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Shadow Zone

(Hannah Bryson #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  2,251 ratings  ·  167 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author teams up once again with her Edgar award-winning son to bring us a new heart-pounding thriller involving the search for a mysterious Atlantean city

While mapping the ancient underwater city of Marinth in the Atlantic Ocean, submersible designer Hannah Bryson makes a shocking discovery: she may have finally uncovered the truth
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by St. Martin's Press
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This book holds the dubious distinction of being the last - I swear to the heavens above - Iris/Roy Johansen book I ever buy. It got buried in a TBR stack after a move, so I'm just reading it. I went from giddy anticipation to horrified disbelief as each page went by. Hannah - she with the strong shoulders (strong shoulders??? Excuse me???) - has so many TSTL moments that I started rooting for The Bad Guys fairly early on. Melis is married to husband, Jed. We know this because that's how he's ...more
Lianne Burwell
Aug 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, adventure
I've never actually read an Iris Johansen book, but I've seen them on the bestseller lists, and this one sounded interesting, so I decided to give her a try.

***Bad mistake***. I don't know if this was a bad example of her writing, but if this had come to a publisher from a first-time writer, it never would have been published. It violates every rule of good writing out there.

The heroine is testing her new mini-sub design, combining it with helping a longtime friend with exploring the lost city
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As far as books go, the quality of this one was pretty poor. However, I still enjoyed reading it at times, and I'm really starting to think that Johansen's books are better when she collaborates with her son. I've also come to realize that at least two of the collaborations have lacked even one sex scene. Maybe they all do. I can imagine it's kind of awkward to write sex scenes with your family.

Melis Nemid makes a return in this book. I never cared much for her, but she was more tolerable in
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wratched. I've read many an Iris Johansen book and enjoyed them. Sometimes they're a little too fluffy (rom-comy) for me but mostly, I enjoy them. This was by far the worst I've read by Johansen and I'm tempted to say it's possibly because of the co-authorship? To be fair, I wasn't into the plot, and was never going to be, so that was problemo numero uno. An underwater sea world and subs..... eh, no thanks. Dos, were the many and ridiculous references to "my husband, Jed," made by Melis' in ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think this book comes anywhere near some of the great novels by Iris Johansen (and her son)
Too many things are just not believable. Her 12 year old nephew has a dream that his father (who was killed in an earlier novel) is telling him he needs to protect his aunt. He tells his mother he is staying with a friend for the weekend and then manages to buy a plane ticket and fly out to where his aunt is working. Once there he phones his mother to let her know. What mother would be okay with
Wanda Hartzenberg
Shadow Zone by Iris Johansen narrated by Jennifer Van Dyck
Date 2010
Unlike other work that I have read by her prior to this, I still found it a nice and easy read. Her characters are as always likable and this time around not as damaged as her previous protagonists.
Finding a civilisation underneath the sea, older than imagined, a question arose – what caused their decline? The answer is enough to get an international arms dealer involved. The result is a fast paced race against time.
I really
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Tracy Tomic
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another one of my longtime favorite authors that I no longer will read.
Bob Mask
Mar 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
Don't waste your time and money.
Paul Weiss
A global archeological treasure hunt with a deadly prize waiting for the second place finishers!

Submersible designer extraordinaire, Hannah Bryson, and her scientific colleague are mapping the ancient underwater city of Marinth, said to be the “real world” basis for the legend of a sunken Atlantis. In the course of their scientific endeavours they discover the deadly truth of the city’s virtually instantaneous demise - a toxic algae bloom triggered by something almost breathtakingly mundane. The
Nathaniel Mueller
The book was overall good. It is what one would expect to see from an average novel. The plot was easy to follow, there were a bunch of side tasks that came about, and there was some form of a final struggle in which one side lost. In this book the main character Hannah Bryson is working with her friend Melis Nemid to uncover the reason Marinth, a legendary city, went extinct and was buried underwater many millennia ago. This is all happening while the main antagonist Vincent Gadaire is trying ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-great
This book is mediocre at best. I found myself bored, especially when the characters relationship can be summed up in the words; 'see previous book'. There is no actual progression to their relationship other than how she's not mad at him for leaving her (for poorly explained reasons) anymore.

