After a near-fatal head injury, navy SEAL lieutenant Tom Paoletti catches a terrifying glimpse of an international terrorist in his New England hometown. When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the danger as injury-induced imaginings. In a desperate, last-ditch effort to prevent disaster, Tom creates his own makeshift counterterrorist team, assembling his most loyal officers, two elderly war veterans, a couple of misfit teenagers, and Dr. Kelly Ashton–the sweet “girl next door” who has grown into a remarkable woman. The town’s infamous bad boy, Tom has always longed for Kelly. Now he has one final chance for happiness, one last chance to win her heart, and one desperate chance to save the day… – Goodreads
The prologue of this novel starts off with a bang, like literally. Tom Paoletti is in the middle of a terrorist attack and then ends up in a coma. While The Unsung Hero starts with a bang, the story is actually not that action packed. The real story is between Tom and Kelly, two people who loved each other decades ago and still love each other now and are trying to figure out how to survive.
The joys of listening to this as an audiobook is the fact that the multiple POVs were easy to notice and take note of. Usually when I read a book with multiple POVs, as soon as the second point-of-view occurs, I end up confused. What ends up to the confusion throughout this novel is the fact that along with Tom and Kelly’s story, plus Tom’s own story, the two of them have their grandfathers, whom are best friends, are dealing with a secret of their own.
There was a lot going on in The Unsung Hero and while I understand setting up a series, there is a lot going on in this first book. A lot to take in and make note of. In the first 14% of the book, we went through a major traumatic event, were set up for the fact the two main characters were once in love, and still love each other. We were also set up for the fact they grown apart but still have heart eyes for each other, and oh yeah their relatives were involved with some shady things during World War II.
In just the first 14% of the book.
After the mountain of information that Brockmann through at us, the reader, it was interesting to see how she would end up drawing out. While I understand why essentially two books were put together, it was still hard for awhile to get into this book because so much was happening, but finally it all clicked and I finally got into The Unsung Hero. All of those little pieces began to go together and I started to enjoy the book that Brockmann created.
The characters were real, and painful, and made mistakes that made you want to slap them a la Edna Mode from the Incredibles.
I am glad I stuck with this book, because I did almost DNF it, when it got confusing. But then, that moment that everything came together, and it was awesome. Kelly doesn’t tell Tom get away with anything, and Tom doesn’t let Kelly get away with anything. While they missed the moment when they were teens, they are no longer teens and that shows. Kelly also is blunt with Tom, the two of them constantly talk throughout this novel. While it is often at the wrong time, they still talk, and call each other on their bullshit and I loved it. It was a real relationship, even when one of them (Tom) didn’t want a relationship. As much as they talk, they actually don’t talk about the most important aspect: the fact that they both love each other but refuse to tell the other.
While I found the beginning to be bogged down with information and it was a slow book to start, I ended up enjoying this series and would continue on with it!