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All the Queen's Men

(CIA Spies #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  9,816 ratings  ·  335 reviews

No one knows the dangers of getting close to legendary CIA Black Ops specialist John Medina better than communications expert Niema Burdock. Five years ago, she and her husband worked with Medina on an explosive mission that ended in a tragedy. Although she has slowly recovered from her terrible loss, Niema planned never to see Medina again. Until
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published August 1st 1999)
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4.5 Stars

Loved it! The hero was yummy - quiet, dark, dangerous and deadly, just my type.

Enjoyment: 4/5
Writing style: 5/5
Storyline: 4/5
Hero: 5/5
Heroine: 4/5
Secondary characters: 5/5
Hotness/chemistry: 4/5
Romance: 3/5
Angst: 3.5/5
Darkness level: 3/5
Humor: 2.5/5
Depth of the book: 4/5
POV: multiple, 3rd person
Triggers: (view spoiler)

Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, Linda Howard continues to impress. So hot and so so good! Review maybe...
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5 Yummy Secret Agent Stars!!

I'm rereading and (finally) reviewing a lot of my old favorites, and this book is absolutely a most memorable and favorite Linda Howard book.

John Madina was first introduced to us in Kill and Tell, he's a super spy for the CIA like his legendary father who we also met briefly and learned about in Kill and Tell. Well the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. After meeting John in K&T I couldn't wait to read his book and let me tell you, LH did not disappoint!!

Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic Suspense.
"There was nothing staid about Dallas. Need a cat out of a tree? Dallas could climb that tree as if HE were a cat. Need the plumbing fixed? Dallas could fix it. Need to be dragged out from the surf? He was a superior swimmer. Need someone to make a difficult shot? He was an expert marksman. Need to blow up a building in Iran? Dallas was your man".

All The Queen's Men by Linda Howard

Spies, spies and more spies!

I really really liked this book which is unlike me as I do not usually read many Spy ta
Mindy Lou's Book Review
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, library
This is another one where the last half of the book is what really had me enthralled and earned the stars. The first part was good but lacked an excitement you expect in a CIA spies series. That first part was more about setting up what was to come in the 2nd half.
Lady Heather
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance, espionage/spy thriller, supsense/mystery

1994 Iran

An American covert 5 person team is in place to blow up a manufacturing facility that was developing and supplying Anthrax. The team was made up of Sayyed (a native Iranian who was now an American citizen, a tough, wiry man in his late forties), Hadi Santana who was of Arabic and Mexican heritage, but an American. Husband and wife - Dallas & Niema Burcock (Dallas as former SEAL and contractor for the CIA, and Niema an electronics specialist), and their leader Darren Tucker.
Sayyed, Hadi
Spies. Espionage. Slow-burn love.

This was a solid 3. I was set on not liking it at first because I wasn't getting good vibes. However, after the time skip, things went along nicely. This book wasn't particularly eventful or emotional - but something about it was addicting. I felt entertained and comfortable by it. Were there ever any doubts that Niema and John weren't capable of accomplishing their mission? No. I just really liked seeing the characters doing their shit in the mission, and finall
I love a book with a strong beginning...something that keeps me intrigued. This was my second Linda Howard book and what a wonderful read! There was plenty of sexual tension between Niema and John, our hero and heroine, throughout the story and what happened between the two of them in Ronsard's office was unique. Also, how often do you read a book where you actually have empathy for the villain? I finished ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN in less than a day. FYI, it is a follow up to "Kill and Tell" but can ...more
Dec 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not very happy with this one. John Medina was a terrible romantic interest. I would rather have seen a romance between Niema and the French arms dealer, that would've been way more interesting. ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It rubbed me all wrong. Secret services are not in my book the good guys, and I found offensive their way/view of the world. So all the supposed justification of their actions was irritating to me.

This book saving grace was that the villain wasn't Bondified too. And even if the justification was ridiculous, at least he was nuanced.

The romance was meh at best. He met her 5 years ago, ordered her dying husband to commit suicide and promised him to take care of her. From this week interaction I was
Jane Stewart
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Jacqueline J
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was okay but not one of my favorites from LH. I didn't feel that the relationship was as satisfying as it could have been. I did feel the desperation that John felt for Niema and some of the sex scenes were pretty intense and hot. The suspense part was okay but I didn't like that he put her in a dangerous situation just to spend time with her.

