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Deadlock

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,237 ratings  ·  252 reviews
In Iris Johansen's Deadlock, Emily Hudson is a renowned archaeologist who travels the world to save priceless artifacts from theft or destruction. Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side—until one day, when her entire crew comes under attack. Joel and Emily are held hostage by a sadistic captor who is determined to find the missing link to a legendary ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 20th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 2009)
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J.C.
Meh... Where Are We Going and When Will We Get There?

Brief Synopsis:
When Emily Hudson, an expert in artifacts for the United Nations, gets abducted it sets off a around the world chase fueled by revenge and greed. Introduced throughout the escapades are a host of characters with unique skill sets that all are focused on determining the significance of an artifact called Zelov's Hammer.

Overall Impressions:
DEADLOCK was not a terrible book; but it missed the mark in a lot of areas. The entire time
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Victoria
I enjoyed this Iris Johansen book. It was a good mystery thriller that kept me intrigued and not wanting to put it down until the end. Yes, it followeed a sort of tried and true formula, but that's the key...true. It works. The strong woman attacked by forces beyond her control, aided by the equally strong and mysterious man that she is not sure whether to trust or not. They work together to seek answers and revenge, and of course fall in love in the process.

The plot was complicated, which I li
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Bob
591-LP A new one by Iris, with new characters as far as I can tell. Emily Hudson is an archeologist working for the UN rescuing artifacts from museums in danger of being looted or destroyed. She and here companion Joel Levy are in Afghanistan with a team packing up items from a small museum way up in the mountains. They are rushing to beat a impending storm and Emily sends the team in their truck ahead while she and Joel make one last check of the building. On the way down the mountain they come ...more
Billy
Interesting, intense but falls flat nonetheless...,

I've not read any of Iris Johansen's books, so I've nothing else with which to compare this for her; so this review is based upon like books by other authors.

The book is intense and the action almost constant; there certainly aren't any breaks long enough to throw off the pace of the story. The characters are all developed through conversation and occasional short 'thoughts' but I didn't feel as if any of the people in the book were especially l
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Dianna
I didn’t know what to expect of this book, once I started reading it I realized how awesome it would be. It all starts with a hammer. A hammer that is nowhere to be found, but it is said that this hammer once found, will lead to an enormous treasure. Emily works for the government, collecting valuable items from museums, when she is sent to a museum in Afghanistan she and her team get captured by an evil man named Staunton, he wants the hammer. The hammer was supposed to be there but she doesn’t ...more
Claire
Excellent! A real page-turner. This is a book I found on a train, and for it to be this good, I was not expecting that. Iris Johansen is an excellent crime fiction writer and I was very impressed with this.

Emily Hudson and her friend Joel Levy have been kidnapped by a ruthless criminal called Staunton, who is after the old Russian Tsar's hammer and fortune. He will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. He has ways and means into everything Emily does. All he wants is her.

Emily does what
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Colleen
I've been reading Iris Johansen since she was writing pure romance, and have enjoyed her moves to suspenseful romance, romantic suspense, and now pure thriller. That said, I felt like this book was just average. The mystery plot seemed needlessly complicated (as are most things that involve Rasputin and the Romanovs) which left little time to develop the many characters featured in the novel. Only Emily really seemed fully fleshed- the others were all caricatures rather than characters.

This wou
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Shannon
I have always liked Iris Johansen, her stories and her romances are always interesting, and the history she ties into it makes each story even better. This story was tied to the Romanovs and the killing of the Royal family in the Bolshivic revolution. How she ties that to present day is very interesting.

