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Countdown (Eve Duncan #6)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,865 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
When it reaches zero, you die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen sets her readers’ pulses racing once again in this relentless psychological thriller of a young woman caught in a maze of secrets and stalked by a merciless killer. The countdown begins the moment you open this riveting novel that only grows more electrifying as the pages turn, more exciting a
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2005)
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May 22, 2014 Kwoomac rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
one of a series of novels by Iris Johansen following forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her husband Joe Quinn, an Atlanta PD cop.They have minimal roles in this one. The main character is eve's 21 year old adopted daughter Jane Maguire.I didn't read the previous book in the series, which took place 4 years earlier. It also dealt with Cira, who was an actress in ancient Rome. She may have died in Herculaneum when Mt Vesuvius erupted, leaving behind a treasure of gold. Jane, for some reason looks ju ...more
Carl Alves
In Countdown, Jane Maguire is a student at Harvard who has managed to elude serial killers in the past twice—a real believable premise to begin with—and now people are trying to get her again. If you detect the sarcasm, it’s because this novel has a major failing in believability. This time Jane is targeted because she resembles Cira, a concubine of Julius Ceasar, who was alleged to have a major cache of gold given to her by Ceasar. All of these nefarious parties are after the gold, which for so ...more
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It's been a while since I read this book, but I want to get all my reviews completed. It was also one of the earlier thrillers that I've read. I think this one was promoted back in the day as something almost Dan Brown-ish since it has something to do with a very old and powerful secret, but I don't think that makes any sense really.

Chronologically this follows a few years after the event in Blind Alley, which I read after this one, and
Jul 21, 2010 Shauna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how this is a New York Times Best Seller because the book is horrible. I couldn't get past about page 50. The characters are all simple-minded, one-dimensional people. The dialogue is atrocious. I don't know anyone who speaks with people they know and have loved forever in a manner in which they are giving background information on each other and judging one another. The author would have been better off to paint a picture of how the character came to be the way he/she is rather tha ...more
Aug 01, 2008 Startup rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could get that 8 hrs of my life back. I will never read another book by Iris Johansen again. Her writing style reminds me of the nonsenical love stories we girls used to write in junior high. The characters don't act at all like real people would and the plot was ridiculous. Pee-wee's Big Adventure had more substance than this book.
Angela Anderson
I see a lot of mixed reviews on this series, but the truth is , I really like it. I actually started the series with Chasing the Night and liked it so much, I went back to read it from the beginning. Now that I am about half way through the series, I still like it. I love the characters, the suspense and the mild romance.

I enjoy the characters, I love strong women in books and movies and Eve Duncan and Jane Macguire are those strong women who surround themselves with stronger men, the kind of m
Apr 21, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Great book! Incredibly fast-paced, and unusual plot without leaving the realm of believability. This helped to put a period on Blind Alley without repeating the same story (something I was worried about when I read the description on the flap).

I'm continuing to enjoy this Eve Duncan world. It took some adapting to realize that Eve is not the protagonist in every book - heck, in some, she's barely there - but Johansen creates such interesting secondary characters, you can't help but want to know
Delicious Strawberry
This was the first Irish Johansen book I ever read. I noticed this in the store where I work at, and it looked interesting enough, so I thought, why not. I was expecting way more than... this.

The story is not very well-constructed and focuses more on the character of Jane and her connection with a Roman woman named Cira. I know this is supposed to be part of a series, but the mark of a good series is that any book within could be read by itself. The story is rather sparse given the description o
Christine Anna  Kirchoff
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Good book!

This novel is a very close sequel to the preceding novel in the series, which is yet another example of why particularly in this series you really should start with the first one and go on from there. At the end of Blind Alley, Jane and Trevor, together with the assistance of Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn, had vanquished the serial killer who had been pursuing Jane throughout the book, but the chest of gold reputed to have been left behind by Cira, the Jane look-alike who had disappeared when Vesuviu
Rachael Uponen
Countdown was the first book I read in which Jane MacGuire was a major character, and while I wouldn't go so far as to say I regret reading it, I will say I haven't hated a main character so much since reading the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series. (I'm talking about Christian, not Ana, for those who are curious.)

Jane MacGuire is the most obnoxious Iris Johansen heroine I've ever had the displeasure of reading about. She's rude, selfish, unrealistically independent and precocious, and, at times, dow
Oct 12, 2009 William rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 15, 2015 Lise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Disjointed writing, lots of plot holes. Lame.
Amy Burns
I finished reading this book yesterday afternoon and I really liked it.
I think this one is my favorite in the far.

I give this book a B+.

Here is how I rate my books:
A+ - Awesome book - couldn't put it down.
A - Really good book - would read it again and again.
B+ - Good book - would maybe read it again.
B - Good book - wouldn't read it again.
C - Okay book - would definitely never read it again.
F - Worst book EVER.
Jul 26, 2014 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a botched kidnapping attempt and the death of a friend, Jane MacGuire is running for her life. The only man who can help her is Mark Trevor, a con man who has his own reasons for wanting to keep Jane safe from a relentless killer. As Jane and Trevor try to solve a 2,000 year old mystery of Cira's gold, they need to stop international terrorists from carrying out their deadly plot.

