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It was the assignment of a lifetime. . . .

Brilliant marine architect Hannah Bryson has been given the job of a lifetime. A U.S. maritime museum has just acquired the decommissioned Soviet submarine Silent Thunder for public exhibition. It’s Hannah’s job to make sure that every single inch of the legendary nuclear attack sub is safe for the thousands of visitors anticipated. Enlisting the aid of her brother, ...

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Overview

It was the assignment of a lifetime. . . .

Brilliant marine architect Hannah Bryson has been given the job of a lifetime. A U.S. maritime museum has just acquired the decommissioned Soviet submarine Silent Thunder for public exhibition. It’s Hannah’s job to make sure that every single inch of the legendary nuclear attack sub is safe for the thousands of visitors anticipated. Enlisting the aid of her brother, Connor, they examine the enormous vessel and delve into its long---and lethal---history.

But is it really a trap?

In the course of their investigation, Connor discovers a mysterious message behind one of the ship’s panels. But before he can figure out what it means, there’s a deadly assault on Silent Thunder. . . .

Though the U.S. government tries to warn Hannah away, she’ll stop at nothing to find the ruthless mastermind behind her brother’s death. Even if it means joining forces with a mysterious man who may be even more dangerous than the enemy she has sworn to bring down. As Hannah finds herself in the crossfire of an epic standoff, her only hope for survival is to unravel the sub’s explosive secret. But someone’s willing to kill to make sure Silent Thunder stays silent. . . .

Brisk, exhilarating, and filled with authentic details, Silent Thunder is what you get when you team the biggest name in suspense with the stunning plot twists of an Edgar Award--winning author. Get ready for a page-turning thrill ride!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The talented Johansens-mother and son, teamed for the first time-offer a rousing adventure that follows marine architect Hannah Bryson as she struggles to uncover a terrorist threat aboard a nuclear submarine, all in the name of tourism, of course. Though the plot is far-fetched, this thriller is read with passion and vigor by Jennifer Van Dyck. Her voice is steeped in mystery, creating an absolutely stirring and brooding atmosphere. Van Dyck's characters are each as original and thoughtfully crafted, her wide-ranging dialects ring true and bring an air of authenticity. Van Dyck's passionate reading serves the story well, drawing listeners into the tale from the opening paragraph. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, May 12). (July)

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"Bestseller Johansen (Quicksand ) and her Edgar-winning son, Roy (Deadly Visions ), collaborate on their first thriller with entertaining results."--Publishers Weekly

"Johansen's collaboration with her crime-novelist son imbues their saga with muscular characters and a brisk immediacy that keep it gripping and relevant."--Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491524473
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/12/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 848,846
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (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."

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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PROLOGUE

HELSINKI

SEPTEMBER 21

Kirov!

No, it couldn’t be Kirov, Jennings thought frantically, as he ran down the dock. Kirov was dead. Pavski had given him his word that the stories were all lies. He’d laughed and said that a ghost couldn’t kill.

And the person behind him was no ghost. It didn’t have to be Kirov. Jennings had made a lot of enemies in his life, and any one of them might be the man behind him.

But there was no one behind him now. A quick glance behind him revealed an empty dock. His heart slowed as he drew a deep, relieved breath. He’d lost him. Maybe it had only been a thief. Yes, that was it. It was a lousy section of town, and the man had just targeted his wallet.

Not his life.

He shouldn’t have panicked. But after he’d heard about Lantz’s death, his nerves had been on edge. He’d be glad to be done with this business. His pace slowed as he approached the pier where the sub was moored. The Silent Thunder lay still and lethal as if crouching, waiting for prey, waiting to take another life.

Prey. He tried to suppress the shiver that went through him. He only had to get on the sub and do what Pavski had asked him to do. Nothing was going to happen. It was no more a death ship than Kirov was a ghost.

But, God, he didn’t want to go on that sub, he thought desperately as he reached the end of the block. He should have never listened to Pavski and stayed undercover. No amount of money was worth this—

A leather noose slipped around his neck from behind!

Pain. He struggled wildly to turn his head to see the man who had stepped out of the shadows. He only had an impression of height and broad shoulders as he started to black out. He couldn’t breathe…

The garrote tightened around his neck.

The sub…

He could see the Silent Thunder before him, patiently waiting, ready to take him to hell as it had all the others. His vision was fading, and he could see nothing but that monster of a sub. He was going to die, he realized incredulously. No! He struggled harder.

