The Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters Series #2)

The Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters Series #2)

by Suzanne Brockmann

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Overview

In The Unsung Hero, award-winning author Suzanne Brockmann dazzled readers with her remarkable cast of tough and tender U.S. Navy SEALs. Now her daring men in uniform return for THE DEFIANT HERO—a thrilling novel of steadfast courage, intimate passions, and the profound risks that are taken in the name of love. . . .

"The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists." Meg Moore remembered the warning from her job as a translator in a European embassy. Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her daughter and grandmother who have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists. Meg will do anything to meet their unspeakable demands; anything—even kill—to save her child.

When Navy SEAL Lieutenant, junior grade, John Nilsson is summoned to Washington, D.C., by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasn't seen her in years, but he's never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesn't. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804119535
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/27/2001
Series: Troubleshooters Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 247,080
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

After childhood plans to become the captain of a starship didn’t pan out, Suzanne Brockmann took her fascination with military history, her respect for the men and women who serve, her reverence for diversity, and her love of storytelling and explored brave new worlds as a New York Times bestselling romance author. Over the past twenty years, she has written more than fifty novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts. In addition to writing books, Suzanne Brockmann has co-produced a feature-length movie, the award-winning romantic comedy The Perfect Wedding, which she co-wrote with her husband, Ed Gaffney, and their son, Jason. She has also co-written a YA novel, set in the world of her paranormal Fighting Destiny series, with her daughter, Melanie. Find Suzanne Brockmann on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and visit her website to find out more about upcoming releases and appearances.

Hometown:

Boston, MA

Date of Birth:

1960

Education:

Attended Boston University

Read an Excerpt


Meg didn't understand at first.

The man was smiling, and his pleasant expression and tone of voice didn't match his words. "We've taken your daughter hostage."

She was in the parking garage beneath her condo, hauling a box of files from the back of her car, when he approached her. She wasn't even a hundred feet away from Ramon, the building's security guard.

The smiling man must've seen the confusion in her eyes, be-cause he said it again. In a Kazbekistani dialect. "We have your daughter, and if you don't follow our orders, we'll kill her."

And this time, Meg understood. Amy. She dropped the box.

"Everything okay over there, Ms. Moore?" Ramon was down off his stool, starting toward them. There'd recently been a rape in another parking garage in this part of Washington,
DC.

"Tell him yes," the smiling man murmured, opening his baseball jacket, giving her a flash of a very deadly looking gun.

Oh, God. "Where is she?"

"If I don't make a phone call to my associates within the next hour, she's dead," he told her as he bent down to pick up the box. "My associates are Kazbekistani Extremists."

Terrorists. But not just regular terrorists. The Extremists were religious zealots, capable of terrible violence and cruelty,
all in the name of their god. And they had Amy.

Oh, God.

"Everything's fine," Meg called to the guard, her voice shaking only slightly.

"We're old college friends." The man turned his friendly smile on Ramon. "I thought I recognized Meggie. I didn't mean to appear before her like the ghost of Christmas past,
though, and scare her half to death."

Ramon's hand was on the gun holstered at his waist. He smiled politely, but his dark brown gaze was on Meg. "Ms.
Moore?"

Help.

She'd prepared for situations like this, back when she was working at the American embassy in Kazbekistan, an Eastern
European country also know as K-stan or "the Pit" to the Americans who served time there. During her stay, she was reminded regularly that the United States didn't negotiate with terrorists. The best solution was preventive--stay safe, stay secure, stay away from dangerous persons and situations.

It was a little late for that now--although who would have thought a K-stani terrorist would show up here in Washing-ton,
all these years later?

Meg knew what she should do in this situation. She should enlist Ramon's help while this man held her box of files, while his hands were full and he couldn't easily reach for his gun. She should be a strong American and refuse to negotiate with terrorists. She should seek help from the FBI.

Who, no matter how good they were, wouldn't be able to find her ten-year-old daughter within the next sixty minutes.

After which time Amy would be killed.

Meg forced a smile. American be damned. She was playing this one out as Amy's very frightened mother. "It's all right, Ramon," she lied. "We're . . . old friends."

"How about I carry this upstairs for you?" The man continued the charade. His English was remarkably good--he had only the faintest of accents. "We could talk about old times over a cup of coffee."

"Great." She smiled again at Ramon, who watched them all the way over to the elevators.

"Where is she?" Meg hissed from behind her frozen smile. "Where's Amy? And what about my grandmother?"
Amy had planned to take her great-grandmother, Eve, to the
Smithsonian while Meg picked up these files she'd been hired to translate. Meg hadn't been sure exactly who was the baby-sitter--the ten-year-old or the seventy-five-year-old.

