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Countdown (Eve Duncan #6)

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When it reaches zero, you die.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen sets her readers’ pulses racing once again in this relentless psychological thriller of a young woman caught in a maze of secrets and stalked by a merciless killer. The countdown begins the moment you open this riveting novel that only grows more electrifying as the pages turn, more exciting a
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2005)
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Mar 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
one of a series of novels by Iris Johansen following forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and her husband Joe Quinn, an Atlanta PD cop.They have minimal roles in this one. The main character is eve's 21 year old adopted daughter Jane Maguire.I didn't read the previous book in the series, which took place 4 years earlier. It also dealt with Cira, who was an actress in ancient Rome. She may have died in Herculaneum when Mt Vesuvius erupted, leaving behind a treasure of gold. Jane, for some reason looks ju ...more
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It's been a while since I read this book, but I want to get all my reviews completed. It was also one of the earlier thrillers that I've read. I think this one was promoted back in the day as something almost Dan Brown-ish since it has something to do with a very old and powerful secret, but I don't think that makes any sense really.

Chronologically this follows a few years after the event in Blind Alley, which I read after this one, and
Carl Alves
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
In Countdown, Jane Maguire is a student at Harvard who has managed to elude serial killers in the past twice—a real believable premise to begin with—and now people are trying to get her again. If you detect the sarcasm, it’s because this novel has a major failing in believability. This time Jane is targeted because she resembles Cira, a concubine of Julius Ceasar, who was alleged to have a major cache of gold given to her by Ceasar. All of these nefarious parties are after the gold, which for so ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
I don't know how this is a New York Times Best Seller because the book is horrible. I couldn't get past about page 50. The characters are all simple-minded, one-dimensional people. The dialogue is atrocious. I don't know anyone who speaks with people they know and have loved forever in a manner in which they are giving background information on each other and judging one another. The author would have been better off to paint a picture of how the character came to be the way he/she is rather tha ...more
Aug 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
I wish I could get that 8 hrs of my life back. I will never read another book by Iris Johansen again. Her writing style reminds me of the nonsenical love stories we girls used to write in junior high. The characters don't act at all like real people would and the plot was ridiculous. Pee-wee's Big Adventure had more substance than this book.
Keri n David Horner
One of my favorite books so far!

I love the way this series keeps you on edge the whole time, always guessing and then getting blindsided. Awesome book!!!
Angela Anderson
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I see a lot of mixed reviews on this series, but the truth is , I really like it. I actually started the series with Chasing the Night and liked it so much, I went back to read it from the beginning. Now that I am about half way through the series, I still like it. I love the characters, the suspense and the mild romance.

I enjoy the characters, I love strong women in books and movies and Eve Duncan and Jane Macguire are those strong women who surround themselves with stronger men, the kind of m
M Strawberry Reviews
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
This was the first Irish Johansen book I ever read. I noticed this in the store where I work at, and it looked interesting enough, so I thought, why not. I was expecting way more than... this.

The story is not very well-constructed and focuses more on the character of Jane and her connection with a Roman woman named Cira. I know this is supposed to be part of a series, but the mark of a good series is that any book within could be read by itself. The story is rather sparse given the description o
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Incredibly fast-paced, and unusual plot without leaving the realm of believability. This helped to put a period on Blind Alley without repeating the same story (something I was worried about when I read the description on the flap).

I'm continuing to enjoy this Eve Duncan world. It took some adapting to realize that Eve is not the protagonist in every book - heck, in some, she's barely there - but Johansen creates such interesting secondary characters, you can't help but want to know
Aug 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Amy Burns
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it
I finished reading this book yesterday afternoon and I really liked it.
I think this one is my favorite in the far.

I give this book a B+.

Here is how I rate my books:
A+ - Awesome book - couldn't put it down.
A - Really good book - would read it again and again.
B+ - Good book - would maybe read it again.
B - Good book - wouldn't read it again.
C - Okay book - would definitely never read it again.
F - Worst book EVER.
May 18, 2014 added it
How is this "an eve Duncan forensics thriller"? I could care less about Jane and her sexual trysts. Make a separate series about her. :-(
Christine Kirchoff
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Good book!
Jul 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Never has it taken me so long to read Johansen book. The characters weren't intriguing, the plot blatantly obvious and just seemed too blah.

Debra Longmire
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
A little better than the previous Eve Duncan book. I am determined to finish this series!!!!!!
Jul 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish. I was tired of theee books.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh. Disjointed writing, lots of plot holes. Lame.
Rachael Uponen
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Countdown was the first book I read in which Jane MacGuire was a major character, and while I wouldn't go so far as to say I regret reading it, I will say I haven't hated a main character so much since reading the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series. (I'm talking about Christian, not Ana, for those who are curious.)

Jane MacGuire is the most obnoxious Iris Johansen heroine I've ever had the displeasure of reading about. She's rude, selfish, unrealistically independent and precocious, and, at times, dow
Dwayne Wojtowicz
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How much more can Iris Johansen book into a book? She really crammed a lot in "Countdown." There is so much in there, I had a hard time following the story.

Iris Johansen is one of the most profound writers of her time. Her "Eve Duncan" forensic thrillers are some of her best writing; however, "Countdown" cannot be included in it.

The story centers around Jane MacGuire. She was adopted by Eve Duncan and Joe Quinn. She is caught up in a mysterious treasure seeking fortune of some Roman who lived ov
Barbara Andrews
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book by this author Iris Johansen that I have read and I just have to say I love the way she writes. The books pull you in and don't let go. I think anyone who loves a great story should read her books, I now have a list of all the ones I want. One of my favorite authors now.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Countdown (Eve Duncan #6 by Iris Johansen. The story continues with Eve Duncan trying to help keep her adopted daughter alive. Who was after her and where was she? Waiting for Jane to contact her was like loosing Bonnie all over again.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
So now I want to know more about Jane. Great progression of stories. Love the action.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Even though I've read out of order which isn't a good idea I liked the story but not as well as the others.

May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of suspense from the beginning to the end. Unexpected ending. Great thriller. I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways.
Terralyn Brown Barfield
This series is hard to put down. If you haven’t read the Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor series, start with them in order, as her relationships grow and change.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 3 3/4 stars.
Sarah Beaudry
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like all of her books, Iris Johansen keeps me from putting the book down. Love that this story is more about Jane/Trevor than Eve and Joe
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I like the Eve Duncan books that she isn't really in a lot better.
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Typical thriller and intrigue. Good listen crossing the plains.
Rebecca Cook
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Loved it. Reading this book was a pleasure. I would recommend this book to anyone. This book was based on the Eve Duncan series but not as the main character.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Eve Duncan (1 - 10 of 23 books)
  • The Face Of Deception (Eve Duncan, #1)
  • The Killing Game (Eve Duncan, #2)
  • The Search (Eve Duncan, #3)
  • Body of Lies (Eve Duncan, #4)
  • Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, #5)
  • Stalemate (Eve Duncan, #7)
  • Quicksand (Eve Duncan, #8)
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  • Eight Days To Live (Eve Duncan, #10)
  • Chasing The Night (Eve Duncan, #11; Catherine Ling, #1)
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