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Dark Summer

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,294 Ratings  ·  305 Reviews
Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital on a remote search and rescue mission. When a man arrives with his wounded black Lab named Ned, Devon has no idea that she's about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror and destruction…

Jude Marrock is out for revenge—and he has no choice but to involve Devon in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with an
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2008)
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Paula Hebert
Feb 18, 2010 Paula Hebert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
for years, in bookstores and libraries, looking for my next literary fix, I have seen the rows and rows of ms. johansen's output, and just passed them by. well, I finally decided to see what was so special about them, what with being a new york times best seller and all. and I am telling you, this book was just awful. the premise itself wasn't that bad, but the book read more like a script for a mediocre tv movie than a good book. more dialogue than prose, with a heavy bodice-ripper element, thi ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Oct 22, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
"Dark Summer" is a kind of side story that builds on characters from Iris Johansen's earlier books. It has her trademark quick pacing and is much more action oriented than many of her early books which has irritated many of her fans.

One minute Devon is working a South American island disaster as a rescue dog handler and site vet, the next a strange man with an even stranger dog shows up demanding she remove the bullet in the dog. A few hours later, the man is gone and left a note asking her to
Jan 17, 2010 Donna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version of this book and was extremely disappointed in the book itself as well as the narration of it. I was tempted not to finish it, but curious whether it would improve further along or have a decent ending. Unfortunately, neither was the case. I found the book's plot way too implausible and boring to be engaging, the characters mostly unlikeable, and the dialog redundant. Sometimes a poor story is redeemed by good writing, but such is not the case here. The author unn ...more
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Sep 19, 2009 Kenna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A hate to say it, but I almost didnt finish this book. It took me from 9/4 to 9/19 to read this book. Thats unheard of for me! I usually love books like this but there was just something that turned me off after the first few chapters.

Im pretty sure that it was when Marrock became sexually agressive with in hours of meeting Devon and kept telling her that he couldnt control his lust, that it would happen and when it did it would totaly blow her mind and be like comming home. Please. Sex like th
Valerie Curtis
Slow and uninteresting is what I'll say. The dialog is slow and stilted and just boring.
Aug 21, 2009 Sheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Iris Johansen has written some really good books-this wasn't one of them. It has dogs in it, and the attention to them was its redemption.
Ben Campbell
Nov 22, 2009 Ben Campbell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ARGH!!! - Annoyance, Exasperation and Drivel...the dialog was drivel, the sex scenes were drivel, the whole story was drivel. Iris Johansen didn't write this crap! A slew of incoherent and ignorant editors and two ghost writers did. You can't use beautiful dogs to cover up lengthy, stupid dialog and bogus characters' interaction and stupid scenes that were devised to just fill up empty pages.

Bad cops, bad people, supercharged hormones, degrading and sexist sex scenes deluded situations and dog s
Mar 12, 2009 Aurora rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Normally I'm a fan of hers but this book was awful. The main female character was made "tough" by saying DAMMIT about 100 times during the book (not kidding). Saying Dammit does not make you tough, it makes you annoying.
Jan 07, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Definitly
This book kept me clued to the pages, did not want the story to end. It took me on some very unexpectant turns. It's a must read!
Iris Johansen is a well known mystery writer, and having read other books of hers (most recently “Stalemate”), I was surprised at how disengaged I was reading this latest book. While the plot had all the signature elements to make this a good novel, somehow it all just felt flat, and I suppose this must be attributed to the characters who populate this book. They just didn’t stand up to the strength of the material. As I read along, I kept thinking the characters would become more interesting or ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
took me days to try to get through this one until I finally gave up last night...

Iris Johansen formula:

1. take one damsel-in-distress ("not pretty", has one unusual talent e.g. good with animals, has strange dreams or is psychic), who stubbornly and continuously puts herself in danger, even though there are usually at least 2 "former SEALs" risking their lives for her

2. add at least one former SEAL/CIA/government agency represented by an acronym, who is emotionless until he encounters our damsel
Aug 01, 2009 Leanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been reading Iris Johansen’s thrillers for years. I find, though, that I am liking her books less and less as time goes on. I don’t know if my taste in reading has matured or if Johansen’s writing has deteriorated.

In Dark Summer, Devon Brady, a veterinarian, is thrown into turmoil when she meets Jude Morrock and his dog, Ned. Devon reluctantly joins forces with Morrock in order to protect Ned from danger.

Ned is not the only dog in the novel. In fact, the book is full of animals. I can admit
Becky Ippolito
Typical Iris Johansen- acxtion, suspense, a bit of romance, relationships and harm. This story is about Devon Brady- vet and rescuer, who is thrust from her semi-calm life into Jude Maddok's dangerous one when he leaves his rescue dog Ned in her care. Davon immediately bonds with the lovable and intelligent Ned, but is clearly unsure about Marrok- especially when Marrok's actions put Devon's life and the lives of those she loves in danger. But Marrok is on a mission and one that strong Devon can ...more
May 11, 2010 D.K. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all the Iris Johansen books I've read, Dark Summer has been the weakest. The relationship the author was trying to create between vet Devon Brady and revenge seeking Jude Marrock seemed too forced and unnatural. Honestly, I can't say that I enjoyed either of their characters. She did have elements in the story that I did enjoy, but those were left in the background and when they did come to light, passed too quickly for my taste.

