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

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  6,527 ratings  ·  198 reviews

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
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Pocket Star (first published August 1st 1999)
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Lady Heather
Feb 20, 2015 Lady Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of romantic-suspense-spy-thrillers
John Medina's story was SO much better this time!
Loved the writing, characters and story!
Still one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITES!

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Apologies to my fellow readers/reviewers, but GR won't combine my original review posted October, 2012... so here's the link :-)
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.
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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
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,
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)
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Looking forward to John's story. It was beyond sexy without having as many of those types of scenes as your typical Linda Howard. I didn't miss them. I thoroughly enjoyed all the "cloak and dagger" stuff, but then I am a HUGE James Bond fan; so, this was right up my alley.

I actually read the next book, "Kiss Me While I Sleep," about a year ago. At the time, I didn't realize it was part of a series. Of course, I am now going to re-read "Kiss Me" having just finished the first two.

I remember enjoy
Five years ago, CIA Agent John Medina and Communications Expert Niema Burdock were on a mission in Iran that went terribly wrong, resulting in the death of colleagues, including Niema's husband. Now they meet again when John needs Niema for another mission. This time he wants Niema to go undercover and bug the home of a french arms dealer. After vowing to never go into the field again, Niema realizes she is ready for some excitement. Getting back into the espionage game may be part of that excit ...more
Not your usual Linda Howard novel which are always compelling in their suspense and mystery. This is a 'mission impossible/ James Bond' type novel, still well written and would have received a better rating from me if it wasn't for the fact that there are already so many of these types of novels out there. Besides Howard has set herself such a high standard with all her previous writing that changing her M.O didn't enable her to rise up to the challenge. Please don't let this dissuade you from r ...more
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Atração Implacável
Linda Howard

Porque o que é bom dura tão pouco?

Amo os livros da Linda, sempre são tão emocionantes.

Bem, já era fã do John Medina quando li o primeiro livro da trilogia, Revelações, mas agora, tô completamente apaixonada. O cara é o meu fim.

Simplesmente adoro personagens que a autora consegue demostrar toda sua vulnerabilidade, seus pecados e deixa-los menos heróis e muito mais humanos, com defeitos e erros.

John é assim, está longe de ser perfeito. Não
Sequel to Kill and Tell. In my view, AtQM is not Howard's best, but it's not bad either. I loved hero John Medina in Kill and Tell, and he rocks in some scenes in this book.

Ps. Mark Chastain and his wife Karen get no exposure in this book.
Lydia Young
I've been obsessed with John Medina for years. YEARS. I love him so much my heart actually aches because I want him to step out of the pages of Ms. Howard's stunning book and there. Just be there. Like, breathing.

I absolutely loved this book. I've read a lot of romance novels, and a few have stood out of the crowd as must-read-overs...year after year. From Ms. Howard, this is one of them - as is Son of the Morning and Midnight Rainbow.

Ms. Howard brings the suspense, the research, and
Angela Wade
How is it possible that the same woman who wrote the ridiculous "Kill and Tell" wrote this book, too? "All The Queen's Men" is a top-notch spy thriller and has quickly become a favorite in that genre (second only to the Ice series). If you've ever read any of Howard's other books and were unimpressed, give this one a try. I finally understand her popularity!
I really liked the story, my only draw back was the first sex scene. I thought John was overreaching by having sex with her during a stressful time. Couldn't they have just had the appearance of intercourse (maybe just his bare butt and her dress up)? Couldn't he have just continued going down on her?
Perhaps I'm being too critical, but putting female agents on birth control pills would be a terrible idea. If the agent was held for more than a few days (presumably she wouldn't have access to the
Egonce Gonce
I read this book 2 less than a year. It's a hot, suspenseful read.
One of my favorite authors. Hasn't had a bad book yet.
Tammy Walton Grant
Great book -- where do I get my own John Medina?
Brenda Bradshaw
This and KILL & TELL - golden!
Niema is a CIA operative on assignment in the Middle East with her husband, Dallas, also a CIA operative. They have only been married a short time, and Niema is devastated when the job goes awry and Dallas is killed. Darrell Tucker, aka John Medina, also a Company man, helps her get out of the country safely. Five years later, Medina is still unable to get Niema out of his mind, so when he has the opportunity to bring her in on a job, he snatches it. Niema has been playing it safe these last fiv ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance
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