The ending was unsatisfying for a romance. (view spoiler)
Audiobook narrated by Kate Forbes (unabridged), Megan Gallagher (abridged)

I’ve often said that I came to romance through the door marked romantic suspense and All the Queen’s Men is that door. Back in 1998, I picked up the paperback on a mass-market table at a mall bookstore. I’d been reading a lot of man thrillers and my joy knew no bounds as I sat in the food court falling in love with my new discovery. A thriller with romance, a hero who falls hard when he zeroes in on his mate…and sex!!! Do
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Colleen Fauchelle
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I like reading my kindle at night. Books sometimes have strange Titles, like I am not sure how the title fits the story.
This is a story about Niema and husband who's jobs as contract agents mainly for CIA. Tucker is the one who asked for their help. When something goes wrong, Tucker guides her back home...
5 years later and Tucker steps back into her life, he needs her help on another job and so the fun begins...
I found this story to have a long build up, I did like the characters but at times I
Davina D.
First thing's first this was a DNF for me, but I read almost to the end so I feel qualified to give this review.

I read KISS ME WHILE I SLEEP (book # 3 in the John Medina series) before reading this book, ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN (book # 2 in the same series), and probably that was a bad idea or probably Linda Howard shouldn't have recycled the plot from ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN into K M W I S. What should have been an exciting and thrilling read on international espionage turned out to be a rather dull,
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.5/5; 4 stars; A-

Kate Forbes did a great job narrating this Linda Howard story. Of all the books I've read by this author, this one has the lowest key romance thread, although its definitely there.
I enjoyed this book in audio format much more than I recall enjoying it when I read it a few years ago. Forbes did a good job in the various voices and made the tension and suspense fairly believable.

Whenever I read a spy story it makes me realize how much I would hate to live in that world since I
A 3 star read in print (read 2009), I bumped this up one star on audio. In print I remember struggling to get into the book after the exciting first part. I liked it, but wasn't wowed by it. On audio, narrated by Kate Forbes I found myself enjoying all the details and never getting bored. Forbes does an excellent job with both the male and female voices. Her style is to change tone and inflection without trying to make her voice sound masculine. It mostly works and I rarely had trouble following ...more
Another of my favorites by the incomparable Linda Howard. She has more books on my 5 stars shelf than any other romance author, I swear. This story is about John Medina, the HOT, but supercool CIA agent that we first met in Kill and Tell. He falls for Niema, a brilliant and beautiful woman who works at developing superspy stuff for the CIA. They go on a mission together in France where they fall in love while engaging in superspy covert action. It's fast paced and action packed, but we never los ...more
A very good read, you won't feel overwhelmed with information and characters like with its prequel. Characters are lovable, even the villain. It's got action, suspense, steamy romance and humor. Just a very enjoyable and entertaining book.
Perfect for a potential book slump or actual book slump rescue.
Completed this one..........a hottie, Linda Howard style.
Gail Koger
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.75 out of 5 Stars

I loved this book. I read it fairly quickly, mostly because I was loving the pacing, the plot, and of course, the characters!
I have to say, I loved John and Niema a lot more than Marc and Karen (Kill And Tell). There were a couple of things that bothered me but basically, this book delivered what I was hoping for and more. Great mix of suspense and romance and thrill and excitement, I mean, the whole Black Ops setting, undercover agents, and the legendary John Medina himself.
Author: Linda Howard
First published: 1999
Length: 4104 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Iran, Atlanta, Georgia, and Paris and Nice, France.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent. Rape-y.
Hero: CIA
Heroine: Communications specialist.
Trigger: Rape.
Includes: Excerpt from Kill and Tell .

Before writing this review I pulled up my review for Book 1, Kill and Tell , and realised I had quite a few problems with the book.

So I guess I’m not that surprised I had problems again.

Once more, while the BadGuys ar
Kat Ryker
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first read this story on a plane to Europe the week the story was released. Then, over the last 20 years, I've re-read it probably a half dozen times. It isn't that I found her writing to be unparalleled in the book so much as I was drawn to the characters and their story. Plain and simple, it was an enjoyable story to read.

Now, I've gone back and read some of the reviews here and on other sites and I'm scratching my head. If someone wants romance to be like real life, why do the "steamy cont
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Who is John Medina? I read a lot about this character and I was curious. He is this strong and silent hero/agent kind of man but in the end he's tender and sweet like no other (I'd say he is a "cuore di panna" but I couldn't find a way to translate this expression without going into cholesterol and other unpleasant things LOL).

JOhn Medina meets Niema Burdock in Iran, during a mission that will end with Niema's husband death. He feels guilty because in a way he already loves her and he thinks to
Brenda Bradshaw
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This and KILL & TELL - golden!
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors. Hasn't had a bad book yet. ...more
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Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance

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