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Final Target
Final Target
Author: Iris Johansen
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780553582130
ISBN-10: 0553582135
Publication Date: 2/2002
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 352 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
Many unexpected twists and turns....highly recommend!
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Helpful Score: 3
Another book by Iris Johansen which kept me up for hours! Again! Love her books--lots of suspense!
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Helpful Score: 3
Fast paced, little "out there" story line but quick read.
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Helpful Score: 3
Good book. Kind of a strange story overall because of what it deals with, but I actually found myself enjoying it. It was a quick and enjoyable read.
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Jessica Riley is a psychiatrist whose experience with catatonic trauma is personal as well as professional: she brought her beloved sister Melissa back from total mental withdrawal with her patience and skill. When the daughter of the president retreats into blankness after seeing her nanny and her Secret Service protector murdered, Jessica is summoned to treat the little girl. Although Jessica can't reach into her young patient's frightened mind, Melissa can--and only Melissa understands why Cassie's so afraid. When Michael Travis, the mysterious and not totally benign stranger who rescued Cassie from the kidnap-assassination that traumatized her, arrives at Jessica's Virginia estate, he's able to stop the child's nightmares long enough for Melissa to join Cassie in her self-imposed darkness and pull her back into the light. But the price he asks for his continued presence is one that Jessica, Melissa, and the president may not be able to meet. Is he an ally or an enemy? Even Melissa isn't sure--and her complicated feelings for Travis and Cassie are especially tortured because her unusual gifts allow her to see a bloody future for both of them, one she may not be able to prevent.
Iris Johansen (The Killing Game, The Search) ratchets up the suspense in this fast-moving thriller, which ranges across international borders from Washington to Amsterdam to Paris with the help of Air Force One and Two. While the president isn't very satisfactorily developed except as a frightened father who'll do almost anything to save his daughter, Travis and Melissa are fascinating characters who linger in the mind after the last explosive page; hopefully, Johansen will revisit them in a future adventure. Meanwhile, this is her best and most engaging read in years.
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Helpful Score: 2
What can i say except it was written by iris johansen. i have yet to read a book of hers i could easily put down. great read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Iris Johansen is the best at psychological thrillers. She has done it again!

Four stars
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Helpful Score: 1
couldnt put it down! great read
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book, very fast read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very good book - suspense, political, thriller.
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Helpful Score: 1
Hard to follow plot. Did not finish this book.
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Helpful Score: 1
good suspenseful story.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed the read, except for the fantasy elements that connect three of the characters. This is the first book I've read where there seems to be a mistake! On page 309 the building has no windows. On page 315 flames are coming out of the windows. This does not ruin any plot machinations, so it is not a big deal.
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A young girl in jeopardy 2 women trying to save her. The daughter of the president in a sever catatonic state...
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Just started reading this author, very enjoyable
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great story
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This book was a good thriller, but could have been better. I liked the character interaction, especially between Cassie and Melissa in the "tunnel" and between Travis and both Melissa and Jessica Riley. I didn't like that it took the author a long time to explain what Travis was involved in and why various people were after him.
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No character development, confusing plot, unlikeable characters, sci-fi-ish elements to the plot, along with political, mystery, and thriller elements as well.
Couldn't finish. It will be my first and last Johansen book.
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Jessica Riley is a psychiatrist whose experience with catatonic trauma is personal as well as professional: she brought her beloved sister Melissa back from total mental withdrawal with her patience and skill. When the daughter of the president retreats into blankness after seeing her nanny and her Secret Service protector murdered, Jessica is summoned to treat the little girl. Although Jessica can\'t reach into her young patient\'s frightened mind, Melissa can--and only Melissa understands why Cassie\'s so afraid. When Michael Travis, the mysterious and not totally benign stranger who rescued Cassie from the kidnap-assassination that traumatized her, arrives at Jessica\'s Virginia estate, he\'s able to stop the child\'s nightmares long enough for Melissa to join Cassie in her self-imposed darkness and pull her back into the light. But the price he asks for his continued presence is one that Jessica, Melissa, and the president may not be able to meet. Is he an ally or an enemy? Even Melissa isn\'t sure--and her complicated feelings for Travis and Cassie are especially tortured because her unusual gifts allow her to see a bloody future for both of them, one she may not be able to prevent.
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Johansen has done it again with a great premise for a story. You can't miss with Final Target. Jessica and Michael are a great hero and heroine.
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Good story line. It kept me reading with no dullness. I liked this book very much.
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Johansen spins a terrific cat-and-mouse tale.
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Another great story and highly recommended!
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Holds your interest.
Exciting read.
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Johansen returns with an explosive novel that sweeps us from the frightening nightmares of a young firl, to the deadly world of international intrigue, and to the shadow bond between two sisters willing to put their lives on the line....
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Pushes the gender boundary in popular fiction, offering up that rarity: a woman's novel for men." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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Iris Johansen returns with an explosive new novel that sweeps us from the frightening nightmares of a young girl, to the deadly world of international intrigue, and to the shadowy bond between two sisters willing to put their lives on the line...

