Monday, April 13, 2009

Deadlock - great "beach" read...

by Iris Johansen

This book would make an excellent "beach read" or to take with you on vacation. It moves well and holds your interest without taking alot of concentration.

Iris Johansen has always written about strong women and this book is no exception. Emily Hudson is an archaeologist who with her assistant Joel Levy go into war torn countries to rescue art & artifacts from their museums before they become rubble.

There are the usual CIA Agents, bad guys and paid off officials...there is also a good guy. Well I suppose I should qualify that - a bad guy turned good guy - in John Garret. Garrett amassed a fortune as a smuggler and other less honorable jobs...but has used that wealth to make a difference in his own small way.

The plot centers around the story of the Romanovs and Rasputin - this information seems to be well researched and then expanded to fit her telling of it. This along with Emily's constant struggle with her need for vengeance versus the need to follow this to this top makes Deadlock an entertaining book.

I think my real criticism of this book is that the character development could have been better and that there is too much romance, not enough tension. But on a whole it is a fun read with some really good moments and great locales.

From the Product Description
Emily Hudson is an archaeologist who travels the world in search of priceless artifacts from war-torn countries and other hot spots. Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side—until one day, her entire crew is massacred and Joel and Emily are held captive. Victims of one of the most ruthless and evil human beings on earth. For two weeks they try to survive, until Emily is the unwitting instrument in Joel’s demise.

John Garrett has worked for the CIA, MI6, and whoever else needed his services. Now, the CIA comes calling with a desperate mission for him: save Emily Hudson. But their may be more to this job than they let him know. And soon, his connection to Emily has him questioning everything he thought to be true. Emily has vengeance on her mind. Will Garrett aid her in getting revenge? Can Emily help him get to the truth behind a bigger conspiracy? Or will they both die trying…With lightning-fast pacing, plot twists and shocking betrayals, Iris Johansen is at the top of her game in this latest thriller.

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