"The old lady's your grandmother." He nodded as he pressed the elevator's call button. "I thought she was too old to be your mother. We've got her, too."

Meg felt a rush of relief. At least Eve was with Amy. At least Amy wasn't alone and terrified and . . . "I don't under-stand.
I'm not rich, and--"

"We don't want your money." The elevator doors opened and he stood back, politely letting her on first--the perfect terrorist gentleman. "We want you to do us a little favor."
Oh, God.

"You frequently do business at the Kazbekistani embassy across town, right?"

Oh, mighty God. The doors slid closed, but she kept her smile in place. Ramon would be watching through the security cameras.

"I only work as a consultant, a translator. It's never, I
never . . ."

He pushed the button for twelve. Somehow this man she'd never seen before knew she and Amy lived on the twelfth floor.

Meg took a deep breath and tried again. "Look, I'm not allowed into any areas inside the embassy that contain confidential information or--"

"We don't want you to spy for us. We already have an agent in place inside the embassy for that purpose." He laughed and it wasn't purely for the cameras. This man was enjoying him-self,
amused by her fear.

A fear that morphed hotly into anger as she turned her back to the security camera. "Then what do you want, damn it? How do I even know you've got Amy and Eve?"

The elevator doors opened at the twelfth floor. He stepped back, again to let her go first. "If you like, we'll send you the old lady's head in a box--"

"No!" Oh, God.

He laughed again. "Then I guess you've just got to trust me, don't you, Meggie?"

Meg's hands were shaking so badly, she couldn't get her key into the lock.

He shifted the box to one arm and a hip as he gently took her key ring from her, opened the door, and pushed her in-side,
following her into her living room. "I'm afraid I can't be as trusting," he continued, setting her box next to the couch. "After we discuss strategy and negotiate terms, I'm going to drive with you over to the embassy. I know it's after five, but there's a function tonight. Nothing formal. You can wear jeans. In fact, I want you to wear jeans. With those boots you have. What are they called? Cowboy boots. Or should it be cowgirl boots?"

"Negotiate terms?" Meg didn't give a damn what she wore. "What terms?"

"Well, it's actually a pretty simple negotiation with only one or two minor points. But the bottom line is that if you want to see your daughter and grandmother again, you'll do what we tell you to do. If you don't . . ."

"I do."

"Good." He crossed to the windows, pulled the curtains.

"Once you're in the embassy, our inside agent will keep an eye on you. If you make any attempt to get help or to contact the authorities at any time, we will kill your daughter. Have absolutely no doubt about that."

His smile was gone.

Meg nodded. She didn't doubt him. After living and working in Kazbekistan for years, she knew quite well what the Extremists were capable of.

"What do you want me to do?"

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Defiant Hero (Troubleshooters Series #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The hostage incident inside the Kazbekistan Embassy started with an extremist group kidnapping widow Meg Moore¿s seventy-five years old grandma Eve and her ten-year-old daughter Amy outside the Smithsonian. The terrorists demand Meg, who has access to the embassy, kill a rival leader, Osman Razein of the Islamic Guard of Kazbekistan if she wants to see her beloved family members alive.

Knowing the seriousness of the terrorist threat, Meg captures her target and several other hostages before holing up in a bathroom. Her only demand is that Navy SEAL John Nilsson negotiates with her. Meg knows John from an incident he successfully performed when she worked in the American embassy in Kazbekistan. John is stunned when he learns about the situation inside the DC embassy because Meg is the woman he loves and he will assist her in any way possible.

THE DEFIANT HERO is a fast-paced action adventure novel with a touch of romance that works because the reader will realize the dilemma facing the heroine feels real. The characters make her Hobson Choice feel genuine as everyone plays their part to near perfection, which in turn provides the audience with a powerful story line. Suzanne Brockmann will garner new suspense thriller fans even as her current audience will remain faithful with this action-packed drama.

Harriet Klausner

LuvMyNookNYC More than 1 year ago
What I love about this series is that is a combo romance (the sex scenes will get you as hot and bothered as the characters) and thriller (terrorists, kidnapping, etc) with touches of historical reference (WWII). Another surprising aspect to this series is that the protagonists are military men.... and the author reminds you that their tough exteriors are filled with soft, emotional tendencies. It combines all my favorite escapist tendencies when reading. I am up to book 4 in the series!
Vet_Med_Diva More than 1 year ago
I love most Suzanne Brockmann novels, but this one was just ok. The main storyline between Meg and Nils was frustrating at best. I tried to sympathize with Meg, but she was just too stubborn to be believable. However, the character of Nils was sweet, endearing, funny and sexy.

