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Silent Thunder (Hannah Bryson #1)

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Number-one bestselling author Iris Johansen teams up with Edgar Award winner Roy Johansen and the result is an explosive, tour-de-force thriller. . . .

It was the assignment of a lifetime. . . .

Brilliant marine architect Hannah Bryson has been given the job of a lifetime. A U.S. maritime museum has just acquired the decommissioned Soviet submarine Silent Thunder for public
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Hardcover, 403 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 2008)
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Nani
Dec 24, 2011 Nani rated it it was amazing
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 Marla
2.5 star. Not that great. I liked Hannah when she was an unparalleled professional in her field of marine salvage and marine architect, but as a snotty, stubborn, sarcastic damsel in distress, she left some to be desired. Kirov was an intriguing sexy foreign deadly man, but his accent sounded too much like dracula.

I don't generally like political intrigue, so that part didn't thrill me, but neither did the characters, romance or dialogue. Meh.

Likes:
* Sibling banter
* Hannah is an expert in her f
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Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
Okay, basic synopsis: Marine architect (one who designs underwater vehicles and the like) Hannah Bryson has been contracted to inspect and overhaul a decommissioned Russian nuclear sub, the Silent Thunder, for the U.S. Maritime Museum. Working with her brother, Connor, she begins the routine check of the sub's systems. During this process, an enigmatic set of metallic plates, inscribed with seemingly nonsensical symbols, is found. Tragedy strikes, however, and a mystery unfolds. Hannah, though w ...more
Cranky
Nov 30, 2008 Cranky rated it did not like it
Recommended to Cranky by: Pat McClanahan
Shelves: quit_reading
I don't read much of Iris Johansen, and that may have been my problem with my approach to it. From my perspective, Johansen's mistake was trying to condense and dilute an potentially interesting global political intrigue. I used to read a lot of those kinds of books, and in my opinion they are best tackled in a thick meaty book of 500+ pages. To do it in less, Johansen was forced to do a lot of exposition via dialogue, and I found it so unrealistic it continually pulled me out of the story.

I gav
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Vannessa Anderson
Apr 21, 2010 Vannessa Anderson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iris-johansen
Silent Thunder is categorized as adult fiction but it reads as young adult fiction. Hannah, the main character is both protagonist and antagonist, the author never decided which role the Hannah character fit so she made her both.

Hannah uses her friends to get what she wants and never mind that it could cost them their jobs because they wouldn’t have those jobs if it hadn’t been for her.

I didn’t finish reading Silent Thunder because I stopped caring about the story and there wasn’t one character
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Kw
Mar 29, 2011 Kw rated it it was ok
A pretty good story, but told with lots of inane dialogue, consistent profanity, crude conversation. Hard to believe a professional marine architect, tops in her field, would resort to so much patronizing sarcasm, or that her devoted brother would nag her about having IVF (she is single). I just can't really recommend this one and am surprised to see that it received good reviews from others. No accounting for taste, is there??
M.D.
Dec 03, 2009 M.D. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: set-aside
Silent Thunder is one of the worst written books I've read in a long time, and greatly disappointing. The dialogue is trite and flat ("Son of a bitch. Bradworth was staring after him. "Bastard."), the characters are unidimensional (the Russians are the bad guys), the story murky and at best cliche.

After 135 pages, I gave it up.
Kim
Aug 31, 2009 Kim rated it did not like it
I am half way through this book and it sucks. It is the worst dialogue I've come across since I had to write dialogue in 4th grade English class. And, unfortunately, it's dialogue driven. I'm going to finish it because I'm stubborn like that but wow, this is horrible. Yep, stayed horrible, thankfully, it's over.
Regan
Jan 11, 2016 Regan rated it did not like it
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Renee Hayes-Comage
I loved it, especially the ending :)
Laurie
Feb 23, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: iris-johansen
As a fan of Iris Johansen, I was unsure whether I would enjoy her coaurthoring with her son or be disappointed in their joint effort. I really liked Silent Thunder. It tells the story of a female submarine designer, Hannah, who is hired to explore and verify the safety of a Russian submarine for the museum that plans to display it. During her inspection, Hannah uncovers some mysterious writing and she is forced to team up with a Russian, Nicolas Kirov, to decipher the meaning of her discovery. K ...more
Devon
Mar 10, 2010 Devon rated it liked it
Shelves: to-library
"An explosive secret. And no one left who knows the truth..." Silent Thunder is the name of a Russian atomic attack submarine and marine architect, Hannah, and her brother, Conner, have the job of inspecting every inch of the sub to make certain it is safe for tourists. However, she finds a cryptic note behind a panel and, lo and behold, trouble starts. Now I'm going to read it and find out what the note says. I may have to translate it from Russian to English unless the author(s) were kind enou ...more
Shiela
Marine architect Hannah Bryson believes she has been given the opportunity of a lifetime when she is asked to inspect the former Soviet nuclear attack submarine, the Silent Thunder, in order to declare it safe for public exhibition in a museum. The assignment soon turns tragic as a deadly assault takes place on board right after a mysterious message was uncovered behind the sub’s panel. Knowing the attack was no accident, Hannah will go to great lengths to find the truth behind the message and t ...more
Amy
Jul 16, 2008 Amy rated it liked it
Iris Johansen used to be a favorite, "must read" author of mine. The past several books I have not read because I tired of the Eve Duncan and her family saga. Series are fine for some authors and it is fun to revisit charactes, but after so many books, I want the author to start fresh! I also get discouraged when reading an author new to me if they have many books of a series - I get overwhelmed because I don't want to start at the very beginning but I feel I am missing too much if I pick up wit ...more
Tattered Cover Book Store
I've long been an Iris Johansen fan so I was more than curious to see that her new book is co-written with her Edgar Award winning son Roy. I found that mother and son make a dynamite writing duo.

The premise is Hannah, a brilliant, driven but haunted marine architect, has undertaken an assignment for a museum clearing a Russian nuclear submarine for any hazards before it becomes an exhibit. It should be a straightforward job that lasts no more than the two weeks that she promises her assistant a
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Vicki Jaeger
Apr 25, 2016 Vicki Jaeger rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vicki by: advance reading copy
Finally, a good advance reading copy (after several duds)! Yes, it was published a bit ago, but I'm still getting through my printed samples.
Was a good thriller/spy novel, complete with a decommissioned Russian nuclear submarine, a murder in the beginning (seriously not a spoiler, was in the back cover copy), seeking vengeance, the CIA, and a brilliant female marine architect as the protagonist.
It was good enough that I'm carrying it home from vacation so my dad can read it.
Jrodzmori
Jun 14, 2015 Jrodzmori rated it liked it
I heard so much about Iris Johansen when a friend gave me this book I started it right away. It was a good start sounded exciting but then it fell into a lull, every page promised the action and suspense expected but it never materialized. In short it was OK, entertaining, a book that is easy to put aside and pick it up a couple days later.
Kathy Crow
Feb 27, 2015 Kathy Crow rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story line and the characters. The writing was too choppy for my taste. Especially the use of unnecessary exclamation points! Whenever something exciting happens! As if we'd never know it was exciting unless there was an exclamation point! The authors need to read Elmore Leonard's advice on the proper use of exclamation points.
Susan
Jul 04, 2011 Susan rated it it was amazing
Mother and son collaborators, Iris and Roy Johansen, deliver a suspenseful, thrilling read in Silent Thunder. Silent Thunder is a book that has it all: suspense, thrills, intrigue, action, drama, and even some romantic tension thrown in. Hannah and her brother Conner are commissioned to check a retired Russian sub to make sure it is safe for the public to board for museum purposes. On this job, they discover a secret that makes them targets for everyone interested in the secrets hidden by the su ...more
Ursula Gorman
Jul 10, 2010 Ursula Gorman rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen is a fast paced and great read. There are plots within plots in this novel but it's not so confusing that it's difficult to read...the twists and turns keep you interested and absorbed in the story.
Hannah and brother, Connor, work together on different marine projects. They are hired to examine a decommissioned Russin sub, a quick, easy job to fill time before their next big job. Things are going well until horror and tragedy strikes, resulting in Connor's death.
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Diane
Nov 26, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
looks like a new series i will want to follow. hannah bryson is a sub engineer and builder. theu her works she gets into a squabble between the KGB and the CIA. she has to trust a man she knows nothing about except they want the same man dead for murders to their loved one.
Sheila
Jan 06, 2016 Sheila rated it liked it
Hannah Bryson, a marine architect, is hired to inspect a soviet u-boat. The last captain hid the directions to a hidden "golden cradle" that others are willing to do anything to get to it first.
Elsie Nilles
Jul 26, 2015 Elsie Nilles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always keeps me reading .

