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Dead Aim [Mass Market Paperback]

Iris Johansen
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Book Description

March 2 2004 Eve Duncan
The #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with an electrifying and all-too-plausible thriller that pushes the level of suspense to the maximum and never lets up. From the tense opening scene to the final explosive page, Johansen delivers a knockout novel, as an unlikely pair of allies must expose a team of killers hiding behind an unspeakable act of terror—and risk ending up their next target.

She witnesses death through the eye of her camera. Now a relentless killer is focused on her. A celebrated photojournalist, Alex Graham has seen it all—but her latest assignment has forced her across a dangerous line. What happens when a reporter does more than just report? She has recorded some of the most tragic and heartbreaking of catastrophes, everything from natural disasters to infamous acts of terror. Her experiences have left her forever marked with the human side of tragedy. So when a dam breaks in Arapahoe Junction, Colorado, Alex is once more at the site doing more than just snapping pictures—she is in the mud with a shovel digging for survivors.

What happens when the reporter becomes the story? Alex finds more than she bargained for. In one terrible instant, she is witness to a conspiracy that will stun a nation. The official story is just a cover-up for a truth so frightening, so unthinkable, anyone who threatens to reveal it must be silenced. Forever. And now that someone is Alex Graham.

The first attempt on her life is swift and brutal. Only barely escaping, she finds an ally in an improbable source. Billionaire financier John Logan has his own reasons for protecting Alex, and these reasons alone are likely to get her killed. Using his vast connections and influences, Logan assigns a bodyguard to protect her. Judd Morgan is the best covert commando in the business, and if anyone can keep Alex safe, it’s this quietly dangerous man. The problem is, Alex doesn’t want to be kept safe by Judd, whose checkered past has made him the target of an unseen assassin who dogs his every step.

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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Daring photojournalist Alex Graham concludes that a natural disaster she's been shooting is really a mass murder.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a whole lot of substance here June 11 2004
By Emma
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I like thrillers, I like political thrillers, I like romances. This book didn't succeed on any of those levels.
The skeleton of the story was fine but it didn't go anywhere. It wasn't that it was far fetched, it's not like we haven't seen the supposed good guys doing bad things. It was that there were a whole lot of words but not a whole lot of substance. I felt like I was just passing through the story, there was nothing to grab the reader.
Alex whined a lot (and we're supposed to believe she's this tough chick photojournalist but she whines an awful lot for a supposed tough chick), Judd brooded a lot, Logan (yes, we know he's a billionaire) ordered people around and said he'd do anything to save his wife a lot. There was panic, running and hiding, some action and mystery but it never fell into a cohesive and compelling storyline.
I haven't read Johansen before, this was a impulse, the book was on the "Your librarian likes" shelf and I took a chance. It wasn't awful or poorly written, it just wasn't anything one way or the other.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Formula, cliches, boring May 20 2004
Format:Hardcover
She needs to hang up these tired, dried up characters that she has resurrected once again in another stale story.
This time around a photographer stumbles on a cover-up and Judd Morgan decides inexplicably to protect her. Bad things happen to good people, blah blah blah, and the novel painfully limps to a conclusion. There was no real tension or chemistry generated by any of the main characters. I also had a hard time following who were the bad guys and who were just fill-ins. The dialogue was boring, action and plot were predictable and as mentioned above, the characters are just recycled and unbelievable. For example, who would believe that a billionaire's wife would go around to disaster sites with a search team full-time? Sorry, doesn't work for me. I would love for Ms. Johansen to go back to writing historical romance. I've read all of her books, contemporary and historical and with rare exception, her historical books are far superior. Failing a return to the "good old days", maybe find a new set of folks to write about.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Johnasen's recent books get worse and worse March 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
How can I say this? I almost never read "grocery store" books, or what might otherwise be referred to as mass market paperback. But a few years ago I read an Iris Johansen novel, Reap the Wind, while on vacation in Mexico and was blown away. It's a fabulous book and I could't put it down. My husband even read it and enjoyed it, and he's NEVER read a action/intrigue/romance type novel. So I bought a few more and pretty much enjoyed them all up until about a year ago. Her last few books - it's hard to believe it's the same author - expect the same characters keep appearing in convoluted ways. Dead Aim is the worst yet. The story is not interesting and the characters are lifeless. It seems she's cranking out after another on auto pilot. Iris - Please - write something new and substantial. It's an insult to your fans to put out these crappy books twice a year. These recent Johansen books are about half as long as some of her previous work, with no where near the intrigue, romance, or refreshing writing style as some of her previous books. I almost thing they are being ghost written by a formula flunky.
A much better choice is Reap the Wind which is a well developed page turner with real story and substance. Or if you're interested in historical fiction, The Tiger Prince. The same thing happened with Johansen's historical fiction. This one great book and then a bunch of "crank it out" junk. Iris needs to change genre's again if she can't do better than Dead Aim in the suspence/intrigue/romance genre. If Amazon had the option, I would give this book zero stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!! March 6 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have been reading some mixed reviews about this book with some people loving it and some people (mostly longtime Iris Johansen readers) finding it not up to par. I have read 2-3 books by Iris Johansen and find that this book is one of my favorites.
Dead Aim is about photographer Alex Graham who is taking pictures of what appears to be a natural disaster. She soon finds out otherwise--as she overhears the conspirators and witnesses them murder one of her friends. Alex is soon on the run from the killers and from the government, who mistakenly think she may have something to do with the disaster.
Judd Morgan is a loner who is persuaded to help, protect and guard Alex. He is a man with a complicated past and is also on the run from an assassin as well as the CIA. Helping them is Galen and billionaire John Logan.
I thought that the plot about conspiracy, terrorists and government was fast paced and well done. It is a suspenseful mystery as Alex and Judd find out who they can trust. Instead of focusing on international terrorism, the terrorists are actually working within the government...so no one is what they seem.
It was nice to revisit with old characters like John Logan, Galen/Elena and Sarah/monty the dog. The ending was exciting as Alex runs from the killer and they try to stop a terrorist plot. Dead Aim was a great read and one that will keep readers turning the page!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feels rushed and over done.
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 more
Published on May 20 2004 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A picture is worth . . .
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 more
Published on April 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good,
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
4.0 out of 5 stars TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT
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 more
Published on April 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A mystery/romance with humor...
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 more
Published on March 26 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Get On With IT!!!
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 more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by H. Elliott
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, terrible flow and transition
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 more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars "Loved this story!"
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
3.0 out of 5 stars I agree with the other reviews
If you want to read a good book find one of the authors early ones that are not part of the Eve Duncan series. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2003
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