ebook & Audiobook
After a near-fatal head injury, Navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the Navy dismisses the sighting as injury-induced imaginings. In a last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorism team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton. As the town’s infamous bad boy, Tom was always in love with Kelly, a sweet “girl next door” who has grown into a remarkable woman. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives by several main characters. Always clearly defined.
This isn’t my favorite of Suzanne Brockmann’s novels but it is still fantastic. I constantly find myself wavering between giving this 4 or 5 stars. Because it’s not my favorite of hers – I do wish it had more action to it (on a scale with her other Troubleshooters books, this one leans more heavily to romance than suspense), because there are a few troublesome bits in it.
On a “Brockmann scale” – it’s a 4 in terms of weighing it against her other work. Ultimately though, I give it a 5. I own this in ebook & audiobook format. I’ve read/listened so many times I don’t even bother trying to track it on Goodreads each time. Pretty much, that defines a 5 star read donchathink?
Unsung Hero is a LONG book (over 15 hours). It’s like getting (and enjoying) several stories that individually are compelling, interesting, engaging and weaved together to culminate in one awesome experience. We are introduced into the Troubleshooters world, meet characters we’ll get to know and love for years to come (some take 5 books to get their HEA – I’m talking to you Sam & Alyssa), new love, old love, heartbreak, laughs, and tracking down a terrorist.
Also, I’m not one to go on about sex scenes. I’m not exactly sure how – but she has this way of making them incredibly steamy and evocative without being graphic. Probably helped by the narrators. I felt myself blushing a little while making dinner last night.
Note: I originally read this. Awesome. Then I found our library had the original audiobooks of the first 6 books (single narrators, various). Pretty good. THEN! Then the series was rerecorded in Dual Narration style with Patrick Lawlor & Melanie Ewbank. Fantastic! Amazing! I’m in LOVE with these narrations. I own them all. And if it were possible to wear out digital copies of something, I’d have done it by now.
I cannot say enough fabulous things about Patrick Lawlor and Melanie Ewbank. They are both stellar narrators – voices, accents, emotions, and giving each character their own unique sound. My only complaint is in regards to pacing/speed. Lawlor speaks at a much quicker pace than Ewbank (I think they recognized this at some point because I don’t find it to be as big a disparity in later books). I found myself having to adjust narration speed between narrators for it to be more cohesive.
Trigger Warnings (possible spoilers):
Parent dying of cancer. Hostage situation. Military battle.
My Favorite Quotes
You can’t choose who you love, Kelly, but you can waste it. Why on earth would anyone want to waste it? – The Unsung Hero @SuzBrockmann #Troubleshooters narrated by @PLawlorAudio @EwbankMelanieTweet