It was the sub-plot of Sam and Alyssa that really held my interest. Since I didn't start this series at the beginning, I was already familiar with them as a couple, but it was good to see how it all began for them. Even the memory recall by Grandma Eve of her romance back in the 1940's was more enjoyable for me than listening to Meg whine and continually resist the assistance that Nils was offering.

If you are a "Troubleshooters" fan, I don't think you should miss this story. But if this is your first attempt at this series, I'd say pick some of the other books to start with and then come back to this one. The wonderful thing about this series is that you don't have to start with the first book to understand what is going on and to become thoroughly hooked. It really is one of my favorite series!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the Team 16 books and can't wait for the next one! But, this is my least favorite. I just could not get into Meg + Nils. Nils is a SEAL and he can't get a gun away from Meg after spending 3 days in a car with her - come on! The flash back WWII was my favorite of the 'sub plots' that she's done, though.
nana1947 More than 1 year ago
Again, this is a great series and will reread this often.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book. The story between Nils and Meg was fantastic. For those reviewers who claimed it was unbelievable that Nils couldn't get the handgun away from Meg, one of the major points of the story was that he could have taken control at any time, but he wanted her to give it up VOLUNTARILY. Meg makes this realization herself in the book. For those of you who haven't read it, don't miss this book!
jayble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Brockmann has quickly become one of my favorite authors. In the second installment of her Troubleshooters? series, the focus is on John ?Nils? Nilsson and a frantic mother, Meg Moore. Meg?s daughter and grandmother have been kidnapped by terrorists in order to force Meg to kill or kidnap a foreign diplomat.This is my least favorite of the Troubleshooters? series. I love John Nilsson, but it took me quite a while to warm up to Meg. It was not until the very end of the book that I liked her. This is mainly because she was under duress the entire novel, but the Nils' character more than makes up for my dislike of Meg. An extra chapter or a glimmer or two of her treating Nils with the love and trust he deserved from her would have helped. Fortunately, this happens in future books (at least, it is heavily implied!).Equally captivating was the WWII story and the beginning of the Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke saga. As many other reviewers have spoken of Alyssa and Sam, I will not delve too deeply in that direction. Their storyline continues in the next two books in this series. This was one of my favorite WWII storylines! Ralph (pronounced Rafe) was by far my favorite WWII hero, and I was as captivated by their story as I was by the rest of the novel. This book also blended the WWII storyline much better than Unsung Hero.Suzanne Brockmann is a brilliant author and this series has quickly inserted itself in my top ten, along with the Anita Blake series, J.D. Robb?s Eve Dallas series, and Christine Feehan?s Dark series.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just as good as the first one. Again, several romances and hints of future ones - the major romance that was set up in Unsung gets a few steps further but it's still hanging fire. The major one in this book is an exercise in frustration on several levels! And the frame is interesting and weird. The tracking burrs are very convenient - but nicely tossed off in an unrelated conversation. And the way Eve managed her captivity was great. I liked the end, though it might be thought something of a letdown. But everyone got out OK, even...(slight spoiler) Bear.
ZosiaCanberra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Why should you read this book? Because the main relationship is just fantastic. This second book in the series was written the way the first one should have been. Meaning it was a military romance that actually included military and romance (unlike the women¿s fictiony first book that bored me to tears). I only read it out of a sense of obligation after hating the first book, but it was actually a very good read. But there¿s one big glaring thing that made me mad (namely an insultingly stupid made up country that sat smack bang on the wrong continent), and I am going to go on a rant in a moment. I also do not enjoy the endless passages devoted to the Second World War. When I pick up a contemporary romance, I want a CONTEMPORARY romance. Too much telling, not enough showing. I¿m going to admit I did some very light skim reading of some parts of this book, because I knew from my experience with book one that the World War Two parts took away from the main story. Meg¿s daughter and grandmother have been kidnapped by terrorists and they demand an exchange from Meg. She must kill or kidnap a man in exchange for her family. What they don¿t know is she has a connection - a past relationship of sorts - with a Navy SEAL who she immediately asks for to help. What followed was a brilliant opening sequence of a hostage situation in an embassy, and action and excitement that didn¿t let up (at least as far as the main storyline went) until the book was finished. But, okay. Rant. Kazbekistan. KAZBEKISTAN??!! A made-up Islamic country full of deserts and oil fields, in...EASTERN EUROPE?! Where in lush, green, Catholic and Orthodox