And please, don't get me started on the 12yr old. He was so aggravating and one-note that I skipped whole pages of dialogue if his name was even so much as mentioned.
Roberta Sallee
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am writing this review based on a note I jotted down six months ago when I finished it.
It was good, I noted. The plot had to to do with a submersible driver (female) who is involved with an underwater Atlantis-like place that is being undermined by bad guys. There is a romantic angle to the story too (of course.).

I enjoy books by this author. I am sorry I haven't kept up with which ones I've read and which I have not.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Interesting premise but could NOT finish this one ...

Actual sentences from p74-75:
She gazed out at the sea.
She took a drink of wine.
She looked at Melis.
She finished her wine.
She looked back at the ocean.
She grimaced.
She shrugged.
She paused.
She started to turn away.
She glanced back over her shoulder.
She paused.
Betty Day
Maybe it's Iris Johansen rather than Faye whatever that I didn't care for . . . stilted . . . unrequited love . . . I should be pleaased with a strong female character but somehow she's still a stereotypical woman . . .
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Iris Johansen book. Lots of action but some ridiculous moments involving her nephew Some romance between Hannah and Kirov but not enough. Like the books written by Iris Johansen alone much more.
Jane Dow
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ancient city of Marinth and dolphins. Bad people trying to weaponize an algae found in Marinth and the people trying to save the planet. Hannah, Kirov, Melis, and team.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good light reading
Carol McCarthy
Not my favorite of hers.

I read a lot of iris j books and this one didn't keep my attention. Was disappointed. Too much detail
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book, great story, glad to have Hannah and Kirov working together again!
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading. Not as good as others by this author.
Melanie Neal
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Starts off with a bang but slowly dies. The ending is anti climatic. The middle of the book has a lot of filler to stretch it to the end. Characters are good but one dimensional.
Gail Lewis
After reading Shadow Zone I don't think I will read another Johansen book that I have called Silent Thunder. Not worth the
time. Glad I get books from Library, as this book waste of money.
Apryle Kohut
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an exciting page turner. Very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to more Hannah Bryson books.
Robin Priddy
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Bryson is a marine architect. In order to get funding to explore the ancient underwater city of Marinth, Hannah agrees to develop mini subs for Aqua Corp. No one knows what happened to the people of Marinth or how it came to be at the bottom of the sea. While testing one of the subs, Hannah descovers a key artifact that may explain what happened to the ancient city and her people. When the artifact is sent to a museum to be studied, someone manages to steal it. After studing the pictures ...more
3.5 stars. I liked Driscol and Anna was a great villain. The obsession with the lost city was okay, but the bio-terrorism aspect was awful, but not very terrifying. (view spoiler)

* Marinth - possible lost city of Atlantis
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was interesting. I don't know what I was expecting when I went in. I generally like books with this type of genre. You know... suspense, thriller, adventure, et cetera, et cetera. I have to give this one four stars just because of the fact that it was a fairly good book in this genre. I didn't like the nephew, Ronnie. His overprotectiveness seemed a little unrealistic to me. I understand that he lost his father and that he thinks that he was told to protect his aunt Hannah, but he went ...more
Edward H. Busse, III
NO SPOILERS!! It was a good story - the writing was seamless - the story was totally believable. But the characters were a bit shallow/thin - very unsurprising. Don't get me wrong - I liked them - both the good guys and the bad guys - but they were, to me, formulaic. The story has a lot of good twist/turns and I especially liked part of the ending…leaving something open for the next story? The premise of the story was the most intriguing part and something that was very interesting to me. But as ...more
Harriet Berg
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reader will find this book interesting in that it constantly changes location and scenes. The writer created many characters with, to me, unusual names. I found the book interesting, if a little long, and easy to read. The chapters have many short sections, and each section and chapter is identified with location. I found the plot quite plausible, its characters, some possessing a lot of scientific knowledge, some a lot of greed. We know the world does not lack those, nor does it lack ...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 ...more

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