During his last mission, Navy SEAL Lt. Tom Paoletti nearly bought the farm, when an explosion placed him in a coma. Upon recovering, Tom runs afoul of an idiot Admiral who threatens Tom with a psychiatric discharge unless he takes medical leave and submits to a psych evaluation.

Tom decides to visit his great uncle Joe. On his way out of the airport, Tom sees the infamous terrorist known as The Merchant. Tom knows that his superiors wont believe him, but if he is right and The Merchant is in town, it means bad news.

For more than 50 years, Charles Aston and Joe Paoletti have been best friends. They met under dire circumstances in WWII. They survived and returned to the states where Joe became Charles groundskeeper. Now Charles is dying of cancer, and his daughter Kelly has moved back home in order to be there for him. Toms sudden reappearance is a blessing, for Kelly fears that Joe will need all the emotional support he can get.

Kelly also finds that her long-standing attraction to Tom has not diminished. Tired of being the good girl, Kelly is ready to throw caution to the winds. When Tom once again sees The Merchant, he realizes that he will need to build his own strike force in order to stop any terrorist plot.

Suzanne Brockmann has been a consistently excellent storyteller since she first arrived on the fiction scene. However, in THE UNSUNG HERO she takes a quantum leap forward with a novel that is richly textured, tenderly touching and utterly exciting. This is one book you will be unable to put down or forget! (Jun., 416 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith