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All the Queen's Men (CIA Spies #2)

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No one knows the dangers of getting close to legendary CIA Black Ops specialist John Medina better than communications expert Niema Burdock. Five years ago, she and her husband worked with Medina on an explosive mission that ended in a tragedy. Although she has slowly recovered from her terrible loss, Niema planned never to see Medina again. Until
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Pocket Star (first published January 1st 1999)
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Loved it! The hero was yummy - quiet, dark, dangerous and deadly, just my type.

Enjoyment: 4/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Hero: 5/5
Heroine: 4/5
Secondary characters: 5/5
Hotness/chemistry: 4/5
Romance: 3/5
Angst: 3.5/5
Darkness level: 3/5
Humor: 2.5/5
Depth of the book: 4/5
POV: multiple, 3rd person
Triggers: (view spoiler)
Feb 12, 2016 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was amazing
Wow, Linda Howard continues to impress. So hot and so so good! Review maybe...
Lady Heather

1994 Iran

An American covert 5 person team is in place to blow up a manufacturing facility that was developing and supplying Anthrax. The team was made up of Sayyed (a native Iranian who was now an American citizen, a tough, wiry man in his late forties), Hadi Santana who was of Arabic and Mexican heritage, but an American. Husband and wife - Dallas & Niema Burcock (Dallas as former SEAL and contractor for the CIA, and Niema an electronics specialist), and their leader Darren Tucker.
Spies. Espionage. Slow-burn love.

This was a solid 3. I was set on not liking it at first because I wasn't getting good vibes. However, after the time skip, things went along nicely. This book wasn't particularly eventful or emotional - but something about it was addicting. I felt entertained and comfortable by it. Were there ever any doubts that Niema and John weren't capable of accomplishing their mission? No. I just really liked seeing the characters doing their shit in the mission, and finall
Dec 25, 2008 Arch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 18, 2016 Sofs rated it it was ok
Not very happy with this one. John Medina was a terrible romantic interest. I would rather have seen a romance between Niema and the French arms dealer, that would've been way more interesting.
I love a book with a strong beginning...something that keeps me intrigued. This was my second Linda Howard book and what a wonderful read! There was plenty of sexual tension between Niema and John, our hero and heroine, throughout the story and what happened between the two of them in Ronsard's office was unique. Also, how often do you read a book where you actually have empathy for the villain? I finished ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN in less than a day. FYI, it is a follow up to "Kill and Tell" but can ...more
Audiobook narrated by Kate Forbes (unabridged), Megan Gallagher (abridged)

I’ve often said that I came to romance through the door marked romantic suspense and All the Queen’s Men is that door. Back in 1998, I picked up the paperback on a mass-market table at a mall bookstore. I’d been reading a lot of man thrillers and my joy knew no bounds as I sat in the food court falling in love with my new discovery. A thriller with romance, a hero who falls hard when he zeroes in on his mate…and sex!!! Do
Jane Stewart
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Mar 07, 2011 Jacqueline rated it liked it
This book was okay but not one of my favorites from LH. I didn't feel that the relationship was as satisfying as it could have been. I did feel the desperation that John felt for Niema and some of the sex scenes were pretty intense and hot. The suspense part was okay but I didn't like that he put her in a dangerous situation just to spend time with her.

The ending was unsatisfying for a romance. (view spoiler)
Oct 15, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
Reread 9/21/16-9/28/16

John Medina almost makes me do the 'Nicky Arnstein Nicky Arnstein' thing I do for Kell Sabin, and though I enjoyed rereading this one, this time around I see more clearly the little things that didn't work so well. There is a tremendous amount of action - the Iranian fiasco in which Niema Burdock's husband, Dallas, is killed, the mutual guilt John and Niema share over his death, John training Niema for the Louis Ronsard assignment (John really does know at least a thousand
Apr 09, 2011 Samantha rated it it was ok
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Davina D.
First thing's first this was a DNF for me, but I read almost to the end so I feel qualified to give this review.

I read KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP (book # 3 in the John Medina series) before reading this book, ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN (book # 2 in the same series), and probably that was a bad idea or probably Linda Howard shouldn't have recycled the plot from ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN into K M W I S. What should have been an exciting and thrilling read on international espionage turned out to be a rather dull,
A very good read, you won't feel overwhelmed with information and characters like with its prequel. Characters are lovable, even the villain. It's got action, suspense, steamy romance and humor. Just a very enjoyable and entertaining book.
Perfect for a potential book slump or actual book slump rescue.
Katherine 黄爱芬
Ternyata baca buku ini tidak seheboh yang dibayangkan (atau gw terlalu high expectation dgn buku ini ya?), tapi juga tidak jelek. Masih menarik utk dibaca buat pecinta suspense romance.

Diawali dgn prolog, kematian suami Niema, Dallas di Iran pada saat penugasan rahasia CIA, dimana Niema juga ikut dalam operasi intelijen tsb. Tucker, kepala tim, bertanggungjawab utk membawa kembali Niema ke Amrik selamat hidup-hidup, tugas wasiat terakhir dari Dallas.

5 tahun kemudian, Niema bertemu kembali dgn Tu
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; A-

Kate Forbes did a great job narrating this Linda Howard story. Of all the books I've read by this author, this one has the lowest key romance thread, although its definitely there.
I enjoyed this book in audio format much more than I recall enjoying it when I read it a few years ago. Forbes did a good job in the various voices and made the tension and suspense fairly believable.

Whenever I read a spy story it makes me realize how much I would hate to live in that world since I
A 3 star read in print (read 2009), I bumped this up one star on audio. In print I remember struggling to get into the book after the exciting first part. I liked it, but wasn't wowed by it. On audio, narrated by Kate Forbes I found myself enjoying all the details and never getting bored. Forbes does an excellent job with both the male and female voices. Her style is to change tone and inflection without trying to make her voice sound masculine. It mostly works and I rarely had trouble following ...more
Another of my favorites by the incomparable Linda Howard. She has more books on my 5 stars shelf than any other romance author, I swear. This story is about John Medina, the HOT, but supercool CIA agent that we first met in Kill and Tell. He falls for Niema, a brilliant and beautiful woman who works at developing superspy stuff for the CIA. They go on a mission together in France where they fall in love while engaging in superspy covert action. It's fast paced and action packed, but we never los ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Dec 29, 2014 CD {Boulder Blvd} rated it it was amazing
Review to come, but I love a kick-ass heroine and hot hero who appreciates her!
Author: Linda Howard
First published: 1999
Length: 4104 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Iran, Atlanta, Georgia, and Paris and Nice, France.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent. Rape-y.
Hero: CIA
Heroine: Communications specialist.
Trigger: Rape.
Includes: Excerpt from Kill and Tell .

Before writing this review I pulled up my review for Book 1, Kill and Tell , and realised I had quite a few problems with the book.

So I guess I’m not that surprised I had problems again.

Once more, while the BadGuys ar
Ana T.
Dec 08, 2007 Ana T. rated it liked it
I was somewhat surprised when I realised that although I've read plenty of Howard books in the past this is the first one that I am reviewing. And while I have loved many of her books (Open Season, After The Night, Dream Man, etc) I found this one to be just an average read... I'm not sure if it's me or Howard but since I have at least two more of hers in the TBR pile I sure hope I like them better.

Five years ago Darrell Tucker (also known as John Medina) led a mission in Iran that saw one of h
Dec 06, 2014 Gargi rated it liked it
I am surprised that I have given it three stars. The first part seems nice backdrop for a promising thriller,second part keeps that hope high with a high tension romance blooming slowly in addition but in the middle part with the introduction of negative hero and his gestures towards heroine it seems converted to a historical romance. A very good part was spent with the story of anti-hero(??I think,like me author is also smitten with Luis Ronsard)trying to court the heroine,his helplessness,his ...more
Howard, Linda - 2nd in John Medina series

CIA agent John Medina and electronics expert Niema Burdock share a violent past: the two were part of a covert operation that went tragically wrong, resulting in the death of several people. Now, five years later, their paths cross again and John, whose love for Niema has only grown over time, is determined to keep her in his life for good. Having spent the intervening five years living a solitary, staid existence--due to feelings
This book was very different from the previous one in the series. The previous had an inner cuteness resulting from the very normality of key characters. This one definitely lost all pretense of normality and cuteness.
What I liked is how John took care of Niema and remained obsessed by her over a 5-year period. However it did not seem consistent in terms of behavior to his decision of dragging her back to fieldwork for a mission, that could be dangerous like all field ones.
I liked the way they
Jun 26, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Loooove this book. Omgosh. It would have been a full on 5 star read for me, but that first sex scene between the H and h? Um no. Not really okay with that at all. Actually any scene with them sleeping together was not my favorite to be honest. (view spoiler). However, ...more
May 24, 2014 Mareli rated it it was amazing
Who is John Medina? I read a lot about this character and I was curious. He is this strong and silent hero/agent kind of man but in the end he's tender and sweet like no other (I'd say he is a "cuore di panna" but I couldn't find a way to translate this expression without going into cholesterol and other unpleasant things LOL).

JOhn Medina meets Niema Burdock in Iran, during a mission that will end with Niema's husband death. He feels guilty because in a way he already loves her and he thinks to
Rachel Amphlett
Jul 12, 2014 Rachel Amphlett rated it really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this novel - a thriller with just the right amount of romantic suspense to ensure that the story isn't overshadowed by the relationship aspects of the plot.

All the Queen's Men is a loose sequel to Kill & Thrill, the first in Howard's CIA Spies series, but I reckon if you picked this up as a separate read, you'd be fine. The plot line follows Nyema and John, two CIA operatives with a tragic history, who are thrown together again to thwart the plans of a Fren
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Young widow of Navy SEAL goes undercover to bug computer of French weapon's dealer. She pretends to be the love interest of attractive & mysterious Mr. Temple, who's really a special ops guy who was with heroine & the rest of their Special Ops team when her husband died 5 yrs ago & who's kept tabs on her because of his personal interest in her.

This romance-suspense is an exciting Howard book. The action-suspense kept me on my toes & the romance engaged my emotions. Sexual chemist
Dec 11, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
The beginning was interesting and engaging. The background of John Medina was make up for a great hero. However, half way through things start to doesn't make sense. He is the John Medina, considered a legend, and yet he recruited an amateur Niema for a mission. I don't care that 5 years ago she was involved in a black ops. The fact is that she is nervous and gave me an amateurish feel. John Medina just plain doesn't do that in real life.

The ending was stupid if this was make into a movie. Nuff
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