I didn't feel that I wasted my time reading this book. I was ent
In Dark Summer, Dr. Devon Brady is a devoted veternarian in make-shift hospital for a remote search-and-rescue mission. When a mysterious man brought her black lab into her doors, it sent her in a whirlwind world of terror and destruction. For Jude Marrock, he was out for revenge and involved Devon into a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. Devon didn't trust him one bit. But when her friends were targeted by flying bullets, that sent her with nowhere else on the run. With human and animal lives at ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Bree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, suspense
I haven't read anything by Iris Johansen in a while, this one was good. It started off with a bang, but it doesn't tell you what is going on until partway into the book...basically the reader finds out as Devon finds out, though there are hints along the way. But the secret is so off-the-wall that it's not one a person would guess. The ending isn't really a surprise, there's a little twist at the end, but it doesn't really make or break the storyline - it could have been left out. But it was goo ...more
Rachael Uponen
There comes a time in every author's life when they realize that there is a secret they can apply to their latest bestselling novel: People love dogs. Why, just look at the ridiculously sentimental chain letters people like to post on Facebook. Most of us will mock them if they involve orphans, Jesus, or celebrities, but if they have dogs, we all break down sobbing.

For Iris Johansen, that time came in 2009 (or rather, before then, since books are rarely published the same year the author begins
I will be honest - I skimmed this book. It started off really intense and I thought I would like it. But then it got weird and boring for me and I just couldn't get into it like I'd hoped. I've tried Johansen's books before. I thought I'd like this because it had dogs in the story. I think I'm giving up on her books. They just aren't for me.
Nov 26, 2009 Laura rated it did not like it
I could not finish this book. I read 1/2 of it because I like the author, but I couldn't waste one more second of my life trying to continue slogging through to the end. The concept was good, but that's the best I can say about it. The main character's personalities left me cold.
May 23, 2015 Jovdb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An audio book.

I think the narrator did the different accents very well (some Irish accents I have heard have been awful to none existent) and I liked the pace of the book.

However, while I could buy into the premise of the book (a group of dogs that have magical healing powers due to some magic potion made up by an Apache medicine man), why not, it's a novel!

But I found it impractical that Jude would get, from the British Secret Service of all people, all the money he would need to finance the op
Beth Gibson
Apparently there are some recurring characters in this book from another series by the author. This one was not set up well to give the history of what went on before. Events start happening and the reader is just supposed to think, "oh that's right, such and such as left unresolved from the last book." I guess that is okay if people are able to read the books back-to-back with not much time lapsing in between. Not very likely though. So it was a few chapters in before enough information was giv ...more
Beverly Johnson
Sep 22, 2014 Beverly Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For those who reads…fiction with a little mystery
Dark Summer is gripping, non-stop action with a hint of romance.
A very good; well written, page turner.

Jude Marrock is one of the main characters of this exciting page turner. Jude is hiding a secret from the world that can alter the way of life for mankind. Jude goes around his entire life believing that four dogs is the key to this secret. Jude later learns that the secret lies within oneself. Meanwhile, Jude has met Devon Brady, a veterinary, who is working at a first-aid tent on the mountai
Angela Thomas
I couldn't even finish the book. A little over half-way and I realized it just wasn't getting any better. It has completely cheezy dialog and repeats some of the same ideas 4 and 5 times. Annoying.
Aug 02, 2009 Cyndee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good suspense thriller ruined by a tacky romance with stilted unbelievable dialogue. Saved by some interesting psychological/mystical/paranormal elements.
Jan 30, 2015 Timna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first 25% of this book - it moved quickly and kept me turning pages. Then it went flat for me. I thought it was disjointed and difficult to follow. I find I am very picky when it comes to conversations between characters and I just didn't find the interactions believable or well written. I kept reading hoping it would get better but it didn't. I hate quitting so I read through till the end despite my growing dislike. I finished it on a plane and left it in the seat pocket. Maybe some ...more
A little far-fetched, but I wouldn't mind a "touch" of summer!
Mar 08, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iris-johansen
Classic Iris Johansen, Dark Summer starts off with a fast-paced flurry of activity rapidly introducing us to Devon Brady and Jude Marrock. Devon Brady is a veterinarian whose heart of gold shines through in spite of a troubled past and this innate kindness draws Jude Marrock to her for help when his dog Ned is shot. Reluctantly Jude is forced to pull Devon into a mind-bending chase while trying to protect and save a miracle that was entrusted to him years ago. During this cat-and-mouse pursuit, ...more
May 11, 2009 Rebeccal rated it really liked it
Whenever veterinarian Devon Brady isn't tending ill and wounded animals, she and her greyhound Gracie are to be found at disaster sites, rummaging through rubble in the hopes of finding survivors. Following an earthquake on a remote Caribbean island, a wounded black Labrador named Ned, falls in her lab. The lab's owner, a shadowy figure with the name of Marrok, quickly awakes suspicion in Devon after he dumps the dog on her and disappears. Ned needs surgery after being shot and a hair-raising qu ...more
Nikko Lee
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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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