Sunday, October 22, 2006

SEALs, SEALs, and more SEALs

Title: Into the Storm
Author: Suzanne Brockman

Back to the "real" SEAL series.

Mark, a current SEAL and former pudgy nerd, gets his high school crush, Tracy, a job working as a secretary for Troubleshooters, Inc., the non-governmental agency that a lot of folks in this series work for once they leave the government. Also working for TI is Lindsey, a former cop who used to work vice and stuff. She's very petite, but tough.

Tracy's semi-engaged, Mark's a bit distraught over that, and Lindsey has a bit of a crush on Mark. Once night, after a joint training op between the SEALs and TI, Lindsey goes home with Mark, they have some fun, and then Tracy calls him and he drops everything to go running off to her, which effectively kills his "relationship" with Lindsey.

Fast forward a month or so.

During another joint training op, Tracy gets kidnapped for real, so everyone has to work to save her, and Lindsey and Mark must put their differences aside, etc.

Also involved in this story are Sophia and Decker. You may remember them from Flashpoint, when they were both in K-stan. She's the one who gave Decker a bj to escape when he thought she was a potential terrorist. That's all cleared up now, and they both work for TI, but they don't acknowledge their attraction and walk on eggshells around each other, which drives everyone else nuts. They have to work together to find Tracy too.

Lindsey's inner demons come from her dad, because his father (her grandfather) was a Japanese war criminal during WWII, responsible for the deaths of thousands. Lindsey's dad regrets having children (aka her) because of the family legacy (which he hadn't initially known about because evil dad raped his mom; good, kind dad raised him) - she overheard the conversation and he doesn't know she knows he feels/felt that way.


Tracy was captured by a sicko who makes his kidnapped women fight each other to the death while he watches. The current champion is "Number 5" - Tracy is "Number 21", so 5's pretty kick-ass. They're all tracking her down when a major blizard hits, and Lindsey's the first to actually reach the house where Tracy and #5 are being held. She has to kill the wacko to save Tracy and #5.

Mark arrives, after running 7 miles in the blizzard because running was faster than driving. They realize they're meant to be. Awww.

Sophia and Decker agree to go on a date, much to everyone's relief (except for Dave, a former CIA agent and Sophia's former handler who is madly in love with her but only wants her to be happy, so he knows that she wants Decker, but wants to kill him because he treats her like crap, etc.).

The end. Or not - there's bound to be other books in the series, so these relationships will get dragged on forever. :-)

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posted by ket at 10:10 PM


Blogger reyn said...

"Mark arrives, after running 7 miles in the blizzard because running was faster than driving. They realize they're meant to be. Awww."

Is "They" Mark and Tracy, Mark and Lindsey, Tracy and Lindsey, or Mark, Tracy, Lindsey, and #5? There are a couple other possibilities here, but my head hurts.

10/23/2006 6:51 AM  
Blogger ket said...

Sorry for the confusion - the review was written late at night following a 2.5 hour conversation wtih my mom and a few glasses of wine (to help with the conversation...).

The "they" here is Mark and Lindsey. I don't remember what happened to Tracy...


Tracy hooks up with another SEAL, one of Mark's friends, and he falls for her. But I still don't remember if they're just 1 night in the SUV or a long-term relationship...

#5 isn't really mentioned post-rescue. I figure she's in counseling. :-)

10/23/2006 9:42 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Ket, I have no idea how you keep all this stuff straight... or close to straight. :)

10/25/2006 8:08 PM  
Blogger ket said...

There's a reason that most of my posts involve setting out the characters and plot, then using a phrase like "hijinks ensue," and immediately ending with "[half of couple] and [other half] live happily ever after." That would be because I don't remember what happened in the middle. Or end. Or much of anything besides random and weird details that nobody else would pick up on. Those, and the back cover/page flap, are how I write reviews. :-)

10/25/2006 11:37 PM  
Blogger reyn said...

I think we've stumbled upon the secret of ket's proclivity of posts: she only reads the first twenty and last ten pages of each book. And the cover.

10/26/2006 7:20 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Ket - I think you should work "hijinks ensue" into all your posts, especially in locations that don't exactly make sense. :) Also I've noticed that some romance novels don't even bother with the back cover/page flap book blurb. "It's Nora Roberts, it must be good"?

Reyn - I think you are right, she only reads about 30 pages of the book. Now I don't feel so bad for my lack of book reviews on here...

10/26/2006 7:31 AM  

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