Published by Ballantine on June 3, 2003
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton-the sweet "girl next door" who has grown into a remarkable woman. The town's infamous bad boy, Tom has always longed for Kelly. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day . . .
In recognition of Veterans Day, this week we are honoring the men and women of service..military, firefighters, policemen…by presenting stories that represent them well.
During a mission, Navy SEAL Tom Paoletti suffers a head injury that sidelines him. While recuperating at his New England hometown, he catches a glimpse of a notorious terrorist but no one believes him. See, Tom was the leader of SEAL Team 16 and no matter the injury, his instincts are stellar. He puts together a bare-bones team to help him figure out what’s going on. In the meantime, he’s also reconnecting with Kelly Ashton, his teenage crush and the woman who got away.
Why this book is special
Tom is the consummate hero. If you were to outline the qualities you’d like to see in one, you’d find them in this character. His subordinates respect and admire him and it was no wonder that Kelly fell for him all over again.
This book is also the first in one of my all-time favorite series. It’s not as exciting and suspenseful as those that follow but it’s important in that Tom creates the Troubleshooters group, setting the stage for all that comes next. It’s romantic, funny, suspenseful and downright frightening at times.
The bottom line
I couldn’t think of a more fitting book to showcase on Veteran’s Day. Tom Paoletti exemplifies all that is honorable about our armed forces. It’s a wonderful story to begin an incredible series written by one of my most favorite authors. And, it was because of this series that I discovered the book social sites (Shelfari and subsequently Goodreads).