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(Catherine Ling #5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,717 ratings  ·  243 reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen comes a new explosive, compelling thriller.

With his dying breath, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon’s final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, gives Brandon a mandate: to keep his daughter, Rachel, safe at any cost. But Rachel Venable has a shocking, twisted past of her ow
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of Vendetta by Iris Johansen from Goodreads for my honest review.

A fast paced thriller with dynamic characters! Carl Venable, CIA agent and head of the terrorism task force is dying. He asks Jude Brandon to get his daughter, Rachel, and to keep her safe. Brandon who is still on the trail of terrorist ringleader, Max Huber and the Red Star organization, soon discovers that this task is going to be harder than he thought.

Rachel is a doctor, is working with the One World Med
Kat Valentine
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous thriller by the amazing Iris Johansen!!! I love her thrillers she's a amazing storyteller and her characters are so friggin awesome!! When Carl venable head of terrorism for the CIA is shot and killed it sets off a dangerous series of events and his daughter rachel is put into the crosshairs of a demented madman who wants revenge against Rachel for poisoning his father!! When max Huber comes gunning for her, Jude Brandon a agent who has been working with venable to take down ter ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I've read several Iris Johansen books, but VENDETTA is the first I've read in the Catherine Ling series, not that I let that stop me. I love Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series, so getting a chance to read a book in one of her other series was great.

Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
These are the most ridiculously OTT, high drama, high action wish fulfilment novels you can buy - and that's precisely why I love them.

The men are all sexy sex masters of sex land, lithe like tigers, dangerous and mysterious, with a do-what-I-say attitude and killer competence. But no, it's not the misogyny fest you might think because the ladies are all clever, irresistible, do-what-I-want, save the day, overcome it all, take charge of when the sex happens, incomparably awesome and really-in-ch
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Vendetta was a fun, thrilling read that works well as a standalone despite being the fifth book in the Catherine Ling series.

Carl Venable, head of the CIA terrorism task force, has relentlessly hunted Max Huber, head of one of the deadlist terror organizations, for years. When Venable is ambushed while meeting an informant, before dying he asks former Special Forces soldier Jude Brandon to keep his daughter Rachel safe at any cost. When Huber comes after Rachel, Brandon and Venable’s friend Cath
Susan Kennedy
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Strong characters, action and intrigue. What could be better? Okay, don't answer that. Everything is a little better with magic and dragons and wizards, etc. This was a great story though.

I loved the slew of characters that were thrown at you. It went to building a team that was very diverse in their talents and personalities. Some of those characters were very intriguing to stay the least. Cameron would be the most interesting and odd. He made you want to delve in
Aug 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Vendetta by Iris Johansen
Rachel is a doctor volunteering at a medical clinic in Guyana. The clinic is attacked by Max Huber, a terrorist who wants Rachel dead, while planning an attack to devastate America.
Enter Jude Brandon, sent by Rachel’s father ( head of the CIA) who arrives in time to save her. The threat is however not over by a long shot. Rachel and Brandon must join forces with Catherine Ling, her friend and CIA agent, to thwart Huber’s promised attack.
I enjoyed the Eve Duncan novels
Stacy Kingsley
Aug 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Have you ever read a book where every character is the same? If not, read Vendetta, because every character is the exact same character, male and female. The synopsis from amazon makes it sound a lot more interesting than it was:

With his dying breath, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon’s final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, gives Brandon a mandate: keep his daughter, Rachel, safe at any cost. But Rachel Venable has a shocking, twisted past of her own
Kathy Martin
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast-paced thriller with a fantasy feel. Carl Venable enlists Jude Brandon to protect his daughter Rachel from terrorist Max Huber when Brandon attempts to rescue Venable. Unfortunately, he too late. But Venable tells Brandon that his daughter has a secret about Huber that makes her a target.

