Countdown (Eve Duncan Series #6)

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""Don't kill her. She's no good to us dead." These words haunt Jane MacGuire after a shocking attack shatters her world in an instant. Was it a random kidnapping attempt - or the countdown to something far more sinister?" "Who is after her - and what do they want so badly they'll kill anyone in their way? That's what Jane is determined to find out, without the help of the police, the FBI, or her adoptive parents, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her husband, Joe Quinn, of the Atlanta PD - because whoever is after her won't hesitate to hurt those
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""Don't kill her. She's no good to us dead." These words haunt Jane MacGuire after a shocking attack shatters her world in an instant. Was it a random kidnapping attempt - or the countdown to something far more sinister?" "Who is after her - and what do they want so badly they'll kill anyone in their way? That's what Jane is determined to find out, without the help of the police, the FBI, or her adoptive parents, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her husband, Joe Quinn, of the Atlanta PD - because whoever is after her won't hesitate to hurt those she loves the most. Now Jane will go on the run with the only man who may be more dangerous than those who are pursuing her. A smuggler, a con man, and who knew what else, Mark Trevor had his own mysterious reasons for wanting to keep Jane safe and out of the hands of a killer obsessed with a two-thousand-year-old mystery that could rock the modern-day world." Orphaned at an early age, Jane grew up the hard way, but she was given a new life, a loving family, and a chance to pursue her interest in one of the greatest archaeological finds ever unearthed. Now someone was trying to destroy that new life before it could even get started. The past is returning with the kind of vengeance that knows no mercy. The countdown has already begun, and it's approaching zero faster than anyone thinks.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Prolific bestseller Johansen subjects gutsy Jane Maguire to more troubles in her latest thrill ride. Jane, the adopted daughter of forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, was threatened by one serial killer in 1999's The Killing Game and another in 2004's Blind Alley, so it's no surprise that she's in danger again. The once troubled adolescent is now a brilliant Harvard student and talented artist who spends her summers at far-off archeological digs in Pompeii and Herculaneum, but she's still haunted by her resemblance to Cira, a woman who lived 2,000 years ago in the latter city. Suddenly she's being ambushed in alleys. Does the attempted kidnapping have something to do with Blind Alley's climax, in which Eve; her husband, Joe Quinn of the Atlanta PD; soldier of fortune Mark Trevor; and Jane, the bait, triumphed over the psychopath who was killing women who looked like Cira? You bet it does, as Trevor turns up in Cambridge, enigmatic but still definitely magnetic, determined to protect Jane from danger due to new developments regarding Cira, "the femme fatale of the ancient world." Seems all kinds of notorious criminals are after Cira's lost gold, but some people have mass murder on their minds. Action, romance, castles, bomb plots and a booby-trapped hideaway in snowbound Idaho-what more could Johansen fans want? Agent, Andrea Cirillo at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Does the death of Jane's friend Mike have anything to do with her past life on the streets and an unfortunate encounter with a serial killer? Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"[A] thrill ride.... Action, romance, castles, bomb plots and a booby-trapped hideaway in snowbound Idaho—what more could Johansen fans want?"—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781415925614
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Series: Eve Duncan Series, #6
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the 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. The 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, where she is currently at work on a new novel.

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Biography

After her two children left home for college, Iris Johansen decided to devote her new found free time to writing. Since she loved reading romance novels, she penned a love story, and found to her surprise that "I was just as voracious a writer as I was a reader." During the 1980s, her name was emblazoned on dozens of slender volumes featuring spirited adventuresses, passionate mystery men, and smoldering love scenes. These days, Johansen is one of a posse of former romance writers dominating the New York Times bestseller lists.

Early on in her career, Johansen developed the habit of following characters from book to book, sometimes introducing minor characters in one novel who then become major figures in another. She developed families, relationships, and even fictional countries in her romance novels, which "stretched the boundaries of the standard formulas," according to Barbara E. Kemp in Twentieth-Century Romance and Historical Writers. In 1991, Johansen broke out of category romance (a term for short books written to conform to the length, style and subject matter guidelines for a publisher's series) with The Wind Dancer, a romantic-suspense novel set in 16th-century Italy. She followed it with two sequels, Storm Winds and Reap the Wind, to form a trilogy, then wrote several more stand-alone romance novels before The Ugly Duckling was published in 1996.