Eastern Europe is this mythical `Stan¿ land? Where in the land of people called things like Sophia, Anna and Tomas is there a country where people have names like Osman Razeen? Perhaps the author meant Central Asia? Or the Middle East? That, on top of some bizarre apparent support of corrupt Vladimir Putin left be with a bitter taste in my mouth. It¿s a pity Brockmann felt the need to do this, as she doesn¿t always have made up places as the `baddies¿, and it somewhat ruined a great story. I loved the main relationship but for a few little things. Meg became annoying after a while. It was understandable at first that she pushed John away, but as the drama went on and she kept getting rid of him at gunpoint and pushing him away emotionally it became a bit stupid. A woman with no experience of kidnapping or terrorism has a highly trained, highly decorated Navy SEAL - who she knows is in love with her - at her disposal and not giving up on her, and yet she refuses to let him help her?! Towards the end I just wanted to smack some sense into the woman. That said, I loved this couple, and I was definitely in love with John pretty early on in the story. He protected Meg and looked out for her and yet he continued to let her make decisions, to keep her freedom in choosing what to do in the terrible situation. What a great hero! The World War Two flashbacks that have a tendency to take over these books come across as forced and are extremely unnecessary. I love books about that war, but I do not enjoy a war story from decades ago taking up a third of a contemporary military story. It¿s boring, and it dilutes the action in the present. In fact, as soon as the great granny story started up in this one, I started skim reading those parts. If I want a Second World War story I¿ll go pick up The Bronze Horseman. I enjoyed the Sam and Alyssa story, but I have a few issues with the huge part they play in this series. Boy does it ever drive me crazy when an author has a favourite couple and features them prominently in every book of their series. I can¿t think of a single time where the author¿s favourites have been my favourites, and so I get sick of reading about them very quickly. Here it¿s Alyssa and Sam, and Alyssa is possibly the coldest, most boring character in the entire series. I don¿t hate them as a couple (or potential co
shop20q on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An old affair is rekindled when a divorced translator's child and grandmother are kidnapped by Central Asian terrorists from a Balkan state. A new affair between hypermasculine special forces officers, one a drop-dead gorgeous FBI sniper, is the one I was hoping had a future. It didn't. It had some great messy drunk sex in handcuffs. But no future. And finally, it had the story of a 15 year old girl pretending to be 20, who broke a poor man's heart. But the main story is about a car chase between a naked Navy SEAL, a drugged terrorist, and frantic mother. Trust was slow to come, but when it did, promised to last happily ever after.
Archieve on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm giving this book 5 stars, because of the secondary characters: Sam and Alyssa. These two have captured my attention. I loved the tension between these two. Sam had the hots for Alyssa for very long time. She plagued this sexy Texan mind for years and he had to have her. Of course, his method of getting the girl was to go the school boy's route. He would nag at her. Do things to get her upset. Call her names that he knew she didn't like. That was his way of saying, I like you woman! See me - your lion, roar! Okay, Sam wasn't Alyssa's lion just yet, but he was showing how beauty - sexy he was. Alyssa wasn't innocent, she wanted the sexy Texan lion to see that she was indeed a lioness. One that had eyes for the roaring lion. I love the way that Sam teased Alyssa. Oh, the park scene was cute. Sam was never shy about what he wanted from Alyssa. One thing he wanted was to sleep with her, but another thing he wanted from her was a relationship. He wanted to be able to sit down with her and talk. Which, those two would always fight. Say something to make the other mad. Sam was rude to Alyssa and she was to him as well. These two came together in this book and set the pages on fire. Sam is a chocoholic. Alyssa knew that he ate Peanut M&M's, but she found out just how much of a chocolate lover he was that night via chocolate syrup. Thanks to her, Sam's love for chocolate raised 10 times higher. What more can I say about these two? They belong together.
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meg is a translator for a European embassy. Her daughter and grandmother get kidnapped by an "Extremist" group. Meg's love interest is Navy SEAL Lieutenant John. He's called in by the FBI to help Meg. She specifically asks for him. Alyssa and Sam are the second couple - Alyssa is FBI and Sam is Navy SEAL - both involved with getting Meg because she has become a kidnapper herself. The third couple is Meg's grandmother and her past. She reminisces about her first husband while being held captive by the "Extremists." Got all that? In between the macho FBI/kidnapping violence there is a good amount of romance novel sex - the pantie ripping, throbbing kind.
la_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Setting: Washington, D.C. and Florida /Timeframe: Early 2001 / Main Characters: Nils and Meg / Secondary Romance: Sam and Alyssa / WWII Subplot: The evacuation of Dunkirk (Eve and Ralph)POINT OF VIEW CHARACTERS: Lt. (j.g.) John ¿Nils¿ Nilsson (Navy SEAL) ¿ Meg Moore (freelance translator) *Eve Linden (Meg¿s grandmother) Ensign Roger ¿Sam¿ Starrett FBI Agent Alyssa Locke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The smaller story of Eve and Ralph was the best part. Main story was boring.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
