Dead Aim Mass Market Paperback – Mar 2 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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From Library Journal
Daring photojournalist Alex Graham concludes that a natural disaster she's been shooting is really a mass murder.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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