The Ugly Duckling was her first book to be released in hardcover -- and the first to significantly broaden her readership beyond her romance fan base. Since then, Johansen's plots have gotten tighter and more suspense-driven; critics have praised her "flesh-and-blood characters, crackling dialogue and lean, suspenseful plotting" (Publishers Weekly). Some of her most popular books feature forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, who first appeared in The Face of Deception in 1998. But Johansen seems equally comfortable with male protagonists, and her books have crossed the gender division that often characterizes popular fiction. Indeed, Publishers Weekly called The Search "that rarity: a woman's novel for men."

Good To Know

Johansen rewrote the ending of Reap the Wind for its reissue in 2002. "I couldn't resist tightening and changing the climax to correspond with my changed ideas on plot structure but the story is basically the same," she explained in a Q&A on her publisher's web site.

Many of her early novels were written for the Loveswept series from Bantam Books; bestselling authors Sandra Brown and Kay Hooper also wrote for the series.

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Chapter One Aberdeen, Scotland

Find the key.

The hotel room was dark but he didn't dare turn on a light.
Leonard had told him that Trevor and Bartlett were usually in the restaurant for an hour, but he couldn't count on it. Grozak had experience with that son of a bitch over the years and he knew Trevor's instincts were still as keen as they had been when he was a mercenary in Colombia.

So he'd give himself ten minutes tops and get out of here. His penlight flashed around the room. As sterile and impersonal as most hotel rooms. Take the bureau drawers first. He moved quickly across to the bureau and started going through them.

Nothing.

He went to the closet and dragged out the duffel and searched through it hurriedly.

Nothing.

Five minutes to go.

He went to the bedside table and opened the drawer. A notepad and pen.

Find the key, the Achilles' heel. Everyone had one.

Try the bathroom.

Nothing in the drawers.

The grooming kit.

Pay dirt!

Maybe.

Yes.
At the bottom of the kit was a small, worn leather folder.

Photos of a woman. Notes. Newspaper clippings with photos of the same woman. Disappointment surged through him. Nothing about MacDuff's Run. Nothing about the gold. Nothing here to really help him. Hell, he'd hoped it was--

Wait. The woman's face was damn familiar. . . .

No time to read them.

He pulled out his digital camera and began to take the pictures.
Send the prints to Reilly and show him that he might have the ammunition that he needed to control Trevor.

But this might not be enough for him. One more search of the bedroom and that duffel . . .

The worn, dog-eared sketchbook was under the protective board at the bottom of the duffel.

Probably nothing of value. He quickly flipped through the pages.
Faces. Nothing but faces. He shouldn't have taken the extra time.
Trevor would be here any minute. Nothing but a bunch of sketches of kids and old people and that bastard--

My God.

Jackpot!

He tucked the sketchbook under his arm and headed for the door, filled with heady exultation. He almost wished that he'd run into Trevor in the hall so that he'd have the chance to kill the son of a bitch. No, that would spoil everything.

I've got you, Trevor.

  • The alarm in Trevor's pocket was vibrating.

Trevor tensed. "Son of a bitch."

"What's wrong?" Bartlett asked.

"Maybe nothing. There's someone in my hotel room." He threw some money down on the table and stood up. "It could be the maid turning down my bed."

"But you don't think so." Bartlett followed him from the room to the elevator. "Grozak?"

"We'll see."

"A trap?"

"Not likely. He wants me dead but he wants the gold more. He's probably trying to find a map or any other info he can get his hands on."

"But you'd never leave anything of value there."

"He can't be sure of that." He stopped outside the door and drew his gun. "Stay here."

"No problem. If you get killed, someone has to yell for the police, and...

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Love her

    Love her

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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    highly recommend

    love the series, keeps you on the edge of your chair, later books in series are too short though so beware as costs only go up--still, am looking forward to next book

    books are somewhat repetitous the further you get into the series, wasted story space with repeated back story of characters and repeated background

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    I highly recommend all Iris Johansen or her sons books

    It was very exciting and on the end of my chair. I try very hard to read all her books. Please keep them coming.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    Excellent

    A Jane adventure--hope there are more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a must read series.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Much better than the last!

    Coming from someone who didn't really care for "Blind Alley", I actually enjoyed this book. I wasn't crazy about the storyline in "Blind Alley" and wasn't too thrilled that this book was going down the same path. However, this one was definitely much better than the last. There was a period in the middle where not much was happening so it was kind of boring... but the ending leaves you saying "WOW" and puts more pieces to that crazy puzzle together! I'm ready to start reading "Stalemate"!!

