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Defiant Hero
by Suzanne Brockmann
Order:  USA  Can
Ballantine, 2001 (2001)

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* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Meg Moore's peaceful world shatters when she's given an unbelievable ultimatum by a Kazbekistan Extremist group: deliver hated enemy Osman Razeem, or Meg's young daughter Amy and her grandmother Eve will die. Sick with fear for her loved ones yet determined to go to any lengths on their behalf, Meg agrees. The only thing that sees her through the next harrowing days is her commitment to saving Amy and Eve, no matter the cost.

When US Navy SEAL John Nilsson, learns that Meg Moore has taken Ambassador Razeem hostage, he's shocked. The smart, vivacious Embassy translator he'd met eight years before was no kidnapper. Determined to help Meg, even if costs his career or his life, John commits to her cause - and also to re-discovering their past love. Neither is an easy task while they are alternately on the run, or in the line of fire from terrorists or the FBI. Even more challenging is the task of keeping one step ahead of Meg, who's realized she's facing almost impossible odds, and is determined that John Nilsson was not going to die for her, no matter how many times he begs her to trust him - and his love for her.

Suzanne Brockmann is a prolific and award-winning author, who displays once again a combination of deft characterization, slam-bang action and sizzling romance. Using the same multi-plot formula in Defiant Hero as she did in it's prequel, Unsung Hero, Brockmann deftly maneuvers readers between John and Meg's non-stop adventure, a provocative love / hate relationship involving two members of John's special team, and poignant flashbacks to World War II and a tale of how grandmother Eve found and fought for true love. Book three of Suzanne Brockmann's SEALs series, Over the Edge, hits bookstores this fall. Watch for it - her stories never disappoint.

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