Friday, May 23, 2008

Book Club: Unsung Hero

Title: Unsung Hero
Author: Suzanne Brockmann
Genre: Romantic suspense

Today is the day! BC Day (Blook Club Day.) It is time to let your opinions be heard.

What is your overall opinion of the book?

As the first book in a series, how do you feel Ms. Brockmann did at world building? Did this book make you want to continue on with the series?

How do you feel about the secondary WWII storyline?

Any other thoughts you would like to share?
Any other questions you would like to pose to us all?


Ana said...

What is your overall opinion of the book?

- I liked it, but didn't love it. I thought there were too many things happening at the same time and in the end, I failed to connect to the Tom and Kelly relationship. I already forgot about them, even though I read the book less than one week ago. BUT I still remember very well David and Mallory so the woman CAN write romance.

As the first book in a series, how do you feel Ms. Brockmann did at world building?

- Could I say that there were world building there? Not really....I didn't think it was anything to write home about . I could have learned more about Tom's Seal unit .

Did this book make you want to continue on with the series?

- Not particularly, no. Unless you tell me that the books get really really good from now on. Which one is the second by the way?

How do you feel about the secondary WWII storyline?

- Boring. And I don't really even know why - I like history bits and pieces in my books - I just didn't care about it. But I did care about Joe and Charles - I know I sound very bipolar right now. And I hated the whole heroism in the end...unnessesary.

Any other thoughts you would like to share?
Any other questions you would like to pose to us all?

- oh, did you guys love David and Mallory as much as I did? I was skimming the pages to get to their story - their first love scene was awesome - sweet and at the same time, hot, in a way.
I quite liked Tom and Kelly's sex scenes as well.
And oh, my heart broke when she walked in and he was crying. Can not see a man crying.

So all in all, there were VERY good bits but overall, just meh.

Shannon said...

The next book in the series is The Defiant Hero. You get to learn a binch more about the SEAL team. I think in the first book you did not get as much simply because it was the first book. She may not have done as much world building if she did not know that the book would get picked up for a series. eh? I think the other books get stronger. By the time you get to Sam's book... wow.

I love Mallory and David. Just so sweet. I love the dynamic between Charles and Joe. It seemed like a real friendship. Too many flashbacks, though. I think Cybele's heroism was better than Charles. It felt real instead of a flashy ending.

Ana said...

Flahsy ending, I agreed. Great choice of words.

Which one is Sam's book?

Shannon said...

I believe it is Gone Too Far. I'll have to double check when I get home (at school right now.)

barb said...

Yeah, Sam's book is Gone Too Far, (though he is prominently featured in earlier books, too).

The earliest book I found available in the series when I started reading them a couple of weeks ago was book 3, Over The Edge. I was instantly in love with the whole SEAL team from reading that book. There is a LOT of action in that one. I have a good friend who apparently also started this series with that book, so maybe that is a good introduction? =)

I enjoyed The Unsung Hero because it was backstory, I think. If I had read it first, I honestly think it would have been too busy for me, with too many different plot threads going on. The WWII stuff could have been cut down a LOT, in my opinion. When she does include WWII plot lines in select other books, I skim those bits very quickly.

Sorry this is more randomly scattered than even my usual comments, but I, too, am at work and clandestinely commenting.

Sarai said...

um whoops. It's still at the library. Dang it one of these times I SWEAR I am going to be able to participate.

Jill D. said...

I have to say that I enjoyed the WWII plot. I felt that the flow of this story was unusual in that there was so much going on. I liked it. It worked well for me.

I too loved David and Mallory's budding young love. It was very sweet to read.

Brockmann just has a way of engaging my emotions. I was very touched by Tom's honesty to Kelly. He laid himself out there. I was moved by it. I think it was because coming from Tom, who is such a hard man, it was unexpected. It allowed the reader to realize that he is after all, just a man. He has fears just like everybody else. I hope I am making sense here.

Anyway,I loved it!

Kristie (J) said...

I almost feel bad answering your questions since this was the beginning of the end for Ms. Brockman and me. It was alright. But I didn't really care for the fact that the hero was going bald - shallow I know. I also didn't like the WWII storyline - I found it too sad.
I also got the sense - and since confirmed - that Ms. Brockman was moving in a direction I didn't care for. I'm not all that het up on Navy Seals. I did enjoy her Harlequin series and read most of them - but they were shorter. My favourite Brockman book of all is Heartthrob and I kind of thought we wouldn't be seeing a non-military/non law enforcement book from her again. And alas, we haven't.
I also wasn't that keen on the heroine though I did like Tom - apart from him going bald. I just pretended he wasn't.

barb said...

Now that I'm not posting from work, like the previous comment, I have to say that Brockmann can write the sex scenes. For this book in particular, my socks were blown off by the tryst in the closet. That was just about the hottest thing I've read in a long time. Hooboy!