Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Read copy: eBook
Published: March 30, 2004
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Jimmy Nash has already lived two lives—and he can’t talk about either of them. Formerly an operative of a top secret government agency, he has found a new job with a shadowy company called Troubleshooters Inc. Created by a former Navy SEAL, Troubleshooters Inc. helps anyone in desperate need—which provides a perfect cover for its other, more perilous objective: covert special operations.
Now Nash and a quickly assembled team of expert operators have come to the earthquake-ravaged country of Kazbekistan in the guise of relief workers. There, amid the dust and death, in a land of blood red sunsets and ancient blood feuds, they must track down a missing laptop computer that may hold secrets vital to national security.
To get it done, Nash does what he does best: break every rule in the book and manipulate those who can help him get what he needs. But this time, Nash may have met his match in Tess Bailey, a Troubleshooters operative with all the right instincts—and zero field experience. The deep attraction between them is immediate...and potentially explosive, with risk at every turn. Now these two professionals must play out their dangerous games in the world’s most dangerous place—cut off from their own government, cutting deals with people they can’t trust, and guarding forbidden passions that threaten to compromise their crucial mission.
Kazbekistan has been hit by an earthquake and the powers that be of the country are finally letting in the West in the form of relief workers. A perfect cover for a small team of the newly founded Troubleshooters Inc. to get in and get out with a precious cargo in the form of a terrorist's laptop. But this is far from an easy mission...
The suspense/action was great, and there were no flashbacks (except for a scene or two describing what happened between Nash and Tess two months ago)...But those were the only things that actually worked in the story's favor.
The characters were the major problem working against it. Tess was rather bland (and sometimes really annoying), Nash remained a mystery even at story's end, Decker was "meh" at best, and Sophia would've worked better as a villain (at least she'd have something to do). The romance was nonexistent, and utterly unbelievable at the end...
A very disappointing start of the "civilian" arc of the Troubleshooters.