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Final Target (Wind Dancer #4)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,591 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
The President’s daughter...
The women determined to save her...
The man with the power to betray a nation...

Melissa Riley arrives at her sister’s isolated Virginia country home to find herself plunged into a deadly drama. There the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley is attempting to draw the daughter of the President of the United States out of a severe catatonic trauma. The last th
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 26th 2002 by Bantam (first published 2001)
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Jan 29, 2010 Aaron rated it it was ok
I was kind of let down by this one.

And, don't get me wrong, I realize that Iris Johansen novels are brain candy. They're not intended to be mind-blowing literature. But this one just didn't seem to be as well put together as other offerings from her.

Things I Liked: the character of Sean Galen. If Sean Galen has his own series, I will read them all. If he does not have his own series, then Iris Johansen needs to write one, because I promise that I will read them all. I also enjoyed the plotting:
Apr 03, 2014 Xan rated it liked it
I basically very much enjoy Johansen's books, but the more of them I read, the more annoyed I find myself with her characters and writing style. I enjoyed the storyline, as I do with most of her stories, but as usual, I found the characters very immature and self-defeating. I feel more like I might be reading dialog for teenagers, not adults. It tends to make the characters a bit unlikeable, and the heroines in her stories rather weak and dependent upon the men to take care of them or save the d ...more
Mar 12, 2010 krin rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
This book was a good thriller, but could have been better. I liked the character interaction, especially between Cassie and Melissa in the "tunnel" and between Travis and both Melissa and Jessica Riley. I didn't like that it took the author a long time to explain what Travis was involved in and why various people were after him.
Micky Cox
Feb 12, 2015 Micky Cox rated it really liked it
This was a great easy read. I enjoyed the intrigue of the story line and the dynamic between the characters, even incidental ones, was extremely well developed. While it wasn't a complicated story nor difficult to see where it was headed, it was still enjoyable. I've been thoroughly enjoying the Eve Duncan series and am going back to pick up other Iris Johansen books that I've missed along the way. I'm not at all disappointed that I'm taking the time to do so. I'm hoping that I'll find many of t ...more
Huda Sarkowi
Mar 21, 2015 Huda Sarkowi rated it really liked it
My first Iris Johansen's book, mainly I was attracted with the prospect of 'the man with the power to betray a nation' on the synopsis of the book. Or it should be written as the MEN as Michael Travis and Sean Galen were both satisfyingly well-written as they were intended to be. Jessica Riley's death was a disappointment, it seems the fun ended with her death. The writing became a bit choppy after that, a bit rushed but dragged with unnecessary scenes. Then when it shifted the focus to her sist ...more
Diane Hamilton
Feb 27, 2015 Diane Hamilton rated it really liked it
As always, Iris Johansen wrote an intriguing mystery
Nov 04, 2012 Joy rated it liked it
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Jun 07, 2013 thadine rated it did not like it
This book started off with potential. The president's seven year old daughter becomes catatonic. In comes Jessica, a doctor who specialises in treating this sort of PTSD. Then along comes her sister Melissa and it's all downhill from there. Melissa is an idiot. She spends all her time stressing out, and complains that Jessica won't believe or understand her. Well, that might be because she never explains herself to her, she just tries to manipulate Jessica into doing what she wants by getting al ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Kshydog rated it it was ok
Liked the concept of "mind talking" between Cassie the president's daughter and the doctor Riley's sister Milissa. Interesting for a little while the romantic thinkings between the 2 Riley sisters and Travis - a bit surprised at how that turned out. Glad this was more of a mystery and not about sex. Although there was often a change of view it helped with trying to understand all the villain characters and what they were trying to do. Easy to read as a stand alone but makes me wonder which chara ...more
Dec 30, 2015 Dana rated it liked it
If you haven't read a book in the Wind Dancer series it may be difficult to understand some of the locations and characters brought up in the book and if you've never read Iris Johansen I would not start with this book or series because I think this is a series you will either love or hate. However I did like this book and the characters. I wish she would not have waited as long to explain the relationship between Micheal and Cassie, but I can understand why she may not have explained it earlier ...more
Tayla van den Heever
It took me some time to get into the story line, partly because it was the first time I've read any of Johansen's work, and I didn't know what to expect. It also took some time because I thought it was slow.

Halfway through I was hooked. I fell for the characters and became involved. However, I kept waiting for something big to happen. I reached the last page and was shocked it had come to an end.

I would never discourage someone from reading this book, but I probably wouldn't recommend it.
Feb 28, 2011 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final Target is an egaging book of suspense thriller. Iris Johansen does a superb job in creating a story of unique problems and gifts for the characters that just keep you wanting more.

