The Defiant Hero by Suzanne Brockmann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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. . . .
I've read this book multiple times. It predates my kindle and my paperback is well loved.
It's been so long since I'd read this, that while I remembered the story, I had forgotten some of the details.
One of the things I love about Meg is that she is willing to do anything for her daughter. That's the driving force behind all of her actions throughout the book. Similarly, John feels the same way about Meg and he's willing to do anything to help her and save her daughter. I really do love them together and they are what keep me coming back to their book. ★★★★★ for their story alone.
For anyone one that doesn't know, this book has three storylines running through it. The main one is Meg and John. Followed by a related story of Meg's daughter Amy and Meg's grandmother Eve. Eve tells Amy the story of how she met her husband to distract Amy from the situation they find themselves in. Both of those are quite enjoyable. The one that's always bothered me is Sam and Alyssa. I love Sam. He's funny and snarky and sarcastic and honestly, a jerk at times. He's always inserting his foot into his mouth, but I don't enjoy Alyssa's reactions to him and honestly can't figure out what he sees in her. And since they eventually get their own book, I wish there wasn't quite so much of them in this one (as well as other books in the series). I do realize that the author is setting up their story, but I've never been a huge Alyssa and Sam fan so a little goes a long way for me and unfortunately, there's more than a little bit of them in this book. Their primary book is worth reading, it's a good story. But this isn't their book and they should have taken a backseat and let Meg and John shine.
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