This is a continuation of Johansen's previous book, Blind Alley. When I finished Blind Alley, I was relieved th
Ginger Weirich
Feb 24, 2016 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven’t read Blind Alley (Eve Duncan #5), then put this one down and go read it first. While most of the books in this series stand well alone other than the recurring character development that could be missed, if you haven’t read #5, then this one will lose you completely. When Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompey and much of the surrounding land, all who were near died and were buried in the hot ash and lava. Imagine, if you will, that a few escaped by ship to a “new world”. Further ...more
Denese Peebles
Nov 13, 2015 Denese Peebles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. I liked the characters. However, the plot is becoming formulaic. There are still twists and surprises at the end but not as much so as The Face of Deception and The Killing Game. The characters are well thought out and stick with the background previously laid in the prior book. Unfortunately, the ending does not have that little twist that made me go "OOOOHHHH! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!" All in all it is still an enjoyable read and I will pick up the next one (although I believe I wil ...more
How is this "an eve Duncan forensics thriller"? I could care less about Jane and her sexual trysts. Make a separate series about her. :-(
Debra Longmire
A little better than the previous Eve Duncan book. I am determined to finish this series!!!!!!
Jul 24, 2014 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish. I was tired of theee books.
Jan 24, 2016 Cecilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a mystery about a young woman who has a curious relationship to an ancient female slave in the time of the erruption of Mt. Vesuvius. She seems to look identical to this slave, Cira who apparently talks to her in dreams. There are several people who are looking for alleged gold treasure that Cira had in her possession and the story swirls around this premise. Various bad guys come into play and it moves forward.

It's an OK story, but although the author, Iris Johansen, is reputed to be a
Aaand... super teen Jane MacGuire returns - except she's no longer a teen. She is now 21 and in the middle of another dastardly plot to kill or be killed.

Also, our good friend Trevor returns...

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Entertaining as always! :)
Apr 11, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although there were a few hiccups along the way (such as the overuse of the phrase “play it by ear”), I was in the mood to be entertained, and this book did the trick. I hate reading other reviews before I write my own, but I made the mistake of doing so for this one. They weren’t very positive. Of the complaints regarding the plots – I didn’t feel as if it was far-fetched. I mean, it was, and likely nothing like that could ever happen, but part of the author’s job is to get you to suspend your ...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Jul 01, 2012 Lilian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 03, 2007 Morgan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like lite mystery/romance books
General Outline:
Jane is trying to be a normal university student when she gets dragged into a life she thought she left behind. When her childhood friend is killed instead of her in a kidnapping attempts she must once again deal with her mysterious/dangerous protector named Trevor. She and Trevor have had several run ins over the years dealing with the lost gold of Cira, a famous actress in pompeii before its destruction. Jane looks like "Cira" so she tends to attract people who think she has a
Linda Branich
This book is from the Eve Duncan series, though she is bareky mentioned in this book. Instead two characters from other Eve Duncan books steal the limelight---Jane McGuire, who was taken in by Eve and Joe Quinn from the streets, and TREVOR.

Four years earlier, Jane, merely 17 years old and Trevor, 29, were thrown together. The sparks and passion that could not fly at that time are ignited and fanned in this thriller. From the US to Scotland, they are pursued by deranged killers. Jane is the spit
Dec 31, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another novel in the Eve Duncan series where Eve is more of a supporting character, and less of a lead. In this novel, Eve's adopted daughter Jane is reunited with Mark Trevor, and new danger related to Cira put Jane's life in danger. Jane and Trevor's once forbidden chemistry is now on the table because Jane is now 21 years old...

Can Trevor protect Jane? Can they end the dangers surrounding Cira's gold once and for all? What's real? What's legend? What's lore?

Dec 28, 2015 Breia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not want to be losing interest in this series but I am. Eve plays a very minor role in this and while I understand the need for development for other characters, this is the second of 6 where she is merely mentioned.

I cannot get enough suspense and murder mysteries and this has too much love it in. Does that make me heartless? Maybe, but I also know what I like and that should say a lot too.

I may keep this series on the back burner for a bit and explore something new.
Jul 31, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Countdown from Iris Johansen, Eve's adoptive daughter, Jane McGuire, took center stage of the main lead character. Jane was on the race for her life, when someone sent a timed countdown for Jane's life. A ruthless merciless killer stalked her and wanted her more alive than dead. This sent Jane in a crazy maze of secrets and into an shocking attack on her. It was up to Jane to find out who was after her and who would stop in the way to get to her, too. Without the help of those she loved most, ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Eve Duncan (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan, #1)
  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
  • Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, #5)
  • Stalemate (Eve Duncan, #7)
  • Quicksand (Eve Duncan, #8)
  • Blood Game (Eve Duncan, #9)
  • Eight Days To Live (Eve Duncan, #10)
  • Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11; Catherine Ling, #1)

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