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By Iris Johansen. In Iris Johansen's Deadlock , Emily Hudson is a renowned archaeologist who travels the world to save priceless artifacts from theft or destruction. Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side—until one day, when her entire crew comes under attack. Joel and Emily are held hostage by a sadistic captor who is determined to find the missing link to a legendary treasure. For weeks they struggle to survive against terrifying odds, pushed to their limits—and beyond….
John Garrett has worked for the CIA, British intelligence, and whoever else was willing to pay for his services. This time, a Washington operative hands him what at first appears to be just another assignment: to track down, and save, Emily and Joel. But it quickly becomes much more, especially when Garrett finds himself drawn to someone as dauntless and bent on revenge as Emily.
Soon, they're catapulted into an astonishing adventure in which nothing—and no one—is what it seems. And lives hang in the balance as one man and one woman unravel the explosive truth behind a conspiracy hidden for generations. Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App.
Length: pages 6 hours. Description In Iris Johansen's Deadlock , Emily Hudson is a renowned archaeologist who travels the world to save priceless artifacts from theft or destruction. For weeks they struggle to survive against terrifying odds, pushed to their limits—and beyond… John Garrett has worked for the CIA, British intelligence, and whoever else was willing to pay for his services. Book Preview Deadlock - Iris Johansen. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Emily Hudson, an archrologist sent into various war zones in order to protect ancient artifacts by the UN.
Emily and her assistant Joel are captured by an evil group of men in the mountains of Afghanistan who are looking for an ancient Russian treasure known as Zelov's Hammer. Emily's only chance of survival lays in the hands of former CIA agent John Garrett, an expert at the spy game. It's going to seem like I'm ranting here but Meaning that Garrett is supposed to go somewhere, and spends half a chapter telling Emily why it's not a good idea she "go along".
Or Emily decides to go somewhere and spends half a chapter telling Irana why "she shouldn't come". Seriously, the protagonists bicker for most of the book about who should go where accompanied by whom. So eventually everyone goes everywhere with everybody You just want to scream So in the spirit of the book let me advise you "You really shouldn't go along" with reading this novel.
Awesome book! I definitely want to read more of her books! Emily Hudson, artifacts expert for UN, captured in Afghanistan? The first time I returned to where I thought I'd left off reading I thought perhaps I'd put my bookmark in the wrong place. I had to reread 20 or so pages to figure out what was going on. The second time the same thing occurred I thought I must have fallen asleep reading. By the 4th time I had to reread 20 pages to know what was going on it was pretty evident that this is a silly, poorly written book!
The dialogue is horrible, repetitious, pointless, interchangeable among characters. And speaking of characters, who are they? There is no character development. It seems of late that many of my favorite authors, Johansen included, simply phone something in, publish it and wait to cash their checks.
If you're a Johansen fan give this one a pass. If you are not, you won't be after reading this! First of all, I'm a huge Iris Johansen fan, so it's no surprise that I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of this new book. I read it quickly 3 days but was not as impressed with this one as much as I have been with others by her.
While Emily is running for her life, she makes it her mission to kill the men who are responsible for killing her friend. She ends up having a helper with her mission and the two fall for each other. This part of the story was totally up my alley and I enjoyed it I did not like how this book ended.
The twist at the end in relation to the mystery and the plot didn't jive. It took on a whole new angle right at the end that wasn't really even hinted upon during the book, so I kind of felt like it was thrown in at the last minute.
It just didn't work for me! I'd be interested to hear what anyone else thought of this ending. This won't stop me from reading any of Johansen's other books, but it just wasn't what I had expected. Tour de force is a term that is overused in describing thrillers, but I think it's an apt description of Deadlock.
Emily Hudson is an archaeologist hired by the UN to protect various artifacts that are in danger of destruction. She finds herself in Afghanistan with her best friend and colleague, Joel Levy, when they are ambushed by people who are looking for one artifact in particular, and will stop at nothing to get it. Emily and Joel are held hostage, tortured to reveal the location of Zelov's hammer -- something neither of them knows about. Garrett has worked for the CIA before, and has bad memories of the experience.
But he's Emily and Joel's only hope of survival. That's the way the back of my copy of the book presents the plot. Unfortunately, it really doesn't do it justice and I've noticed that the summary is done better in the final, hardback editions. Joel is tortured endlessly to make Emily talk. By the time Garrett arrives for the rescue only about 30 pages in , Joel is dead, and Emily blames herself. Much of the book involves Emily healing from her captivity, and plotting her revenge on the man who held them both, and was responsible for Joel's death - a man named Staunton.
Emily is the tortured victim seeking revenge. Garrett's friend Irana is the guardian angel who never fights, but is always there to support those who fight for a good cause. There's also the socially inept hacker who longs for adventure, the devoted friend and confidante, the evil-incarnate villain, and several well-meaning dupes.
Of course, Emily and Garrett fall for each other, and come to rely on each other. The characters are interesting in their own way, but don't expect anything groundbreaking here. Deadlock is plot driven, plain and simple.
The pacing is outstanding; there are long stretches that are so action packed that you won't be able to stop reading. And there are enough twists, especially toward the end, that even if you think you know what's going on, you won't really know for sure until the end -- and even then, there are still some questions left unanswered.
Johansen has created an outstanding thrill-ride with Deadlock -- get this one soon. Iris Johansen's 'Deadlock' is touted as fast paced and filled with plot twists. Will Emily bring down Staunton? Will the good guys move faster than the bad guys? Will Staunton torture the fair Emily?
Will Emily and John form a lasting union? Read fast and stay tuned. If you're ever trapped in an airport or on a circling plane, this may well be a good bet. However, if you're not in the mood to suspend disbelief, this isn't the book for you. All the characters sound the same. All the lines - dialogue and exposition - are written in the same staccato style. I asked myself if someone read some of the dialogue aloud if I could tell which character was speaking and the answer was no.
Otherwise, stay away. I've been reading Iris Johansen since she was writing pure romance, and have enjoyed her moves to suspenseful romance, romantic suspense, and now pure thriller.
That said, I felt like this book was just average. The mystery plot seemed needlessly complicated as are most things that involve Rasputin and the Romanovs which left little time to develop the many characters featured in the novel. Only Emily really seemed fully fleshed- the others were all caricatures rather than characters. This would make a good beach read, but is likely to disappoint readers looking for Johansen's signature heat; the focus here is definitely on the mystery rather than on the relationships.
The book was well-written to be sure, but never really delved into the motivations of the characters or provided much of an explanation for the ever-growing body count. All in all, not Johansen's best work by a long shot.
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