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Dead Aim Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2 2004

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (March 2 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553584383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553584387
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.4 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #320,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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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 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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