Eight Days to Live

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It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it. They believe that Jane must die — when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price. But for now they target those ...

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Eight Days to Live (Eve Duncan Series #10)

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It all begins with a painting called Guilt. Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it. They believe that Jane must die — when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price. But for now they target those close to her, killing without mercy or conscience.

Jane’s journey takes her from Paris to Scotland to a cave in the Holy Land, as she fights with all she has to save her life. Even with Eve’s help, can she possibly escape before the clock stops ticking?

Eight Days to Live begins with an ancient conspiracy and a shocking betrayal, but will it end with the death of Eve Duncan and the sacrifice of Jane MacGuire? With Eight Days to Live, #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen delivers a thriller that will chill you to the core.

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While Eve Duncan (first introduced in the more procedural Face of Deception) is present for parts of this thriller, the action focuses on her adopted daughter, Jane Maguire, and the psychopathic men determined to kill her. The why has something vaguely to do with a painting that Jane created from a dream image that connects to a prophecy and a cult that dates back to the time of Christ. In the meantime, Jane must struggle to stay one step ahead of the killers with the help of two strong but silent assassins—one who works for the CIA, the other who has some sort of extra ability to boil a person's blood from the inside out. VERDICT Johansen's latest is more than a little over the top with the villainous villains and secret sacrifices—think The Da Vinci Code crossed with an Anne Stuart romantic suspense novel, and you'll have a sense of the plot and tone. Not that that will be a bad thing for all readers. Fans of Stuart's amoral heroes and those who still follow Johansen will probably pick this one up. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 12/09; 500,000-copy first printing.]—Jane Jorgenson, Madison P.L., WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491543467
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Eve Duncan Series , #10
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Johansen
IRIS JOHANSEN is the New York Times bestselling author of Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Silent Thunder (with Roy Johansen), Pandora’s Daughter, Quicksand, Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, No One to Trust 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."

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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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  • Posted April 29, 2010

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    Iris has another smash hit with her newest paranormal thriller

    At the age of seventeen Jane MacGuire started having precognitive dreams, already in art school she paints what she dreams as a release. These dreams have led her once before into troubled waters and she's having them again. Any artist worth his/her salt should love gallery shows especially when you're the artist on show, but Jane hates the notoriety and she does it only because her friend and gallery owner insist. What she doesn't know is that disaster is right around the corner. Seth Caleb has been obsessed with Jane since he helped her and her adoptive parents rid the world of a ruthless serial killer. Now she needs him again, will they find the answers they need in time and what about what they feel for each other, is it a simple case of lust or does it run deeper.
    You can never go wrong with an Iris Johansen mystery, and this one is no exception. The main-stream mystery lover will appreciate the attention to detail, the complicated plot and the myriad of wonderful characters both good and evil. The paranormal mystery lover will love the touch of woo woo that Iris includes in this titillating read and I'm not talking mythological or mystical she just dips her toe in the paranormal stream. You will recognize her dialogue if you're a fan as you re-connect with the characters you've come to love and respect. Her characters are very real and almost three dimensional as this wonderful storyteller brings them to life for her audience. Her heroine Jane is a complicated player but Iris portrays her to a tee. Caleb is an enigma and she goes beneath all the layers to find what makes him tick. Together they are a powerful force. There is a romance and you're present for it's birth. Her supporting cast of characters including her usual protagonists Eve and Joe are essential to the telling of the story.
    If you love a great mystery, look no farther. If you love a little paranormal thrown in, this is your read. If you want it told by a ace storyteller, here she is.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

    Loved it..

    I just finished reading this and loved it. I liked how they brought back a bunch of people from previous books.. I would highly recommend this if your an Iris and an Eve/Jane fan..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

    Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen

    I would give this book a five star rating. It is gripping. I don't want to put it down. It pops from the first page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    Definace - paperback comes out Sept 10.

    I am a long time fan of Iris Johansen - she's one of the ultimate "rainy day" authors. If it were a month later, I'd have saved this one for the beach. A fun read and I particlarly love the recurring characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    AMAZING

    AMAZING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    great book Great book

    I loved this book i have read several of books by this author and have loved every one this book had mystery and compassion and kept my interest to the very end

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    It absorbed me completely!

    I really enjoyed this book. My mom gave it to me as a Christmas gift and I never thought I was going to love it. Amazing book!

