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#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with one of her most exhilarating and dangerous adventures yet in this “riveting” high-stakes thriller (Publishers Weekly).
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- Print Length: 432 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 30, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 30, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07K7K8DKK
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In this pulse-pounding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeys to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack deep in the jungle–but she may be putting herself in more danger than she knows.
A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan’s doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers–many of them children–have been killed in a horrific attack by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve’s help to get closure and begin to heal.
But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill’s plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive . . .
“In SMOKESCREEN, Johansen’s Eve Duncan must outwit a vicious psychopath in the middle of the jungle. I really enjoyed this rip-roaring thriller.”―Catherine Coulter, New York Times bestselling author of Paradox
“Riveting… Readers will keep guessing about the complex characters’ underlying motivations as the plot races toward the stunning conclusion.”―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Every element advances the plot to a heart-pounding conclusion. This novel is sure to appeal to Eve Duncan enthusiasts as well as new readers of the series.”―Library Journal
“From thriller writer extraordinaire Iris Johansen comes a pulse-pounding excursion into a war torn nation, where forensic sculpture Eve Duncan heeds a journalist’s call to assist in identifying a village’s dead after a horrific massacre, only to discover more sinister plots may be lurking behind the journalist’s call for assistance.”―CrimeReads.com
“Propelled by a muscular narrative and elaborate subplots, Johansen’s latest complex Eve Duncan thriller reliably pivots on the cerebral battle of wills among its robust characters.”―Booklist
SMOKE SCREEN by Iris Johansen brings to life a realistic page-turner.―Crimespree magazine
“SMOKESCREEEN is supercharged, combustible and totally addictive. There’s no one like Iris Johansen!”―Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
“A master storyteller, Iris Johansen brings characters to life like no other. A tension filled novel…her plot is intricate, her characters compelling. SMOKESCREEN is great fun.”―Robert Dugoni, New York Timesbestselling author
“Dive into the explosive world of Iris Johansen, where villains get exactly what they deserve and the good guys – eventually – win the day. That’s a world I want to live in!”―Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Johansen keeps readers on the edge of their seats.”―Booklist
For those who are familiar with the series featuring Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor, you are in for a treat.
An investigative journalist shows up on Eve’s doorstep begging for her help. She wants Eve to go to Africa, a war-torn jungle, to help identify 27 children who were massacred by guerilla soldiers.
But this journalist may have a different agenda … one that puts Eve in more danger than she knows.
This is a preview only …. the complete novel will be available 7/9/19.
The first chapter grabbed me by the throat and refused to let me go. It tells the story of the journalist and how she survived her time in that part of the world. It then goes on to show how she manipulates Eve into making the trip to Africa.
Many thanks to the author / Grand Central Publishing / Netgalley for the preview of this thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Eve Duncan is pretty much bullied into taking on a new case when journalist Jill Cassidy implores her to come to Africa with her to help parents of children killed in a massacre. They need closure and Eve is just the right one to do so with her knowledge of forensic sculptor. But, Jill has another motive and soon Eve will find herself is quite a lot of danger…
Smokescreen is one of those books that I really wanted to like, but ultimately the story failed for me because of some factors that I will discuss later on in the review. But, first, let’s start with what I found good and that is the story itself. The massacre of the children in a school and Eve’s help to find closure for the parents together with the real reason for her being there. Because yes, Eve is lured there to help with another thing that they need her special knowledge to do. This is the part of the story that worked for me. That and the interesting “royal” history of the leader of the country that played a big role in the story. And, if Eve and Jill and been alone working on this with the help of Jill’s friend Gideon had I most likely enjoyed the book more.
Unfortunately, I have two big problems with the book (and some of the other books I’ve read by Iris Johansen) and that the’s the men. From Joe Quinn, Eve’s husband to Jill FBI agent friend Novak. Sorry, but these macho men are boring me so much. I like Iris Johansen’s books, but she has a tendency to use a special type of man in every book that feels like an overbearing macho man and I just get the feeling that she has found her niche when it comes to it and now everyone man is written the same way. Even when I read other series by Iris Johansen. And, of course, that brings me to the second problem. The romance part, because of course, Jill and Novak have a lot of sexual tension all through the book. Well, it’s written that way, I was utterly bored by that. I was more interested in Jill’s role as a journalist and her work to expose the truth about the massacre, etc.