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

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    Good book

    I bought this book at a drug store just looking for anything that might be good to read, but with no real expectations. This book became one of my new favorites. The story is really good but wait until the ending. It blew me away! I'll definitely be reading more from Johansen in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2009

    Thrilling

    It was a great continuation of the relationship between Jane and Trevor. Loved the mystery behind the treasure. Kept me reading, couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

    Amazing!

    As all the rest of these books this one was one of my favorites I think! The love between Trevor and Jane was just out of this world! I love a good mystery with the love that was in this book! It really keeps you guessing and I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2008

    A reviewer

    I read all of the great reviews for this book and got excited. I'd been looking for another great book that was going to hook me in and keep me captivated. This is the first book I've read in this series and while I got through this book quickly, I thought the storyline was boring. I think the only characters I liked were Jock and McDuff. Not my type of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    This Was The BEST Book I've Ever Read!!!

    Countdown is so AMAZING!!!! Although I would have preferred to see more of Trevor and Jane's relationship. I hope Johansen continue's to write about them because I feel there's so much potential in their relationship and I'd like to see them get to know each other better. After I read Blind Alley, I HAD to get this bok to find out more about Trevor and Jane! Great book!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2006

    loved loved loved this book

    the interaction between trevor and jane is great. i cannot wait til iris comes out with another book, she pulls me in everytime. i hope she writes more about jane and trevor, and i wanna here more about macduff and jock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    What's in store for Jane now?

    I love Jane McQuire and Trevor! I thought this book was as good as the last and I'm hooked now. I would liked to have seen a happier ending for Jane...maybe riding off into the sunset with Trevor or something like that. Maybe a new adventure for our heroine and her leading man that promises happy ever after with some kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2006

    Loved It!

    I can't wait to find out more about Jane. I would like to see what happens between Jane and Macduff. This book was just as thrilling as the rest of them! I encourage you to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    love story

    I love the story line between jane and trevor. I can!t wait until she comes out with another story line between the two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    I couldn't put this one down

    This is a great read! I love the Eve Duncans Series and was excited about reading this one. I think Janes charecter is very good and Johansen did a great job on this book. I couldn't stop reading this one. I definetly recomend this one to anyone who liked Blind Alley, Agian jane is the main charecter and is very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2006

    Great Book!

    I enjoyed this book very much. I agree that it is easier to understand and follow if you read Blind Alley first, but still overall I thought it was well-written and had an interesting plot. I just think that readers who are big fans of the Eve Duncan series will have to accept that she is no longer the main focus of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    Disappointing

    I have read most of her books but could not finish this one. To much of the two thousand year old mystery. Hope that the author gets back to Eve and Joe. Very interesting characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2005

    needs to move on

    I have read all of the author's books, and enjoyed them very much, but I could not even finish Countdown. It is too much like her last book and had the feeling that I had already read this one. Iris needs to let this be the end of Jane and move on with new characters with a new refreshing plot line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2005

    SHE DID IT AGAIN

    Perhaps I enjoyed COUNTDOWN so much, because I read it back to back with BLIND ALLEY. By reading the two books this way I lost nothing of the story line. I'm not sure that would have been as true if there had been a long time in between the two books. Though Iris recapped nicely, I had the pleasure of going from one book right to the next. Plus she has left a world of sub characters to write stories about that I would love to read. She's done it before in other books and I can see her spinning off from this book with McDuff or especially Josh. Coming full circle back to Jane, Trevor, Eve and Joe through Josh. Back to COUNTDOWN, once again Iris threw in enough twist and turns to keep you guessing to the end and few due it as well as her. I think the problem most people will have with this book is it is more Jane's story and Jane is grown up now. In BLIND ALLEY Jane was begining to enter adult hood and was as independent as ever but she was still only seventeen, so her relationship with Joe and Eve was still one that reflected that. But in COUNTDOWN, Jane is an adult and for so many of Iris's books, Jane was a child, people don't want her to grow-up and see the changes in her or in her relationship with Eve and Joe. For some that will be hard to accept. In COUNTDOWN, she is making adult choices, and Eve and Joe are having to let her, (they are in the shadow) and another person is becoming important to her. These are not changes everyone would want to identify with. Usually Iris's subcharacter spin-offs are not as focused on parent child roles. As I said at the begining of my review, I find it hard to seperate COUNTDOWN from BLIND ALLEY, since both of the stories are Jane's. So, for anyone that has a problem with COUNTDOWN go back and read BLIND ALLEY again (if you haven't already read it) and I guarantee you will appreciate the intricates of the story more. This is not just a story of parent daughter roles, or suspense, or betrayal, but one of heritage, psychic linkage, loyalty and so much more. Linda, in Pennsylvania

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