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In The Unsung Hero, award-winning author Suzanne Brockmann dazzled readers with her remarkable cast of tough and tender U.S. Navy SEALs. Now her daring men in uniform return for THE DEFIANT HERO—a thrilling novel of steadfast courage, intimate passions, and the profound risks that are taken in the name of love. . . .

"The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists."
Mass Market Paperback, 390 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Ivy Books (first published February 27th 2001)
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Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** 3.65 ***

A Buddy read with my friend Jo @ The Abtastic Ab Loving Geishas, despite not having hot man-abs on the cover...

Well, another Navy Seal Alpha Dude story of falling in love and doing whatever possible to get the girl of his dreams to accept his love... This time it was John Nilsson and the widowed mother of a 10 year old girl, Meg. The first time they have met was at a foreign country where she helped him pull a stunt which could have endangered people's lives. In that instance, she h
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Buddy read with the amazing Choko

As with the previous book, The Defiant Hero seems to follow the same recipe featuring the romance of the main couple, but also a romance set in a past war.

“I’ve let you get away too many times before,” he said quietly. She could barely hear him over the rain. “I’m not letting you go this time. Not willingly. Not when you need me—and dammit, you do need me.”

I’m not a big fan of second-chance romances but for the most part I liked the romance between Meg Moo

Jan 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
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
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, troubleshooters
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
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Meg Moore is approached by a man in a parking garage. He tells her that her ten year old daughter Amy and her elderly Grandmother Eve are being held hostage until Meg complies with their demands. Meg must enter the Kazbekistan Embassy and kill Osman Razeen, a known terrorist. With no other option, Meg enters the Embassy, taking the Ambassador, Razeen, and a third man hostage. When the hostage negotiator contacts her, Meg insists that she will speak with no one except Navy SEAL John Nilsson. Meg ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was another excellent book in this series. Three different stories being told at the same time which all weave into the main thread of the book. Never was I confused or lost. It was so very clever. And, as with the first book, the WWII history and story line within that weave was wonderful. And, again, all the characters in all the stories were so well written and developed. This author has an amazing talent and I am so thrilled to have discovered her, albeit a bit late to the party. Just a ...more
¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★°**★
4 Defiant Hero & Herione STARS~

This is how I pictured Eve. She was fantastic to read.

The book as a whole is filled with romance and suspense. And a good solid story with well done plotting and pacing. The steam factor IMO was kind of PG-13 with extra sizzle factor added.

A Romance(s)

Eve/Ralph cute couple. I liked them.

Sam/Alyssa (one of my favorite couples in this series thus far). I loved them.

Meg /Nils I liked them.

The Action was solid.
The suspense was awesome.
The descriptive writing w
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
A primera vista me pareció un libro que me iba a entretener bastante de por qué me ha costado muchissssimo terminarlo. Así que las 2 estrellas puede que no sean nada justas porque, realmente, no encuentro razón para que no me haya gustado. La historia no está mal escrita, es típica dentro de su género pero con personajes escritos con cierta dignidad, dotados de historia y carácter ......pero......una pena.
Leeré el siguiente antes de darle carpetazo a la autora
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado un montón.
Es una historia con muchas temáticas, romance, suspense, acción, y además, 2 historias de amor paralelas. 1 de ellas queda resuelta, la otra supongo que tendrá su libro protagonista o acabará como paralela en otro libro de la serie.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apr-12, feb-16
Loved it just as much the 2nd time!!!
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ezinwanyi by: Karla
I am surprised as this one was a definite upgrade from book 1. Much better story.
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: s-bv-library
I was really looking forward to this novel as I loved the first book, Unsung Hero, in this series. Unfortunately, this book has failed to capture me in the same way.

There are numerous character story lines fighting for attention and the transitions are very choppy. It seemed like we, the readers, are a pin ball in a pin ball machine as we are careening from character to character as well as jumping from past to present in many of the characters' lives. It is just too much. In the first book, it
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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
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'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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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
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Al igual que en el libro anterior, nos encontramos con historias entrecruzadas de los diferentes protagonistas (la pareja principal, secundarios y otra sobre la IIGM).
La historia central de Nils y Meg, está bastante bien llevada con suspense y acción. El principal problema de ésta es Meg, me ha parecido insoportable, pichote y no entiendo porqué Nils siguió con ella Me ha puesto tan nerviosa que he tenido que dajarla descansar en un par de ocasiones.
Después están los secundarios de lujo Sam y Al
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
I'm a fan of multiple storylines, and there are 3 great stories happening within this book. The main plotline involves Meg & Nils with a good mix of intrigue, suspense, chemistry, and frustration - as they race against time to save Meg's daughter. We get an introduction into Sam & Alyssa's story with a whole lot of attraction hidden beneath layers of denial - very hot & steamy - can't wait for more. And we get the past love story of Eve & Ralph as Eve tells the story to her grand ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, romance, manly-man
Once again, I can't believe how much I like this series. I think I could read a few consecutively, but then have to take a break. Like a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book series. I love Suzanne Brockmann's writing style. I love that there is always an older generation that has a war story to tell of their own.
This book was a tad unbelievable in that the woman kidnapped an ambassador so easily, but again, it was written in the early 2000, so I guess technology would be less.
Overall, I liked the book
Jun 15, 2008 rated it liked it
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!
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
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Dee Sauter
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Although I am a fan of the Troublemaker series this was not a favorite of mine. Meg Moore's daughter and grandmother are kidnapped by extremist from Kazbekistan. The reason is to force Meg to either kill or deliver Osman Razeen, a terrorist leader, to the extremist. She does this by first enlisting the aid of seal team 16 through a seal that she met in Kazbekistan several years ago. Then betraying him and going on her merry way to take Razeen to the extremists.
Meg in my opinion falls in the c
Vera Maslow
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troubleshooters Series Book #2 - Navy SEALS, Romantic Suspense

You could read this book without having read the previous. Though there are some characters that appear in both books.

Like in book 1 there are three different stories going on in this.
The MCs, Meg and John, story. Extremists kidnap Meg's daughter and grandmother to make her do what they want. John and the other troubleshooters step in to help. John and Meg have a history of friendship and attraction. John is much younger then Meg. W
Oct 06, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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