Breaking Point: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Jul 25 2006
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PRAISE FOR SUZANNE BROCKMANN
Gone Too Far
“Sizzling with military intrigue and sexual tension, with characters so vivid they leap right off the page, Gone Too Far is a bold, brassy read with a momentum that just doesn’t quit.”
Into the Night
“She skillfully builds suspense. . . . With its complicated, complex characters and a sexy romance seasoned with humor and danger, Brockmann’s [novel] is absolutely irresistible.”
–Booklist (boxed and starred review)
Out of Control
“Brockmann consistently turns out first-rate novels that tug on the reader’s heartstrings, and her latest is no exception.”
Over the Edge
“A taut, edgy thriller.”
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Inside Flap
Uncommon valor in the line of duty and unconditional devotion in the name of love are the salient qualities of the daring men and women who risk it all in the heart-pounding thrillers of New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann. Crafted with precision and power, her characters come alive with a depth of emotion few writers have achieved. Now, with Breaking Point, Brockmann breaks even further through the pack and delivers a stunning payload.
As commander of the nation's most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit and beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina Vitagliano, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with her courage under fire. But when the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max from making a full investigation-and retribution-his top priority.
At the scene of the attack, however, Max gets an even bigger shock. Gina is still very much alive-but facing a fate even worse than death. Along with Molly Anderson, a fellow overseas relief worker, Gina has fallen into the hands of a killer who is bent on using both women to bait a deadly trap. His quarry? Grady Morant, a.k.a "Jones," a notorious ex-Special Forces operative turned smuggler who made some very deadly enemies in the jungles of Southeast Asia . . . and has been running ever since. But with Molly's life on the line, Jones is willing to forfeit his own to save the woman he loves.
Together with Max's top agent Jules Cassidy as their only backup, the unlikely allies plunge into a global hot zoneof violence and corruption to make a deal with the devil. Not even Jones knows which ghosts from his past want him dead. But there's one thing he's sure of-there's very little his bloodthirsty enemies aren't willing to do.
Count on the intense action and raw honesty that Suzanne Brockmann consistently delivers, as she goes for broke in Breaking Point-and never looks back.
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When Jules, Grady, and Max reluctantly join forces to find the women, they are taken on a whirlwind trip all the way to Asia. But what appears to be a simple case of kidnapping leaves more questions than answers, particularly the motivations of the man who spirited the ladies away from Germany.
Missing from the story is the passion between the two couples. In previous stories, both couples burned up the pages; in this one, the romance is lukewarm at best. Also suspiciously absent from the story are members of SEAL Team 16 and the Troubleshooters, which have always been the reason to read Brockmann novels. As always, the saving grace was Jules to provide the comic relief. Unfortunately, he is absent for most of the book.
I wanted to love this book, particularly to find out how Max and Gina's love story progresses. Unfortunately, the writing was a bit clunky, mostly due to the constant jumping around in time. The plot was somewhat boring (or at least not well executed), and could have been tightened. I would have preferred a story told in chronological order, rather than the constant skipping. Once Brockmann chose the present to write about, the clunkiness subsided. As disappointing as the story was, it still held my attention, and with the time invested in the relationships already, I wanted to see them through to the end.
Max has finally managed to push Gina away. Although he loves her he just can't get his mind to wrap around the age difference, nor her open way of doing things. She wants to talk, he would rather crease the sheets. So when he finally gets his wish, that she move on and get over her hero worship of him, his heart cracks when he is told that she has been killed in a bombing. Well, she hasn't been killed, but she has been kidnapped. Max along with Jules (another well-known character in these books...who is gay and sadly this time around "type casted) try to save Gina before the terroist make good their threat. Will Max be able to save Gina and admit that she it the one for him?
This story had so much potential but sadly the characters really never seemed to develope and at times seemed one-dimensional. A perfect example of this is Jules. His characterization at times was jarring. For long time fans of Ms. Brockmann I suggest coming to this story with an open mind. Everything was present here but it fell a little flat on many counts. Ms. Brockmann is still an author I would highly recommend and look forward to reading in the future. Perhaps we will get back what we didn't get this time around with Max and Gina in her next effort.
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There is no sensuality between the couples and the sex is wham, bam, thank-you mam. The story was choppy and some scenes seemed forced and could have been wrapped up by page 200 without all the useless and mundane stuff. Max seemed to become an alien...going from one extreme to another. I couldn't believe some of his lines and how he seemed to desolve into this putz by the second half of the book.
While I absolutely adore Jules, I feel that his character has become so defined by his sexual orientation that he's lost his depth. Yes, being gay is a huge part of who a person is, but gay men aren't on the make 24/7 and they don't eye every good looking male that comes along. Jules is a multi-faceted man and a great FBI Agent and his sexual orientation has been shoved in our face for the last two books. I feel Jules was so much better in the earlier books where he actually had a life and his being gay was just a part of the facinating and wonderful man he is. I hope when/if he finally gets a story all his own, it's more complex than just about his sex life!!
I was disappointed in "Hard Target" too, but I have loved Suz's books for so long that I'd hoped it was just a fluke. I guess not, because "Breaking Point" was even harder to stay focused on and the switching back and forth of the story at the beginning was mind boggling. I expected to get the book and read it until I finished...without putting it down all night long. Instead it's taken me three long days to finish, putting the book down and wondering why I was picking it back up again. For these reasons, I will probably get the next book from the library.
Suz...please don't lose the magic!
The politically correct topic addressed in this book regarding age differences - he's 20 yrs older than her, she's 12 yrs older than him - was interesting but too much time was spent on it. I mean 'get over it already'. It certainly began to feel like page-filler rhetoric to meet some magic number for the publisher.
I enjoyed and have thought about the interesting choices the characters made at the end of the story to escape the bad guys. I enjoyed the love scenes & their fall-out too. I also agree with other reviewers comments that less angst, more editing of repetitive filler even if it meant a shorter length book would have been better.
I do not regret my hardback purchase. I will reread this one whereas its unlikely I will reread some of the earlier works like 'Gone Too Far' & 'Into the Night'.
The thing I love the most about Brockmann is her ability to create a fierce, proud, amazing, manly character with all of the foibles and insecurities and messy screw ups that all human beings suffer with. Max is no different. He is the super uber professional negotiator for the FBI. He is always in control and utterly capable. Inside he is a mess, learning to deal with his out of control feelings for Gina - a woman who bravely suffered a terrorist kidnapping plot and gang rape. This book shows her ability to be Max Beghat's hero. She, once again, is in danger and Max must face his fear and find his heart and the girl. I recommend the entire series... this book being a very satisfying answer to characters you come to care about.