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Dance of Death

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  453 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
From The Genesis Code to The Murder Artist, John Case has established himself as the master of unrelenting suspense. Now Case choreographs his most diabolically chilling novel to date, as the very fabric of civilisation threatens to come apart in the hands of a brilliantly vengeful madman...

Photojournalist Mike Burke has carried his camera into every war zone and hellhole
Published July 5th 2007 by Arrow (first published January 1st 2006)
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workaday mp3 that looks pretty dodgy but I'll give it a go. Unabridged.

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Apr 06, 2014 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Character Study / Mystery / Quasi-Thriller. Excellent!!!,

This book, the latest by John Case (aka the husband and wife writing team, Jim and Carolyn Hougan), is a little out of the ordinary compared to the previous 5 offerings. Only 1 of the 6 books by John Case has disappointed me (The Eighth Day; it was not nearly as good as the others). Their books are, or up to now have been, mystery/thriller/suspense type books with great stories based mainly in science or medicine.

This book is based in scie
Michael Matson
Jack Wilson is mad as hell and plans to blow up large chunks of the planet. Why? Because he's been in prison? Because he's an outraged Indian? Because he's nuts? We don't know. In any case he needs money, a lot of money to destroy things. Naturally, he turns to a terrorist group. It's the thriller writer's contemporary solution. Luckily he finds a group of terrorists clueless enough to overpay him for running errands they could easily do themselves. Jack encounters a number of vicious scoundrels ...more
Mar 13, 2008 C.E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like a "thinking person's thriller"
Ghost Dancer, the latest thriller from John Case ranks among his very best and that's saying something.

As with Case's best work, the greatest strength here is in the concept. Knowing the author's background in the CIA, the concept is just plausible enough to make readers go "hmmmmmm." In addition, the sequences where terrorist-in-the-making Jack Wilson circles the globe to convert a big hash score into diamonds into perfectly laundered cash are fascinating and relevatory.

Unfortunately, althoug
Jan 20, 2009 Charm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable and pensive thriller done once again by John Case. His characters maintain complexity as they are cast about in his ever twisting plot. He has clearly done his research (which most likely results from former professional background) but at times the plot becomes to spotty and jumpy.

The novel opens with the tragic love loss background of Mike Burke, which has minor impact on the remainder of the novel. The he goes through the intricate twistings of Jack Wilson's personal vendetta, se
Oct 15, 2014 Farhan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A scientist's invention that had the potential to drastically change the way modern gadgets work was usurped by the U. S. government in national interest. The scientist ended up behind bars when he tried to go ahead, anyway, and sell his invention regardless of the ban imposed by the government. Having lost his pride as well as his illustrious career, the scientist decides to punish everyone by destroying everything electronic in the world. A journalist mourning his wife's recent death takes it ...more
Ходещо напомняне, че „нещата се разпадат, а центърът не издържа на напрежението“.


Желанията са странно нещо, помисли си той и придърпа пешовете на палтото си. Първо, винаги са в ограничена наличност. Никой няма хиляда желания, да речем. В приказките ти се полага само едно, освен ако не си истински късметлия — тогава получаваш право на три. Така или иначе, не бива да се прахосват. Не ги хабиш за нещо, което можеш да получиш и сам — като билети за мач на „Лейкърс“ например — или кое
Bruce Scott
Oct 23, 2015 Bruce Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audio book read by Dick Hill: well-crafted thriller and one of Dick Hill's best narrations. For example, there was the requisite lecture on physics in the middle to explain the science behind the device, usually boring and endless in most thrillers. Hill transforms the scene into a hilarious conversation exacerbated by the alcohol they consume. It's a ridiculous plot, of course, but the plotting is understated and careful, and the characters and their situations are believable and enlightening. ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Donald rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I liked parts of this one; like the stuff about Nikola Tesla doled out in broken English, and the actual “thriller” parts. I also thought the narrator, Dick Hill, did a wonderful job bringing this one to life.

But the story seemed choppy and underdeveloped, containing too much stuff to stay focused on the prize. It came across as a mixed bag of ideas, like one of those add-a-line stories.

Good enough as an audiobook to pass the commute and keep me from breaking seventy-five.
Donna Mcnab
When Photojournalist Mike Burke's Irish wife dies, he remains in Ireland working with his father-in-law. Because of this business, which sets up off shore bank accounts, he becomes involved in the hunt for one of his customers. Back in America, that customer, the brilliant Jack Wilson, who has been unfairly imprisoned, gets out of prison seeking revenge through a machine originally invented by Tesla. This results in a an absorbing story.
David Hill
May 13, 2009 David Hill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thriller hardly describes this nail biting, absolutely contemporary and on the edge of your seats novel. Case weaves a complex web of clues and characters wasting few words, and making it nearly impossible to put the book down. This is a must read!
It started really slowly and it proceeded this way to 2/3 of the book and then the story built up a speed and ended. Too many boring parts at the beginning that could have been reduced in favour of last quarter.
Ipsita Roy mukherjee
A gripping tale where science mixes with traditions, where love comes in the path of revenge. Another very classy John Case mystery.
Apr 13, 2012 Janiej78 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like his other books, I had a hard time getting into it and remembering all the characters but the last third of the book I really couldn't let go until I found out "what happened"....
Sheldon Lehman
Oct 29, 2012 Sheldon Lehman rated it really liked it
A different style story from the duo that is John Case. I won't miss their books, but this is an excellent tale to end on.
Jan 13, 2008 Edb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book about a weapon created using Tesla's research. Also kinda scary to think that someone could possibly use it in this way.
Rachael Graham
Jun 03, 2013 Rachael Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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pretty good book, took awhile to get into it but very interesting story. great twist at ending that others might see coming, but I did not :)
One of the very best first few pages I've ever read... and I read A LOT. It slowed down after that and I learned more about Tesla than I ever did in school. Still enjpyed.
Aug 03, 2009 Sheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Long. good story. Lots of characters but two main ones. Shows good and bad of FBI (mostly bad) and good and bad of main character.
Feb 25, 2009 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was really enjoying this book, then I got to the end and it sort of fizzled. Overall, it was a good book but not stunning.
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Writing as 'John Case,' Jim and Carolyn Hougan are the New York Times best-selling authors of The Genesis Code and five other thrillers.

An award-winning investigative reporter, Jim is the author of The Magdalene Cipher, a novel of conspiracy, and two non-fiction books about the CIA: Spooks and Secret Agenda.

Carolyn is the author of four novels, including The Romeo Flag.

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“He liked the bow, where it was quiet. If he looked over the edge of the deck, he could just see the bulbous front of the ship where it met the water. For centuries, the bows of ships had been like knives. But not any longer. Wilson pondered the change until he understood. A bulbous prow would raise the bow. This would make the ship more efficient by reducing the impact of the bow-wave. He wondered about the man whose insight it was, and if he’d gotten credit for it.” 0 likes
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