As usual, she delivers the suspense you've come to expect from her.
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A wonderful mystery that captures the mind right from the very start.
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Johansen knows how to pull you in and keep you interested. An excellet read.
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What a fascinating tale of a girl in a coma, an art fanatic looking for gold, and a psychiatrist reluctantly led into the mystery. I highly recommend this one.
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If you are a fan of Iris Johansen, this is a book for you!
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I really enjoyed this book - as I do all of Johansen's.
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great book. Excellent condition
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Another excellent book by Johansen!!\

Melissa Riley arrives at her sisters isolated Virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. THere the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley is attempting to draw the daughter of the President of the United States out of a severe catatonic truama. The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw was the murder of her nanny and the secret service agents that were there to protect her. But to free Cassie, Melissa and Jessica must trust a mysterious and charasmatic man.

Michael Travis made his fortune in the international underworld. Here risked everything to save Cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed. And now he has entered into to secret bargain with the President. Melissa and Jessica have no choice but to accept Travis as their ally-and to follow a dangerous plan that will lead them into the world of a killer who'll destroy anyone standing inbetween him and the..... Final Target!
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The Wind Dancer series is one of my favorites. I'd like to see more. Wonder if they'll ever materialize.
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Is a good mystery.
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From Publishers Weekly
At the center of Johansen's latest suspense thriller is the Wind Dancer, a priceless gold statue of the winged horse Pegasus. The statue has been in the Andreas family since the fall of Troy and now, centuries later, U.S. President Jonathan Andreas is in Paris to lend the family heirloom to a museum. On the night of the ceremony, his daughter, seven-year-old Cassie, is awakened at the family's farmhouse in the south of France by masked men who murder her nanny and her nurse, intent on kidnapping Cassie and ransoming her in exchange for the Wind Dancer. Cassie is saved in the nick of time by the arrival of Michael Travis, international underworld information dealer, but eight months later, the child is being treated in the Virginia home of psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Riley and Jessica's psychically extrasensitive sister, Melissa, for severe catatonic trauma. She hasn't spoken a word since the raid and has retreated into an imaginary tunnel where the Wind Dancer rescues her from pursuing monsters. Michael Travis then reappears and lures Cassie and the Riley sisters into a web of intrigue, taking them to Amsterdam, Paris and eventually back to the scene of the crime.
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Even though this is the last of the Wind Dancer books, it was the first one that I read. Even so, it was exciting!
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excellent suspense!
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From the first page the reader is pull into a realm of danger, and suspence with a touch of romance and enough twists and turns to gladden the hearts of all readers. A must book for all Iris Johansen fans.
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A page turner.
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if you like johansen, you'll like this
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A gripping novel, with twists and turns that will make sure you don't lose interest. The story: the president's daughter Cassie is in a severe catatonic state after she saw her nanny ruthlessly murdered. Her sister Melissa, along with Dr. Jessica Riley, and Michael Travis (either a hero who risked everything to save Cassie, or part of the plot against her), work together to find the killer.
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OK for a quick easy read
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another in the wind dancer series. thriller about power struggles . very good
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A young girl in jeopardy, two women termined to save her, the m an who couldn't betray them all...
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Jessica Riley is a psychiatrist whose experience with catatonic trauma is personal as well as professional: she brought her beloved sister Melissa back from total mental withdrawal with her patience and skill. When the daughter of the president retreats into blankness after seeing her nanny and her Secret Service protector murdered, Jessica is summoned to treat the little girl. Although Jessica can't reach into her young patient's frightened mind, Melissa can--and only Melissa understands why Cassie's so afraid. When Michael Travis, the mysterious and not totally benign stranger who rescued Cassie from the kidnap-assassination that traumatized her, arrives at Jessica's Virginia estate, he's able to stop the child's nightmares long enough for Melissa to join Cassie in her self-imposed darkness and pull her back into the light. But the price he asks for his continued presence is one that Jessica, Melissa, and the president may not be able to meet. Is he an ally or an enemy? Even Melissa isn't sure--and her complicated feelings for Travis and Cassie are especially tortured because her unusual gifts allow her to see a bloody future for both of them, one she may not be able to prevent.
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Good read I liked this better than Dead Aim
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this centers around the wind dancer, a gold statue of pegasus. good plot
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It's an exciting thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You don't want to put it down. Wonderful Book..
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This book has a nice story and a very strong message: 'If you really want to do something, but really want to do it. Nothing will stop you.' The book's thrilling part is not so thrilling, but you won't be able to close the book until you get to the last page.
When you read a book and every page shows how can people do whatever they want just because they have perseverance and you learn that. That's a good book.
I don't think you'll regret reading this book albeit the part with the president is a little bit shabby.

