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05 January 2012 @ 08:31 pm
Troubleshooters by Suzanne Brockmann  


Let me tell you about the best book series that you probably aren't reading.

The Troubleshooters Series by Suzanne Brockmann.

Now I know what you might be thinking. Romance? Kelly, ew. Trust me, gentle reader, I was once like you. I thought all romance was of the bodice ripping adventure between noble girl and stable boy variety. But then I discovered that a lot of fiction, good fiction, written by women was just being shelved and sold under romance for no other reason than they were female friendly and written by women. The same plots of "romance" books could be found in the likes of Tom Clancy or James Ellroy but because there are female heroines who have amazing satisfying sex in just a small portion of the plot, it's tossed into romance. (See also Sandra Brown who gets put in romance though she needs to be in mystery!)

This isn't a place to rant though. This is the place for me to tell you why I fell in love with these books. I could go on and on (and I will if asked) but I give you three reasons. First, I love military intrigue books and this series has it in spades. Books 1-6 deal with Navy SEAL Team Sixteen and their adventures both on American soil and around the world. Books 7-16 follow the members who have left the team to form their own organization that deals with the problems the government doesn't want to or cannot take on as well as dealing with civilian clients. There is a lot of commentary on geopolitical situations but it is all very very subtle.

Second, the books represent a range of people as MAIN characters. You have people who are older, people of varying ethnicities, body types, sexualities. You have those with disabilities and mental illness. Yet each of these people are fully formed characters with flaws, desires, and drives. They are all capable in what they do and none of them fall into stereotypes. (Brockmann has a gay son and one of the books deals solely with an FBI agent, who just happens to be gay.)

Third, Brockmann is such a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel that not only did she once win an auction for a private dinner with Joss Whedon but she puts all kinds of BTVS/ATS references into her texts. There are characters who bear a striking resemblance to Buffy, Xander, Willow, Angel, and Cordelia. (And all the women get their chance to kick some serious ass in Brockmann's books. There are no helpless heroines here!)

Uploaded are the first sixteen books of the series in PDF format. However, if you like them, I suggest going out and buying them. I know it was the best decision I ever made. (And a huge thanks to samsom who told me to get over my fear of romance and read them. They have made my life so much better!)

Current Mood: excitedexcited
samsom: thousand watt smilesamsom on January 6th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
*buffs nails*

You're welcome.


Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
You have no idea how much this comment made me laugh.

You got me so hooked I preordered her next book. I NEVER preorder, let alone pay full price.

My husband even said "You paid full price? Who are you and what have you done with my wife?"

See what you did? At least I loved Fright Night first and was trying to get everyone to see it. LOL
samsom: jerry with the black eyessamsom on January 6th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
She's one of the best writers I've ever read. You never get confused about what you're reading, you never dislike any of the characters (unless you're supposed to), and you always want more of them. That's the mark of a really fucking good storyteller.

She and JR Ward are DA BOMB.

At least I loved Fright Night first and was trying to get everyone to see it.

Everyone should see it. I second your rec. :D
Kelly: C/A Golden Couplexlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
On your recommendation I bought four of the JR Ward books. I haven't had a chance to read them though. I planned to read over my winter break but I had some stupid real life shit and just haven't. I have so many books I need to get through!

I'm not as excited for her new book cause I find Izzy kind of meh. I want more Decker and Tracy adventures damnit!
samsom: hang onto mesamsom on January 6th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
I find Izzy kind of meh

Yeah, I think he's kinda bland. And Eden was, like, seventeen when she was introduced so that was a big turn off for me. But the beauty of her books is that even if you're not crazy about the main characters featured, there are so many interesting OTHER characters saying awesome things and doing awesome things that it doesn't matter. LOL

And I second your wish. If Lys and Sam got a second book, Deck and Tracy definitely should. I loved, loved them best (due to the fact that it's Angel and Cordy, frankly).

