2016 Birdie Book Award Winner
About the Book: Suzanne Brockmann returns to the action-packed world of her bestselling Troubleshooters series with a new novella featuring U.S. Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella, his extended family, and his kickass teammates in SEAL Team Sixteen.
The only easy day is yesterday. BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training is known for being the toughest, meanest, most physically punishing program in the entire U.S. Navy, and a new crop of tadpoles have arrived in Coronado eager to prove their worth—to make it through Hell Week, and become U.S. Navy SEALs.
Although Izzy prefers assignments out in the “real world,” he’s glad to be an instructor for the current BUD/S class, because it allows him to spend time at home with his wife, Eden, and her lively and lovable extended family.
Eden’s sixteen-year-old brother, Ben, is dealing with a new crush and a homophobic bully in his high school, but it soon appears that things are not as they seem.
Meanwhile, Eden’s other brother (and Izzy’s SEAL teammate and former frenemy) Danny Gillman and his wife Jenn have just had a baby who has colic and cries constantly.
As Ben deals with the type of too-serious high school drama that could involve a body count, and Danny and Jenn juggle a new baby, lack of sleep, and postpartum blues, Izzy is intrigued by “Boat Squad John,” a misfit team of young SEAL candidates all named John, including the intriguing young Seagull, his swim buddy Timebomb, and Seagull’s nemesis Hans.
Does Seagull have what it takes keep Boat Squad John still standing when the dust of BUD/S Hell Week settles or will they ring out?
Suzanne Brockmann Books | October 3, 2016
IZZYIZZYIZZYIZZYIZZYIZZYIZZYIZZY!!!! I love Izzy Zanella!
Okay, whew, that’s mostly out of my system. Mostly. The thing is, I really love Troubleshooters. I can say, no doubt about it, I wouldn’t have read this series if it hadn’t been for my friend pushing me. I don’t like contemporary romance. I can occasionally be convinced to read one, but it’s usually with an immense amount of trepidation. When I give in and pick them up, I rarely like them. Troubleshooters was not like that. I love it. I loved every single book. I’ve been searching for another series like it for years, and I’ve finally accepted the fact that there simply is no other series like it.
SO, imagine my excitement when we’re gifted with another book! I read Suzanne Brockmann’s announcements and I shimmy and dance around my room. I whoop and holler, because I love every second I get with this SEAL team.
Ready to Roll is the third Novella in what I call an Izzy novella trilogy. It’s not just Izzy, it’s also the Gillman clan too. I love that whole group. I especially love getting to read more about Ben. This book contained all of that, and so of course I loved it.
It also introduced us to Boat Squad John, and I loved all of them. I loved the camaraderie, and I may have even shed a tear at the end. I was also pleasantly surprised to find myself nearly as fascinated by Seagull as I was with Izzy. That hasn’t happened in the Troubleshooters, not since Izzy was introduced. Izzy is the man, but I think Seagull could be the man too. I wish the next book was about Seagull.
Instead it’s about Grunge, and that’s okay. He wasn’t horrible. He wasn’t my favorite, but he wasn’t horrible. AND, he’s close with Izzy and Suzanne says Izzy will share page time, and that could never be wrong.
So, I loved it. I loved everything. I love everything. I love Troubleshooters. Gimme more!
“The only easy day is yesterday, and failure is not an option.”
Great review! I’m glad you liked this one. I really need to return to this series. I can’t remember the last one I read, but I felt like there were too many characters with too much going on. And I can handle that when they’ve been there all along, but if I remember right (and it’s been years, so I may not,) the last book I read introduced a lot of new characters. It was impossible for me to remember who was who. But I do love her writing!
I never had that problem with Troubleshooters, but it could have been because I read BDB first and Ward is WAY worse with that. Brockmann did introduce a lot of characters, but it was more like a saga because the first ones you’re introduced to eventually give way to the next group of new SEALS, and then again. So it follows the same group, and they make appearances, but I think she handles the large world really well.
It’s very obvious you love this series– I’m so glad that you found a series which brings you joy like this! Wow. There are a lot of books in this series, too. I’m impressed with your dedication.
If I was interested in starting this series, would I need to start from the beginning?
Well, the thing about the series is that the core group of people changes, since it’s been around for so long. New SEAL’s come, and the original team fades to the background. I like that, since it’s very ongoing. I wouldn’t say you had to start at the beginning if you didn’t want to, especially because the first book or two are the weakest (she did a lot of research after that and it made the military aspect of the books more realistic), BUT some couples are one book couples, and some have a story arch that unfolds over multiple books, so you’d be risking missing out.
I read them all, but spaced them, only reading 1 or 2 a month. They’re pretty quick reads.
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That’s good to know! Particularly about the first two books being weaker– that’s typical of longer series. And it’s good to know if I’m going to stick it out!
If you do decide to read it, I’d love to hear what you think of it.
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