Monday, July 14, 2008

Book Review – Breaking Point by Suzanne Brockmann

Number 9 in Brockmann’s Troubleshooters, Inc. series, Breaking Point, tells the story of FBI leader Max Bhagat and Gina Vitagliano. Max first met Gina when he was negotiating her release after being taken hostage aboard a hijacked plane. Gina fell in love with Max, but he, the non-emotional FBI Agent, will not admit his need for Gina for fear that he would lose her. As Max continues to push Gina away, she travels overseas to help with AIDS relief work. When Max receives word that Gina was killed by a car bomb, he travels overseas to identify her body only to find that Gina is not dead but missing. Max must find Gina and confess his feelings before the terrorists who have taken her hostage really do kill her.

This being taken hostage scenario seems to be a recurring theme in Gina’s young life. Besides that un-believability, Breaking Point is nothing special. Brockmann spends a lot of time simply telling the tale of the hostages (Gina and her friend, Molly), and their rescue, and there’s nothing really interesting in that. The main characters, Max and Gina spend half the book apart from each other before Max finds Gina, so we don’t get their character interaction until halfway through the book. Brockmann tries to make up for this by adding flashbacks into Max and Gina’s life into the first part of the book. The flashback stories are interesting, but it makes it a little confusing to read.

Overall rating 1.5 out of 3 stars

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