You'll never guess the book's very end.
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Melissa Riley arrives at her sister's isolated Virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. There the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley is attempting to draw the daughter of the President of the United States out of a severe catatonic trauma. The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service Agents sworn to protect her. But to free Cassie, Melissa and Jessica must trust a mysterious, charismatic man.
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An interesting suspense. Liked it!
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Exciting, suspenseful--always enjoy her writing.
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Iris Johansen knows her readers. This cd thriller will not disappoint.
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A spine-tingler by Iris Johansen. She has written many thrillers that are page-turners 'til the end!
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Another great Irish Johansen murder mystery..a young woman in jeopardy, two women determined to save her..a man who could betray them all..a killer who'll destroy anyone between him and his 'final target.'
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Another all night page turner!
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Another good mystery!
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Great Book, Wonderful Author.
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A young girl in jeopardy...two women determined to save her...the man who could betray them all.
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didnt get into it was in the steamy romance mood at the time.
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melissa arrives at her sister's isolated Virginia home, is plunged intodeadly drama. Her sister is trying to draw the President's daughter out of a severe catatonic truma.the lastthe child saw was her nanny, and the secret service agents murdered. can or will they...
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Melissa Riley arrives at her sister's isolated Virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. There the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley is attempting to draw the daughter of the President of the United States out of a svere catatonic trauma. The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service agents sworn to protect her. But to free Cassie, Melissa and Jessica must trust a mysterious, charismatic man.

Michael Travis made his fortune in the international underworld. He risked everything to save Cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed. And he has entered into a secret bargain with the President. But is his show of concern all a treachous charade? Melissa and Jessica have no choice but to accept Travis as their ally--and to follow a dangerous plan that will lead them into the world of a killer who'll destroy anyone standing between him and the...FINAL TARGET
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Melissa Riley arrives at her sister's isolated Virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. There the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley is attempting to draw the daughter of the President of the US out of a sever catatonic trauma. The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw as an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service agents sworn to protect her. But to free Cassie, Melissa and Jessica must trust a mysterious, charismatic man. Michael Travis made his fortune in the internation underworld. He risked everthing to save Cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed and he has entered into a secret bargain with the President. But is his show of concern all a treacherous charade? Melissa and Jessica have no choice but to accept Travis as their ally and to follow a dangerous plan that will lead them into the world of a killer who will destroy anyone standing between him and the FINAL TARGET.
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Melissa Riley arrives at her sister's isolated Virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. There the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley is attempting to draw the daughter of the President of the United States out of a severe catatonic trauma. The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service agents sworn to protect her. But to free Cassie, Melissa and Jessica must trust a mysterious, charismatic man.

Michael Travis made his fortune in the international underworld. He risked everything to save Cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed. And he has entered into a secret bargain with the President. But is his show of concern all a treacherous charade? Melissa and Jessica have no choice but to accept Travis as their ally - and to follow a dangerous plan that will lead them into the world of a killer who'll destroy anyone standing between him and the...Final Target.
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melissa riely arrives at her sister's isolated virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. there the renowned dr.jessica is attempting to draw the daughter of the president of the united states out of a severe catatonic trauma. the last thing young cassie andres saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the secret service agents sworn to protect her. but to free cassie, melissa and jessica must trust a mysterious, charismatic man.
michael travis made his fortune in the international underworld. he risked everything to save cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed. and he has entered into a secret bargain with the president. but is his show of concern all a treacherous charade? melissa and jessica have no choice but to accept travis as their ally- and to follow a dangerous plan that will lead them into the world of a killer who'll destroy anyone standing between him and the final target
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Melissa Riley arrives at her sister's isolated Virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. There the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley is attempting to draw the daughter of the President
of the United States out of a severe catatonic trauma. The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service agents sworn to protect her. But to free Cassie, Melissa and Jessica must trust a mysterious, charismatic man.
Michael Travis made his fortune in the international underworld. He risked everything to save Cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed. And he has entered into a secret bargain with the President. But is his show of concern all a treacherous charade?
Melissa and Jessica have no choice but to accept Travis as their ally---and to follow a dangerous plan that will lead them into the world of a killer who'll destroy anyone standing between him and the. . .Final Target."
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This book is well loved, but is in good condition.