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Your Next Breath (Catherine Ling #4)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an explosive new thriller

Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. Luke wa
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I It’s been over 20 years since I read The Face of Deception, , the 1st book in Iris Johansen’s Eve Duncan Series and have since been following the life of Eve, a forensic sculptor who has been searching for her small daughter, Bonnie, who had gone missing when she was seven years old.

Over time, I joined her on her mission to finding the answers about her child and along the way have met characters that have been part of her quest.

Catherine Ling, a charac
Nancy Steinle gummel
Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen is a first reads win and I'm giving my honest opinion. Johansen writes mysteries well. Her characters are defined clearly and new ones are incorporated integrally. The stories follow a coarse but they can be read individually as well. Johansen's favorite character is Eve Duncan. this book follow the path of one of Eve's friends Catherine Ling. Catherine has made a mortal enemy of Santos when she killed his wife with a shot between her eyes. three of her friends ...more
May 06, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book by Johansen. Your Next Breath was one of those books that was excellent from start to finish. I absolutely loved how so many of Johansen's characters were in this book like Eve and Joe from the series who are a part of their own series and then of course Catherine Ling who was the main character of the series this book was a part of. The interaction of the two series and how at the end Johansen set up the next Eve Duncan book was brilliant.
Now for this book itself I loved
Just finished reading this Giveaway book I received prior to it's publication date. I am a fan of the Eve Duncan series and enjoy this spinoff featuring Catherine Ling. This is another good thriller and leaves you knowing that there is more to come.
Kathy Martin
Jun 11, 2015 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it
Catherine Ling is in all kinds of trouble when an old enemy decides to kill everyone she loves. But Catherine, despite her feeling that she is a loner, has many more friends than she thought. When she realizes that her friends are at risk, one of the first people she contacts in Eve Duncan. But not in time to keep Jane from being hurt and needing Caleb to help her heal.

Eve is assisted by Richard Cameron who is a sort of friend, sort of adversary who wants a relationship with Catherine. Like Cath
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
I love this spin off series. This is a page turner for me. Catherine is kicks ass. Her odd relationship with Richard is fun. I love her son Luke. He isn't a usual kid. He's a good boy with killer instincts.

In this one, I'm not sure what the takeaway is other than kill your enemies. Putting them in jail does absolutely nothing. Basically, the "good" guys aka cops and law enforcement are always at a disadvantage because they have people they care about. It's almost as if they need to be single le
Jim Angstadt
May 24, 2015 Jim Angstadt rated it did not like it
I keep thinking this is a made-for-the-movies story.
Characters: cardboard.
Dialog: trite.
Plot: fast and predictable.
Two thumbs down.

Notes while reading:

- My first Iris Johansen read.
- Dialog reminds me of some hard-boiled detective novels from the 1940s or 50s.
- So far, not much character developement.
- Two major characters, and 2 minor ones, communicate by mental telepathy; no kidding.

Aug 02, 2015 Michele rated it did not like it
I read the Face of deception and a few following books so was interested when I saw this in the library! Wow what a boring book and unsympathetic character is Ling!! And what's with all the psychic whoo whoo. Only finished it as I had taken it away for a conference and had to read something on The plane
Jan Barrows
Oct 29, 2015 Jan Barrows rated it it was amazing
This book is a book you find hard to put down. I love the characters and cant wait to read another book with these characters. I love Eve Duncan but Catherine Ling is another favorite of mine.
Meredith VanOordt
Aug 09, 2015 Meredith VanOordt rated it really liked it
There was so much detail in most of the book, but toward the end it changed. Don't get me wrong. I LOVE Iris' work, but where was the detail about finding the body w/nametag! And why did it seem that you just threw Bonnie in at the end, when you already had a tie-in for Jane?..
Jun 15, 2015 Bridget rated it it was ok
I'm sure this story actually ends up being better than a 2 stars, but I have had it with female characters who behave stupidly. When the women act like they have more "brawn than brains", I am out of here.
Sep 01, 2015 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First time reading Iris Johansen - not a fan of her writing style. She tells a lot of the story through the dialogue between the characters.
Jul 08, 2015 Sheila rated it it was amazing
This is Johansen at her very best! The familiar characters seem to explode off the pages. I found myself staying up later because I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend this book.
Jun 21, 2015 Maureen rated it it was ok
Meh. I don't know why I bothered reading this as I didn't really like the other Catherine Ling stories. The dialog is flat; the plot predictable.
Nov 17, 2016 Eve rated it it was ok
Your Next Breath by Iris Johansen
Series: Catherine Ling, book 4
Romantic Suspense / Mystery

YOUR NEXT BREATH opens up with a murder in Boskar, a remote village in Russia. A local man discovers the body of Olena Petrov, a former prostitute who helped Catherine when she was out on the street. Nearly at the same time, Robert Jantzen, a CIA operative who had worked very closely with Catherine in the past, is murdered. And Kirov Slantkey, the informant who helped Catherine free Luke, is shot in the hea
Linda George
Oct 23, 2016 Linda George rated it it was amazing
Catherine Ling is a crossover character from Johansen's Eve Duncan series and is now in a series of her own. There are recurring characters who make appearances in this novel filled with unexpected connections.
Lori L. Matteson
Good Read

This book is one of the best I've read in a while. It never takes long to get into the story. This story kept you on the edge of your seat. Exhilarating!!!
Jan 29, 2016 Andreea rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-reads
**NOTE : No spoilers!*

Actual Rating : 3.8/5

I picked this book up at random. Literally. I just walked in, saw it on display at my local library, and picked it up. I usually don't take a chance on random books, and particularly not the ones put on display, but this time I was compelled to try.