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Another A+ for the series

    This novel focuses mostly on Jane so it was a nice change of pace before the trilogy begins the beginning of the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    My good friend got me into Iris Johansen books. I can't stop reading her books. I could not put this book down!

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    LOVED THIS BOOK

    Cannot wait for next one of this series

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    good but predictable finish

    good reading

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  • Posted August 5, 2010

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    A good book to read

    I started this book and I could not put it down. Iris Johansen out did her self in this book. Well, all her books are great. I can't wait until she comes out with the next book. Keep up the good work Iris.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

    I loved this book!

    This was my favorite of the Eve Duncan series. I really hope that Seth and Jane continue into the next Eve Duncan series. I can't wait to read the next one!!

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

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    OK, so Eve Duncan IS in the book....kind of.

    ...but calling it an "Eve Duncan Forensic Mystery" is a bit of a stretch. This is a follow-up to the Jane McGuire tale of the lost treasure chests of Rome, you know, the one in the Scottish castle? Eve makes an appearance and serves as bait, and Joe is firmly in the background.

    This "thriller" tried very hard to put me to sleep. So much of the text is conversation between characters; there is very little action until the very, very end - and that action isn't as much thrilling as it is formulaic. None of these characters felt "real" to me, which is important when I am reading. Lina was at least quirky and original, although thinly sculpted. While I have to admit that I am intrigued by Seth Caleb's character he falls more comfortably into a TWILIGHT kind of tale than he does any forensic thriller, and the laird and his castle are so stereotypical that they are really comic.
    That said, I'd likely still read whatever comes next for Eve and Joe, as they are favorite characters of mine, but I wish Johansen would leave Jane to her Scottish lord and get back to the stories of Eve's forensic work.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    Eight Days to Live

    In Eight Days to Live, Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter Jane have been targeted by this secret cult. Jane has been selected as the ultimate sacrifice and has eight days until they come and get here. Iris Johansen has written some wonderful thrillers involving the Eve Duncan character and her villains are just so sinister. This particular book is more about Jane and not about Eve. Other than that, there is some interesting character development and the story itself fast-paced.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

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    loved it!!!

    I could not put the book down! This is a "Nail Biter". Iris created an exciting adventure with Jane and a hint of our loved characters, Eve and Joe. Thanks for the escape into a world of the unknown. Do we believe?

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Great, wonderful, coundn't put it down, suspenseful

    this is one of the best Eve Duncan books so far. The plot has so many turns and twists that you can't put the book down. I love the fact that Jane plays the main character in this book but Eve was certainly not pushed to the side. It also brought up many facts from previous books which was also wonderful as you got to read about what the older characters in previous books were doing now. Just loved it. Can't wait for more.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    I love Iris Johansen books, and this series.

    This series by Iris Johansen is great. I like the fact that she uses characters from previous novels. With this series she does a great job utilizing the characters from previous novels to spin off. These books are also great even if you haven't read the previous editions, though I recommend that you read all of them.
    This book was great, I like to see Jane coming back into the picture and can't wait to see who she might end up with in the romance department. She is very much like Eve in character, strong and capable. I am waiting to see Ms. Johansen add the characters we meet in this book to one of her next books. This book was exciting, and fast paced. The book plot takes place in 8 days and they are filled with excitement, danger, and some kind of romance. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys mystery.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Exciting read with paranormal elements

    Jane is the main character in the latest Eve Duncan novel. Eve herself barely makes a cameo appearance, although it is very important to the plot. For Iris Johansen fans, you will be glad to know that Seth Caleb is back as are the characters from MacDuff's Run. The whole plot seems very realistic, with characters offering sacrifices and seeking for a treasure. I would recommend to anyone who likes thrilers and more than a hint of the paranormal. Particularly interesting was the part Caleb played in Jane's dreams and Jane's close connection to Eve. A runaway thrill ride, although I did think that the plot dragged a little in the middle.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

    Eight Days to Live is by far the Best Iris Johansen Book to date.

    From the first page to the last sentence I was totally hooked on the newest Eve Duncan thriller. While Eve and Joe were not prominently featured they still had a presence and stayed in the background to help Jane their adopted daughter. I like that the author brings in characters that have been featured in her other books and even with the blood and gore there is usually a "happy ending" so to speak.
    Wherever Eve, Jane, Joe and even Caleb are taken next, I can't wait for the next Eve Duncan Book or even a new character that Iris Johansen may write about. In the meantime, there is the Library and many other books that the author has written for me to read.

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