The Defiant Hero

Troubleshooters Series, Book # 2
Ballantine Books
Release date: February 27, 2001
416 Pages
Hero: LT (jg) John “Nils” Nilsson, US Navy SEAL
Heroine: Meg Moore, freelance translator and single mom
Location: Washington, DC and Florida
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Trust was the Last Defense…

In THE UNSUNG HERO, award-winning author Suzanne Brockmann dazzled readers with her remarkable cast of tough and tender U.S. Navy SEALs. Now her daring men in uniform return for THE DEFIANT HERO — a thrilling novel of steadfast courage, intimate passions, and the profound risks that are taken in the name of love…

“The United States refuses to negotiate with terrorists.” Meg Moore remembered the warning from her job as a translator in a European embassy. Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her daughter and grandmother who have been kidnapped by a lethal group called the Extremists. Meg will do anything to meet their unspeakable demands; anything — even kill — to save her child.

When Navy SEAL John Nilsson is summoned to Washington, D.C. by the FBI to help negotiate a hostage situation, the last person he expects to see holding a foreign ambassador at gunpoint is Meg. He hasn’t seen her in years, but he’s never forgotten how it feels to hold her in his arms. John could lose his career if he helps her escape. She will lose her life if he doesn’t…


“Against the backdrop of terrorism on U.S. soil, Brockmann weaves three complex romantic relationships — one fondly recalled, one unexpectedly resumed and one bursting at the seams to get started — into a tight tale that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the author’s next installment. When terrorists kidnap her grandmother, Eve, and her 10-year-old daughter, Amy, widowed translator Meg takes an Eastern European official hostage to trade for her lost family members. Readers will forgive the plot’s implausibility as Meg hurls herself headlong into her risky rescue attempt in spite of interference by former flame and Navy SEAL Lt. John Nilsson. While heating tension and passion to the boiling point, Brockmann firmly squashes the cliche of military men with hearts of stone and imbues her SEALs with honest emotional courage. In an equally refreshing move, she then stands the romance formula on its head, making the SEALs chase the intelligent, self-confident women who’ve done just fine so far without them. A smart, thrilling keeper among so many disposable stories, this is one to recommend heartily to friends.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Continuing her novels of romantic suspense that feature Navy SEAL heroes (The Unsung Hero), Brockmann brings together a heroine whose daughter and grandmother have been kidnapped by religious terrorists and a SEAL hero who was in love with the heroine years earlier and is now charged with negotiating the situation. She then spins an unforgettable, riveting adventure that is fast-paced and a bit chilling.” — The Library Journal

Fun Facts

Suz visited Memphis, Tampa, Sarasota, Colorado Springs, Denver, Phoenix and Dallas on her promotional tour for The Defiant Hero.

Cover model John DeSalvo graced the stepback of the book’s original cover.