Breaking Point

Troubleshooters Series, Book # 9
Ballantine Books
Hardcover release date: July 12th, 2005
About 400 Pages
New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller
Hero: Max Bhagat, FBI Team Leader
Heroine: Gina Vitagliano
Location: Washington DC, Africa, Germany, and Indonesia
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Uncommon valor in the line of duty and unconditional devotion in the name of love are the salient qualities of the daring men and women who risk it all in the heart-pounding thrillers of New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann. Crafted with precision and power, her characters come alive with a depth of emotion few writers have achieved. Now, with Breaking Point, Brockmann breaks even further through the pack and delivers a stunning payload.

As commander of the nation’s most elite FBI counterterrorism unit, agent Max Bhagat leads by hard-driving example: pushing himself to the limit and beyond, taking no excuses, and putting absolutely nothing ahead of his work. That includes his deep feelings for Gina Vitagliano, the woman who won his admiration and his heart with her courage under fire. But when the shocking news reaches him that Gina has been killed in a terrorist bombing, nothing can keep Max from making a full investigation—and retribution—his top priority.

At the scene of the attack, however, Max gets an even bigger shock. Gina is still very much alive—but facing a fate even worse than death. Along with Molly Anderson, a fellow overseas relief worker, Gina has fallen into the hands of a killer who is bent on using both women to bait a deadly trap. His quarry? Grady Morant, a.k.a “Jones,” a notorious ex-Special Forces operative turned smuggler who made some very deadly enemies in the jungles of Southeast Asia . . . and has been running ever since. But with Molly’s life on the line, Jones is willing to forfeit his own to save the woman he loves.

Together with Max’s top agent Jules Cassidy as their only backup, the unlikely allies plunge into a global hot zone of violence and corruption to make a deal with the devil. Not even Jones knows which ghosts from his past want him dead. But there’s one thing he’s sure of–there’s very little his bloodthirsty enemies aren’t willing to do.

Count on the intense action and raw honesty that Suzanne Brockmann consistently delivers, as she goes for broke in Breaking Point–and never looks back.


From Romantic Times Magazine: Four and 1/2 stars and a Top Pick!

From Library Journal:
After four years and two books (Over the Edge; Gone Too Far), FBI hostage negotiator Max Bhagat and Gina Vitagliano finally come to terms with their precarious relationship. Having met during a terrorist siege of an airplane on which Gina was a passenger and Max led the effort to save her, our protagonists come full circle as Gina and fellow aid worker Molly are abducted and transported to Indonesia in order to trap Molly’s lover, Jones. The setup moves back and forth in time between Gina and Max’s roller-coaster “nonromance” and the present day, which finds Gina and Molly working in Kenya, and is even more suspenseful than the eventual kidnapping. But with more than a few tricks up their sleeves, Max, Jones, and openly gay FBI agent Jules Cassidy–one of the most charming and original characters in popular fiction today-combine their efforts to rescue the women. Brockmann’s characters volley badinage like grenades, keeping Breaking Point moving at breakneck speed. Though the outcome is never in doubt, readers will be on the edge of their seats. Recommended for public libraries.

“Suzanne Brockmann is in a class by herself when it comes to superb romantic adventure. She knows exactly what readers want making her larger than life hero and heroines into terrific human beings her fans care deeply about. Add to that life-threatening action, incredible verbal repartee and breathtaking relationships which makes for unbeatable storytelling. BREAKING POINT, Book #9 in Suzanne Brockmann’s “Troubleshooter” series really delivers the goods for two star-crossed couples, Max Bhagat and Gina Vitagliano from OVER THE EDGE and Molly Andersen and Grady Morant aka “Jones” from OUT OF CONTROL, who have been waiting a long time for their happy endings. Suzanne Brockmann is a pure genius and BREAKING POINT is utterly brilliant!” – Patricia Rouse, Rouse’s Romance Readers Groups