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Heavy on verbs, light on adjectives, Johansen's latest fast-moving thriller offers lots of cinematic action, if not much to contemplate or savor. On assignment at a dam collapse in Colorado, photojournalist Alex Graham overhears a conversation between the conspirators who caused the collapse, which they disguised as an act of nature. When they realize that Alex has heard them, they go after her, and soon Alex's friend, Sarah Logan, is wounded in an attempt on Alex's life. Sarah's husband, John, a billionaire with political connections, believes he must hire someone to keep Alex safe. His contact is a man called Galen, a shadowy government operative, who in turn contacts Judd Morgan, a former military assassin who's been deep undercover. Knowing that Alex won't leave the dam mystery alone, and wanting to keep his own wife out of harm's way, John authorizes Judd to kidnap Alex and take her to a safe location. Alex persuades Judd that the dam collapse was a deliberate act, and that more sites are slated to be destroyed. The two team up to learn the identities of the conspirators, who appear to have ties to the FBI and the CIA, as well as to an assassin called Runne, who has his own agenda, and a Central American terrorist ring. There are chases and narrow escapes aplenty as Alex and Judd save the country-including the president himself-from violent mayhem. Some of the characters in Johansen's crowded cast remain murky, but the nonstop action and slick plotting won't disappoint.
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Daring photojournalist Alex Graham concludes that a natural disaster she's been shooting is really a mass murder.
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Im a big fan of Iris Johansen's books, but this one felt like it needed more time in editing. Plot line felt rushed, to many bad guys introduced without any background on why... Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Kirza
I actually enjoyed this book. After reading the premise, I thought it was going to be pretty hokey, but it turned out to be quite the fast-paced read--actually more like a movie... Read morePublished on April 6 2004
Following this series for quite sometime now I'd like to say this writer is still holding my attention.Published on April 5 2004 by barry knight
Ouch! Three stars?? No way! This may not be as good as THE UGLY DUCKLING or some of her other books, but in my humble opinion it deserves at least 4 stars if not 5. Read morePublished on April 2 2004
Who could ask for anything more? Iris Johansen really delivers in this book. Photojournalist Alex is caught in a web of lies and intrigue when there is an assassination plot... Read morePublished on March 26 2004
Ok. Can we please, please stop with the cookie-cutter books? I mean it's been girl gets in trouble. Male protects girl. Male has troubles of his own. Male beats up people. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by H. Elliott
I read about 1/4 of this book and couldn't take it anymore. This is the first time I've read a book from this author and am not familiar with the characters. Ms. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by J. Lewis
I don't get it! I mean the mean reviews of this book. Dead Aim is a terrific story! Buy the book and see for yourself. This story rocks!Published on Dec 6 2003 by Darla Lawson