I listened to the unabridged audio version of Iris Johansen's newest book, "Deadlock." The premise sounded great: an archaeologist sent into war-torn countries to try and protect and preserve their cultural treasures.
What ruined this story for me was the horrible writing! I have no doubt that she lifted dialogue from quarreling siblings: "You have to stay here." "Don't boss me around, I'm coming with you!" "No, you can't come with me, I must protect you!" "I can protect myself, stop bossing me around!" "Alright, come on, but do exactly as I say." "Stop telling me what to do!" Every time a character says something, another character pops up to disagree with him/her. They fight about everything. Every.Single.Time.
Johansen also uses the phrase "Angel of Death" to describe Emily's impression of the hunky Garrett. Angel of Death...six, seven times.
Please. She also sets up a situation, and then magically resolves it. Garrett gets Emily a phony passport: "Here. I had this done (in the wilds of Pakistan or Siberia, while he was waiting). "This doesn't look like me; I have blonde hair and fair skin." "But if you had dark hair and dark skin, it would look just like you." "This will never work, I look nothing like this." "We'll just stop at the Theatrical Store on the way to the airport." Seriously. I know several Theatrical stores on the way to the airport. It's easy.
When they need to break into the bad guy's house...they go on the Internet, and find the layout of his house, a description of the alarm systems, where each is located and how it works. When they have to find the bad guy's car, in Russia, they get on the Internet and take over a spy satellite to pinpoint his location. Easy.
My daughter and I were stuck in the car for six hours, and this book made the time fly by. We were laughing hysterically or groaning in pain, or chanting "Angel...of...DEATH" in spooky voices. It's ten hours long, and neither one of us care to even finish the thing.
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It was pretty predictable and I wasn't really drawn into the story emotionally, but it was a good read overall.
I enjoyed this book overall although I think it could have moved along faster. It might just have been my personal feelings at the time of reading.
I love Iris Johansen. I read this book in one sitting. I started it and got dragged in. It moved along very quickly with many twist and turns. I never saw the twist at the end coming. I highly recommend this book. Great read!
Another great Iris Johansen romantic suspense. Emily Hudson is moving artifacts from an Afghanistan museum when she is attacked and taken hostage by a dispicable Australian who proceeds to torture her coworker, Joel while trying to get Emily to tell him where Zolov's hammer is. Emily has no idea what he is talking about and thus watches while over a week, Joel is brutally tortured, terrorized and killed. The CIA sends in a contracted individual who rescues Emily just in time. The story proceeds, the romance develops and Emily and her rescuer, Garrett, try to solve the mystery of Zolov's hammer. It is a turn pager with some interesting Russian historical background.