Countdown (Eve Duncan, #6)
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Countdown (Eve Duncan #6)

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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...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published May 10th 2005 by Bantam
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Kwoomac
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
Shauna
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
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...more
Sarah
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...more
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...more
JBradford

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...more
Robin
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...more
Startup
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.
Amanda
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
This book is a bit of the sequel Blind Alley. It is forward 4 years but still about Jane Macquire and Cira.

It starts off with Mike (who Jane use to help take care of when they lived off the streets) gets killed. They find out that Mike was killed in error as it was suppose to be a kidnapping of Jane. In comes (Mark) Trevor who whisks her away to Scotland to McDuffs Run (castle)to keep her safe. Jane starts to have dreams about Cira again.

At the run she mets Mario who is translatting scrolls from...more
Lilian
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Morgan
Oct 03, 2007 Morgan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Lee
This is my second time trying to read this book. A few years ago I was going through the Eve Duncan series with no problems and then I hit this book. I quit before the first 100 pages and stopped reading this series. I picked up a couple of Johansen's books here and there but never got the fire back.

It has been my goal to get through this book for awhile so I can move on in the series as Johnasen has added 3-4 books to the story. I had the same trouble through the first 100 pages I had the firs...more
Amanda
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Roxann
This book is a sequel to Blind Alley. I usually love Eve Duncan books, but this one was about Jane her adopted daughter.

Overview: Jane is nearly finished with college and now is in danger of losing her life again. Mark Trevor is back in this book (her was in Blind Alley). He seems to be the only one who can keep her alive, but to do that he kidnaps her and takes her out of the country. (I always wondered where are all the passports.) Many people are looking for Cira's gold. Trevor has more proo...more
Jenny
I needed something easy and mindless and as always Johansen gives me that. I kind of liked the focus on Jane with Eve just popping in at the end for a "big reveal."

There were a lot of men characters who were busy looking out for Jane and some characters who I barely remembered from previous books (Mike and Bartlett). The story was pretty confusing, at least for me- I couldn't figure out the importance of Cira dying in the marina or the tunnel.

The dialogue in Johansen as always bothered me sinc...more
Kat Klein
This book takes place 4 years after Blind Alley, and Jane is once again in danger due to Cira and her gold. And once again, Trevor comes to the rescue.

We also meet some new characters, such as MacDuff, a Scottish Laird, who reveals that Jane may be a distant cousin (view spoiler) as well as Jock, one of MacDuff's people, who was kidnapped and brainwashed in order to find out more about MacDuff...more
Elizabeth
Well, this grand experiment to try another book in this series failed for me. There were way too many characters in this book and not enough information about any one of them. The motivations for the characters were not clear. I like more in depth writing than this. I was trying to solve the mystery of Cira from "Blind Alley." Cira, a beautiful actress from the ancient city of Herculaneum, (Herculaneum in Rome was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius ) became the subject for Jane's dreams a...more
Suzanne Moore
This is the first Eve Duncan novel I've read. Really too much action for me, there is shooting, kidnapping, beheading, explosions, etc … I did like Jane, a young college student involved in an archeological mission to find gold coins and translate scrolls from the days of Pompeii. Jane is said to resemble ancient beauty Chira. Maybe she channels the spirit of Chira, because her dreams about Chira seemed to coincide somehow with the drama she was going through in real life. As the story ends with...more
Donna
People are after Cira's gold. Some of them are good and some evil. They all are interested in Jane Maguira as they either think she knows where the gold is buried or because they think she might be Cira reincarnated. One faction tries to kidnap her from a pub near her Harvard campus. During the attempt, they shoot and fill Mike, the boy whom Eve's mother Sarah had adopted. Since Eve is Jane's foster mom, Mike is a relative of sorts, one whom she has felt responsible to help. Now, Jane is trying...more
Patricia Solla
This book concerns Jane (Eve's adopted daughter) so there's no forensic reconstruction going on. What is going on is actually really involved. Jane is a look alike for a Roman woman/prostitute/slave and there's a search for a treasure that involves this woman. The story is connected to the eruption of Mt Vesuvius but the search has somehow gotten Jane to Scotland. The twist takes us back to the US to stop an attempt to have another homeland security incident. Though a lot of things are resolved...more
Cynthia
Listened to this one on Sirius XM before they dumped BookRadio. Loved it. Had to read it to get the story start to finish. Loved the mix of suspense, history, and a touch of romance.
Heather
In my option Jane just didn't seam like Jane. I know the books takes place 4 years later and a lot of growing up happens. But she lost some of here character depth. I was really looking forward to seeing her relationship develop with Trevor.

Jock made my head spin. How could someone that destroyed make such a come around with just a couple questions? It will be interesting if these characters cycle back through the series. I feel like there is so much more that can be said about them

I gave it t...more
Janyse
This series is about a forensic artist (Eve) who takes skulls and recreates the faces of those who have died in an attempt to solve their murders. (Kind of like Angela on Bones only without a fancy computer to help.)

I've read one or two others in the series at some time in my life and they're interesting, but truly nothing absolutely special. I do appreciate the fact that they're clean and not horribly gory since there is that potential. Eve inevitably gets drawn into the case and the murdered...more
Peggy Huey
This "Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller" focuses on Eve's ward, Jane MacGuire, who is the spitting image of Cira, a courtesan/actress from Herculaneum in the days when the volcano Pompeii exploded. Cira left behind some scrolls and a cache of gold that many people are after for various reasons. The story's focus is on solving the conundrum and stopping two people whose reasons are quite nefarious. This is a story that keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the conclusion wraps it all up!
Rebecca
Couldn't finish. I was tired of theee books.
Regan
I've been back and forth on this one....parts of it I really liked, and parts nearly put me to sleep. Sometimes is solidly in thriller territory and then would suddenly read like a young adult. I liked how it moved into finalizing Jane's history but it created more questions than answers which means if you want to find out it may come out in a future book. It was nice to see a lot less of all the anger that has been in previous books.
Cheryl
In this Eve Duncan novel, Eve is in the background. Her adopted daughter is brought back into the mystery of Chira, the early Roman dancer. Trevor returns and appears to be up to no good other than excavating antiquities and smuggling them out of countries.

However, there are deeper threads. For instance, there is a strong pull between Jane and Trevor but they definitely don't see eye to eye. And there are other forces at work trying to uncover Chira's gold.

I definitely recommend this book.
stephanie
i have yet to disclose my love of Iris Johansen, but man, it is deep. i have read everything she has written. and this was the book that set it off, my deep love for jane and eve duncan.

it's a tightly woven plot that has memorable characters in every area, it's got crazy psychological and historical stuff, and there's all this forensic sculpting, which reminds me of "bones". thinking about how much i love these books makes me want to try Kathy Reichs again. we'll see.
Deirdre
Jane is now finished college and running for her life. Mark Trevor is the only person who can help her stay alive. He has more proof of what happened to Cira, some documents, and he's getting them translated. Meanwhile there are more twists and turns.

There's almost too many twists and turns, it's as if Johansen needs to add more excitement to the story but it just seems to drag the story down. Interesting to see what's happening to the characters but really it didn't excite me.
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Johansen began 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 success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times b...more
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