Eh....this book didn't do it for me. There were too many storylines and too many characters to keep it interesting. I didn't even get too interested in the main characters, John and Meg, because so many other things were going on. I felt this story should've stated it was about Sam and Alyssa to begin with. It was mainly about those two and had John and Meg's story barely in the background. I did enjoy Eve's story of her and Ralph. It was a beautiful love story. Their love conquered everything that was thrown at them. I wish Suzanne (the author) would've eliminated the story with Sam/Alyssa and focused on the main characters. I also didn't enjoy the flip flopping back and forth. It was Meg, Sam/Alyssa, John, Kidnappers, Eve/Ralph, Eve/Meg, repeat in as many forms as possible. I'm a huge fan of this author but this book just fell too flat for me.
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LostLenoreLL More than 1 year ago
When some terrorists, that have taken her daughter and grandmother hostages, approach Meg Moore she doesn't think twice and agrees to go to the Kazabeck embassy and abduct the ambassador. She has no demands except to talk with Lt. John Nilsson, a navy SEAL that she met a long time ago. When John gets the call to go into a hostage situation and learns that it is Meg the abductor, all he can do is help her even if he loses his career. And all because he never had forgotten her or the kiss they shared in the past. I didn't like this one. I like John character, even if he was/is a liar I still get why he did it but Meg, even after all the things she been through, she keeps on lying and lying. This love affair for me does not stick (sorry Suzanne), it seems rushed and a little forced, as if Meg was doing John a favor.  On the other hand, I loved Sam, Alyssa, Eve, and Ralph. For me, in this book, the subplots worked better. Overall, it was good to read and yeah, I will read it again but only because of Sam.
traciamc More than 1 year ago
I'm addicted to the Troubleshooters books - there, I've said it. I started with the Jules related books: Hot target, Force of Nature, All Through the Night and Beginnings & Ends, and then decided to start from the beginning. I read The Unsung Hero and The Defiant Hero in 2 days. I really enjoy the way Suzanne Brockmann weaves her way through 2 or 3 storylines, and they all come together in the end. In this particular story, I loved the story of Eve and Ralph. I absolutely love Sam, and had already read about he and Alyssa in the other books I'd read, so I was surprised at how nasty she was to Sam! Honestly, I understand working in a "man's world" and having resentment for that, but geez - she was over the top nasty to him, even after all the compassion he showed her. I'm looking forward to seeing how their story progresses in a later book. As for the main story, Meg and John Nilsson - I loved Nil! What a great guy he is, and certainly not for lack of Meg trying to push him away over and over and over again. I understand a mother willing to do anything to protect her child, I have 3 children of my own, but she seemed to be all over the place. And honestly, for most of the book, I didn't like her very much. In the end, I wanted them to have their happy ending because that's what John wanted so much, and I wanted Amy to be able to experience having John in her life. It was exciting and kept me reading - I didn't want to put it down! Another great one! On to "Over the Edge"....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the reviews I read were negative. I liked this book and completly understood Meg's reluctance to trust Nils. Her daughter's life was at stake. I don't blame her at all. This is the third troubleshooters I've read. It wasn't as good as Tom's or Stan's stories, but it still was good. Am looking forward to the rest of the series, especially Sam and Alyssa's story.
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ereadwithme More than 1 year ago
4stars --Barely I’ve read a few books in this long running series but had somehow managed to miss this one. The adventure, tension and storyline were all there. The boys were in fine form. As much as I liked book one of the series (The Unsung Hero), later books were written more in this style which I’ve decided is the true Troubleshooters style. The drama that is Alyssa & Starrett was ongoing and fun; meeting Jules for the first time was a treat. I even enjoyed the second storyline running thru Eve. As much as there is good about this episode, there is a humungous elephant in the middle. It was the so-called heroine, Meg. I intensely dislike TSTL heroines and she must be the queen of that particular brand and she sucked the joy out of the book for me and gave me a thought I never have. I didn’t think she was good enough for him and I didn’t want them to have a HEA. I’m definitely continuing this series secure in the knowledge that I don’t have to read Meg as a lead again.
tm28 More than 1 year ago
Terrorists holding hostages meet up against SEAL Team 16. Plenty of action, adventure and romance permeate the story. I would recommend the story for adults and for book clubs. I have read all of the Troubleshooters series (17 books to date) and enjoyed them all. I also enjoyed Brockmann's "Tall Dark & ..." series.
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