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Final Target

(Wind Dancer #4)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,370 ratings  ·  153 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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Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing series! another action filled plotline that still had many surprises in store in the storyline left plus all the additional stuff that followed after ... well written. Admire this author's writing (paperback!)
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I like to read IJ books. I realize this particular book was not a favorite of many but if I judged all books by bad reviews I'd probably never read. I read and judge for myself. Myself really liked this one. Yes, it goes off the grail and has some paranormal issues in it. Prior to reading this I had not read any of the previous books in this series. I can say it could be a stand alone also. Its not like IJ hasn't written a few others with the paranormal element in it. I liked all ...more
Jan 28, 2014 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
Aug 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Isn't Iris Johansen embarrassed, writing the same story over and over again? Doesn't she have any pride as an author?

Really, those two questions should make it clear that I did not like this book. Really, prospective readers, stick to the Eve Duncan series. Read enough of the books to get an idea of Eve's character, then go ahead and read the final trilogy if you're interested in what happened to Bonnie. For the love of God, don't read any of her other series, stand-alone novels, or spin-offs. O
Not too bad. Too much use of the phrase "albatross around our necks" though. Drove me nuts because it's a stupid saying.
Jun 07, 2013 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 16, 2010 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:
Amy "the book-bat"
This was a good and interesting story. I thought the trauma-induced "psychic" abilities was a twist that sounded plausible and worked perfectly within the story. Who knows what all our brains and minds can do. There was plenty of action and suspense to keep the pages turning. I was surprised at the number of characters that seemed to cross over between this series and the previous book I read from the Eve Duncan series. I'm not sure where this book falls in comparison to the other on the timelin ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book starts with the daughter, Cassie, of the President of the United States who
witnesses brutal murders and retreats into a silent world and has horrible nightmares. Renowned
Dr. Jessica Riley has pulled her sister, Melissa, out of the horrors of severe catatonic trauma.
Now she is trying to do the same for Cassie but she will need her sisters help. This book is full
of unexpected drama, international intrigue, deadly killers and the theft of a priceless
statue. This book was so hard to p
Mar 12, 2010 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.
Christine Kirchoff
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this awhile ago but forgot to post it here. Good book!
Diane Hamilton
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
As always, Iris Johansen wrote an intriguing mystery
Ada Iaboni
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Once again I got a book that was in the middle of a series, this being #4.
There was much I did not understand, since not much was explained about the prior books, but even if explained, I probably would not have liked it much. There were some interesting story-lines and ideas, that kept me reading to the end, but not interesting enough to really like it.
The author attempted too many concepts into one story, which made it convoluted and it had the "WHAT?" factor too. If I come across more of this
Leia Kolet toledano
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I love it how at this stage of her writing, Iris kinda takes falling in love almost for granted. Almost as if you have no choice. The silly battle against love was never realistic to me (Well, except maybe in Eve Duncan's case) because the truth is NOBODY wants to be alone. Loved the characters, Loved the Wind Dancer (it is always cool to visit old friends). It was a cute book. Didn't rock my world, but a nice one to read.
Margaret Yelton
Decent book but didn't catch me like the first series of books I read from this author.
Nancy Shaffer
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
First time this author.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every Iris Johnasen book I read I love even more than the last one. She writes fantastic books that keep me guessing the whole way through.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am really liking this author's work!
Nov 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
How boring can you get?
I gotta say although i enjoyed these books and I found the wind dancer fascinating they didnt hold the same magic as when i read this one during high school. I enjoyed reading them but unlike other iris books i don't have the urge to reread them. The romance portions of all these books left a lot to desire which was surprising since she usually does a really good job of mixing romance and adventure. The adventure portion was fantastic and very exciting with the perfect amount of peaks and lulls. ...more
Jun 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
First I must admit that I did not realize that this was the fourth book in series, so maybe I missed something important and this is not a fair review. That said, I thought the story made very little sense and did not engage me emotionally except to irritate me terribly (although I did finish it). First off, the distrust and suspicion that Jessica and Melissa felt for Michael seemed to have no real basis and yet their bickering and insults consumed an enormous portion of the book's dialogue, non ...more
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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 thing young Cassie Andreas saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service agents sworn to protect her. But to free Cassie, Melissa and Jessica must trust a mysterious, charismatic man.

Michael Travis made
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And this book took a turn into crazy town. The fourth book was no where close to the caliber of books I expected after reading the previous three books. The dialogue was stilted and poorly imagined. The plot was stupid and was not well organized. The book was clearly not researched to the same level as the others. The characters were flat and incredibly annoying. The writing was frustrating and littered with the same idioms, phrases, and curses over and over again. I was going to scream if someo ...more
Feb 28, 2011 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
Micky Cox
Feb 12, 2015 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
May 22, 2010 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
Jul 05, 2014 added it
Shelves: i-own
This wasn't the worst Johansen I've read but maybe my expectations were fairly low. Sean galen makes another appearance and I have to say, I much prefer him to most other characters. I didn't expect Jessica Riley to die, I thought she was more interesting than Melissa, but I wasn't surprised. I didn't read the other books in this series, so I don't know anything surrounding the story of the Wind Dancer statue, but it wasn't necessary. Just know that there's a certain bad and mysterious but not E ...more
Huda Sarkowi
Mar 20, 2015 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
Apr 12, 2012 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
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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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