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The Unsung Hero

(Troubleshooters #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  13,654 ratings  ·  804 reviews
After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal off ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 392 pages
Published June 6th 2000 by Ivy Books
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Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
AAAAAIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!!!!! I bought this piece of #@*&%@#!

By the way...I need to make a new shelf...advertised as action but it ain't (okay maybe it should be 'isn't' but "ain't" has so much more, "punch".). The synopsis of this book gives us a stirring picture of an injured/ex Navy Seal who sees an international terrorist and can't get anyone to listen. So he forms his own force and goes after said terrorist.

In reality we get a great opening scene that seems to set up an action book that moves di
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Eva • All Books Considered
It’s not often that I call a romantic suspense novel beautiful and moving, but that’s exactly what The Unsung Hero was. Really, this was three separate stories weaved together into one: a second chance romance between Tom Paoletti and Kelly Ashton, a longtime friendship between two WWII veterans (Tom’s great uncle, Joe Paoletti and Kelly’s father, Charles Ashton), and a romance between Tom’s niece, Mallory and David the geek.

Tom’s back home with his Great Uncle Joe on thirty-day medical leave f
Jun 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Military Romantic Suspense, Suzanne Brockmann, The Troubleshooters Series
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"3.5 stars" For quite some time now, I've been seeing rave reviews for Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series, so I finally decided to pick up The Unsung Hero. Unfortunately, when I finished reading it, I was left with very mixed feelings about nearly every aspect of the book. Rather than being a romance in which there is one primary hero and heroine with secondary characters to support them, it felt like there was an ensemble cast. The book has three separate “love”
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the The Abtastic Ab Loving Geishas, because at times we get all romantic and stuff:):):)

When I was just a little speck of a human, I shared a bedroom with my baby brother and my older than G-d gypsy grandmother. The bane of my existence, that is my brother of course, was very small and had a baby cradle, but my grandma and I shared a double bed. I loved the evenings when we would go to bed at the same time, because I knew I would get a story about the wars through whi
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
When will I learn that romantic suspense and I don't get along?

This ended up being an okay read for me. I enjoyed it enough to keep going back to it and wanted to know what was happening, but it wasn't my favourite.

The main couple in this were horrible. Kelly and Tom were insufferable and I didn't particularly want them to end up together.

The secondary romance story of David and Mallory, though. YAS. I was all about their romance. Their love story is what kept me coming back to this book. YOU
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on Overdrive. I thought the narration was excellent, but this book may have been better served read vs. listened to. It was my first Brockmann book so I had no idea what to expect.

This was a BIG book. A TON going on. No less than 3 separate (but linked) plots that could have been their own books. This was like reading a movie. It could be a movie. If you lose focus listening you could miss something important and find yourself in the middle of a different plot with no idea wha
Quick summary
During a mission, Navy SEAL Tom Paoletti suffers a head injury that sidelines him. While recuperating at his New England hometown, he catches a glimpse of a notorious terrorist but no one believes him. See, Tom was the leader of SEAL Team 16 and no matter the injury, his instincts are stellar. He puts together a bare-bones team to help him figure out what's going on. In the meantime, he's also reconnecting with Kelly Ashton, his teenage crush and the woman who got away.

Why this book
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Originally read in 2001, re-read in 2016

This is the First of the Troubleshooters/SEAL tem 16 series.

Tom Paoletti is the CO of the SEAL team 16. After a rescue gone awry that resulted in him being a coma from head injuries, Tom is put on medical leave for 30 days. As he arrives home, he learns that his uncle is being honored as a WWII hero, he begins a romance with Kelly Ashton, the sexy doctor from next door and he catches glimpse of a long pursued,international terrorist known as The Merchant.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: This review is done by someone who does not LIKE romance novels. It's not that he is not romantic, but in black and white, it's just not his game.

Firstly, may I ask ANYONE to tell me what THIS synopsis promises?

