Countdown

Version: Abridged
Author: Iris Johansen
Narrator: Kate Burton
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: May 2005
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

When it reaches zero, you die.
#1 "New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen sets her readers' pulses racing once again in this relentless psychological thriller of a young woman caught in a maze of secrets and stalked by a merciless killer. The countdown begins the moment you open this riveting novel that only grows more electrifying as the pages turn, more exciting as time runs out. . . .
"Don't kill her. She's no good to us dead." These words haunt Jane MacGuire after a shocking attack shatters her world in an instant. Was it a random kidnapping attempt-or the countdown to something far more sinister?
Who is after her-and what do they want so badly they'll kill anyone in their way? That's what Jane is determined to find out, without the help of the police, the FBI, or her adoptive parents, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her husband, Joe Quinn, of the Atlanta PD-because whoever is after her won't hesitate to hurt those she loves the most. Now Jane will go on the run with the only man who may be more dangerous than those who are pursuing her. A smuggler, a con man, and who knew what else, Mark Trevor had his own mysterious reasons for wanting to keep Jane safe and out of the hands of a killer obsessed with a two-thousand-year-old mystery that could rock the modern-day world.
Orphaned at an early age, Jane grew up the hard way, but she was given a new life, a loving family, and a chance to pursue her interest in one of the greatest archaeological finds ever unearthed. Now someone was trying to destroy that new life before it could even get started. The past is returning with the kind of vengeance that knows no mercy. The countdown has already begun, and it'sapproaching zero faster than anyone thinks.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Reviews (4)

Solid but not Spectacular

Written by dlct on June 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

OK, ignore those other people who didn't like the book. This is a continuation of the saga of Jane MacGuire and her various family and acquaintances. I loved it. but I like archeology, history, terrorist plots and Scottish castles. The familiar characters put a little more of themselves on display and we learn a lot about some new bad guys and some new allies too. Joe Quinn and Eve Duncan have a very small role in this tale in which Jane figures out the main star. It was fun!

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Written by Anonymous from Washington, DC on June 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Boring. I listened to one CD and returned the audio book.

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Written by Bill on May 31st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

skip this one....the characters are underdeveloped and the plot is disconnected...almost painful to to sit through...

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Written by Van from Hampton, VA on April 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

What can I say, except for the same thing I said about Blind Alley...the story tanked. The melodramatic Eve Duncan stories are not worth the time. Usually, the only saving grace is Joe Quinn, but even he couldn't help this one. If you skip this one, don't sweat it.

Author Details

Author Details

Johansen, Iris

Johansen began writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.[1]

Johansen lives in Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.