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Breaking Point

(Troubleshooters #9)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8,179 ratings  ·  316 reviews
Uncommon valor in the line of duty and unconditional devotion in the name of love are the salient qualities of the daring men and women who risk it all in the heart-pounding thrillers of New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann. Crafted with precision and power, her characters come alive with a depth of emotion few writers have achieved. Now, with Breaking Point ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 469 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published July 12th 2005)
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Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Wow! Talk about emotional overload! Breaking Point is aptly titled on so many different levels. Bearing witness to the emotional breakdown of Max Bhagat delivered a knockout punch straight to my heart. Just when I think this series can't possibly get any better, it proves me wrong. As always, I love the multiple story lines, flawlessly woven into one beautiful, yet immensely tense read. What surprised me most about this one is that I loved it even though the entire Troubleshooters team did not c ...more
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❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Action Packed Love Me Tender!

This is Max's Love story. And, he has a lot in common with Elvis Presley.

Max, sigh....

Gina, has never been a favorite of mine, but she deserves her happy. Max, he is one of my favorite characters in this series. He has always been and always will be swoon worthy, he is gorgeous and perfect. And, man ooh, me tender....he (view spoiler)sigh.

I love this dual romance storyline, and dual HEA. Molly & Jones...

Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
As often in this series, Brockmann includes two romantic pairings. More frequently she will resolve a storyline from an earlier book while introducing an additional pairing that may or may not be resolved in the same book (some particularly fraught relationships need several books to work things out). In this case, both stories began several books (and several elapsed years of fictional time) earlier, with Molly and Grady upstaging the heroes Ken and Savannah in Out of Control and Max repeatedly ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Okay, Okay. I'm a Max fan. I'm a Jules fan. I'm a Gina fan. So why wasn't this a 5 star book?

Yeah, I don't know either. It just wasn't. The book was good, don't get me wrong. Parts of it were extraordinary, actually. The plot was great, although the reasoning behind it was a little weak for me. I didn't buy it after a certain point.

The action was great, although it was a little too unlikely.

Jules as Max was wonderful. More than meets the eye, definitely. He can be just as Max-esque as Max, an
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When FBI Commander Max Bhagat learns that his long-time love, Gina Vitagliano, has been killed in a terrorist bombing, he rushes to Germany to identify her body. But the woman in the morgue is not Gina. When Max learns that Gina and her friend, Molly Anderson, have been kidnapped, he and Jules Cassidy join forces with Molly's husband, Grady Morant (aka: David Jones) to search for the women.

The ninth book in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series is action-packed. Since being introduced in th
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Brockmann seems to have run out of both moral lessons and WWII stories in this installment of the series. I haven't been reading every book in the series, but this is the first I've come across so far that hasn't had both a big overriding "point" and a WWII subplot to emphasize that point.

Without those elements, this is a less interesting, and more typical, action-adventure-romance story. There's nothing particularly fascinating here -- although we do get to know one of the most interesting rec
Wendy F
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, troubleshooters
I feel terrible! I feel terrible that I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as I was hoping to.

I have been waiting and waiting for the Jones/Molly and Max/Gina book, but (for me) it just didn't live up to my anticipation. The first 60% of this installment was done mostly in flashbacks and it was like you were in a never ending prologue. Then, somewhere around the 60% mark all the action picked up, and it was harder to stop reading but... there wasn't an opportunity to really get into it.

I thi
The ninth book in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. Max Bhagat and Gina Vitagliano were introduced in previous books.

I know a lot of people love this series but truthfully I don't know why I keep at it. There is usually too many storylines going on and some that carry over through several books. Not my favorite style of writing. I will admit I struggled through this.
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
DNF @ 43% - Both these couples are annoying and/or idiotic, and the plot is worn out and predictable. It's good to see Jules in a prominent role and all, but why does he keep calling all his straight male friends "sweetie"?
In this book we see Max & Gina's relationship such as it's been since the Sam/Alyssa book. We also revisit Molly & Jones from the WIldcard book, and we get a little Jules, which is never enough.

Sigh. I think I've grown tired of Suzanne Brockmann's heroines. Or maybe it's just me. I'm just not feeling the love between the main characters in these books lately. In this case it feels like Gina pushed Max until he finally relented. A lot of the book is them just rehashing the same old arguments. Mo
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one. A fast-moving and gripping read. Two romances from earlier books were resolved. Finally Max and Gina got their HEA, also Molly and Grady.

I did find the structure of the earlier part of the book a bit annoying. It kept jumping back and forth in time and also place, with mini cliffhangers that would suddenly cut to a flashback or another scene. I know the back story needed to be told, but I did find this way of doing it was a little frustrating. Fortunately as the story proceed
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was my favourite of the series so far! Woot!

To say I've been looking forward to this book is an understatement. I've been dying to get to Max's story since Book 3. I was a little ticked off that I had to wait that long since I'm not really that patient of a person. Sure, the book had long been written but I'm not someone who usually reads a whole series all at once. Luckily I've had some time off recently and I breezed through this in two days. This was fantastic!