Rachel Venable is a doctor who is with a humanitarian organization and is currently working in Guyana. She is estranged from her father and has a complicated relationship with him. Venable has bee
Simon Pal
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The book follows the story of Rachel Venable, the daughter of a CIA operative, and her mission to take down a terrorist group. The story starts off slow in my opinion, but definitely picks up in pace towards the middle and end. Definitely found the action to be compelling and it did leave me wanting to continue reading the novel. All in all, I feel like it was your typical action story, with a couple of twists along the way.

Johansen always seems to meet my expectations. This is an action packed, fast paced addition to the series. I missed one or two book of this series, but had no issues understanding all the characters and events. There is always an excellent refresher of past events. (Catherine has appeared in Eve Duncan Series too).

The main aspect that kept this from being a four star read was the lack of emotion and somewhat dull romantic chemistry between Brandon and Rachel. I adored Brandon but Rach
Vendetta is the fifth in the Catherine Ling series but the first that I have read and I had no problem reading it as a standalone. I have read and enjoyed books by Iris Johansen in the past and I am glad that I requested this one. This is a fast paced thriller that grabs from the first page to the end. Dr. Rachel Venable is a physician who has a calling to treat patients around the world. Her estranged father, Carl, is CIA and when he is dying, he sends his co-worker Jude Brandon to look for Rac ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. CIA boss Venable dies from a gunshot would but not before asking operative Brandon to find and take care of his daughter Rachel. Rachel, a doctor working in Guyana, and her medical team come under attack because the bad guys who killed Venable are after her. She poisoned Max Huber's father and the son is coming for her. Brandon rescues her and they travel back to San Francisco where Huber vows to change wreak havoc that will change the California coastline.

This 5th book in the Catheri
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vendetta by Iris Johansen introduces new characters in this story involving many characters who are all motivated for revenge. I enjoyed the novel quite a bit and am intrigued by Rachel and Catherine the two female lead characters. I really enjoyed getting a deeper look into the characters. Vendetta is more than just a good guys versus bad guys, save the world from disaster thriller. It digs into the deepest wounds and vulnerabilities of the main characters and has this reader doing some soul se ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A nice change of pace from the Eve Duncan series (which I hadn't realized until this one, had been becoming stale to me) Easily read as a standalone (though having read the prior books will give you some background) this book is labeled as a Catherine Ling book but I didn't really find her to be the focal point so much as the side character who had a large part at times.

We get a peak into Carl Venable, his background, his life, and his daughter in this installment, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Diane Saul
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it

Rachel’s CIA Agent Father has sent Brandon to her to protect her. She has gained the attention of the head of a terrorist organization. The head of the organization is obsessed with getting revenge on Rachel and will stop at nothing to get it. He also has an event scheduled that will cause massive death and havoc. Rachel and Brandon, with the help of Catherine and Cameron are trying to keep Rachel safe and stop the attack.

This was a stand alone book by Johansen. I was leaning towards a 4 til th
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review of Advance Reader Copy

Although the book cover indicates that this is “An Eve Duncan Novel,” it is actually the fifth book [following “Your Next Breath”] in the Catherine Ling series.

Mortally wounded, CIA terrorism task force head Carl Venable gives Jude Brandon a mandate to keep his daughter, Rachel, safe at all costs. But Brandon, still on the trail of terrorist ringleader Max Huber and the Red Star organization, finds that task more problematic than he’d anticipated.

Rachel Venable, wor
Phyllis Krall
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Filled with intrigue, action and romance, this is one book you will not want to put down.
Unforgettable characters all trying to prevent a horrible act of terrorism.

As Carl Venable, a CIA operative is dying, he persuades Jude Brandon to protect his daughter Rachel
from his enemy Max Huber. Jude has been searching for Huber, who is a terrorist, threatening to cause a national disaster. When he finds Rachel and takes her to a safe house, he discovers that she had been imprisoned by Huber when she wa
Sheri Morell
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. Strong characters, edge of your seat action. This book got my attention from the first page and Couldn't put it down.

