-you-but-won't-admit-it" love story, then on top of that subplot it also had a sickly sweet war romance from way back in the day. So it's got all things going for it. Not all of it awesome, but overall it was a neat package.

Most of t
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I started reading this series after numerous rave reviews from friends. I really liked Unsung Hero, and I liked this one as well, just not as much. The romance between Nils and Meg seemed stilted and the intensity of the other romances overshadowed theirs so much that I had a hard time enjoying their story. Nils was great but, Meg verged on TSTL in my mind. The continuing story of Sam and Alyssa was fun to read but the story that made this whole book for me was the story of Eve and Ralph. Partic ...more
2nd book in the Troubleshooters series was interesting to say the least. I can't say I was that thrilled with the romance between the lead characters Meg and John - it just seemed so rushed and she flat out annoyed me by some of her decisions in the story. What saved the book for me was once again the flashbacks to WWII this time by Eve and her love story with Ralph (pronounced Rafe) - I actually had tears in my eyes! I also am LOVING the tension between Sam and Alyssa - can't wait to read more ...more
Anna Marie
Absolutely one of my FAVORITE books, ever. And this was my... sixth?... time reading it.

NoTe: Brockmann's 'Troubleshooter' series is like an on-going saga. If you go into this book without having read Tom's book, you'll be wondering about the back-story of Sam and Alyssa in this one. It's not terrible, but it's there. But I didn't care for Tom *OR* Kelly in the first book.

aDD'L NoTe: Brockmann's women characters ALL blow goats. They just SUCK. Go in knowing that this is about the guys. In fact,
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick

While I enjoyed the book over all with it multiple plots and vibrant cast of characters (Eve and John being my FAVORITES), I have to say the heroine, Meg, was an annoying idjit who is the reason TSTL was invented. I can't tell you how many times I facepalmed and wanted to reach into the book and slap her silly. *sigh* And honestly, Locke needed a few slaps herself.
Regardless, I'm continuing on with the series as I like the overall tone and the Seal team heroes ROCK!

Babette Brown
“La libera uscita dovrà aspettare” disse il primo ufficiale.
“Era l’ammiraglio Crowley. Voleva sapere dove si trovasse il sottotenente Nilsson.”
Oh, merda. Nils aveva sempre pensato che Crowley fosse un bravo ragazzo. L’ammiraglio stesso era un SEAL. Se era incazzato…
“Dobbiamo muoverci” continuò il primo ufficiale. Adesso stava parlando con Jazz e Wolchonok, ma anche il resto del gruppo si era fermato ad ascoltare. “Riunite tutta la squadra il più presto pos
Really good, but holy cripe did it seem like it went on forever. I was more interested in the Eve/Ralph story and the Alyssa/Sam story than Meg and Nils. Meg was another one of those characters that you just want to shake some sense into. Just trust the experts lady!
Sofia Grey
Johnny Nilsson makes a great hero, and a brilliant addition to the line-up of SEAL Team Sixteen, but there is something a little off about this book, the 2nd in the Troubleshooters series. I think I never really gelled with Meg, never liked her very much, and became annoyed with the way she constantly messed around. For gods sake, I wanted to shout at her, Just Tell Him!!!

There is still a great story though, with some amazing scenes. I loved where Johnny was trying to persuade Meg to let him int
Hildy (The Book Boss)
It's been quite a while since I read The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann. JJ LOVED that book so she bossed me into reading it. It was a definite 4 star read for me. I found myself not knowing what to read this week and decided to go back to this series. I had forgotten a lot, but I hadn't forgotten that navy SEALs are hot so I gave this a go. I wasn't disappointed.

What I loved most about this story is oddly what I also had a bit of a hard time with. Confused? Let me explain. Brockmann has esse
Erica Anderson
I love that Suzanne Brockmann weaves together multiple love stories in one book, something that she does throughout the Troubleshooters series.

I actually read this book to see what happens between Sam and Alyssa, rather than for Meg and Nils. As other reviewers have said, Meg is simply TSTL. She has the entire freakin' SEAL team ready to help her, but what does she do? Takes off by herself to meet not one, but TWO groups of terrorists.

Brockmann tries to explain Meg's partial insanity as the res
I read this one after reading Over the Edge (Book 3)in this series. The stories do stand on their own, but it's much better to read them in sequence as you see characters throughout the series and see their evolution. The characters in this series are vividly drawn and realistic and you can't wait to hear more about them as the series progresses. This series is rather addictive.

