Books from the Backlog #188

Posted November 18, 2021 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 9 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #188Do Or Die by Suzanne Brockmann
Series: Reluctant Heroes #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group on September 30, 2014
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Pages: 576
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Suzanne Brockmann's seamless blend of heroic military action and intense passion inspired USA Today to call her “a superstar of romantic suspense”—and for years her award-winning Troubleshooters books have been must-reads for fans of sizzling stories of action and adventure. Now the New York Times bestselling author shoots to thrill again with Do or Die, an electrifying new novel that is certain to win Brockmann new readers and delight devotees.

Navy SEAL Ian Dunn went rogue in a big way when he turned his talents to a lawless life of jewel heists and con jobs. Or so the world has been led to believe. In reality, the former Special Ops warrior is still fighting for good, leading a small band of freelance covert operatives who take care of high-stakes business in highly unofficial ways. That makes Ian the hands-down choice when the U.S. government must breach a heavily guarded embassy and rescue a pair of children kidnapped by their own father, a sinister foreign national willing to turn his kids into casualties. Shockingly, Ian passes on the mission for reasons he will not—or cannot—reveal.

But saying no is not an option. Especially not for Phoebe Kruger, Ian's beautiful and unexpectedly brash new attorney. Determined to see the abducted children set free, Phoebe not only gets Ian on board but insists on riding shotgun on his Mission: Impossible–style operation, whether he likes it or not.

Though Phoebe has a valuable knack for getting out of tight spots, there's no denying the intensely intimate feelings growing between Ian and Phoebe as the team gears up for combat. But these are feelings they both must fight to control as they face an array of cold-blooded adversaries, including a vindictive mob boss who's got Ian at the top of his hit list and a wealthy psychopath who loves murder as much as he loves money. As they dodge death squads and play lethal games of deception, Ian and Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the innocent and vanquish the guilty—or die trying.

Why did I add Do or Die to my bookshelf?

I downloaded this book from NetGalley back in 2014 but haven’t read it yet. Oops. I have read Brockmann in the past and have enjoyed her work but this book is nearly 600 pages long which has been a bit intimidating. I do see that I have access to this audiobook, which is 19.5 hours long, through my local library so I think I am going to give that a try. I think that I should be able to get this one off my NetGalley shelf before 2021 draws to a close and I will only be 7 years late with my review.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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9 responses to “Books from the Backlog #188

  1. It’s been a while since I read one of Brockman’s. I didn’t realize there were some really big books in her series since I jumped in later. Yay for getting an old one down off the review shelves.

  2. I used to have a pile of Suzanne Brockman but never ended up reading them! I knew so many people who loved her books though. This is a chunk of a book! I don’t think I knew any of her books were this long.

  3. I have a hard time starting long books, too. I will say though, I’ve always enjoyed every long book that I finally picked up. I hope you get a chance to give this one a try.