Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Title: The Unsung Hero
Series: Troubleshooters
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Read copy: eBook
Published: June 3, 2003
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345464273
ISBN-13: 9780345464279

After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the sighting as injury-induced imaginings. In a last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorism team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton. As the town’s infamous bad boy, Tom was always in love with Kelly, a sweet “girl next door” who has grown into a remarkable woman. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day.

My rating:

Lieutenant Tom Paoletti is in trouble. His recent head injury has resulted in spells of dizziness and obvious paranoia, since he’s been seeing a dead terrorist all over Baldwin’s Ridge. Which makes no sense whatsoever. Then there’s his great-uncle’s best friend who’s dying from cancer, and the man’s daughter, who, even after sixteen years, still makes Tom’s heart go pitter-pat.

I got the ARC for latest in this series from NetGalley, and I decided, OCD person that I am, to read the entire series, which has been on my TBR pile for ages, first.

And I must say, I was rather disappointed by how it all turned out. The prologue was great. Action-packed, humor-packed, intensity skyrocketing...And then it all slowed down too much for my liking. The mystery/suspense sub-plot about the terrorist and maybe him being just a figment of Tom’s paranoia, was good, but it was resolved a tad too quickly and nicely in the end, while being pushed to the sidelines too often in the middle by the two side-stories; war-torn France (which provided an answer to two old men bickering, but also slowed everything down even more) and the romance between Tom’s niece and her geeky, graphic-novelist college student (which was dull and slowed the story flow down almost to a stop).

The romance between Tom and Kelly had much to be desired as well, since I didn’t really buy the I-love-you thing. They had the friends deal down pat, they could’ve even pulled off the friends-with-benefits ploy if it wasn’t for the pesky need of a romance.

Too much redundancy, too slow, too uneventful. Let’s see what the next one brings.


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