I am not a fan of the WWII stories that are interwoven in this series, but I loved the story of Eve and Ralph as told m
I just love all of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters Series! Each one of these men and women are so wonderful it is hard to pick a favorite, but Sam Starrett is one of mine.

This particular book focuses on John Nilson. John is a language specialist for the team and meets a woman (Meg) in a a fictitious foreign country (Kazbekistan) where he is on a mission. They immediately hit it off but she is married and he won't act on his attraction to her. Though there is some interaction later it is whe
Third installment of Troubleshooters, and probably my favourite (yes, in spite of Meg).

In this book there is a plot (involving terrorists) that interlinks three couples:

- Meg and Nils, that have a second chance at developing a relationship. The first time, Meg was married. The second time, Meg is fighting for her daughter, even if this means collaborating with terrorist. Meg does some bad choices, but I’m a sucker for second chance plots, so I just loved it.
- Sam and Alyssa do some crazy thi
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
I think a more accurate rating would be 3.5 stars. Although I liked it, I didn't think it was as good as the first one.

The main thing that I didn't like about it was Meg, she really bugged me by doing some irrational things. However, although I don't personally have children I can see that having your child kidnapped by terrorists is not going to make you think very clearly. I also didn't really see the attraction between Meg and Nils, for some reason I just didn't get how they were in love with
This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites to read, they are full of action and romance, and the relationships are more complex than a safe combination.

John and Meg meet when he and his SEAL team rush into the embassy where Meg worked escaping some terrorists. While they are there they formed an alliance/friendship, one where in most of the world John's secret feelings would never have been known, but Meg was able to bust him with her knowledge of languages like John. They run across ea
3 stars...

I can really see why Brockmann has such a following. Parts of this book were wonderful and others just dragged. Again, we have 2 story lines that take place at the same time and we also have another WWII romance.

John 'Nils' and Meg

Let's just get this out there... John is a catch! He's written with honor, conviction and a hidden past. Meg on the other has is a little older, and she's been hurt in the past and only want to take care of her daughter, Amy. This is the part of the story tha
I have to agree with other reviews I've glanced at--for most of the novel, the main female protagonist is just too stupid to be believed. Let's see--your daughter is taken hostage by a terrorist extremist group and they want you to use your connections as a linguist to hold another terrorist hostage at his embassy and then deliver him to them in exchange for your daughter's life. Okay. Now, would you have a better chance of getting your daughter out of that situation alone, or with a team of Nav ...more
Mrs. Badass
I don't think I can read mulitple Brockman books in a row. Three storylines is too much for my brain to process. I really don't like it, and despite liking the main story, the book is already losing a star because of it! Gah!
Also, I'm sorry but the heroine was Too Stupid to Live. TSTL. The whole book I wanted to strangle her. John was great.

The side story with Alyssa and Sam made the book palpatible.

Eve's back story was interesting, but I wish it was shorter. It took up too much space and time.
This took me longer than normal to read, but I think that was due to other books I was just more interested in reading getting in the way. I don't think this one was as good as the first book was though. I still enjoyed it, but the constant flashbacks just started getting on my nerves. Also, I found myself more interested in Sam and Alyssa more than John and Meg. Without Sam and Alyssa's story weaved throughout I don't know what kind of rating I would have given the book. Needless to say, I can' ...more
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Suzanne Brockmann was born in 1960. Married with Ed Gaffney, a lawyer and published writer. They have two grown children: Melanie, who is a personal trainer and author, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer. They divide their time between Boston, Massachusetts, Sarasota, Florida and New York City.

Published since 1993, Suzanne is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in suspense romanc
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Other Books in the Series

Troubleshooters (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters, #1)
  • Over the Edge (Troubleshooters, #3)
  • Out of Control (Troubleshooters, #4)
  • Into the Night (Troubleshooters, #5)
  • Gone Too Far (Troubleshooters, #6)
  • Flashpoint (Troubleshooters, #7)
  • Hot Target (Troubleshooters, #8)
  • Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, #9)
  • Into the Storm (Troubleshooters, #10)
  • Force of Nature (Troubleshooters, #11)
The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters, #1) Over the Edge (Troubleshooters, #3) Out of Control (Troubleshooters, #4) Gone Too Far (Troubleshooters, #6) Breaking Point (Troubleshooters, #9)

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