Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
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4 half/5 stars
This is my re-read of The Defiant Hero that am re-reading along with my friend, Angela. I don't think the 2nd reading changed much when I read it the first time. The only thing is I understood Meg more better than I did the first reading. Still I enjoy it :)
Meg Moore, a widow, was forced by terrorists to kidnap a foreign national exchange for her daughter and grandmother, who was holding captive by them. Meg feel like it was hopeless situation, since she does not trust the terrorists nor anyone else for help. Under duress, she tell the hostage negotiators that she will only negotiator with John Nilsson, a Navy SEALs who she had met while in a past foreign assignment. But Meg would do anything to meet their unspeakable demands, anything --just to save her daughter.
John was summoned to Washington, D.C by FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation. But he didn't expect to find Meg holding the foreign ambassador at gunpoint. He has carried with him a feeling he had for her over many years. He just never acted on his feeling since she was married at the time. Now that they met once again, his feeling for her has never disappear.
We also get to see the first starting glimpse of the story behind the love-hate relationship between Navy SEALs Lt. Sam Starrett and the FBI Agent Alyssa Locke. (Their story proceed over the next several installments in the series. Their relationship was the favorite couple for me. I always look forward to reading their stories the most.)
There is a background story of Eve (Meg's mother- transplanted from Hollywood to Ramsgate, England when she was 15.) and Nick. The World War II subplot is centered around the May 1940 evacuation of the BEF (British troops) from Dunkirk in the terrible aftermath of the Nazi blitz invasion of France.
You will met more of the navy SEALs, Troubleshooter team: Wildcard, Jazz, Jenk, Mike Muldoon, Jay Lopez and so on. You will see more of them as the next installments move on.
I love this book because it beginning glimpse of Sam and Alyssa story, who is my favorite couple. We see some good and bad side of both and spark as well. Again I love Suz WWII subplot stories and always look forward to reading more of them. As always she done pretty well with threading three stories into one.
The reason why I grade The Defiant Hero 4.75 is because Meg is my least favorite heroine characters. At one point I just want to strangle her. But than I understood her reason why she does what she did, even when I don't like it. But as a whole, it was good book :)