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Into the Storm (Troubleshooters, Book 10) (edition 2007)

by Suzanne Brockmann

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Title:Into the Storm (Troubleshooters, Book 10)
Authors:Suzanne Brockmann
Info:Ballantine Books (2007), Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Collections:Have read, Your library, ebook, series, 2013
Rating:*****
Tags:2013, navy SEALs, action, romance, jenk, lindsey, izzy, sophia, deck, tracy, dave, danny, jules, new hampshire, training mission, blizzard, serial killer, troubleshooters, sam and alyssa short story, jules cassidy

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Mark “Jenk” Jenkins & Lindsey Fontaine
training exercise goes wrong ( )
  Talthor | Dec 31, 2013 |
It's like Brockmann decided to give her fans a mini-jackpot. Lots of characters - new and old. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 12, 2013 |
Into the Storm
Book 10 in Troubleshooters series

Mark Jenkins & Lindsey Fontaine

SEAL Team 16 (with CO Lew Koehl) and Tom Paoletti's crew from Troubleshooters, Inc. get together for a couple joint training exercises, the second being a winter exercise deep in the woods of Northern New Hampshire--right before a blizzard hits. Lindsey Fontaine was the hostage in their first exercise, and she ended up sneaking past both teams without either knowing she had eluded everyone. Wanting a more realistic victim, this second scenario uses TS Inc.'s new scatterbrained receptionist, Tracy Shapiro, playing the role of hostage, complete in white nurse's garb (easier to spot/harder to hide her in the woods). She is also untrained and unskilled so it would be like if they were rescuing, say, ME, for instance. At the height of the exercise, the Team gets the call to go out on a "real-world" op, and their wargames session is called to a halt. In the chaos of calling in all the Team members, packing up, etc., they don't notice until some time has passed that Tracy has disappeared.

In a side story, we witness the horror of a young girl, Beth, who is being held by a serial killer. It is a real freak show, complete with eyeballs stored in Tupperware in the freezer. This poor girl is referred to as "Number Five". She has survived for months because she has learned to do what "I am God" says. Although she is starving and filthy, battered and bruised, somehow she has avoided the torture that the other girls have suffered because she has been able to best them in a fight--and kill them before they kill her. She is actually bestowing mercy killings because the serial killer does not end their lives himself, he just tortures them without end (removing eyelids, etc.).

The serial killer must have grown sort of an attachment to Number Five, because when she becomes very ill from an infected cut on her arm, he steals prescription drugs from a pharmacy (killing the employee), and also kidnapping another victim, "Number Twenty-One", Tracy, who is still dressed in her nurse's outfit and has just arrived at that store, calling in to let TS Inc. know she made it out of the woods. She leaves a basic description of the guy and his car when she calls in, just because he seems a little weird, not knowing that she truly is in danger. The fact that he thinks she really is a nurse and can help Number Five buys Tracy a little time.

The action in this book is really the winner here, even though the tame romance between Jenk and Lindsey is a good story too. He's a SEAL team member, she's a former LAPD cop now working for TS Inc. They are a good match but try to stick to friendship since Jenk has a longtime crush on Tracy Shapiro and is sure now is his chance to convince her to marry him. He's stuck on that idea even as he realizes he is much more attracted to Lindsey. It just takes him a while to let that old dream go.

There's also a surprising twist in a start-up romance between Tracy Shapiro and Irving "Izzy" Zanella. Izzy is rarely serious and is amused by how clueless Tracy is, although he's the first to admit he is stunned by his attraction to her on a physical level. It all seems to be a joke with him until he discovers that Tracy is missing. Then he goes ape and risks an Unauthorized Absence in order to stay with the team searching for her.

Exciting plot and nice resolution. The "girls" get a big role in saving the day this time around.

Oh, there's also a short story at the end about Sam & Alyssa Locke-Starrett. Sam's on assignment in Italy providing security for a high-end wedding, in which he spends most of his time avoiding the bridesmaids who are constantly hitting on him. It was supposed to only take a week but it keeps getting delayed and has stretched out to three weeks. He calls Alyssa complaining that this assignment is like a "Girls Gone Wild" video and he's going nuts missing Alyssa who is back home tracking down a child molester. Alyssa's best friend, FBI Agent Jules Cassidy, arrives unexpectedly to take over for a few days and give Sam a break so he can make a quick trip home to see his wife. Their short visit provides an opportunity for Jules & Sam to have a heart-to-heart as friends, talking about the latest dating failure in Jules' life, another man hiding in the closet to protect his career. This is another installment in seeing the evolution of the formerly slightly homophobic Sam come to appreciate and respect his friendship with Jules and also become a supportive and cherished friend of Jules' as well. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | May 6, 2013 |
When Troubleshooters and Team Sixteen get together for a training operation in New Hampshire they cannot know that things will go terribly wrong. What is supposed to be just a nice and learning time, becomes a big horror show when Mark Jenkins and Lindsey Fountaine, that had a one night stand, keep pushing the other wrong, especially when Jenks is supposed to be in love with Tracy Shapiro, the new receptionist of Trobleshooters. But Tracy takes off with Izzy Zanella and get drunk and when the sobriety arrives, she swears that she won't speak with him again.
Tracy is the hostage on the war game they are playing and she's supposed to run away from the bad guys but when she runs, she gets completely lost and falls in the lap of something much more terrible that being lost in the woods.
When the two teams get together to rescue Tracy they need to speed up not only because of a raging snow storm but because Tracy is in the hand of a serial killer.