My only problem is that due to the fact that i've read so many Iris Johansen books, I know her pattern of writing, and it has become fairly preditctable. (Ex. the main guy is usually former milit
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Calli
Johansen's female characters are starting to seriously get on my nerves. I like strong female characters, and have read many books with such in the last few years. However, there is a difference between strong, and abrasive. Johansen's female protagonists are increasingly abrasive, bull-headed and annoying. Instead of using sense, they do some really stupid things just to avoid what they think are slights to their intelligence (ironic) and capability. The storyline often got buried in all this n ...more
Kay
I've been reading Johansen for years and this book was a disappointment. I didn't care for the characters nor the plot. And of course, without those there's nothing left to enjoy. I did finish reading it, but I could put it down easily and find something else to do such as clean my house or go for a dentist appointment!
Kitty
This is an exceptional thriller. Kidnapping, torture, murder... The heroine is an extremely likeable woman who meets a champion unlike anyone she has ever known. Drama played out across 3 continents. Very engaging read.
Laurie
Let me begin by saying this would be 4.5 stars if I could rate it that way!
Deadlock begins with a shock and thunders to a conclusion at lightning speed. Emily Hudson, a UN artifacts expert, is collecting museum treasures in dangerous territory in Afghanistan when she is captured along with her partner Joel Levy. She is forced to watch Joel being tortured to death for information they don't have and is next in line until she is rescued by Jon Garrett. A rogue operative who works for no single org
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Angie
Now, this is one of those weird situations where a book just fell apart for me, or perhaps never congealed in the first place. We've got relatively likable characters, an evil villain, and a REALLY interesting back-story involving Rasputin. But I still felt like I was slogging through the book, only finishing to say I'd finished and to cover the possibility of a surprise ending.

First off, the main character is an archaeologist and I LOVE that. Score 1 point. Second the Rasputin thing, that's ano
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Rosemarie
Iris Johansen, although not a James Patterson in my opinion, did a one-of-a-kind job in writing this action thriller, "Deadlock". She mentions many places around the world from North America to Afghanistan. I mentioned this because she makes the culture of the place really rich with the description of the geography and local color. This really helped score her a liking for this book. This thriller is like your normal spy book, but Johansen adds a little of history in it to describe and let the ...more
Maria Cox
This is the second book I've read by Iris Johansen and just as Dark Summer I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Blurb:
Emily Hudson and her friend and partner, Joel Levy are both artifact experts. Emily and Joel are in Afghanistan retrieving priceless relics when they're ambushed and held hostage. When the authorities fail to find any leads of their whereabouts former mercenary John Garrett is hired to bring them home.

Deadlock begins with immediate action and continues at a fast pace throughout the book. With
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Kathryn Bain
I'm a fan of iris Johansen, especially her suspense. This one by far was not my favorite. It was good, but it didn't really suck me in.

I didn't buy into why the body count got so high. It just didn't move me. And I had a hard time believing his motivation of the guy who hired the really evil guy. So much of it threw me from the story.

And then of course, the one thing that drives me crazy about romantic suspense, is when the heroine goes after the bad guy to protect the hero even though he's th
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Cheryl
Emily Hudson and her friend and partner, Joel Levy work for the United Nations as artifact experts. They and their team travel all over to different war torn countries to unearth and save artifacts from destruction. Emily and Joel are in Afghanistan when they are ambushed and held hostage. Their captor goes by the name of Borg. He believes that Emily has located Zelov’s hammer, a very priceless artifact. Borg is not a patient man. One way or another he will get what he wants.

You could call John
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Joy
Emily Hudson is an archeologist who travels the world in search of priceless artifacts from war-torn countries and other hot spots. Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side—until one day, her entire crew is massacred and Joel and Emily are held captive. Victims of one of the most ruthless and evil human beings on earth. For two weeks they try to survive, until Emily is the unwitting instrument in Joel’s demise.

John Garrett has worked for the CIA, MI6, and whoever else neede
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Becky
First of all, I'm a huge Iris Johansen fan, so it's no surprise that I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of this new book. I read it quickly (3 days) but was not as impressed with this one as much as I have been with others by her.

