All right folks. If you are tired of category novels about cowboys and babies, go out now and buy a copy of this book – no, buy two copies of this book. Maybe if it sells really, really well, the publishers will take a hint and put out more books like this one.
Imagine – a category novel with no ranchers, no cops, no cowboys and no babies. What’s more, the main characters are African-Americans and the cover picture actually looks like the way the characters are described inside! Gasp! Be still my heart! And to top it all off, this is Suzanne Brockmann’s best SEAL book since Prince Joe.
If you have read the previous books in the Tall, Dark, and Dangerous mini-series, you know Senior Chief Daryl “Harvard” Becker. Harvard and the rest of SEAL company Alpha are training a group of agents from FInCOM, a government anti-terrorist agency. The SEALS don’t really want to be doing this, and the training sessions are not going very well. The only FInCOM agent who is any good, is P.J. Rogers, the only woman in the group.
P.J. is not a G.I. Jane poster girl. She is only five feet tall and weighs about 100 lbs. P.J. is capable and does her best to push herself to her limits and beyond, but she has to put up with the sexist attitudes of some of the men. Harvard is one of the trainers and he and P.J. clash over his belief that women do not belong in combat situations. Harvard is neither arrogant nor sexist – he honestly does not think women belong in combat, but his beliefs begin to clash with his growing realization that P.J. is better than any of the FInCOM men. Also, Harvard is beginning to feel a growing affection for P.J – an affection that at first, is not returned.
Even though Suzanne Brockmann’s Tall, Dark, and Dangerous mini-series is just about my favorite category mini-series, I always thought the men in it overshadowed the women. Not so in this book. P.J. Rogers is Suzanne Brockmann’s best female character in the series. P.J. is strong and smart and has survived and thrived despite having had a childhood from hell. She is a realist and knows that sometimes she is put in a job for window-dressing, being a Black woman. But P.J. has pride and plenty of self-esteem and will not settle for anything but being the best of the best.
As for Harvard – he is not your run-of-the-mill army hero. He is smart, strong, kind, and gentle and honest enough to admit that even though he disapproves of women in combat situations, P.J. is by far the best of the FInCOM trainees. Harvard and P.J.’s relationship moves realistically from mistrust, to respect, friendship and finally to love. He and P.J. make a wonderful couple.
It’s not necessary to have read all the books in the series to enjoy Harvard’s Education, but if you like action, adventure, rugged manly men and the women who love them, you will thoroughly enjoy this book and all of Suzanne Brockmann’s SEAL books.