I hope you like JR Ward's books. I'd hate to think you bought them and then ended up not liking them. But I think you will. The chick's got such a way with description and turn of phrase, it's always interesting to read her.
Kelly: C/A Antidrugxlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
My friend was with me and she said it I didn't like them, she would take them. And I bought them used so I don't feel bad if I don't like them. My library switched over to a new system and they are so unreliable about contacting you when books come in and I do not have time or energy to go to the library every day to check if holds have come in, so it's easier for me to buy them.

I almost want to email her and tell her how much I loved her books and how much I love Deck and Tracy. I mean good lord, how hawt was her ordering him around. GOOD LAWD! That scene is burned onto my pervy brain for life. FOR LIFE!

Speaking of reading, you should hop over to ST when you have some time and read Cordette's new serial story. She has two parts up and it's totally twisted and dark and amazing. Girl has some serious talent.
samsom: black hearts can lovesamsom on January 6th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Deck and Tracy butting heads is almost as fun for me as when she figures out what turns him on. It was fantastic reading about them clashing. He constantly underestimated her because she was beautiful and built. Sound familiar.

you should hop over to ST

I know. I got kicked out and I haven't dug my password out yet to get back in. And I'm really kind of upset with myself for not finishing the ficathon yet, so it's gotten easier just not going there.

But I will soon. I need to review the other entries in the ficathon and if you're reccing it, I need to read that new fic. :)
Kelly: C/A Foot Fetishxlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
I wouldn't worry about the ficathon. You've had a hell of a year and I am sure that people understand. I know you're beating yourself up for it but I know nobody else is. :)

I am really loving it so far. Cordette has a great use of language that I think you'll really dig.

I'm having a hell of a time writing a gift fic I promised and time is ticking down. I thought a deadline would help but nope. Stupid brain, I swear. And I have so many comments to reply to. But I'd rather stay here and fantasy cast Troubleshooters with you.

I think Bruce Willis for Tom Palotti for sure. :)
samsom: angel cordysamsom on January 6th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
1987 Dennis Quaid for Sam Starrett. :)

Any guesses for Deck and Tracy? *g*
Kelly: C/A Springtime Weddingxlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 04:22 am (UTC)
Sam is the one that I couldn't quite get in my head but I can totally see it now.

Deck, Tracy, and Sophia are easy. LOL

I always go back and forth with Alyssa cause I think Halle Berry could really nail her but I just don't know.
samsom: our dance is foreversamsom on January 6th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
no, not Halle. Lysa is statuesque, with green eyes and mocha skin. I haven't cast her yet because she's got to be exceptional.
Kelly: C/A Sunnydalexlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
See, that is my problem too! Like I was reaching and reaching and I kept coming up empty. I haven't seen anyone yet that really nails Alyssa for me.

Casting this is hard cause so much of Hollywood is so damn same. It's like someone asked me to fantasy cast Catwoman and I was like I can't. There is nobody out there that I see playing her when I read the comics.
samsom: u are the onesamsom on January 6th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
Jules is hard too, although I can picture a fine boned (think young Niles Crane) blonde on the small side. Compact but very capable.

Maybe Ryan Gosling. Maybe. Oh, oh! What about that actor that played Jasper in Twilight???
Kelly: C/A Made for Each Otherxlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
I think I could see Jasper from Twilight if they go with a more natural color for him. Whoever bleached out his hair for Twilight needs to be shot.

samsomsamsom on January 7th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
Whoever bleached out his hair for Twilight needs to be shot.

If it's the same person who bleached out Daddy Carlyle's face, they should be shot, drawn and quartered. It wasn't vampiric, it was laughable.

Kelly: Twatlight: Maybellinexlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Let's be honest, the whole thing is laughable. I swear, best times I have are smoking a bowl, drinking a beer, and watching Twilight. LOL

Look! Look! We might have converted DS too! *points down*
Kelly: AD: Steve Holtxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)

Rowly Dennis. I was flipping channels and there he was. He just screamed Jules to me.
samsom: playdatessamsom on January 7th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
Jeez, I guess it wasn't hard after all, LOL.

