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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,801 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iris Johansen Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780739302125
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with an electrifying and all-too-plausible thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the maximum and never lets up. From the tense opening scene to the final explosive page, Johansen delivers a knockout novel, as an unlikely pair of allies must expose a team of killers hiding behind an unspeakable act of terror--and risk ending up their next target.

She witnesses death through the eye of her camera. Now a relentless killer is focused on her. A celebrated photojournalist, Alex Graham has seen it all--but her latest assignment has forced her across a dangerous line. What happens when a reporter does more than just report? She has recorded some of the most tragic and heartbreaking of catastrophes, everything from natural disasters to infamous acts of terror. Her experiences have left her forever marked with the human side of tragedy. So when a dam breaks in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, Alex is once more at the site doing more than just snapping pictures--she is in the mud with a shovel digging for survivors. 

What happens when the reporter becomes the story? Alex finds more than she bargained for. In one terrible instant, she is witness to a conspiracy that will stun a nation. The official story is just a cover-up for a truth so frightening, so unthinkable, anyone who threatens to reveal it must be silenced. Forever. And now that someone is Alex Graham.

The first attempt on her life is swift and brutal. Only barely escaping, she finds an ally in an improbable source. Billionaire financier John Logan has his own reasons for protecting Alex, and these reasons alone are likely to get her killed. Using his vast connections and influences, Logan assigns a bodyguard to protect her. Judd Morgan is the best covert commando in the business, and if anyone can keep Alex safe, it’s this quietly dangerous man. The problem is, Alex doesn’t want to be kept safe by Judd, whose checkered past has made him the target of an unseen assassin who dogs his every step.

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  • Smoothly written, tightly plotted, turbocharged thriller … Johansen doesn’t miss. Kirkus Reviews

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amudha | 2/13/2014

    " Its a very good combination of romance, thriller and adventure... i enjoyed this book verymuch.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chana | 2/11/2014

    " A romance in the guise of an adventure/thriller. The author knows how to correctly sequence a story, but the dialogue was lame. Characters are constantly "tightening" or "twisting" their lips. And there is a frequent repetition of the word "dammit". I was wondering how I acquired this book as I certainly did not buy it, but, I tightened my lips and thought there is only one way to get this book off my shelf and that is to read it, dammit, and pass it on to someone who likes this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Iris Johansen. Alex Graham is an independent main character, but it was Judd Morgan who kept my interest. Enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zulma Antepara | 2/5/2014

    " I love Iris Johansen.I have read many of her books: No one to trust, Body of lies,The Search, The killing Game etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin L. | 2/3/2014

    " Ms. Johansen knows how to write a good story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda O | 1/21/2014

    " 341 pgs. One of the many Eve Duncan stories - this one includes Sarah Logan and her rescue dog, Monty. An interesting addition to the story. I'm starting to feel like the series is getting a bit stale - seems like there's always someone who needs rescue, Eve is the ever-engrossed savior of some lost child, always looking for Bonnie. Sorry for the negative review. It's always well-written, so it does hook me in. And, I'll probably continue reading this saga! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan W | 1/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the characters which I got to know in " no one to trust" and "the search". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robbin | 1/15/2014

    " liked this book, reminded me a little of clancy books i've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittany | 1/14/2014

    " Although some characters in this fast-paced thriller with a crowded cast remain murky, the nonstop action won't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/7/2014

    " Good book. Of course the two main characters fall in love but it doesn't happen right away or with fake scenerios. The general story line has some great twists and turns. Would like to read other books by her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/6/2014

    " Iris Johansen just keeps you coming back for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/3/2014

    " This was my first Johansen audio book and I already put more on my wish list. I knew I loved her as an author, but I wasn't sure how her stories would play out in audio form. I really enjoyed it very much! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 E | 1/2/2014

    " Reads like it was written in one night with the aim to produce in one being all the cliche dialogue, characters, relationships, and plots that one might expect when overwraught romance novelists and tired mystery novelists procreate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/23/2013

    " Good book! Full of suspense, just like Iris Johansen always is. Kept me glued to the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/1/2013

