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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,074 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iris Johansen Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN: 9781441886354
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Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang—a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates a formula that’s not only deadly but completely untraceable, the race begins to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself up against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive in her quest to protect those she cares about: Hu Chang and Luke—the son who was stolen from Catherine and only recently brought home safe. Using all of her formidable skills, Catherine Ling proves the age-old belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Iris Johansen is at her best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong and the darkest places of the human soul.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Taylor | 2/10/2014

    " My favorite author. Another good book. Can't wait for the next one. I do miss Eve and Joe though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/7/2014

    " Though I love Iris Johansen, I couldn't really get into "What Doesn't Kill You." The characters are very predictable and I could figure out the ending before I even started. I usually don't mind and am just happy to find a romantic thriller that I can enjoy, but maybe I was too busy or just wanted something new. Also, the cover is very off putting. Made me think of Salt and Angelina Jolie, which did not help the main character any. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Feenstra | 1/29/2014

    " You can't go wrong with an Iris Johansen book; I liked Catherine Ling in some of the other books but now to have her as a main character of her own book is awesome. Enjoyed reading this book alot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milton Moon Louie | 1/28/2014

    " It's about Hu Chang and his "poison". It is about Hu Chang and Catherine Line (and Luke and Gallo). It is about finding the killer who wanted this "poison." Read this book. B "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Lewis | 1/25/2014

    " I liked the main characters, even though they are a bit over the top. Every one is bit too skilled, too brave, too sexy to be completely believable. But it's an entertaining read, as are most of Johansen's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 1/22/2014

    " I really had a hard time getting into this book. It was so frustrating because I love Iris's books but I thought this one was a bit dry. Too many closed off characters that we don't really know, hard to trudge through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 1/17/2014

    " I don't like soap operas, how may times can someone have amnesia or the chances of having your child kidnapped. This book has me slogging through it. There is always some s and m character who probably enjoys pulling wings off a butterfly. I give up on reading anymore books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 1/16/2014

    " The best part of this book is that it continues on with the story of Catherine Ling and her son Luke. This is a continuation of her Bonnie , Eve, and Quinn series.It also lets you engage John Gallo from that same series, and continues the attraction they felt even though the were playing cat and mouse back then. This time they are joined together with a single purpose.It also gives a back ground of Catherine Ling and her life as a youth. I am not sure I agree with her never waving trust of an old friend, and its results concerning her child.Even though she complains , she seems to adjust to each new event rather easily. For some one who is so independent, and even a control freak, that part did not add up for me.She was more like a chess piece between several men, and her son. The ending did not explain how so many strong characters would fit into her life at once.It just kind of faded into the night sky, with no real conclusion. Perhaps we will see these characters again, and the story will explain itself to a better conclusion! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/11/2014

    " It was cool. It was never a boring moment. It was realistic unlike some action books.Emotionally and physically,that is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brianna Elsass | 1/8/2014

    " One of my favorite authors as she explores Catherine Ling's character. Great setting it in Hong Kong with the combination of Catherine's past and future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Winnie | 1/8/2014

    " I have to say this is one of the worst books I have ever read. The dialogue is repetitive and the plot is unbelievable. I am Chinese and I have not heard anyone speak like Hu except in movies... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 1/5/2014

    " Johansen returns to the world of CIA agent Catherine Ling. Her Chinese mentor has invented the perfect, undetectable poison. It has fallen into the hands of a Russian madman, and they must get it back. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy anderson | 12/27/2013

    " i love iris johansen's books. This is a spring off from her Eve Duncan series and while it is definetly a keep you on the edge of your seat book, I miss, her other characters. But altogether a good read and I will read more about gallo and Catherine as I am sure there is more to come. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachelle Zayicek | 11/25/2013

    " This book by Iris Johannsen stars one of the characters from her Eve Duncan forensic thrillers. I have read and anxiously looked forward to each new novel in this series, & have never been disappointed. I am sure there will be future novels featuring Catherine Ling--I can't wait! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri Reed | 11/17/2013

    " Kept my interest. complicated plot, alternating between past and present. Vivid setting, well developed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/2/2013

    " long read but interesting. very unusual personalities in these characters and plot. refreshing character personalities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Farino | 10/11/2013

    " leaves room for another book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Vanderbloom | 10/7/2013

    " I usually like this author and this book was ok, but a slow read. The characters connect to her previous books but are less interesting than other characters in the author's series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 9/28/2013

    " Wonderful book - really enjoyed it. Thank you for taking me on a trip around the world "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kerry | 8/14/2013

    " I am so done with these characters. It's not an Eve Duncan story - but still many of the same people from that series. I just can't take any more. Maybe it's not as bad as a 2 if I just wasn't so sick of this story line. To be fair, I'll give the story a 2, the narration of the audio version a 1. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regan | 6/5/2013

    " Disappointing. I am a fan of Catherine Ling's character but everything about this book was predictable and slow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica Williams | 3/22/2013

    " Catherine Ling who has remained something of an enigma through the Eve Duncan series gets her own stand alone title which explores her back story and her relationship with the enigmatic Hu Chang. Its an entertaining fast paced thriller, perfect for someone who is just looking for a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 3/16/2013

    " disappointing...character relationships stilted and plot elements too contrived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cariboo | 2/25/2013

    " I find this authors books one step over a dime store romance. Readable, but just barely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tera | 1/20/2013

    " Pretty good, I really enjoy Hu Chang. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacquie | 11/1/2012

    " Love, love everything this author writes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison Fyfe | 10/28/2012

    " Never thought I would actually enjoy the book as much as i did, the intrigue lasted right to the end well worth a read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 8/4/2012

    " I really didn't like this book. I didn't think it really engaged the reader. The plot was just blah and it didn't really provide too much additional insight to this character. It was one where you don't really have to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Miranda | 7/28/2012

    " Sorry, gave up. Again. Not having a good run on books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 6/27/2012

    " Would have liked to have the relationship with Gallo and with Luke more in depth. So is the next book going to be "John"? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 LouAnn | 4/16/2012

    " Great book! Iris Johansen doesn't disappoint. Awesome story once again! Kept me guessing through the whole book with suprises til the end. Strong; charismic characters. I love the fact that Johansen spins off books from her Eve Duncan series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaime Lee | 4/9/2012

    " I really don't think that this book deserves any stars at all but I gave in and gave it one. This book was awful. The characters were bland, I really couldn't care about them at all and the storyline was awful! Blech!!!!! "

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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

Jennifer Van Dyck has appeared on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, and The Secret Rapture. She has been in new plays by Keith Bunin, Ellen McLaughlin, Catherine Filloux, Douglas Post, A. R. Gurney, and Albert Innaurato. Her film and television credits include Series 7, States of Control, Bullets over Broadway, numerous Law & Order episodes, Ed, Spin City, and The Education of Max Bickford.