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On the Run

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  5,945 ratings  ·  154 reviews
For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Grace as happy as any mother could hope to be. Happy enough, even, to forget the past. But the past never quite goes away. Which is why a ce...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2005)
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Is there such a thing as a 1/2 star?

Written so bad I can't describe it. Read by a woman who tries to do men's voices badly and women's voices with a silly whine. Flirtations [constant] with sex in a ridiculous childish manner. The author must be sexually frustrated, a spinster with cobwebs over the strike zone........
iris johansen books are always hit or miss for me. she was the one who brought me out of YA and into romantic suspense, which i suppose some people would argue i'm too young for, but i've loved the genre ever since i read killer dreams. however, i've come to realize that so far every book i've read of hers has different plots, but in actuality they're all the same concept with the same characterization. i haven't quite delved into her deep enough to make that a fact but for the work of hers that...more
This is just a romantic novel/drama--good beach read for Hawaii. If you like horses, you will especially like this book. I would read another book by this author, but not too many at a time. I think I am ready for a little more meat.

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For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Gra...more
I've got half way thru this book, but I just can't do it anymore. It hasn't been able to hold my attention for more than a few pages at a time. I will have "read" 20 pages and only absorbed 1 or 2 of them. It just doesn't seem to be going anywhere. This book is just not for me! Onto the next :)
You know a book is bad when the audio book keeps you awake merely so you can make scathing, sarcastic comments about the story, the writing, and the narration. On the other hand, I didn't drive off of the road in the middle of nowhere Idaho, so I suppose it did its task.
Only ready about 70 pages. THis is the female "heroine" I dislike. Soooo tough and strong, etc. But is weak in love. Will do anything to save her child. It's so cliche! Can't care at all about the main character.
Tasha Roedl-Rhodes
I am not thoroughly impressed, it was a good romantic thriller, but heavily weighed to be more like a romance novel. Grace is a strong woman who tries to be independent, but still needs love. This book felt much more like a romance novel, with PG 13 sex scenes. I myself like to delve deeper and read books with much more suspense; a thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I loved Frankie and Graces parenting tactics, but thought the characters were undeveloped and thought there was more ro...more
Predictable but fun. There are some spots that read a little slow and the passion is a little on the heavy side for me, not so much for its explicitness but for the lack of control of the main character with the one guy. That kind of overwhelming lust doesn't match up in my mind with the other traits of the character. The author does try to show the protagonist's struggle with it, as she recognizes the same thing I felt, yet it still felt that part was a little contrived to make the reader feel...more
This must've been written before Iris Johansen really got her game on. Her Eve Duncan series is more familiar, and definitely shows how she has come with suspense/thriller writing.

"On the Run" was read in less than 24 hours, it's a very fast, not-too-deep thinking read. If you like Iris Johansen and are familiar with her work, go ahead. Nothing lost, not a bad story, just good for waiting at the doctor's office, or waiting for your husband to get out of Lowe's. If you aren't familiar with Iris J...more
Alex E Economides
Book Info: For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Grace as happy as any mother could hope to be. Happy enough, even, to forget the past. But the past never quite goes away. Which is why a certain charismatic man also moved to Tallanville eight years ago to watch over her.
But when violence threatens to...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Over the last few years, when I've seen an Iris Johansen book I've automatically assumed it would be an Eve Duncan thriller. I was wrong about ON THE RUN, but I'm still glad I picked it up. A quick read full of passion and suspense, this book is written in the typical Iris Johansen style and is still a really good read.

Nine years ago, Grace Archer worked for the CIA under the direction of Jake Kilmer. Their job was to infiltrate the compound of Marvot, an evil kingpin who ruled El Tariq, Morocc...more
Was mir bei diesem Buch zunächst sehr positiv aufgefallen ist, ist der Schreibstil der Autorin. Iris Johansen versteht es, ihre Art zu Schreiben der jeweiligen Situation anzupassen: mal spannend, actionreich und fast schon reißerisch, dann wieder gefühlvoll und detailiert. In welcher Lage sich ihre Helden auch befinden, die Schreibweise passt wunderbar dazu und hat dafür gesorgt, dass sie Seiten regelrecht an mir vorbeigerauscht sind. Auch die Handlung an sich hat mir größtenteils sehr gut gefal...more
M.J. Kane
I listened to the audio book. This was the first time I 'read' anything by Iris Johansen, and to my surprise, she's from Atlanta, like me! Maybe we'll cross paths one day!

I enjoyed the story and the main characters. The daughter, Frankie, lost me a few times and I had to remember that the girl, though eight yrs old, was very smart and wise beyond her years. Since I love audio books, I appreciate a voice actor who can capture the individual voices of each character and bring them to life. Sadly,...more
This book felt like it was written by editors. The man's hands were scratchy and the woman's were soft - how overused it that? If they had said "the pair" (to refer to a pair of horses that were talked about like they had magic powers) one more time, I was going to scream. There was also a huge cast of characters that I couldn't keep straight at all. Someone had worked for someone else, but now they were on the other side of things because someone else made something go bad. There's the obligato...more
Kelley Nguyen
I've been reading her more recent books lately and I've been finding myself disappointed. The aspects I really liked in her books were the action, the suspense, the thrill. It all felt so real, I found myself catching my breath. In this book, I felt the action was there, the suspense visible, but the thrill faded very quickly. I found the beginning pretty exciting because there was this unknown past and who knew what Grace had done before raising a child? But after finding out, the whole book ju...more
Michelle Cable
If you are expecting similar to Eve Duncan series you will be disappointed. However if you take it as the stand alone title it is, enjoyable. I thought the charcters were well devolped and the story was good. I would have liked to know a little ealier in the book exactly what The Pair is. If you enjoy reading stories about horses this would be book you would enjoy.
For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Grace as happy as any mother could hope to be. Happy enough, even, to forget the past. But the past never quite goes away.
Delicious Strawberry
After being disappointed by 'Countdown' and 'Killer Dreams', I was ready to give Ms. Johansen ONE MORE try. After all, third time is the charm, right? At least, hopefully.