While Emily is running for her life, she makes it her mission to kill the men who are responsible for killing her friend. She ends up having a helper with her mission and the two fall for each other. This part of the story was totally up my alley and I enjoyed it
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Heather
To state that this book is outside my normal genre – is true – but I had several people recommend the author to me & I spotted this in my library; I am so glad I picked it up. I have listened to audio books in the past but normally they are books that I am already familiar with the characters. I find it sometime difficult to get a feel for the characters when listing to an audio book. That occurred with this book as well; in the beginning the characters seemed to blend together; However, aft ...more
Pr Latta
International romantic suspense plot revolving around the Romanovs (it's not really historical fiction but could appeal to those who enjoy the history aspect), the Catholic church, and Afghanistan. Intense violence is part of the plot and may be uncomfortable for some readers of romantic suspense. Sense of place includes Afghanistan, Greece, Russia, and the Outer Banks. Emily, an archaeologist, at times seems too bent on proving her gender doesn't interfer with her quest.
Barbara ★
Emily Hudson is an archaeologist working for the UN saving museum artifacts from being looted or destroyed. She and her best friend Joel Levy are in Afghanistan when they are kidnapped by Staunton, a brutally efficient killer who is after a billion dollars hidden by on of the Tsar's. Staunton is a diabolical criminal who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

John Garret, ex-CIA operative is called in to help rescue Emily and Joel since he is familiar with Afghanistan. Of course, John gets th
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Kristin Lundgren
This is an enjoyable thriller - a little different from her Eve Duncan series. In this one, a new character is brought to life - Emily Hudson, a UN artifacts expert, who is drawn into a massive conspiracy involving an ancient artifact from Russia, a megalomaniac who wants it's power for himself, and the riches that surround it. When Emily and her assistant Joel Levy are captured by what seem to be terrorists, Jack Garret, an ex-mercenary, is hired and sent to help them escape. Through Afghanista ...more
Sunshine
This book was far off the mark for me. It might have been better had I read it and not listened to it on audiobook, because I found her reading style horrible, but not by much.

To me, the reader was almost monotone. She did different voices for each character but she held the same feeling with each. One was always soft, one always seemed bored, one was always psychotic.... And my biggest pet peeve was that she ALWAYS seemed to EMPHASIZE at least one word in EVERY other sentence...(see what I mea
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J. Ewbank
This is a very readable book by Johansen. She knows how to write and this book is a good example of that ability. The characters are well sketched out and the plot will keep you turning the pages. Mystery and Johansen buffs will enjoy this one.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" and "To Whom It May Concern"
Kristen
In Deadlock, Dr. Emily Hudson was an archeologist who traveled the world for priceless artifacts from various "hot spots" and dangerous countries. Her best friend, Joel Levy, was always by her side--until her crew was massacred, leaving Joel and Emily were held captive as hostages, fighting for their lives. They were victims from ruthless and heartless evil humans, until one mistake had snuffed Joel's life. John Garrett worked for the CIA and other top secret covert operations, until they reques ...more
Vicky
I love the first part of the story but it gets boring as it goes on. But then I love the characters, I love the courage Emily has, I love it when she is protecting the man who was supposed to protect her. And Garrett. . . I love him too. He was always there for Emily, from the moment that the he knew he wanted to save and protect her up to the moment it was Emily who is protecting him. But most of all, I'm in love with Pauley, from his looks, to his 'exceptional hacking/tracking/whatever-you-cal ...more
Kathy Strahm
Good thriller but the heroine is very unrealistic. The life threatening circumstances are handled by Emily with unbelievable aplomb and luck. I find the premise of the book with the historical involvement of Rasputin, etc. to be the most interesting.
Cynthia
I usually find Johansen's books quick, fun reading, suitable for doctor's appointments, train trips, and filling time. This one, unfortunately, left me cold. I found it totally improbable, often irrational, and full of graphic sex (definitely not my "thing"). Now, perhaps, the book struck me this way because it was an audio recording, which discourages fast forwarding past the irritating bits; but, alas, I fear not. The hero is another one of these strong, silent, moody, domineering types thrown ...more
Salsadancer
Archaeologist is captured in Afghanistan; spends rest of book seeking her captor to kill him. It became tedious and the plot was far-fetched, being connected to Rasputin in Russia.
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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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