Smokescreen ended up being a so-so book for me. Not among the best like the early ones I’ve read or like Shadow Play that introduced me to the author. And, that’s just too bad because I like Eve Duncan, I just wish the story had focused more on exposing the truth and definitely less on the romance.
Another fabulous eve Duncan thriller from the amazingly talented Iris Johansen! I’ve read every book in this series and love the twists and turns and the rollercoaster action always keeps me on the edge of my seat. I don’t know how Johansen keeps coming up with such interesting storylines and great characters after so many years. I love meeting new people that become part of eve’s world. With so many interesting new character’s from the good guys like journalist Jill Cassidy to CIA agent jed novak who is very intense and a lot like eve’s husband Joe. Theirs also the charismatic
and all around charming Sam gideon,I really liked his character alot. And the villians In this book are truly despicable and deadly from Zahra Kiyani the corrupt and evil bitch who rules Jokan Maldara after her father dies. she doesn’t care what she has to do to stay in power even if It means covering up and
Protecting the murder who slaughtered a whole classroom of children, the evil sadist cold blooded killer Varak who is as deadly as a snake. And when a attempt is made on eve’s life it’s Joe Quinn to the rescue and he’s very angry at Jill and Novak for putting her life in danger. They all must come together to find varak before he takes off.And then deal with Zahra, but before that happens one who slaved for her for years will deal the killling blow a climax I didn’t see coming til the end.
A journalist arrives with one question- Help Jill find out who killed many people in a Guerilla attack in the jungle.
This plea for help may just be a cover up by Jill and it may just result in more lives being put in danger.
Zahra may be a person of interest in it all as there’s an issue with some food poisoining and back door discussions.
Jill hired Eve as a reconstructionist in determining the final outcome.
Varak and Zolak are also two characters that are worthy to mention here as they both are experienced in shall we say death and murder.
This is creepy, thrilling, and down right murderous!
Thank you to Iris, the publisher, and Goodreads for this Giveaway which will be donated to The Hoyt Library.
Gah!! Smokescreen was everything I love in an Eve Duncan story and more!!! I have been a huge fan of the Eve Duncan series since the beginning and was just as obsessed with her hunt for Bonnie as she was. But as the series evolved and developed, so did the characters, individual depth and their passion for justice. I absolutely loved Eve and Joe in this story and could not stop reading!
Called to an exotic location in Africa by journalist Jill Cassidy, Eve is asked to reconstruct the skulls of school children killed in a terrorist attack. But when Eve discovers a mystery there and uncovers a conspiracy, she can’t help but get involved!
I absolutely loved this story! I loved Eve’s passion and Joe’s protective nature and the underlying suspense prevalent throughout the story. This was an amazing addition to the series and I cannot wait for more! 5 stars! ~Ratula
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Full disclosure: I have read a couple of Iris Johansen’s books before but this was the first Eve Duncan book I read. To her credit, I didn’t feel like I was lost because I didn’t have a lot of the characters’ back stories, nor did I feel like she was throwing in random background pieces in order to “catch me up”. I’ve read books by other authors who have done this and it makes for some tedious reading.
The plot line itself was enough to keep my interest and sadly reminiscent of the Rwanda genocide.
But there were several things I didn’t care for very much and which led me to give it a 3 star rating:
* I found the dialogue to be odd. It just didn’t sound realistic or reflective of how people speak to each other. Sometimes it was overly formal and other times the exchanges were just tiresome and repetitive.
* Most of the characters weren’t likeable and perhaps that’s because they seemed perpetually grumpy. Granted, this is serious material and a serious plot line with its fair share of bad guys, but everyone just seemed so intense and annoyed with each other all the time.
* Repetitive words and phrases throughout the book. If I’d had an electronic copy of this book I would have done a count of how many times the word “gaze” was used or “gaze flew …” (as in “her gaze flew to his eyes”). Or someone’s lips twisting. When you’re reading a 400+ page book and there’s enough repetition of these words that it starts standing out, that’s not good.
* Finally, there wasn’t enough Eve Duncan in the second half of the book. In fact, she was an altogether very minor character in the second half. There were references made in the book to how she was a world-renowned forensic sculptor and the best at what she does, but we didn’t get to see very much of that.