"After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to
♡Karlyn P♡
Oct 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance suspense fans
A hard one to review as there were several story lines going on, but overall it was a very satisfying romance suspense novel with plenty of intrigue and interesting secondary characters. The main story centers around Tom and Kelly, who are reunited in their home town after 16 years.

What makes this book really good is the character development and the suspense storyline, but the romance itself is typical stuff with them getting to know each other again, a few small misunderstandings, and them de

4.5 Heartbreaking stars

Buddy read with the lovely Geishas

“You can’t choose who you love, Kelly, but you can waste it. Why on earth would anyone want to waste it?”

Fifty-six years ago Charles Ashton and Joe Paoletti both fought in the Second World War, they fell in love with the same woman, Cybele Desjardins, although only one of them had her love in return and both learned the true devastation of loss. They became best friend over the years, an unlikely friendship between the

CD {Boulder Blvd}
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this one. It was written back in 2000, but it still feels fresh and current. I am definitely going to read this series as well as more books by Ms. Brockmann. I am not sure why I haven't read any of her books before this, but that won't be the case going forward.

Ms. Brockmann has crafted a great suspense plot into the lives of six primary characters.

Tom is placed on leave due to a head injury he incurred in his last rescue mission. When he sees an international terrorist (The Merch
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to fleurette by: Emerson Hawthorne
It was definitely a quick and easy read that kept me awake for two nights.

I have to admit that I skipped all the parts about the World War II. This was nothing about this book particularly, I just can't stand any stories about this period, they upset me. I had some hard time when I was at school with all these obligatory readings about the War. Now, that I read mostly for pleasure, I just avoid this subject. So I skipped those parts in this book. I also have to admit that I also skimmed some pa
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧

The book flows with intriguing storyline lots of action and a really BEAUTIFUL ENDING(s)

What's inside.....

Multiple POV, yay!

Tom & Kelly ~Sweet as all get out!
Mallory & David~Adorable!
Joe & Charles was a Bond of War Revealing a Love to Last Forever (over 60 years)
The Villian (view spoiler)with Joe and Charles

Historical Flashbacks.

Not my fav. Rapid shifts that took me awile to get use to. The storyline
Richard Derus
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, returned
A perfectly fine story marred by straight sex.

The writing is superior. The characters seem fleshed out enough to me, the main ones anyway, but in the end I can't say I cared all that much for the entire experience. I had to skip the entirety of the Mallory/David storyline because I don't like teenagers and I'm especially prejudiced against straight ones.

I won't pursue the series but only because I don't ever want to read about men sexing up women. Too depressing.
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a weak 4 stars for me because I was expecting better, but from what I’ve heard about the Troubleshooters series it’s the following books that tend to be the best. There’s nothing “wrong” with this story it’s just that it’s nearly all very predictable and the main hero wasn’t as “Navy SEAL” as alphas usually are. He’s much more vulnerable and not as strong as I’d have liked.

There are three stories within this novel and that was very confusing and annoying until just over halfway. There’s
Okay, I finished the book last night at about 10:30!

I loved this book after about page 150. I was a little slow at first. That may be b/c I have been reading a lot of Lora Leigh, girl doesn't waste any time, if ya know what I mean!

Very few books make me cry, but this one did. I love a book that stays with you for a while after you finish. Unsung Hero has managed to do just that! I cannot wait to get into the rest of the series.

Tom is a very likable hero with flaws. Kelly is a great character, w
4.5 "The Ultimate Sacrifice for Love" Stars for the story and 3.5 Stars for William Dufris narration.

This one started pretty slow for me with three interconnecting stories, including three love stories. If you hang in there though, you will be treated to one action packed, tear inducing of an end. I also enjoyed all three love stories, but my favorite was the tragic but emotional love triangle that takes place in the past during World War II. So glad I hung in there and persevered to listen to t
Lisa Kay
4 ½ stars. I must confess I liked it more that some people did. The flashback story to WWII didn’t bother me at all; in fact, I loved it! Go figure. I did expect a little more…of a climatic culmination at the end, but it was still very good. The love stories were excellent.
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is my 2nd time reading/listening to this book, and I still love it! I think I've grown to love Tom even more, and although I like Kelly, I'm not entirely convinced she deserves him! There's actually three love stories involved, Tom and Kelly are the main couple. Tom's niece Mallory falls in love as well, with geeky but adorable David. And then the historical romance, something Brockmann is well known for putting in her books.