Final Target is about a child that survives a robbery turned murder. Cassie is a seven year old girl who runs to the safety of the Wind Dancer when she is attacked and almost killed by a robber. Cassie becomes a comotose girl living in her dreams/nightmares.

Jessica is the doctor who is trying to get Cassie to com
Cathy Smith
Aug 30, 2014 Cathy Smith rated it it was amazing
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Wow, what a thrill ride! This book was hard to put down at night. I really liked all the characters, and was wondering who would still be there at the end. And going all over the world and the traveling, made me like this book even more. Great plot, great storyline. I want to read more by this author!
Partha Nandi
Feb 07, 2014 Partha Nandi rated it it was amazing
For Me...It is a m,ust read...Iris Johansen know how to put up a critical psychological thriller into black and white....Starting from That Kidnapping attempt...upto the Final showdown at the mansion...The story never lost its tempo....Wonderful Creation....I loved it...
Debby (Alwaysbooking)
Mar 10, 2014 Debby (Alwaysbooking) rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading Iris Johansen. I really liked this book. It sucked you into the story from the first chapter. You'll just want to keep reading and reading. I would recommend this book to someone who has never read her before. I will definatly be looking into more of her books.
Jan 11, 2015 Erica rated it liked it
Was looking for another good suspense novelist. I can't say I loved it but it was entertaining and I would pick up another of her books. I like psychic stuff and she didn't make that aspect too ridiculous.
John Mills
Aug 10, 2014 John Mills rated it liked it
I understand this is over a decade old now but it was not one of her best in spite of the love for the concept she expresses in her end notes. Interesting story nonetheless and a decent read.
Edward Beavers
Feb 27, 2014 Edward Beavers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Best of the Wind Dancers

this was by far the best of the Wind Dancer books from beginning to end in the telling of the story and keeping the reader interested.
Jun 08, 2012 Philip rated it liked it
Shelves: pulp
This is one of those paperbacks on the shelf of my local laundromat, and it's perfect for that - it moves along well enough that it effectively kills time during the spin cycle, it's not so absorbing that I mind putting it away when the wash is done, and the plot's good enough that I remember where I was the next time I come in. The action is pretty good, the characters not so much - I actually cared more about the supporting cast than the protagonists. One weird thing, from the style of writing ...more
May 22, 2010 Debby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7 year old Cassie Andreas, daughter of the president, goes into a catatonic state of nightmares after she survives an attack in France. She's taken to Dr. Jessica Riley who brought her sister Melissa out of a similar state. Progress is very slow until Melissa and international information peddler Michael Travis get involved. From there it's a bloody race to get the killer/kidnapper before he gets them. There were some real surprise twists in this. One of the main characters gets killed off mid-w ...more
May 28, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Found (thankfully) on an airport bench-kept me busy on a flight. Very predictable. 2.5 stars
Aug 15, 2011 Tamara rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I have read several books by Iris Johansen and I have liked them, the Final Target however is not one that I would put on the top of my list. The story goes in and out and at times I had a hard time following it. The characters to me were completely unrelateable and at times too wordy. There were several instances where I came close to putting the book down but the one thing that did intrigue me was the relationship between Cassie and Melissa, who shared a telepathic connection. Outside of that ...more
Amy Kauderer
May 24, 2015 Amy Kauderer rated it it was amazing
Interesting book. You don't know who to trust. Good action throughout.
Christine Anna  Kirchoff
Oct 25, 2015 Christine Anna Kirchoff rated it really liked it
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Good book!
Sep 01, 2014 Judy rated it it was amazing
The last in the series of the Wind Dancer, I am sorry it had to end.
Sherri Liptrot lund
Aug 09, 2014 Sherri Liptrot lund rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors.
Jan 16, 2012 Kaye rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
First Iris Johnson novel. Thought I was reading a stand alone novel but turns out was one in a series. Felt complete. The president's daughter is in a coma like state after an attack to steal a priceless artifact. A doctor and her sister who has a psychic conection teams with the man who rescued her from the attack to try and get her to recover. Someone still wants the artifact. Throw in some artificial diamonds and multiple villains. Fairly easy read, and with some surprising twists and turns. ...more
Aug 29, 2015 Clarice rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, and it is one of my favorite of the Wind Dancer series. I can't wait to read the next book
Nov 19, 2014 Bonnie rated it liked it
ok, I guess. But really just wanted it to end.
Sep 30, 2014 Lucas rated it it was amazing
Some twists I didn't see coming. VERY GOOD
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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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