I found this one to be the creepiest of all the books that Suzanne as written: I loved it.
Suzanne can weave so many stories in THE story that is impossible for you not to get to know the characters, their personality, their fears and hopes; it's almost like a family, like something real and palpable that you can reach and not want to let go. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | May 5, 2013 |
Into The Storm is part of the Troubleshooters series, which begins with Petty Officer Mark Jenkins who liason with Tom Pelleti to organize a raid and rescue training exercise between the Seal Team 16 and the Troubleshooter team, and at first Jenk and Lindsey go head to head, and sparks are surely flying between the two. Lindsey Fontaine at first is attracted to Jenk, however when she notices that he is more attracted to the at first clumsy new receptionist Tracey Shapiro, she starts to despise the situation more, especially when it seems clear that he is extremely fond of her, but what she doesn't know, is that Jenk wants her way more than Tracey but hasn't fully realized it yet. But after they share one beautiful night together, things start to get more intense, which in a chain of events, Tracey Shapiro ends up in the hands of a serial killer, who likes to torture his women. So Jenk and Lindsey will have to work together to save Tracey from being sickly tortured by a crazy killer. Into The Storm was one book that I had yet to read out of all the Troubleshooters series, and I thought that I had read them all, but apparently I had missed one, and there are fifteen of them, but I truly loved reading Lindsey and Jenk's story. I loved all the different sub plots in this book, that anyone that has read this series would know what I am talking about. It was also one of those books that have a fun and exciting plot, especially the first half of it, the second half was more danger intense. It was also good to have a reunion of sorts in this book, where we see the member of SEAL team 16 and all the members of Troubleshooters team, and we even have a appearance of Jules Cassidy who is my favorite of all the characters in this series. We have two other sub plots in this book, we have a story between Izzy Zinella and Tracey Shapiro, and then the other plot involved a young woman that is being tortured by the serial killer, so its a interesting point of story that we see and notice and sickening this certain character is, so that the suspense really fills up your mind when Tracey gets taken. All in all it was a exciting and thrilling adventure that had me on a roller coaster of ups and downs and filled with surprises that shocked me at times. Definitely a 5 on the scale!!! ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 24, 2013 |
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For Ed, Eric, and Bill. Thank you for letting me be a witness to your solid, special, funny, sometimes rude, and always loyal friendship. Jenk, Izzy, Lopez, and Gillman's banter might sound familiar at times. Thanks for that, too.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345480155, Mass Market Paperback)

Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann blends high adventure, harrowing drama, and heart-racing passion into thrilling novels of suspense. Whether tackling danger or wrestling with desire, her elite heroes and heroines never fail to give their all, in stories that soar above and beyond expectations. Now, in her electrifying new novel, Brockmann takes us INTO THE STORM.

In a remote, frozen corner of New Hampshire, a Navy SEAL team and the elite security experts of Troubleshooters, Incorporated are going head-to-head as fierce but friendly rivals in a raid-and-rescue training exercise. Despite the frigid winter temperatures, tension smolders between veteran SEAL Petty Officer Mark “Jenk” Jenkins and former cop turned Troubleshooter Lindsey Fontaine after an impulsive night goes awry. And then, suddenly, Tracy Shapiro, the Troubleshooters’ new receptionist, vanishes while playing the role of hostage during a mock rescue operation.

Teaming up with the FBI to launch a manhunt in the treacherous wilderness, Jenk and Lindsey must put aside their feelings as a record snowstorm approaches, dramatically reducing any hope of finding Tracy alive. The trail is colder than the biting New England climate until a lucky break leads to a horrifying discovery–a brutally murdered young woman wearing the jacket Tracy wore when she disappeared. Suddenly there is a chilling certainty that Tracy has fallen prey to a serial killer–one who knows the backwoods terrain and who doesn’t play by the rules of engagement.

In a race against time, a raging blizzard, and a cunning opponent, Jenk and Lindsey are put to the ultimate test. Rising everything, they must finally come together in a desperate attempt to save Tracy–and each other.


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Navy SEAL Team Sixteen and the security experts from Troubleshooters Inc. have arranged a winter training exercise in the mountains of New Hampshire. While romance blooms between Petty Officer Mark Jenkins and former LAPD detective Lindsey Fontaine, Troubleshooter receptionist Tracy Shapiro, playing the role of the hostage, disappears. As the weather closes in, it is feared she's become the latest victim of a serial killer.… (more)

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