Series: Reluctant Heroes,
Published by Random House on 04 February 2014
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Espionage, Family, GLBT, Love & Romance, People of Color, Suspense, War & Military
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Place(s) Traveled To: Istanbul, Turkey // Miami, FLorida // Sarasota, Florida // Clearwater, Florida
First Line(s): Ian Dunn’s job for this assignment was a simple one.
Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann is a romantic suspense novel featuring former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn and lawyer Phoebe Kruger as they get ensnared in crazy shenanigans that in part deal with kidnapped children. Do or Die is also a spin off of one of Brockmann’s other series but as this is my first by her that connection was lost on me. Do or Die is billed as a search to find and rescue two kidnapped children with Ian being the Reluctant Hero as billed by the series title. However, those kidnapped children cover about 15% of the book as a whole and as such I call shenanigans on the synopsis.
The bulk of Do or Die is about Ian and his brother along with the rest of Ian’s Special Ops team and how they are connected to a Florida mob family. There where some things that happened in the past that have Ian’s brother and spouse hiding out and resulted in Ian doing time for a crime that he didn’t commit. Then the Feds come along and muck up Ian’s deal by getting him out of prison in order to rescue those afore mentioned children. But before he goes after the children Ian must first find and save his brother and his family and that takes up a big percentage of the book.
Overall I liked the character of Phoebe, though she could be a little naive and annoying at times. Despite being a criminal lawyer of several years she still seems to think the best of the world and people in general. I say despite as criminal lawyers always seem to become a bit jaded in humanity and maybe its just my perception from books and movies but Phoebe just seemed a little to naive for her chosen job. But I have to give her credit as she does learn and adapt quickly to a stressful situation even if she doesn’t always use the sense that she was born with.
Ian on the other hand annoyed the ever living crap out of me for much of the book. I never really bought the romance between him and Phoebe as he was such a douche for most of the book. He was always projecting his issues onto others (like calling his brother a spoiled child when that title more accurately fit him) and just acting like an ass to those around him. He kept secrets on the stupidest of things and none of which seemed to help or protect those around him but instead only seemed to hurt them more. If there was any character that I could slap in this story then it would have been him.
Another thing that annoyed me with this book was the crazy, whiplash inducing, head jumping that happened. Oh my stars did it lack structure and was just lazy story telling plain and simple. A more talented writer could have avoided this cheap trick and found a way to tell the story with the two main characters at hand. Or even if she did need to jump into other heads it could have been done more cleanly. There were times when it was hard to tell immediately when and whose head I was in at a given time.
Do or Die is a bit convoluted of a story and I am unsure if I will continue reading on to the next book. I am also unsure if Suzanne Brockmann is an author that I want to read more of at all. The story telling and the writing just weren’t the greatest. The plot was all over the place with holes that one could drive a truck through so there was lots of suspension of belief. The ending was also so over the top and rushed that it just fell flat. I never felt any tension or heart-achy moments during my read of the book and the only thing that this one had going for it was that it was a quick read. Though it could have been cut down by 200 pages or so in order to make it a cleaner and more compact one. Do or Die isn’t one that I would rush to recommend but could serve as a brain candy ready for those that need a palette cleanser between heavier, better written stories.