Instead of international terrorists, the men and women of Troubleshooters and SEAL Team 16 are up against a homegrown, horrific killer. The interplay and character development make this story especially entertaining for longtime fans of the series. All of the protagonists are haunted by their own brand of ghost; how they cope and who they choose to let in ratchet up the emotional drama in another excellently paced, action-filled read. Brockmann delivers yet again!

It's a general's idea to pit the new men of SEAL Team 16 against ex-SEAL members and their former commander, Tom Paoletti, in a training exercise. Paoletti and his Troubleshooters Inc., as well as the new SEAL Team 16, are hyped for the challenge, which suddenly turns into a huge bust when former Los Angeles police officer and "hostage" Lindsey Fontaine escapes from both groups.

Petty Officer Mark Jenkins has had a crush on ditzy Tracy Shapiro since high school, and by getting her a job at Troubleshooters, he hopes to finally score. Despite this, it's Lindsey who Mark feels most comfortable with and finds amazingly attractive. When Tracy disappears during another exercise, both teams are mobilized in a desperate search -- for it appears that Tracy has fallen into the hands of a vicious serial killer. (BALLANTINE, Aug., 400 pp., $21.95)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith