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"Suspense [and] futuristic police procedure."-Publishers Weekly
Eve Dallas returns to face her most ingenious foe-a "secret admirer" who taunts her with letters-and kills without mercy…"This series gets better with each book."-Publishers Weekly
Posted September 15, 2013
More and more I weary of the pretense that Eve is strong when she inevitably allows rourke to bully her and butt into her business. Just admit it, Eve is all talk. And really, must they have sex every other page? After a while, it's just boring and very, very unlikely during the events depicted here. But I guess that's her formula; every 20 pages, mandatory sex scene.
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Posted November 10, 2012
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It’s 2059 and Eve Dallas has just answered a call to a case that appears to be pretty open and closed. The murderer is actually waiting for her when she gets there drinking a glass of wine. She tells Eve how her boyfriend, J.C. Branson, was cheating on her and she killed him by drilling him to the wall with a drill his company manufactures.
Meanwhile, Peabody’s brother, Zeke, is in town to do some work for B.D. Branson (J.C.’s brother) and his wife, Clarissa. Zeke met Clarissa when she came to Arizona and she hired him on the spot. Now Zeke has a huge crush on her even though she’s a married woman. So when he overhears several incidents while working and discovers that B.D. is abusing Clarissa he vows to get her away from him. But when they are getting ready to leave, B.D. comes home and starts attacking Clarissa. Zeke steps in to protect her and B.D. falls cracking his skull and dying. Clarissa gets rid of the body before Zeke even knows what’s going on so he won’t go to jail for it. But when Eve has the river swept, after Clarissa confesses she had the body dumped there, they find a droid that looks just like B.D. instead of the real thing.
Eve starts receiving discs in the mail from a terrorist group that goes by the name of Cassandra. They blow up one of Roarke’s empty buildings as a demonstration. Then they gave Eve enough time to figure out the next target based on the info they supplied and Eve’s team is able to deactivate the bombs at Radio City. But when they blow up the Plaza hotel, there was nothing they could do as they couldn’t figure out the target. Now it’s a race against the clock to find out what the next target is and how to stop it from being destroyed.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit strange though with how this book hit home. It was published before 9/11, back in 1999, but in this story the Pentagon had been blown up several years ago and the towers were one of the targets. I found the terrorist group/bombing storyline pretty compelling and pertinent to our current times, and I think I would have felt the same even if 9/11 had never happened.
It was sad to see Anne killed in the bombings doing her job, but I kind of expected it once she confided to Eve that she was pregnant and was going to make the announcement after the case was over.
This is a book where you got to see a lot more Peabody. I really enjoyed her brother, Zeke, and thought his puppy-love crush on Clarissa was cute until you find out more about her. I felt bad how she set him up though.
Then, we finally get to see Peabody and McNab hook up for a one night stand….Roarke isn’t the only one that can do steamy sex scenes! McNab would do anything to keep things going, but Peabody wants to hear none of that. Of course I’m expecting things to heat up even more in the later installments of the series.
“I should’ve been with him! I should’ve been with him, not you.”
“You were with me.” He took her arms, gave her a quick, surprising shake. “You can’t change that. And I want you with me again. Damn it, Dee, I’m not done.”
He was kissing her, with all the helpless rage and lust and confusion that roared through him. She made some little sound, a sound caught between despair and relief. And was kissing him with all the vivid fury and need and bafflement that pumped inside her.”
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Posted January 9, 2015
Posted October 18, 2013
Getting the badge back after having it been taken away gives a person feeling back into their own heart.
Feeling that will only be cushed after a bomber is stalking your city.
Dallas, after being crushed by fellow friends, is back ready to take back her seat only to have
to find a bomber taking away her city.
A race against the clock, Dallas has to find the answers, before the answers kills her city!
Posted October 1, 2013
Hooked on Dallas and Roarke and all of the characters (good and bad) they deal with. I'm on #12 and will most likely read them all. Such fun......Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2013
Posted August 22, 2013
I love J.D. Robb. This is just one more of her great stories. I am systematically going through the Death Series and feel like I know Eve and Roarke intimately. Can't wait to read the next in line.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 6, 2013
Posted March 26, 2012
For an entertaining read, the In Death series never disappoints. The main characters are fun and take you away from the everyday humdrum, and the plots keep you guessing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 4, 2011
If I had to made a decision on the first hundred pages - I'd have given the book a D but the rest of the book makes up for the terminally slow beginning. To me the beginning was very boring. If I hadn't read it before and remembered that I had enjoyed it I'd have stopped reading it - I remembered it being hard the first time, too. It's just astonishing when an author you love produces something you believe to be inferior work for them!!