This time it's a three way between Tom's Uncle Joe, Kelly's dad Ch
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
On a 30-day medical leave after suffering a head wound in the line of duty, Navy SEAL Lt. Tom Paoletti belives he recognizes The Merchant, a presumed dead international terrorist, at the airport. His superiors question his story, wondering if he is suffering from paranoia due to his head injury. As Tom tries to relax while visiting his great uncle Joe, he sees Kelly Ashton, a childhood friend he hasn't seen in years. As Kelly and Tom get reacquainted, they realize the chemistry that drew them to ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-my-cuppa, romance
Right, I’m going to be upfront and admit that I might have hate-read this, in which case I deserved every bit of readerly suffering I got. Well, I didn’t hate-read it, obviously, because I thought I’d like it before starting, but hate-finished sounds a bit odd.

I’m uncertain about whether to start with why I kept reading (the rational part) or why I hated it, but I think the former is probably preferable. Also shorter! Mostly I kept reading out of fascination for the suspense story-line, after t
I have loved this series since I first discovered it. I can't recall what book I read first but I can tell you I have read them all more than once. It is thanks to this series that I was introduced to MM romance. Yep, Brockmann created a gay FBI agent who has on page romance and they are the reason I am an MM fanatic.

As for Unsung Hero, Kelly and Tom are very good together and they are the MCs, but we also get Maddy and Kevin, and historical romance of Charles who fell in love with a French woma
Jan 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Recommended to Rossy by: Mrs. Soule
I almost want to shake myself for waiting so long to start this series. Fantastic story and can't wait to start the next book. I almost wish i can call in sick to work and just continue reading, but at least i'll be able to pick up the rest of the books i don't have at my bookstore today.
This is a book, I only picked up because I read so many great things about it around Goodreads. And I'm so glad I did, because I loved it!

In "The Unsung Hero" you get pretty much three romances in the one book, that are all connected by an overall storyline.
The main romance is between Tom, a Navy SEAL lieutenant, who is visiting his hometown after an injury, and Kelly, a paediatrician. They pretty much grew up with each other and both had a massive crush on the other one but nothing ever really
This was pretty good but a little slow. I also didn't buy the past history. She was just a kid when they knew each other before so this was insta-love for me. BUT.....and this is a big but......I was SO happy to see a good heroine. This is the kind of woman I want to read about in my books. In her 30's, has a career, NOT a virgin, communicates like an adult, asks for what she wants, treats people nicely...doesn't have to act like a b*tch to prove how "bad assed" she is, doesn't run off doing TST ...more
My 3 stars are all for David and Mallory. I loved their story. The rest? Blah. I would actually get annoyed when David and Mallory's story would stop and one of the other stories would continue. Tom and Kelly? Didn't care. Joe and Charles? Didn't care.
Sam (AMNReader)
Whoa. Really involved subplots and three to four to boot. Which made up for the somewhat lackluster Central romance. Still, perfectly enjoyable and fine
Michelle [Helen Geek]
I had a hard time - 3 or 3.5 stars and finally decided 3.5 stars.

This book was actually several stories wrapped together [not really, but this is what it seemed to me]. This book started out wonderfully. I was so excited and just knew I would have a 5 star read. What happened. Two things: 1) one story component got rather long winded and I got bored with it [tell you which one later] and 2) the H wasn't a bit of a pussy ... not Alpha enough.

Okay, the story lines I id'd:
1) Tom and Kelly. Their cu
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Nice WWII back story, along with the present day romance and drama.
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