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Emily Hudson is an archeologist who travels the world in search of priceless artifacts from war-torn countries and other hot spots.    Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side—until one day, her entire crew is massacred and Joel and Emily are held captive. Victims of one of the most ruthless and evil human beings on earth.  For two weeks they try to survive, until Emily is the unwitting instrument in Joel’s demise. 

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Overview

Emily Hudson is an archeologist who travels the world in search of priceless artifacts from war-torn countries and other hot spots.    Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side—until one day, her entire crew is massacred and Joel and Emily are held captive. Victims of one of the most ruthless and evil human beings on earth.  For two weeks they try to survive, until Emily is the unwitting instrument in Joel’s demise. 

John Garrett has worked for the CIA, MI6, and whoever else needed his services.  Now, the CIA comes calling with a desperate mission for him: save Emily Hudson.  But their may be more to this job than they let him know.  And soon, his connection to Emily has him questioning everything he thought to be true.  Emily has vengeance on her mind.  Will Garrett aid her in getting revenge?  Can Emily help him get to the truth behind a bigger conspiracy?  Or will they both die trying…With lightning-fast pacing, plot twists and shocking betrayals, Iris Johansen is at the top of her game in this latest thriller.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

An especially far-fetched plot and unconvincing dialogue mar this romantic thriller, set primarily in Afghanistan and Russia, from bestseller Johansen (Dark Summer). Emily Hudson, a U.N. artifacts expert, is trying to track down a vicious criminal who may have stolen "Zelov's hammer." Hidden inside the old mallet is a treasure map to the long-lost riches of Russia's assassinated Romanov family. Helping Hudson is a rough-and-ready CIA tracker, whose physical charms prove irresistible to the usually proud and independent Hudson. As is Johansen's wont, the romance competes head-to-head with the chase, with annoying effect. Love scenes and hokey romantic dialogue closely follow or precede those of perilous action. On one page, Hudson will be steely and adept, then, on the next, fragile and feeble. By the time the plot hits the homestretch, many readers will have a hard time taking it seriously. 650,000 first printing. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608126781
  • Publisher: Findaway World
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: Playaway Adult Fiction Series
  • Format: Other
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Johansen

IRIS JOHANSEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Quicksand,  Pandora's Daughter, Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust, Stalemate and more.  She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted April 28, 2009

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    Johansen spins an old tale of the romanovs with a new little twist. The charachers were cute. An odd but cute bunch. A little twist at the end that was a little unexpected but was a great way to paint out some of the "bad guy" players. a different approach for her but definately a good one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    Amazing!!!!

    I just finished reading "Deadlock" and the book is amazing! I actually had to read it twice because the first time I read it I couldn't put it down until I was done. Then a few days later I went back and picked it up again. Reading it the second time was just as amazing as reading it the first time. The adventure in this book is captaviating while the characters just make you want to read the book entirely before putting it down. I have been reading Ms. Johansen's work for the past two years and I love her writing style. I always get excited when she comes out with a new book. If anyone has been contemplating on picking up some books written by Ms. Johansen, don't. Pick them up and you'll be hooked for life. Keep the books coming Ms. Johansen!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2010

    Sadly Lacking

    I have read other books by Iris Johansen but found this book to be frustrating. I even stopped and read two other books before forcing myself to finish this novel. My main issue was that the characters were poorly development and often felt very forced. The heroin in particular was inconsistent and I just couldn't support or believe her character - actually I truly disliked her. I think the plot could have been interesting but it all felt rushed which made it uneventful. I believe Johansen wrote Killer Dreams and I found that a much better read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    Mehh...Ehh..

    So I read this book thinking it would be something like "The Genesis Secret" by Tom Knox and I was a little surprised by what I read. I did like the whole background story about the Tsar, the murder of the Romanovs, and the hammer but what bothered me was the relationship between Emily and Garrett. It's not that they didn't have good chemistry--because they kind of did--but I didn't expect such explicit sex scenes. It made me a little uncomfortable while reading. These scenes don't pop up very much, but they're pretty awkward, so I'm just warning everyone. Also, I've never read a book by Johanssen before, but I don't think I'm going to read anymore. This may not be her best work, but I was confused as to what type of writer she is--a writer or erotica or action/adventure? It wasn't blended well to me. I wasn't that excited to finish the book or stay up late to finish it either...It was just, "I'll finish it when I have time or on a rainy day." It was just ehhhh. I don't know. It was just okay-nothing special.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