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Posted March 12, 2011
I've been a fan of the Eve Dallas books since my wife brought LOYALTY IN DEATH home from a book tour and said I'd probably like it. She was right - I fell in love with Eve and all her messy contradictions (hard-nosed attitude covering her deep compassion and need for justice, loving but terrified to admit it even to her own husband, brilliant but borderline feral in social situations), along with the SF/mystery/steamy romance setting, from the first reading. This book, where a terrorist group named "Cassandra" with ties back to "The Urban Wars" thirty years prior is blowing up New York City landmarks, many owned by Eve's impossibly handsome if a bit shady Black Irish billionaire husband Roarke, was Penguin's successful attempt to break the series out to a mainstream audience - its combination of high-octane violent action and explicit sex scenes meant Penguin could obscure the (admittedly weak) Science Fiction elements and sell it as a straight thriller. Yes, this rings all the Content Advisory cherries: Graphic violence, including sexual violence against girls (Eve's flashbacks about her child rapist father) and women; explicit sex, both consensual and otherwise; and strong language, including frequent "F-bombs". None of them are gratuitous (in fact, they're essential to understanding the characters) but they are there - so if you object to any of these, You Have Been Warned. Even though Nora Roberts hadn't quite come out of the closet about "J.D. Robb" at that point, I kind of suspected during my first reading over a decade ago it had been written by a romance novelist looking to expand her horizons. If the plentiful and descriptive sex scenes, written more from a woman's viewpoint than a man's, weren't a giveaway, the character of Roarke certainly was. He was at that time the weakest element of the series - more a collection of "broody bad boy" romance novel wish-fulfillment cliches (rich, criminal past, good-looking in a dangerous way and potentially deadly - who nonetheless loves the female lead truly, madly and deeply!) than an actual living, breathing character. The writing on him as since gotten better as he shows odd bits of pettiness that Eve has to deal with (usually with amusement) and his own personal traumas prove to be complementary to hers. The story also offers a "B" romance as Eve's aide, Officer Delia Peabody, discovers that her violent dislike for Det. Ian McNab (who works under Eve's former partner, Capt. Ryan Feeney of the Electronics Detection Division) in fact hid an equally violent mutual attraction. This gets in the way of Peabody's visiting brother Zeke's apparently being involved in the death of wealthy man he's working for that ties in, ultimately, to the overall terrorist plot. You may or may not like this series, but Eve Dallas is one of the great detective-heroes in fiction. While Nora Roberts's SF may be more window-dressing than anything else, her mysteries are always strong and worth reading.
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Posted April 11, 2010
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Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb has a winning series here. Eve Dallas is the Homicide detective of the future and Roarke is her exciting sexy spouse. The mysteries keep you guessing to the end and romance is steamy while still sweet. The characters keep things interesting. I enjoy the images Ms Roberts gives us of her idea of the future. The imagery is clear, makes me, as the reader believe its really there while I'm reading the story. Even with all the extras, the murder mystery remains the main focus. She always throws in exciting twists that really keeps you on your toes. Sometimes Eve "just knows" who the killer is, but doesn't know how to prove it, and sometimes she struggles with the outcome until the very end. Either way, If you like mysteries, this series is going to keep your attention. The books can be read in order but don't need to be to be understood. Each book, while it may refer to things that happen in previous books, will stand alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2010
Posted December 20, 2009
I devour the In Death series for breakfast, lunch and dinner; sometimes they can get predictable and repetitive, but THIS one really had me in suspense.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2009
In this day and age of terrorism happening all over the world, the author brings you deep into the terror that must go thru the minds of the people trying to stop the terror attacks.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2009
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This series is very good. I'm definitely a mystery fan, but don't like Sci-fi. Ms. Roberts has given me a way to enjoy it. Her writing is obviously well done, with her talent and experience in the writing field.
This story had a very interesting premise. It was kind of a cross between Die Hard 3 and 9/11. Ms. Roberts has developed Eve well, slowly, so we can grow with her. I like that Eve occasionally makes a mistake. Makes her seem more real. I was on the edge of my seat, and was surprised at the ending.
Her characters are well thought out, and I like how they grow with each new book. I like that I haven't figured out who done it yet.
Anyone who likes mysteries, sci-fi, and even a little non-graphic romance should give her a try.
Nora Roberts' contunes to develop the Eve Dallas character and all the supporting cast members with every book. This story about a home-grown terrorist group is facinating, thrilling and sad all at the same time. Eve is growning into her relationship with Roark and I love this whole series!! I can't wait to read all the rest since I am reading them in the order that they were written, so I can keep the story thread going. I heard someone describe this series as Law & Order in print and I think that is a pretty accurate description if L&O took place 50 years from now!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.