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


BTVS AND ATS FANS! HEADS UP!



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!)

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

You're welcome.

*g*



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
(no subject) - samsom on January 6th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Kelly: AD: Steve Holtxlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)
I FOUND THE PERFECT (for me) JULES!



Rowly Dennis. I was flipping channels and there he was. He just screamed Jules to me.
(no subject) - samsom on January 7th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC) (Expand)
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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
(no subject) - samsom on January 7th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - xlivvielockex on January 7th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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)
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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)
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE EMAILS TO START!

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*