"Stop it." The order was a soft murmur in his ear. "I don’t want to kill you yet. They say you might still be useful."

Kirov. My God. Damn you, Pavski. Lies. Lies. Lies.

Kill the bastard. His hand closed on the knife holstered on his left arm.

"Well, actually I do want to kill you now," Kirov said. "Thank you for giving me the excuse."

He twisted the garrote, jerked backward, and broke his victim’s neck.

Excerpted from Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Copyright © 2008 by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

Published in 2008 by St. Martin’s Press

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

    This book was as good as all of her other books. I've enjoyed r

    This book was as good as all of her other books. I've enjoyed reading all of the collaborative books with Roy Johanson. It grabs you at the beginning and is hard to put down. I love the characters that are woven in from book to book., The
    dolphins are back in this book. Great Read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    This book was really great!!!!! It grabbed my attention and kept

    This book was really great!!!!! It grabbed my attention and kept me reading until It was finished. LOVED IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Hell o u here yet

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Enjoyed it.

    The book was a good read. From the start it got me reading and not wanting to stop. I can't wait to get more from Iris Johansen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Lilykit

    Is this the right book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Great

    This mom and son duo need to make a series of the relationship that grows between the scientist and the former sub captain. And, they need to reach their common goal of getting the villian(s) who killed his wife and friends, as well as her brother.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    Wonderful read

    This was an absolutely wonderful read. It was fast paced, had good action, a little romantic tension, and a very good story line. I loved it. They have a sequel to this book that I can't wait to get my hands on. I'm very glad my in-laws gave me this book to read.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Recommended Read

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I was quickly drawn into the story and hated to put it down. Big fan of Iris Johansen's suspense novels and was eager to read one co-authored with her son; it was a seamless read. Look forward to how they will follow this story.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Enjoyed the collaboration between mother and son

    Good read. Characters are believable, strong but sensitive and VERY capable.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Great Story

    I have really enjoyed this book, I have loved all of Johansens books even the ones written with her son . This book gives a great story line and plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2010

    Loved it

    I have read all of her suspense books and I really liked the different feel of this book. The detail surrounding the submarines and their creation and maintenance was fascinating. I appreciated her research to make it accurate, entertaining, and somewhat enlightening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    Fast Paced!

    Kept my interest from start to finish. Flowed well for a co-authored novel. Wanted to read more. You will enjoy it!

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

    Silent Thunder

    Excellent read - I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for their next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Good Book - Good Story Line - Strong Characters

    Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of her book. I love her writting stye and her characters are always strong. The plot was very different. Although this was not one of my favorite it is still worth the read. I would recommend it.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    Silent Thunder

    Love the combo of mother and son as authors. Good story. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Silent Thunder

    Different theme from her usual writing but was a very good book.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

    Entertaining

    I found this book to very entertaining and a light read. It kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what was going to happen next. It was one of those books you just didn't want to put down but finish it from cover to cover.

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Silent But Deadly

    In this first thriller by both Iris and her son, Roy, the authors try to tag team an espionage/adventure story - with great success. Iris Johansen is best when she focuses on the fast paced excitement of her novels and this one showcases that talent to the extreme. Her dialogue is sometimes "common", but in the larger scheme of things, it all makes for a quick thrill. Just read the inide jacket to get the initial story plot, but look to spend several hours enjoying the action and adventure surrounding Hannah and Ivanov (?) as they try to uncover the truth behind her brother's death while on the SILENT THUNDER; a Russian submarine. Roy's knowledge of espionage gives a stronger background to Iris' thunderous plot speed. It is hard to ever be critical of Johansen's novels because I read them to be entertained, not necessarily to hear speldidly literary dialogue or sentence structure. She is a huge fav of mine and i have never read one I did not like. I look forward to reading their next tag team adventure, STORM CYCLE out this July. Give this one a try on the beach or a lazy summer day. Like James Bond, we enjoy the adventure, speed and silliness of the stories and not with the realism of the tale. Who cares about the truth; to be entertained is to be content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2009

    I LOVED IT!

    I loved this book and could not put it down. Although I admit I would have liked to see a little more romantic action between Hannah and Kirov, it left me hungering for more of them!! True Johansen fashion!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2008

    Not up to Iris Johansen Standards

    This book was very disappointing. I usually can¿t put down one of Johansen¿s books but this had a completely different feel. I kept waiting for the normal suspense and intrigue and it never came.

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