Props bb, he's incredibly Jules-ish. I wonder if he can rock a Polo shirt? :D
Kelly: C/A Happyxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I saw him in a polo shirt on tv. LOL I was just flipping channels and he is in some new show. I had no idea who he was even. I had to look him up on the show site.

But man, when it hits you, it hits you. :)

Kelly is tough for me because there are SO many petite blondes. Like which one do you pick? (And yes, still fantasy casting in my head. It keeps me from doing my real work)
samsom: hey guysamsom on January 7th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
You know my most favorite thing about Jules EVER? That he's a gay man that says 'honey' and 'darling' and he gets emotionally vulnerable over some loser who doesn't deserve him (not Robin) and yet he's the most capable, bad-ass FBI agent who saves the day practically every book he's in, and he commands respect so effortlessly. AND HE'S NOT A MARTY STU!! So I guess Jules is my favorite character, on account he's gay and he's amazingly well rounded and he's absolutely NO ONE's gay, sassy best friend. Except Lys. :D

I've always pictured Kelly Lynch for Kelly, back in the late '80s. Without the height. Someone who looks like the girl next door with no make up. You're right, though, Hollywood is too full of the same looking blonde. It's ridiculous.

Dave is that dude who is in the movie with Charlize Theron presently, the one who plays her old high school classmate and bonds with her over her plans to steal that guy? Down to the slight paunch and beard-of-lazy-living.
Kelly: ATS: Team Angelxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Man, do we have to pick favorite characters because I am not sure that I could. Most of them, I just love them all. They all work together as such an amazing team. Love that team dynamic.

You mean Patton Oswalt?

samsom: mr and mrs dorkysamsom on January 7th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
yeah, but a bit slimmer than he is right here. :)

I love most of the characters too, it's just that Jules...is JULES. He and Max and Lysa are the perfect triumvirate of awesomeness.

Vinh is hard, because he's half black and half Asian. I don't know of any known actors of that mix.
Kelly: C/A Wafflesxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Me either. LOL Probably have to go non-US. There used to be a great site for mixed race actors that gave their nationalities. I will have to see if I still have it bookmarked.

For Kelly, what about Kelly Rutherford? She was looking pretty young on Gossip Girl and would probably be good against Bruce Willis.

I really want Jon Huerta for something cause I love him but I don't want to shoehorn him into a character. LOL (Yes, I am totally thinking about this like I was making a movie)
samsom: sweetest girlsamsom on January 7th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
*googles him*

Niiiiice. What about one of the Florida contingent? Ric?

Kelly Rutherford is nice but too vampish for me. Let's see if I can think of anyone else. Oh, what about Blake Lively?!
samsom: true lovesamsom on January 7th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Jon Huerta is nice looking. :) What about Ric from the Florida contingent?

For Kelly, I don't see Kelly Rutherford that much because she's so vampish (not a bad thing)...but Blake Lively I can see being a doctor/girl next door type.
Kelly: C/A Steady to Hellxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Blake is just so...young. It's creeping me out. Maybe in a couple of years. Again, there are so many petite blondes, who do you pick in that sea of white ladies?

Oooh, yeah, he would be perfect for Ric. Jon Huerta gives mama the ~feels~ if you know what I mean. LOL

I have problems casting Max and Gina too. Like Gina is supposed to be kind of plain Italian girl and I just think Hollywood girls are too pretty.
Kelly: C/A Cutexlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Emily Rose maybe for Kelly? She is a bit older than Blake.

This might be leading up to a fanart. LOL
samsom: in the arms of the angelsamsom on January 7th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Perfect! Old enough and girl next door type.

Max is also mixed race - white and Indian, and the cover art for his and Gina's book is surprisingly good for showing his heritages. Know any white/Indian actors?

