Pandora's Daughter Hardcover – Oct 16 2007
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Orphaned at 15 and raised by her Uncle Phillip, the adult Megan Blair is an Atlanta pediatrician who hears terrified voices. Revelation comes when childhood friend Neal Grady, who is now a shadowy government agent, arrives to apprise Megan of her psychic powers. And to warn her: Molino-the relentless villain who killed Megan's mother, believing her touch killed his son-is targeting Megan next. Molino thinks Megan was born to an ancient Sephardic family of psychics, and plans to force her to reveal the location of the Ledger, a book that contains the family's secrets and finances. He then plans to kill her, if Megan, Neal and Neal's sidekick, Jed Hartley, don't find him first. Johansen increases the tension by alternating point of view, but two-dimensional characters, repetitious explanations and stilted dialogue make staying tuned difficult. (Oct.)
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Dr. Megan Blair has been living a lie. She heard voices up until her mother died in an accident. Raised by her mother's half-brother, Megan managed to live a normal life, became a doctor, and now works in an Atlanta hospital. But once her car is run off the road and Neal Grady enters the picture, nothing is the same. Neal helps her realize that her mother's death was no accident. In fact, she was murdered because of her psychic ability, the very talent Megan inherited. Molino, an underworld kingpin, wants to see Megan, and everyone else he calls "freaks," dead because he blames her mother for his son's death. Supposedly Megan's mother's mere touch caused Molino's son to kill himself. She may have possessed the rare gift, just like the mythological Pandora, that magnifies a person's psychic ability, power that can either open someone's mind or cause madness. The hunt for Molino takes Megan and Neal through Europe in search of a ledger that traces a family of powerful psychics from the time of the inquisition to the present, keeping one step ahead of their enemy while trying to destroy him. Johansen delivers an exhilarating thriller filled with her trademark paranormal elements, truly heinous villains, and intriguing, multidimensional heroes. This is romantic suspense that will keep the author's fans on the edge of their seats. Engelmann, PattySee all Product Description
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Then there is the matter of the main character Megan. She's just like all of this author's other main characters. Insanely stubborn to the point that she's putting herself and other people in danger constantly and never thinking twice about her actions. Megan finds out that she's a kind of psychic one day after having her memories and powers repressed and throws a stubborn tantrum denying it, thus running off on her own and putting everyone who is trying to help her in danger. In the same chapter, she does a turn around and insists on controlling the entire situation and stubbornly calling all the shots at risk to everyone else. "I'm going to do this MY way" Also in the tradition of previous characters, the main character gets involved with a man much older who she knew when she was barely a teenager and goes through the typical denial.
As much as I wanted to throw this book, I finished it by heavily skimming, and was also disappointed by how Megan's continued stubborn and selfish recklessness resulted in a nice happy ending with all loose ends tied.
I have another .25 book by this author and I dread reading it. I tried to give her another chance by thinking maybe just the one series was terrible, but it appears to just be her.
Please AVOID- I can't recommend this to anyone and the idea that anyone actually may have enjoyed this travesty makes me a little queasy...
After her mother was murdered when she was 15, Megan Blair went to live with her uncle, and has almost completely silenced the voices she heard in her head as a young girl. What Megan doesn't understand is that she is a Listener, able to hear the voices of people who have died. Until someone tries to kill her...
Neal Grady has been protecting Megan ever since the fateful night her mother was killed. He has used his own psychic abilities to relieve the burden of the horrors Megan's gift brings her. But now he has returned. It appears Molino, the man who killed Megan's mother in a fit of vengeance and rage, has found Megan and will do anything to kill her too. Neal will do anything to protect Megan from such evil.
Molino wants the Ledger, a book that holds all the secrets to the psychically talented family Megan is believed to be descended from and he intends to use it to kill off all the "freaks." linked through the family. Megan's mother killed Molino's son with her gifts, convincing Molino she is a Pandora, the most dangerous of all psychic talents.
Pandora's Daughter is a very compelling story. Action is non-stop in this fast paced thriller. The suspense is skillfully done, keeping me on the edge of my seat eager to see what would happen next. I actually found myself wanting to stay in the car and drive even more so I could continue on the roller coaster ride of emotions. I was kept guessing as to what Molino would do next in his quest for vengeance against Megan.
I loved the addition of the variety of psychic gifts to the story and the accompanying explanations of the levels of abilities. Experiencing Megan's abilities alongside of her and the emotions resulting from them, added a sense of urgency to the story and added tension to the story
I was more impressed with the thriller side of the story than I was the romance. Maybe it was the age difference between Megan and Neal, but I could not see them as a couple, no matter how hard I tried, even while I knew they were going to end up together in the end.
I had the abridged version of the audio and I think I would have enjoyed the unabridged version a little bit more. There seemed to be a lot of scene jumping that would have been much more smoothly done in the unabridged version with better transitions. Jennifer Van Dyck does a wonderful job performing the novel, her voice adding nuances to the characters that made them that much more fascinating.
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Dr. Megan Blair is a physician who hears "voices". Often a sign of schizophrenia, in Megan's case it is indicative of the fact that she is a "listener" and possesses psychic abilities much like her now deceased mother. This talent for listening is almost eclipsed by her highly developed sensual and sexual side (an extra perk of being a Pandora) and she discovers that her mother's old protector, a government agent named Neal Grady, is more than willing to assist her in relieving her sexual tension.
The story as a whole is thin as a slice of prosciutto and most of the characters portrayed in this fiasco are unbelievably unimaginative and come across as cookie-cutter caricatures. Their personal conduct vacillates between curt and belligerent (Megan and Renata) and laughably sinister (Molino, Stephen and Sienna). Only two of the characters are semi-authentic and they are Phillip (whose conduct is never less than acceptable since he's in a coma for most of the book) and Harley a man of action whose motives can only be described as purely professional.
Iris Johansen has written a dozen other books that are far superior to Pandora's Daughter so I recommend you select one of them and pass on this one.
The characters are shallow, the conversations ridiculous and the plot specious, at best! The only thing I can say of a positive nature about this book is that it's so bad it's funny if you read it aloud and include the silly facial expressions she attributes to the character.
If this is a top-seller it certainly says much about the dumbing-down of America.