Lotus Flower Muse
While I didn't really enjoy the narrator I did enjoy the story! As usual Iris J. Had created vibrant complicated characters that leave wanting more and cheering them on long after you've finished the book. This book is part of a series however, I haven't listened to the previous book and did not find myself lost in the beginning of this story. I have listened to other books by the author and she is always worth the credit!
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
I figured this is a sequel. Wish I'd realized that before starting. I would change the reader. I intensely disliked her clipped delivery of Catherine's voice and Hu Chang's "voice" as well. I would change Catherine & Hu Chang's visiting Chen Lu's palace - they didn't even get one night's sleep; all they accomplished was getting Rory killed and the place destroyed. I would change the climax where Catherine confronts Mardik, who allegedly kidnapped Luke and will make a call to have him released him after Catherine turns over the drug to him. Catherine gives him the drug and then he says he didn't really call the person holding Luke. Why would a sharp CIA agent like Catherine believe the mega villain would keep his word? Why would the mega villain believe CIA star Catherine would be so trusting? SHM over the writer's expecting this level of suspending disbelief. Finally, maybe this is covered in the first book but why would Hu Chang let Luke be a captive for all those years - he seems virtually superhuman - why didn't he rescue him the day after he was kidnapped?!!
The best part of the story was the flashback to Catherine's first meeting with Hu Chang and the development of their early relationship. The least interesting has multiple contenders: the beginning of the book with Hu Chang's rescue (and supercilious attitude); Catherine's early-in-the-book conversations with Luke - in fact, virtually all of Catherine's conversations with Luke; the aforementioned climactic confrontation between Catherine & Mardik.
Clipped annoying voice for Catherine & Hu Chang.
To not return it! It was a close call! But the flashback won me over. Also, I'm curious to read the preceding book - IF it's a different reader!!!
I liked Gallo.I read all the early Eve Duncan books & some others by Johansen -- my favorite is The Search with Sarah Patrick, rescue dog trainer. Then I hit a book or two re Eve/Bonnie that I didn't like much and quit reading Iris Johansen. Bought this to give Iris another try without realizing Eve was even mentioned. Had no idea about Gallo's existence or relationship to Eve. Interesting. Who I really loved is Galen in No One To Trust and he was in at least one Eve Duncan book too - Body of Lies. Gallo reminds me a bit of him, although Galen is better!
Strong female character with a good back story. I didn't like the fact that it seems to be book xx of a series, during the listen I found myself looking to see if I started mid series.
Would not recommend to a friend, this has to be part of a series - it starts in the middle.
I enjoy a strong kick-ass female lead. The plot was fun and fast-paced.
The backstory of the two main Chinese characters were interesting.
Catherine and her son Luke, too.
Should be played by Angelina Jolie.
This may be a great book, but I will never know. I could not get past the narrator.
the plot was pretty good.. the story kept you waiting for more
I thought she was a little dry... i didn't care for her..
overall this was a good book, I love Iris Johanson... I had read books with this character before, and I pictured her differently in my head. When i was listening to the lady reading the book, I had a hard time relating with her... i dunno, it's probably just me.. Good book though!
Gang Mills Kathy
I loved the insight into Catherine Ling's childhood and her relationship with Hu Chang.
Yes, and I did.
Can't wait for more from Iris Johansen.
Listening to books is the way I separate from the stress of being an attorney. I enjoy fiction, mystery thrillers, an occasional romance, and books about cutting edge medicine and science. I was a History major so that is always interesting too.
I loved this book, but read the review I wrote for No Return by Brett Battles...it is the review I intended for this book. Got the titles mixed up. Please read my review...the author and the narrator excellent.