by Suzanne Brockmann

August 2006
ISBN: 0-345-48014-7
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Navy SEAL Team Sixteen and Tom Paolettiís Troubleshooters, Inc are matched against each other in a training exercises. Taking part are SEAL Petty Officer Mark Jenkins and former LAPD Lindsey Fontaine. Their one hot encounter gone wrong doesnít allow for a comfortable work relationship.Then there are Sophia and Decker, who are not on speaking terms and Izzy and Troubleshooterís new receptionist Tracy Shapiro, who canít keep their eyes and hands of each other. Holed up in a run down motel in New Hampshire with heavy snow storms tensions are high. Then Tracy vanishes and a mutilated body is found. Itís up to Team Sixteen and Troubleshooters, Inc. to rescue Tracy from the clutches of a serial killer.

This is a character driven story with most of the action and suspense (reminding me of Scenes out of Silence of the Lamb) only taking place toward the end. Not a bad thing, as Suzanne Brockmann is excellent in her characterisation. All of her protagonists have their own distinct voice, their own story to tell and are allowed to grow with the challenges thrown their way. Itís a large cast, but it always stays Jenk and Lindseyís story. Itís an emotional, intense and very well paced tale. Comic relief comes from Izzy who deserves to have his own book written. Not all of the characters are likable and not all secondary stories held my attention. And still I liked it. Itís a political book with strong messages and the current events and popular culture references will date the book. However reading Into the Storm right now promises an intriguing ride. Sometimes painful, sometimes funny, entertaining and sexy, itís often very direct, honest and touching. The wait was worth it. With Into the Storm Suzanne Brockmann delivers a book that deserves to be on a keeper shelf.

Reviewed in September 2006 by Kris Alice.

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