Into the Fire

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Into the Fire

Troubleshooters Series #13

This is the 13th installment of Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters series. We finally get answers to what happened to Vinh Murphy after his wife was murdered 7 years earlier by the neo-Nazi Freedom Network. Vinh has returned to California, still angry and he has been sending threatening emails to the leader of the Freedom Group, Tim Ebersole.
Hannah the best friend of Angelina is still coming to grips with her deafness after an injury in the line of duty. She has always had feelings for Vinh. So when he comes knocking on her door during an alcoholic binge. Things come to a painful head bringing feelings that neither expected and both have some regrets for.
Skip to the future 6 months and Vinh once again shows up at Hannah’s. This time sober and ready to return to the living.
When he learns of Tim Ebersole’s murder. He can not be sure of his involvement and asks Hannah for help in finding answers.
While fighting for his growing feelings for Hannah, Vinh is certain the The Freedom Network has targeted him and Hannah to avenge their leaders death.
Enter the Troubleshooters who are trying to find Vinh and convince him to surrender. While they are scrambling to find him, Vinh has to make the choice of surrendering his life in the hope that Hannah will be spared, or risk everything and possibly have a future together.
This book was one of my favorites in the troubleshooter series. It shows the pain of unimaginable loss and the strength to come back after such pain. You also get to see a lot of the characters from previous books and see how they have grown {lots of surprises here}. 
There is a secondary plot Involving Izzy, Gilligan and Gilligans baby sister Eden. I love this because the joking, careless Izzy is shown in a whole different light. You see him as a caring, tender and responsible adult.  
This is a must read of heart stopping, danger that combines complex developed characters and passion that burns brilliantly. Thank you Ms. Brockmann for another heart-stopping read.

Book Blurb for Into the Fire

Suspense doesn't burn any brighter and desire doesn't run any deeper than when Suzanne Brockmann takes the helm, opens the throttle, and takes readers along for a breathless ride as she breaks the thrill barrier-again and again. With Into the Fire, Brockmann lights the fuse on her most explosive story yet.

Vinh Murphy-ex-Marine and onetime operative for the elite security firm Troubleshooters Incorporated-has been MIA ever since his wife, Angelina, was caught in a crossfire and killed during what should have been a routine bodyguard assignment. Overcome with grief, Murphy blames the neo-Nazi group known as the Freedom Network for her death. Now, years later, Freedom Network leader Tim Ebersole has been murdered-and the FBI suspects Murphy may have pulled the trigger. To prevent further bloodshed, Murphy's friends at Troubleshooters scramble to find him and convince him to surrender peacefully.

Murphy himself can't be sure what he did or didn't do during the years he spent mourning and lost in an alcohol-induced fog. He does know he occasionally sought solace from Hannah Whitfield, a former police officer and the very friend who'd introduced him to his beloved late wife.

But Hannah, still grappling with the deafness that resulted from an injury sustained while on duty, was fighting her own battles. For years Hannah had feelings for Murphy, and one painful night their suffering brought them together in a way neither expected-and both regretted.

Murphy is ready to rejoin the living. As always, he finds himself knocking on Hannah's door, and as always, his longtime friend welcomes him back into her home. Yet even as Murphy slowly rebuilds his splintered life, hecontinues to fight his growing feelings for Hannah.

Then he learns of Ebersole's murder and comes to believe that the Freedom Network has targeted him-and Hannah-to avenge their leader's death to violence. Now Murphy must face the terrifying prospect of losing another woman he loves.

As the Troubleshooters desperately search for him, Murphy races toward a deadly confrontation with the Freedom Network and ultimate choice: surrender his life in hopes that Hannah will be spared, or risk everything to salvage whatever future they may have together.


Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2008 5.00