Gina is probably going to be easier even though she's supposed to be 'plain'. Carla Gugino? Is she Italian?
Kelly: ATS: Gunn Bootyxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I FOUND THE SITE! http://www.mixedfolks.com/actors.htm Look at me go!

Carla is a bit old though since Gina is supposed to be all college-aged right? Been a while since I read their book.

There is a good listing of Bollywood mixed actors here: http://www.paklinks.com/gs/world-entertainment/289486-bollywood-actors-of-mixed-ethinicity.html

But can we just cast Sendhil Ramamurthy as Max? LOL

Kelly: Cordy: California Girlxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oooh look what my googling skillz found: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Italian_American_actors#1990s

Think Rachel Bilson or Sophia Bush are too old to play Gina? Lea Michelle totally has that Gina nose though. (Also Nikki Reed if we wanna sneak a Twilight person in there since we booted Jasper for Jules)
samsom: angel wants itsamsom on January 7th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Nikki's a bit too gorgeous to play Gina but I think you struck gold with Lea Michelle. She LOOKS Italian and her nose is to die for. Plus she looks young but mature for being young, you know? She's got to convey Gina's trauma after the hijacking and *spoiler*.

She could do it. Your suggestion for Max is very good looking but I have the impression that Max is even older than that. He doesn't get with Gina for a few books because he's so conscious of their age difference.

I need to reread the book where they met - I love the connection over the radio between them, it broke my heart at times.
Kelly: C/A Comic Lovexlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
That book broke me. Like seriously, what Gina went through. God, my heart. MY HEART. That one was really powerful.

Also, Out of Control with Savannah and WildCard did something weird to me. I was in tears at the end of that book. Some of them just really get me in the gut. (Like Into the Storm. My blood pressure was so high reading that one!)

I think I still have the PDF Suzanne had on her website where it describes all the characters. I will have to see if I can dig it up and email it to you.
ms_scarletibis: Cordelia crossbowms_scarletibis on January 6th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Whoa--thanks for the PDF! I'll mos def check it out :D
Kelly: Cordy: Rip Your Wingsxlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 05:10 am (UTC)
They can be kind of hard to find so I'm hoping if I give the PDFs for the first 16 books, people might check them out, fall in love, and buy them. :)

I hope you enjoy them as much as samsom and I have. :)
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Kelly: Buffy: Ozxlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
It looks like Kobo can read PDFs. At least from this Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcP1--2WvTI

It's probably similar to Kindle where you just need a USB cord to put the PDF on the reader. They are in black and white so it should be no issue. :)
Angry Scientist: A: C/A [btvs era]angryscientist on January 6th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh we talked about this but now you made sure my weekend will be spent at home, reading *g*
Kelly: C/A Convergencexlivvielockex on January 6th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
That is what I am here for. Corrupting people one person at a time. LOL

They do start out slow so make sure just to keep with it. And the Angel-like character isn't introduced until Flashpoint but there are other references to BTVS/ATS before that.
Deb: Cordy Iz Deddamnskippytoo on January 7th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Wow! 16 books!!! I'm already hooked on the first one from the first page. Thanks for the fabulous gesture, bb! :D
Kelly: Cordy: Leopard Printxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I have totally ulterior motives here. I want everyone to read the books, to get into them, and build a fandom with amazing fanworks and dicussion so it's not just me and samsom fantasy casting it. LOL

Nothing I do is selfless. :)
samsom: Yaysamsom on January 7th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm dancing over here! *dances*

Like Liv said, it starts a bit slow but it seriously picks up steam after a while. Hang in there, we'll be waiting on the sidelines with water and towels. :)
Kelly: Cordy: SQUEExlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)

Like I hope her favorites are our favorites and that she loves the same books that I do and omg, we can have all the squees and the fun! I CAN'T WAIT!

*jumps up and down like a child*