I've always th
May 30, 2009 rated it did not like it
I was really expecting this to be a quick thriller to read on vacation, but it got really bogged down in all the relationship crap, especially towards the end. No wonder men drop women for talking too much about their relationship! I literally skipped over all the stupid relationship dialogue. The author should have left it out and focused more on a good, complex story.
Alicia Cordova
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Didn't finish it. I ALWAYS finish books once I start and I just couldn't with this one. The female characters are one note and all the men are uber macho assholes. Don't bother.
I expected better from this book which disappointed me for several things.
First, it's awfully slow to start, with like 4 different story lines in parallel, 3 of whom flashback to different periods - and those last until almost half of the book. Regarding Max and Gina's past, I felt there was not much new that I did not already remember from previous books, so that also contributed to my feeling of boredom.
Then, what deeply irritated me was several misconceptions about Indonesia and the totally t
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was my second book in this series, I have already read The Unsung Hero which I liked better than this one.

The beginning of this book was driving me crazy and not in a good way. It was mainly written in retrospections! I generally don't mind some flashbacks on characters or how that all started but man… When I read a book I want the story and not jumping from one previous event in the heroes life to the another. And what bothered me even more it was just jumping from one to the other - ninet
3.5stars really
Took a little for me to get into because I am not a fan for flashbacks. While this read didn’t contain true flashbacks it was the jumps in time that didn’t work for me. That being said, this read takes us to the early days of Max at the Bureau and shows us their tumultuous relationship to bring us up to date, when a report that Gina has been killed is brought to Max’s attention. As he goes off to claim her body he finds things are not as they seem. Ex-SEAL Jones’ romance with Moll
May 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
While this book tells an interesting and potentially compelling story--the first half of the book is told in a series of confusing, difficult to follow, and in my opinion unnecessary flashbacks by the author. Once the story reaches the mid-point and is told completely in the present tense voice it's a decent read.
Carie Mari
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to love this book. Again, the plot is fantastic and the writing is great, but Max's resistance to Gina, although moral and wonderful, just struck me the wrong way. This has one star only because of my own personal issues with the plot and not because of a bad plot.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Max and Gina. This is my favorite book so far in this fabulous series. I couldn't wait for this story and it exceeded my expectations. I just loved it! All the way around! WTG, Jules!
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that SB has moved off the WWII backstories. I enjoyed them, but am glad she has decided to try something different. In Breaking Point we have two backstories that merge into present day.

We get Max/Gina and Molly/Jones in this book. The present day starts with a terrorist bombing in Hamburg, Germany in which Gina is named as one of the victims. Max has a melt down and Jules is there to scoop him up. Backstory #1 is what happened over a year and a half ago When Max was shot in Florida
Max, Gina, Grady, Molly - they get their story; add in Jules, some really bad guys and off the map locations (not in a good way), and what's not to keep you turning pages?

No WW II story in this one; there wouldn't have been room, but characters from previous books had their own terrifying adventures.

Oct 23, 2010 rated it liked it
One of my least favorite TS books, although Brockmann writes so well that even my less-favorites are always included in a series re-read.

This is finally Max and Gina's book but it's told in a crazy time-hopping manner that shows Suz's skill as a writer but doesn't appeal to me personally. A number of things don't actually: Max's desperate need to push Gina away, Gina's personal style (I just don't get the sense she and I would be friends, so I don't feel as invested in her journey), even Molly a
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I have read this book many times and love it each time. Jules!!! 💙💜💚💛💓 Max and Gina, Molly and Jones, sigh. Love all these characters. The pace of the story is superb, the plot complex but excellent. I highly recommend. 5 stars

Not a standalone. You don't need to read all the books in the series to read this one, but I can't remember which books you do need to read to get these characters backstory. All the books in this series connect in some way. I think the author started to put fo
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Max stars. Was feeling in the mood for Max and Gina re-read. Remember how much I love the this book.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april, 2013
So I have finally finished this book. I guess it took me awhile because of my crazy busy schedule but alot had to do with the first half of the book. I was already tired of hearing how Max screwed up things between him and Gina and how he believed that pushing her away was the right thing to do. I wanted someone to kick some sense into his stubborn head. For a real smart FBI negotiator, he really sucked when it came to his personal life. As for Gina, I liked her. She is far more mature than the ...more
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Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I’d been waiting to read this book for ages as I love, adore, worship Molly and Jones and after reading the start of Gina and Max‘s story in the third book, I’ve been so looking forward to their story, so I was jumping up and down with happiness when I realised they were both going to be in the same book. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. I have to say, the story definitely lived up to my hopes and expectations. I really loved it.

We got to know Max and Gina a lot more in this book and,
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After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling, and explored brave new worlds as a bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty-five years she has written more than fifty-five novels, including her award- ...more

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“Mol, it's not probably nothing if they fucking want you to go to Germany."
She winced, and he turned to the people-mostly women- who were filling most of those waiting room seat.
"Excuse me. This doctor thinks my wife, whom I love more than life, has breast cancer, so I'm going to say fuck probably about ten more times. Is that okay with all of you?”
“I love quick,” Gina said. “And come on, I’m getting jealous here. Was it zero sex last year for you,
“Yes,” he admitted. “I love you, you weren’t there—what was I going to do?”
“Are you actually embarrassed, ” she asked, “because you weren’t some kind of man-ho and—”
“No,” Max said. “I’m embarrassed that it took me an entire fucking year and a half and the worst scare
of my life to figure out that I can’t live without you.”
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