Carl Venable, CIA agent and head of terrorism task force knows he is dying and asks Jude Brandon to get his daughter and keep her safe. Rachel, A doctor and someone who has already gone through so much is strong and capable. working with the One World Medical team in Nalez, Guyana, narrowly escapes death when Max Huber orchestrates a deadly assault o
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another enjoyable read from Iris Johansen. Rachel seems like a meek, mild volunteer Dr. Her strength and determination are outstanding. Johnson's books keep adding new characters. Almost to many stories branching out.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a slow and thorough read for me. The team of protagonists was large and varied. The plot was full of twists and turns. At times it was so complex it verged on the convoluted yet each time the author brought it back on track. Each of the side trips actually served to accentuate the plot. All in all it was excellent reading with memorable characters and an unforgettable plot. Thanks to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC for an honest review.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent book, although Rachel doesn’t have near the same pull for me that Eve and Jane and Kendra and Catherine have. But it was good as a stand-alone book.
B.  Barron
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio

The protagonists are straight out of Central Casting - Beautiful, Strong, Independent, Noble, Just, And Sexual Dynamos. the Antagonists is a brutal, selfish, evil child.

Its a paint-by-the-numbers melodrama fit for a bad Hallmark Movie.
Gerry Bartlett
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
A fast and furious thriller. I had forgotten how much I love Johansen's thrillers. Lots of twists and turns here. Another of my vacation reads. Mystery & Thriller
Iris Johansen’s latest Eve Duncan novel, VENDETTA, features the return of Catherine Ling, a longtime ally and protector of Dr. Rachel Venable. Rachel is the daughter of Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism, who has been murdered by terrorist ringleader Max Huber. With his dying breath, Carl gives his friend Jude Brandon a mandate: keep Rachel safe at any cost. Huber’s vendetta is to kill both Venables as a way of avenging his father’s death, and he will stop at nothing to accomp ...more
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Vendetta by New York Times best selling author, Iris Johansen is a standalone and a stunningly captivating thriller. It is a swiftly moving adventure that doesn’t pull punches. The story is about revenge, racing against the clock and the ever evolving truth that comes with a life full of secrets.

Rachel Venable is a doctor with One World Medical. Her team brings medical aid to those in poor and war-torn countries often riskin
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly I am a huge IJ fan, but this series and the characters just keeps getting better and better. The females are always so different, but strong and amazing in their own ways. Each story showcases their own strengths, but occasionally, as in this story, we get to see several strong women come together and support each other while shining their own light. Catherine Ling has been a favorite of mine since we first met her. It was great to see her in the role of friend and protector to Rachel ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
A doctor saving the world with mysterious potions meets a gun for hire sent by her father either to save her or kill her.

Dr. Rachel Venable has dedicated her life to saving lives after surviving a horrific kidnapping experience in her teens changes her life forever. After her father, Iris Johansen cast regular, CIA Carl Venable dies on a mission to kill the men (Red Star) responsible for killing their family, he hands off the mission and the care of his daughter to Jude Brandon. Brandon has his
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A suspenseful, fast-paced, action-packed thriller…

This is the fifth book in the Catherine Ling series that can be read as a stand-alone.

Not many have the wherewithal let alone the fortitude to exact vicious retribution against those who have crossed them or those they care about. When it becomes an obsession then it is a vendetta. For the villain in this story, it is his reality, nothing will prevent him from exacting the vengeance he seeks, plans that have been years in the making are close to
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
No one mentioned that this was a trumped up Mills and Boon! I was willing to give this book the obligatory 100 pages I give all books but I could not go past page 73. This book is supposed to be about the CIA and terrorists but the characters do not ring true. The action is good but conversation and personalities are drawn awkwardly. The story starts off when Rachel tells her hospital team that she cannot leave the jungle hospital whilst she has young Maria under care. Maria cannot be moved unti ...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

Other books in the series

Catherine Ling (5 books)
  • Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11; Catherine Ling, #1)
  • What Doesn't Kill You (Catherine Ling, #2)
  • Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling, #3)
  • Your Next Breath (Catherine Ling, #4)