    Johansen leaps to a new level

    Emily was captured by Staunton and forced to watch while her co-worker was tortured. The CIA could not rescue her, but Garret could. When Garret read about the kidnapped artifact expert, he felt drawn to her. He used his contacts and rescued Emily. Staunton would not let her go that easily and began stalking her. The only way to keep Emily safe was for Staunton to die. Garrett and Emily combine forces to stop Staunton. Their mission places everyone they care about in danger.
    I think I have read every book Iris Johansen has written. Her latest book, Deadlock, is not the typical suspense, romance that fans have come to expect. Johansen takes the genre to a new level. Her characters are original. Garret has a dark side. He is very passionate and loving, but there is that certain something that tells you he is a man that will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Emily is anything but a victim. She suffered through the hell Staunton prepared for her,and she survived. Irana had an inner strength and serenity. (Ms. Johansen, please give us a book with Irana as a lead). Deadlock is a combination of romance, suspense, and action. The plot is well developed and one I was easily caught up in. I give this book 5 stars and eagerly await Johansen's next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Solid overall read

    I don't read or finish very many books, but this book kept me wanting more and I ended up finishing it very fast. It was a great story! I would compare it to Jason Borne meets National Treasure. It had a good amount of mystery that keeps you guessing.

    My only problem was the relationship between Garret and Emilly. It was certainly steamy, but I felt Garret was too whipped at the end. I like my badass assassin agent types to be just that, BUT that is just a personal preference. Still a fantastic book and I recommend reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Ok

    Good, stubborn girl. ending ok. characters good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Good easy read.

    This is a good summer read - easy without thinking too much.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    New author for me...

    Deadlock hooked me from the very beginning. I have to say that it lost me a little in the middle but picked back up again for a good finish. This was my first read by Johansen but won't be my last.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Gotta Love Iris

    I have become and Iris Johansen Junkie....I love all her books so far and can't stop reading them.

    One thing about this book, there was not major twist that I've come to find in all her other books.

    Still amazing and stimulating!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Enjoyed very much a real page turner

    She has a good writing style, keeps you turning page after page not wanting to stop.. a real good read..

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  • Posted January 6, 2010

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    Deadlock

    I absolutely love this audio book. I enjoy listening to Iris Johansen's stories. Her story telling makes you feel like you're one of the characters. It's funny I've never read one of her books but I truly love listening to her audio books. If I picked up one of her books I probably would not put it down until I'm finished. I'm looking forward to my next purchase.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    I was surprised

    The last few books I had read by Iris Johansen didn't interest me and seemed to be the same. I was pleasantly surprised by Deadlock because it seemed like she got her spark back. This book had a few twists and turns I never expected. I hope her next books are as good as this one.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Deadlock

    I like Iris Johansens' book's overall, and this one was no exception. Well written and kept me wanting to turn the next page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2009

    Very disappointed

    I usually enjoy her books but this one, I couldn't even get through. I did not finish reading because about 100 pages into it and I still couldn't feel like I wanted to stay up late to finish it like I usually do her other books. Would not recommend this one but she is usually a great author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

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    New found author

    I always read James Patterson books, but now I found a new author that is stimulating, and interesting in her choice of subjects. I think that she will be on my to read list from now on.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Deadlock

    I have just started reading this book and it is hard to put down. Fast paced and never a dull moment.I can't wait to finish it.Iris Johansen is going to do it again, another Blockbuster I am sure. If you like action and suspense this one's for you as are a lot of her other books. Thanks

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

    Which is it to be?

    My first time to read Johansen. My favorite topic: International thriller. Not bad, but dragged a bit. Seems Ms Johansen has a problem deciding whether to write a sexual fantasy or a thriller. Perhaps she should resolve this before her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Slow and boring plot

    Not like most of her books, this one was slow, action scenes too far apart, too much unnecessary down time for an action thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    It was touching at times...

    I have read many Iris Johansen books; she is the writer of my favorite ones. But I was disappointed with this book. I enjoyed the romance and cried at the terrible ordeals through-out, but I had to force myself to finish the book. I have never had this problem before.

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