    " This is the first time I have read Iris Johansen and enjoyed her writig. She is a mystery/suspense writer and I look forward to reading other books of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/31/2013

    " I really liked this one! I love Iris Johansen as a writer and this one had several of the same characters as the Eve Duncan series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Williams | 7/29/2013

    " Well, again I read a book I have already read. That's what happens when you go to the used book store and just throw everything that is a dollar in your basket and don't check your reading list. But it was a good read and hopefully next time I will recognize the plot when I read the back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurean | 7/17/2013

    " This was entertaining; a government conspiracy to kill the President of the United States "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shana | 5/23/2013

    " Like all of Iris's novels, fun, fast read, suspenseful, passionate, and reliable mystery/drama/romance. I enjoyed it. Not great, but good enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 1/25/2013

    " Johansen's books are always a thrill full of excitment...she never fails her readers "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanne | 10/16/2012

    " More of a romance than an action tale. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/8/2012

    " A nice hot summer's day read. Not a great book, but relaxing in the hot sun readilng book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 1/28/2012

    " Good airport/beach quick read. Mystery/Romance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 1/8/2012

    " Another "I should hate him but I'm going to fall in love with him" story from Johansen, but another great story to go with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camille Robison | 11/28/2011

    " I do like this author, but this book was not as good as I'd hoped it would be. A good quick read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadine Haney | 9/13/2011

    " I don't usually go for political/government intrigue, but Johansen is good. She had me hooked. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cupcakencorset | 5/31/2011

    " Fun, interesting, not too believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/2/2011

    " Another great book by Iris Johansen. Lots of action and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Lots of likable charactors "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 4/30/2011

    " Although some characters in this fast-paced thriller with a crowded cast remain murky, the nonstop action won't disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/27/2010

    " The book was good to start out with, it was a little dry, but I liked it all in all. I think it could of been a little more action and a lot less talk and moving around with people. But I liked the book and I am going to read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/9/2010

    " Good book! Full of suspense, just like Iris Johansen always is. Kept me glued to the pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amudhasenthil | 11/28/2010

    " Its a very good combination of romance, thriller and adventure... i enjoyed this book verymuch.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 11/22/2010

    " Another great read. I love the author and the characters.. I have to hurry up and get to the next book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 8/28/2010

    " Iris Johansen is fast becoming one of the authors I would pick up to read anytime. Fast paced, good plots, with suspendse to keep me reading late into the night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 8/19/2010

    " 'summer reading' book, Read like several days in the TV series '24'.
    Evil working within the government. Who to trust? Two very healthy lead characters who made me tired with all the running. Whew, lots of vicarious exercise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/31/2010

    " Enjoyable as always.

    A bit formulaic, but the formula is solid. Two fall in love who shouldn't. There are bombs and politics.

    Great fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maurean | 5/6/2010

    " This was entertaining; a government conspiracy to kill the President of the United States "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xilonem | 5/6/2010

    " i Love the romance between Judd Morgan and Alex Graham!
    I also enjoy a little Conspiracy Theory story!
    if you like Romance and a little thrill you'll enjoy this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Camille | 3/28/2010

    " I do like this author, but this book was not as good as I'd hoped it would be. A good quick read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 1/23/2010

    " Definitely not her best; just couldn't seem to connect with the characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 12/29/2009

    " Another "I should hate him but I'm going to fall in love with him" story from Johansen, but another great story to go with it. "

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About the Author
Author Iris Johansen

Iris Johansen, who has more than twenty-seven million copies of her books in print, has won many awards for her achievements in writing. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Killer Dreams, Blind Alley, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, Body of Lies, The Search, and many other novels. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia. 

About the Narrator

Kate Burton, winner of four Earphones Awards for narration, is best known for her work on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, The Constant Wife, and Spring Awakening, as well as on television in Grey’s Anatomy and Empire Falls. Her films include Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Unfaithful, and Remember Me. She played the title role in Alice in Wonderland with her father, Richard Burton, on PBS.