And, for what I got, as a mystery-spy novel, it was a good and worthwhile read. That is to say, it kept me interested enough to pursue the journey, but not exactly "on my toes", so to speak. The reason for th
Oct 03, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
very good book. need to read her more often.
Nov 22, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
Catherine Ling created a brand-new life for herself, far from her rough beginnings on the streets of Hong Kong. But someone has followed her trail…and is playing a deadly game with her, striking closer to her heart with each blow. First, there’s the death of the former prostitute who helped Catherine when she was still a child. Next, the CIA operative who had known her ever since she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen. And now Luke is
Sep 24, 2016 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Love Iris Johansen series and even more enjoyable when they cross paths. Great characters that keep evolving strong plot that keeps you on your toes. Looking forward to more from her.
Conni Harness
Sep 19, 2016 Conni Harness rated it really liked it
Not a good read. I can't believe it but this was a good read until the end and then did not resolve. Love Catherine Ling storyline & it gets better when the Eve Duncan storyline crosses in. BUT in this book Ling was dropped at end, Duncan picked up & nothing made sense in the ending. So I can only hope there will be another Ling book & all this will be A very sloppy cliff hanger. Jeeze I'm so disappointed.
Mar 30, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it

Iris Johansen

St. Martin’s Press
April 2015

Tomas Santos, a nemesis of Catherine Ling, is callously killing people from her past; ones that she has helped or cared about, and vice versa, in retaliation of Ling killing Santos’s wife. Around the globe, Santos’s hired help is leaving a golden chain and a “dog tag” type medallion with Catherine Ling’s name as a calling card alongside the bodies. Catherine has contacted several of her close friends and warned them; but her new friend, Er
Oct 17, 2015 Meghan rated it really liked it
While I love the uniqueness and newness of stand alone stories, there is something so comforting and fantastic about coming back to the characters that I know and love. Catherine was introduced in an Eve Duncan novel and her character has developed more and more with each introduction and now her own story line. Each time I read more of her story, actions, thoughts and emotions I grow to like her more and more.

To me this is a classic IJ book. Action, a bit of romance, potential devastating trau
May 17, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It contained so many of the characters from her other books, like Joe,Eve, and ,Jane. Caleb, Cameron, Kelley, Luke, Hu Chang,Sam,Erin, and of course Catherine Ling. Bonnie also makes an appearance. The story revolves around Catherine, and her quest to keep her son, and close friends safe. A man she had put away for many crimes, including murder, has. bribed himself back ,to the streets after two years in prison. Catherine had shot and killed his partner in crime, who was also ...more
Tom Tischler
Jun 07, 2015 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it
Catherine Ling one of the CIA's most prized operatives was raised
on the streets of Hong Kong and pulled into the agency at the age of
fourteen. Ling does not get attached to anything except her son Luke
and her mentor Hu Chang. Luke was kidnapped at the age of two but
nine years later Ling has him back. Now just as they are building a
relationship someone from her past is playing a deadly game with her.
The are taking those she cares about as pawns and three are already
dead. Someone is picking
Micky Cox
Aug 27, 2015 Micky Cox rated it really liked it
I am thrilled that this was another Catherine Ling story. I quite like the character and love that there have been several books delve deeper into her character rather than leaving her as a supporting character to the Eve Duncan series. In this book, we see several characters from previous books get drawn into the thick of things as Catherine races to stop the bad guy before he can kill another of her friends. I love that we are seeing a deeper connection to Richard Cameron and hope there will ...more
May 17, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it
Nine years after his kidnapping, Catherine Ling’s son, Luke, has been returned to her and she has vowed to never let anything happen to him again. A top-notch CIA operative raised on the streets of Hong Kong, she is wary about attachments, but a small group of people have become important to her.
As Catherine works to rebuild a relationship with her son, someone from her past is killing the people she cares about. Three people have been brutally murdered; will everyone who matters to Catherine f
Aug 13, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Three people close to Catherine Ling are killed very quickly into this book. Catherine lists the people she loves and those who want revenge. Catherine uses her CIA boss and other contacts to learn everything she can about the man whose wife she was forced to kill some time ago. She gathers her loved ones and ensures protection for the ones she cannot reach. However, a hired killer breaks through her defenses and someone she cares for deeply lies near death. Catherine tracks the madman through ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
This is just another Catherine Ling book, mostly indistinguishable from the rest. Your Next Breath could have been a great book, as it pulls in favorite Iris Johansen characters from other books. However, the plot was predictable and the dialogue forced. This novel almost seems exist as a way to visit with characters that span multiple books and to show readers how they work together in times of crisis. I am not really a fan of Catherine Ling in general, as her actions and emotional outbursts ...more
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her 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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Catherine Ling (4 books)
  • Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11; Catherine Ling, #1)
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