Message From The Author
SEALED WITH A KISS
Suzanne Brockmann's Navy SEALs are back with a vengeance!
By Janice Wagner
It's holiday season again, which for award-winning author Suzanne Brockmann
is a time for friends, familyand music. "My favorite Christmas memories are all about music. Singing carols with my sister and my family or Bing Crosby crooning on the record player as we trimmed the tree." This year, Suzanne's holidays will revolve around rehearsals and performances, as her teenage son, husband and best friend Eric are cast members of a nine-week run of the musical "Oliver!"
Ironically, or perhaps appropriately, the author's novels are hardly the fodder of showtunes. Since 1995, Suzanne's been penning bestselling novels about counterterrorism. December brings the release of Suzanne's long-awaited INTO THE NIGHT, the fifth book in the ongoing U.S. Navy SEAL Team Sixteen series from Ballantine Books. In this installment, terrorists plot an assassination attempt against the president, which Navy SEAL Lt. Mike Muldoonalong with White House staffer Joan DaCosta, who steals Mike's heartattempt to thwart.
After the events of September 11, the industry wondered if there
might be a decline in reader interest in books that featured storylines about terrorism in America and around the world. But mere weeks after the attacks in the United States, Suzanne was flooded with e-mails from readers. "They told me they'd pick up my Navy SEALs books as comfort reads!" Suzanne says. "I was told they felt safer knowing there were guys like my heroes really out there fighting for our freedom and glad to read a book where the good guys win and the innocent people make it off the plane alive."
Terrorism is a frightening realism, and one that's slowly growing omnipresent in our lives, but in a Brockmann novel, readers can enjoy the fact that, here at least, the good guys kick some serious butt! "After 9/11, I didn't want to crawl around inside of a terrorist's head. I really wanted to write a book about puppies or bunnies, not people whose hatred of us is stronger than their love of life. Then I read all those e-mails, and it was very clear to me that I needed to keep this series going. I'd also set up a bunch of characters in the previous books who deserved to have their stories told, despite the fact that the danger in their lives was a danger that was currently hitting us all a whole lot closer to home."
Indeed, loyal readers will not be disappointed with this book, as they
get to revisit several of the series' stars. They will find out what makes Muldoon tick; get a glimpse of FBI Agents Alyssa Locke and Max Bhagat; see inside Sam Starrett's rather miserable marriage to Mary Lou and revisit with SEAL Team Sixteen's CO Tom Paoletti, Jazz, Jenk and Wildcard, as well as several other cameos from old characters.
With most of her days devoted to creating those vivid characters
in jeopardy or keeping tabs on new developments in military procedures and political shifts, Suzanne confesses that crafting fiction that so closely reflects our current reality sometimes becomes overwhelming.
"I have to be honest, the anniversary of 9/11 will probably always be a day
I don't writea day I sit quietly with my fear and grief and anger." She pauses. "And my hope."
For, like the characters that stride boldly across her pages, Suzanne firmly believes that Americansincluding our real-life SEAL heroeswill not tolerate the loss of our freedom at the hands of terrorists.
"We will win this war," Suzanne says, "but it won't end quickly. How can you possibly reason with someone who would rather die himself then allow others to be free?" But, she adds, knowing there are so many men and women out their protecting our interests is a comfort we must hang on to.
"Writing military romantic suspense can make the world seem like a pretty darn scary place to live. But it is also a world where love and hope wins." With INTO THE NIGHT, we can take comfort in the holiday season among family and friends and band together to keep that hope and love alive.
Suzanne invites readers to share their personal accounts of 9/11 with her. If you would like to contribute, e-mail her at SuzanneBrockmann@aol.com.
Write "9/11 Story" in the subject line. Suzanne is also supportive of an organization that works to send paperback books to service men and women
overseas. Visit http://oppaperback.virtualave.net to find out how you can help.
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