Bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann knows how to push the limits of romantic suspense to new, breathtaking heights. Potent, gripping, and explosive, OUT OF CONTROL is a roller coaster ride of a novel- as a single act of loyalty becomes a desperate struggle for survival. . . .
Blending several humor-garnished love stories into the best sort of cocktail, veteran romance author Brockmann (Over the Edge) serves up a heady brew that readers are certain to savor. Computer wiz and Navy SEAL Ken Karmody changes a tire for grease-smudged damsel-in-distress Savannah van Hopf, cooks her dinner and ends up in bed with her the beginning of a fantastic relationship, he believes, until Savannah shatters his dreams the next morning with her sheepish revelation that she had sought him out so he could help her negotiate her uncle's ransom in Indonesia. But sleeping with him, she insists, was never part of her plan. Feeling betrayed, Ken nonetheless accompanies her to Indonesia. Evading kidnappers plunges them deep into the jungle with few resources, forcing the two to rely on each other, rebuild their broken trust and rediscover their former passion. Meanwhile, Savannah's grandmother a World War II double agent whose memories of her love for a supposed Nazi interweave with Ken and Savannah's jungle perils rousts Ken's fellow SEALs and the FBI into organizing a rescue mission. A consummate and prolific storyteller, Brockmann consistently turns out first-rate novels that tug on the reader's heartstrings, and her latest is no exception. (Mar.) Forecast: Brockmann's books consistently garner rave reviews, hit the bestseller lists and rank high on RWA's 10 Favorite Books of the Year list. Despite its forgettable cover, this military romance should sell particularly well, given the public's recent hunger for patriotic entertainment. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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December 31, 2001
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Excerpt from Out of Control by Suzanne Brockmann
SEVERAL MONTHS LATER
Savannah von Hopf's life spiraled even further out of control when she opened her cell phone and discovered that the batteries were completely dead.
She stared at the phone in disbelief, unwilling at first to accept any explanation other than that she'd suddenly and horrifically been plunged into an alternate reality. She'd charged her phone last night in her hotel room-same as she charged her phone every single night of her life. She wouldn't have forgotten something as important as that, and she hadn't. She'd plugged it into the outlet in the bathroom and . . .
And then turned out the light to go to sleep. Without the light switch in the on position, the outlet hadn't worked and the phone hadn't charged.
She wasn't in an alternate reality. She was merely an idiot.
So now here she was, sans phone, in a rental car with a flat tire, in an unfamiliar part of San Diego.
Okay. Cross using her cell phone to call the car rental company for roadside assistance off the list that had the heading "What To Do Now." Savannah kept the motor on and the air conditioner running while she tried to think. What were her other options?
Knock on doors and ask to use a phone?
She peered out the windows of her car. The houses in this neighborhood was extremely small, and many of them had a grayness to them=-as if the people living inside had had to choose to spend their money on something more vital, like repairing the roof, rather than on a fresh coat of paint.
The yards were all neatly kept, but still, this entire part of town had a desperate feel to it, a hopelessness.
The thought of having to get out of her car made Savannah a little uneasy-let alone the idea of getting out of her car and knocking on some stranger's door.
And wasn't that just great? If she were too chicken to get out of her car in some middle-class neighborhood in San Diego, how on earth was she going to get off the plane in Jakarta?