I enjoy mystery and the relationship between the family. They continue involved in travel, disaster and strength of to preserve the adventure of concluding as victors.
Ashley
Mar 23, 2015 Ashley rated it really liked it
Pretty typical as far as the mystery/thrills go. What is atypical is a heroine that thinks for herself, doesn't need anybody to save her, and isn't just jumping into bed with the first strong silent type she meets. Refreshing to be able to enjoy the genre and not dodge the sex scenes. For that I gave it a bonus star. Which I never do.
Linda
Mar 15, 2012 Linda rated it liked it
I wish I would have read this book before reading Shadow Zone, because then I would have had background information on Hannah Bryson, her brother Conner, and Russian Nicholas Kirov. In Silent Thunder, Hannah and her brother are hired to inspect every inch of a sunken Russian sub before it is ready for a museum. During the inspection Hannah finds some secret metallic panels inscribed with symbols. Enter Nicholas Kirov who was the commander of the sub and harbors guilt and anger regarding the loss ...more
Dan
Oct 23, 2011 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Iris & Roy Johansen as a team, and it shows. Both authors are accomplished in their own right, but here it seemed they couldn't quite decide what style the book should follow. It bounces back and forth between decent thriller and romance novel.

Overall I thought the action parts were well-done and admit to racing through the last third of the book almost in one sitting. But the characters remained two-dimensional and I found it hard to care about their blossoming fee
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Barbara
Mar 04, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Maybe it was just me but I didn't think this book was as exciting or as intense as most of Iris's books that is why I gave it the 4 star instead of the usual 5 star I always give her books. That being said it was still good and still liked the attraction between the two main characters but once again I did not feel the intensity, I did read the sequel to this book first and that could be my problem, I know the attraction continues to grow in the sequel.
Donna Mcnab
Dec 11, 2011 Donna Mcnab rated it really liked it
Marine architect Hannah Bryson is hired by a US marine museum to check out and make safe for public viewing a submarine recently purchased from the Russians. Hannah works with her brother, Connor, and together they start taking the interior of the submarine apart piece by piece, checking it over for problems, and then putting it back together. When Connor discovers a mysterious message behind some plates between the hulls, things become very dangerous. This is an exciting novel with lots of acti ...more
Kristin Lundgren
Sep 09, 2011 Kristin Lundgren rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Another outing for this mother-son duo - this time about a submarine. The brother and sister are hired to do an overhaul on the sub, making sure that everything is perfect for an opening to the public, when something mysterious is found, hidden behind a panel. What follows is a suspenseful chase from some people who fill do anything to keep the secret out of her hands, a mysterious guy who seems to want to help, and some backstabbing espionage. Fun, lots of info on subs. With these kinds of book ...more
Linda
Jun 04, 2014 Linda rated it it was ok
A good idea for the plot, but the dialog was stilted and forced, and that took away from the overall enjoyment of the book.
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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 su ...more
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