by Suzanne Brockmann
‘Troubleshooter’ series Book #9
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 depth of emotion few writers have achieved. Now, with Breaking Point, Brockmann breaks even further through the pack and delivers a stunning payload.
As commander of the nation’s most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina Vitagliano, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with her courage under fire. but when the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max from making a full investigation – and retribution – his top priority.
At the scene of the attack, however, Max gets an even bigger shock. Gina is still very much alive – but facing a fate even worse than death. Along with Molly Anderson, a fellow overseas relief worker, Gina has fallen into the hands of a killer who is bent on using both women to bait a deadly trap. His quarry? Grady Morant, a.k.a. “Jones,” a notorious ex-Special Forces operative turned smuggler who made some very deadly enemies in the jungles of Southeast Asia … and has been running ever since. But with Molly’s life on the line, Jones is willing to forfeit his own to save the woman he loves.
Together with Max’s top agent Jules Cassidy as their only backup, the unlikely allies plunge into a global hot zone of violence and corruption to make a deal with the devil. Not even Jones knows which ghosts from his past want him dead. But there’s one thing he’s sure of – there’s very little his bloodthirsty enemies aren’t willing to do.
Count on the intense action and raw honesty that Suzanne Brockmann consistently delivers, as she goes for broke in Breaking Point – and never looks back.
Review: Not bad of a book. I’d never read Brockmann before, but she’s… okay, good, but not great. The book was well written, but I didn’t really feel the connection between characters that I think I should have felt. It’s possible that it was bad timing to read it, and that I should have read something else, but I doubt I’d have felt any differently. I mean, she did okay with character descriptions and how they felt and reacted to different things, but I didn’t feel the connection between Max and Gina that I think Brockmann was trying to portray, or the connection between Jones and Molly, although I felt it more between them than Max and Gina.
The book jumps from Present to the Past, and it wasn’t confusing as the jumps were clearly marked, but the only other book I’d read that the author jumped like that was a Jackie Collins novel. The jumps, I believe, were needed, to better understand the Present part of the book. There was enough action and suspense to keep me turning the page, but I didn’t find it an ‘edge-of-your-seat-glued-to-the-page’ kind of book. Don’t get me wrong, it was good, but just not great. I may just pick up another Brockmann sometime in the future. Right now, I’ve got too many books to read as it is.