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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
404 pages ; 25 cm
9781250075871 (hardcover)
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Author Notes
Iris Johansen was born on April 7, 1938. She started writing when her two children were in college. A year later she finished her first novel, a contemporary romance. After writing many best-selling historical romances and fantasies, including the Sedikhan and Clanad series, she turned to suspense fiction. Her works include And Then You Die, The Ugly Duckling, Pandora's Daughter, Killer Dreams, Dead Aim, No One to Trust, The Perfect Witness, Night Watch, the Eve Duncan series, the Catherine Ling series, and the Kendra Michaels series. <p> (Bowker Author Biography) Iris Johansen is the bestselling author of "The Ugly Duckling", "Long After Midnight", "And Then You Die", "The Face of Deception", "The Killing Game", & "The Search". She lives near Atlanta, Georgia. <p> (Publisher Provided)
Fiction/Biography Profile
Jude Brandon (Male), Given a mandate by head of the CIA task force on terrorism to keep his daughter, Rachel safe
Rachel Venable (Female), Daughter of Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism
Catherine Ling (Female), Rachel¿s longtime ally and protector
Max Huber (Male), Terrorist, Terrorist ringleader
Deathbed promises
Fathers and daughters
Race against time
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

In bestseller Johansen's pulse-pounding 23rd Eve Duncan novel (after Shattered Mirror), former Army Ranger Jude Brandon honors the dying wish of CIA operative Carl Venable, who's been mortally wounded while on a mission in Montana, to protect his daughter, Rachel Venable, from Max Huber, the leader of the Red Star terrorist organization. Huber believes that Rachel, who runs a medical clinic in the jungles of Guyana, is responsible for the death of his father, the powerhouse behind Red Star, and wants revenge. Jude and his team manage to extract Rachel, whom Huber has plagued in the past, from her jungle clinic before Huber can capture her. Jude delivers Rachel to a safe house in San Francisco, where she soon starts working with an informant who claims to have information about a plan Huber has to destroy the city. The mutual attraction between Jude and Rachel generates plenty of romantic heat. Highly complex characters and a stunning conclusion make this a winner. Series fans won't mind that Eve receives only passing mention. Agent: Andrea Cirillo, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

Before dying in pursuit of the merciless terrorist Max Huber, CIA chief Carl Venable entrusts the safety of his estranged daughter, Rachel, to operative Jude Brandon, who must rescue her from Huber's henchmen after a raid on her medical clinic in Guyana. Safely back in the States, Rachel is apprised of her father's death but defies his wishes when she insists on working with Venable's protégé, Catherine Ling, to avenge his murder and prevent Huber's proposed terrorist attack on San Francisco. Working within and without the spy agency's infrastructure and coping with its power-hungry leader, Claire Warren, Rachel confronts her painful past as a teenage captive of the Taliban and relies on the lessons learned from her savior, Hu Chang, to survive this latest challenge. Although the high-stakes race to thwart Huber provides the framework for Johansen's latest thriller, the sexual cat-and-mouse dynamic between Jude and Rachel supplies an equally alluring narrative. Johansen's loyal and never-before readers alike will want more of this newly introduced and provocative pair.--Carol Haggas Copyright 2018 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

A dying CIA counterterrorist leaves his daughter a challenging legacy: carry on his work by exacting vengeance on his killerwhich incidentally prevents him from wreaking further havoc on a global scale.Like Homer, Johansen (Shattered Mirror, 2018, etc.) begins in medias res with the death of Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism, who's been shot by one of Max Huber's snipers during a rare, but vital, sally into the field. As he's dying, Carl tells his sidekick, Jude Brandon, to get in touch with his daughter, Dr. Rachel Venable, and pass the torch to her. One complication: Rachel's currently working with One World Medical in the Guyana wilderness. Another: She's had nothing to do with her father since he negotiated all too slowly for her release from the Taliban fighters who killed her mother and brother when she was 15. Since Huber also has daddy issuesConrad Huber was a much more fearsome terrorist, as his adviser Adolf Kraus is constantly tempted to remind the mini-me he now advisesand since Rachel was responsible for Conrad's fatal poisoning, the stage is set for any number of epic-scale set pieces involving terrorist threats and counterthreats whose motivation is ultimately personal. Drawing inspiration from her mentor, Hu Chang, and a wide range of emotions from her rocky relationship with Brandon, whose father was another of Max Huber's casualties, Rachel shows that she's just as tough and savvy and ruthless as her father ever was but also fully in touch with a female side that's sensitive to a fault.Superheroes battle supervillains in a thriller heavy on action and even heavier on dialogue in which the principals explain to each other exactly what's happening and exactly how they feel about it. Fans who haven't already been exhausted by Johansen's fondness for superlatives will eat it up. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p> From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen comes a new explosive, compelling thriller. <br> <br> With his dying breath, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon's final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, gives Brandon a mandate: keep his daughter, Rachel, safe at any cost. But Rachel Venable has a shocking, twisted past of her own, one that comes rushing back after her medical clinic in Guyana is attacked by Huber--the same man who murdered her father and kept her imprisoned for months.<br> Brandon and Catherine Ling, Rachel's longtime ally and fierce protector, are determined to keep Rachel out of danger, but she knows that it's impossible to stay hidden when Max Huber wants you dead.</p> <p>As Rachel and Brandon race against the clock to bring Huber down before he can orchestrate a disaster that will lay waste to half the country, they also fight a growing attraction to each other - an attraction that could prove just as dangerous as Huber himself.</p> <p>In this gripping, fast-paced novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, one thing is clear: everyone has a vendetta, and no one will rest until they get their revenge.</p>
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