This story started out decently enough, but it quickly degenerates into another sketchy, lackluster storyline. I found the Pair to be more interesting than any of the human characters within the book (or the other two books I read) The premise was just hard to swallow, especially since the explanations were not well-done.

Es handelt sich hierbei um einen absolut rasenten Thriller, der durch und durch spannend ist. Man als Leser weiß absolut nicht, was als nächstes passiert und fiebert mit den Protagonisten bis zum Schluss mit. Vor allem ist es mal wieder etwas völlig anderes als Mord und Totschlag oder ähnliches. Hier geht es eher um verstecken und suchen. Einfach klasse und daher absolut empfehlenswert! Viel mehr kann man leider hier nicht dazu sagen, weil man sonst einfach zu viel von der eigentlichen Handlung...more
Gretchen Stein
one of her usual thrillers, liked this one, had horses in the book
Diane Thiesen
It was fun and fast enough to hold my attention. A good read at the beach suspense novel. Involves secret governement agents, good at doing covert assignments. the worst part of the book for me is the "perfect, insightful, so wise" daughter. I hated her. How annoying to give children adult characteristics, insights and wisdom...she's still a kid, they're not that smart and giving. Also, the way the author develops the characters, introduces their paths etc. through dialog is annoying. Still, i w...more
Linda C
Grace Archer and her daughter, Frankie, have been in hiding on a horse farm in Alabama when they are found by the ruthless killer who has been searching for them for 8 years. Jake Kilmer, Frankie’s father and Grace’s former trainer for the CIA, is determined to protect them. This highly action packed tale of outrunning and out maneuvering the killer is well done, but fails make a believable story. The hero and heroine are too perfect and the killer too all-powerful. The obsession with the untrai...more
2005 thriller from Iris Johansen. I don't normally read this author but I picked up a miscellaneous bargain group of CDs to listen to while commuting. This book turned out to be perfect to be taken in 45 minute increments.

A gifted horse handler, Grace Archer goes on the lam with her eight-year-old daughter, Frankie, after a Middle Eastern magnate named Marvot kills the owner of the farm where they have been hiding under the eye of the CIA. Frankie's father, ex-CIA Jake Kilmer, comes back into Gr...more
Just another romantic novel. Marginal at best.
Jan Derksen
Jul 12, 2012 Jan Derksen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Grace Asher woont alleen met haar achtjarige dochter Frankie op een afgelegen ranch. Ze heeft een bijzonder talent om met paarden om te gaan. In een vorig leven werkte ze voor de CIA, maar na een mislukte missie in Marokko leeft ze ondergedoken. Denkt ze. Frankie wordt met geweld ontvoerd door Marvot, een Marokkaanse misdaadkoning. Om Frankie vrij te krijgen moet Grace de ongetemde, blauwogige paarden van Marvot trainen. Alleen die paarden zijn in staat in de Marokkaanse woestijn een verborgen s...more
Ahzam Kasam
This book had action, but did slow down a lot. I haven't finished reading this book because I am generally not a patient book reader. I would recommend this book to any gender, who are patient readers. Iris Johansen constructs this book in a very slow manner but during he releases a blast of action, it slows down again. Another book I have read like this is Artimis Fowl, the author uses the same tactics in his writing but has more action then the book on the run.
joyce lynn
phenominal book, altho, i wonder, just what this author has against the government, especially the CIA?!

anyway ... another great thriller w/ LOTS of anxiety and twists and turns and ...

if you like someone like Nora Roberts, you'll LOVE Iris Johansen. even more "mystery", but less language. there are some sexual scenes, but nothing graphic.

just make sure you've got time to read this in one sitting, as you are NOT going to want to put it down!!!
This is an adventure type book, lite. a little too much romance in it. a woman is on the run from a criminal man, hidden by the fbi or cia or something (it's been ten days or so since I finished this book, I forget!). If you're interested in horses, there is a lot about horse training in here too. It was a pretty good book, interesting read, but nothing special. Don't go out of your way to read it though.
Having a daughter to protect from a deadly stalker, as well as from the mother's past personal life, keeps Grace Archer constantly on guard. Charlie, the grandfatherly horse farm owner, is a lovable character. Jake Kilmer seems to bring out the negative side of Grace, but he seemed just fine to me. He knows how to do his job of protecting Grace and her daughter. It was a good read!
I struggled with this book for a couple reasons. One the language, and two, (mostly this reason) I am so involved in the Twilight and Sarah Prine series that I can not stop thinking about them so when I had to interupt my reading of those two I was only half interested in this story. I may have liked it more if I was in the middle of both series. So blame it on Bella and Sarah.
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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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