I would be interested in perhaps reading an earlier Eve Duncan book to see more of that character. There was enough here to intrigue me … forensic sculptors aren’t your typical crime fighter, but this book didn’t quite live up to my expectations.
Iris Johansen knows how to write a thriller and her most recent, Smoke Screen, of which I was delighted to receive an Advance Copy was spellbinding. The action was so in my face I did not want to put it down. She knows how to draw her audience in and keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next bit of drama. Her female characters are sublime and robust.
What will keep me up at night are the images Johansen painted in my mind of the children who had been killed by Varak and his mercenaries. While I understand this is fiction, the images were so compelling that I often thought I was living the experience. God help me if I ever have to do that. I hope I would have the courage that Eve Duncan had.
While this is a fabulous thriller, it is also a story about strong women, genocide in Africa, politics triumphing over truth, the abuse of women, terrorism, and so much more.
Thank you, Iris, for the Advance Copy. I can’t wait to share it with my friends to read.
Smokescreen – Iris Johansen
I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.
Eve Duncan is working on her latest child reconstruction, as husband Joe Quinn & son Michael are packing for a trip to England, Joe to attend a Scotland Yard seminar, and Michael will be joining Jane MacGuire for an archaeological dig at a Welsh castle. Eve is awaiting the arrival of Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jill Cassidy, who has expressed an interest in an interview.
As Eve and Jill begin to talk, Jill tells Eve of an attack on a schoolhouse that killed 27 children, and that she needs Eve to assist with reconstructions to bring all of the children home to their parents. Eve recommends other sculptors, until she learns of the circumstances – the killings took place in a war town area of the Congo, the children all killed by a mercenary named Nils Varak. As Eve declines the project and offers her information on other sculptors and programs, Jill leaves her with a packet – filled with biographies of the children – and asks her to read them.
As Eve reads the biographies and researches the civil unrest, she senses that she’s been manipulated by a master, but she’s also compelled to give her assistance, much to Joe’s dismay. With the assistance of Jed Novak, a CIA operative and friend of Jill’s, Eve makes her way to Maldara, to the city of Jokan, in Central Africa and sets up a makeshift studio for her work, she meets some bereaved parents in the small village, and begins the reconstruction of the first victim. It’s then she comes to learn the real reason she’s been brought to the country…to ensure that the killer is really dead…
As conflict arises, and Eve finds herself in danger, Joe leaves London and flies to her side. Soon, Eve, Joe, Jill & Novak find themselves pitted against a much greater evil – one they’re determined to stop for good – unless they are stopped first…
I cannot say enough about the Eve Duncan series and this book was no exception. With a well-crafted storyline and a great supportive cast, Eve again gets the job done, with the assistance of husband Joe, and as always, I could not put the book down!! I do miss Bonnie and her visits, but I love the way Eve’s character has evolved, and love the addition of Michael’s seeming empathic abilities too. This series just keeps getting better!
Smokescreen by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #25) is another powerful thriller which held my interest from the beginning until the ending of the story. Forensic sculpturer Eve Duncan is requested by journalist Jill Cassidy to travel to the small African village of Robaku. Jill is to the point of manipulative begging and plays on Eve’s compassion for the parents of murdered children. Jill wants Eve to reconstruct the faces of children who were slain and then burned by a terroristic group lead by Nils Varak. Jill had been brutally beaten by Varak and raped by three of his men because she tried to uncover crimes committed by this group. Varak was reported to have been killed in a helicopter crash before he could be brought to justice, but Jill has suspicions that he is still alive. Jill needs Eve’s expert skills to prove if the skull being kept in a guarded box is the skull of Varak or an imposter.
Even though Jill had the best of intentions for getting Eve to the small village, I did not like her forceful and manipulative character. She put more people’s lives in danger for her own journalistic purposes. It seemed to me the main focus of the book is Jill rather than Eve. It will be interesting to wait and see if the author uses the character of Jill in another series or book. As the character of Zahra is brought into the story, a secondary plot begins to unfold. Parts of the story are heartbreaking and other scenes will have you feeling anger toward some of the characters. The story is fast-paced, interesting, and very emotional.
Publication Date is July 30, 2019
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
I received this book from goodreads.com; thanks to goodreads.com, Iris Johansen and the publisher. The words of this review are my own.
I love this series from Iris Johansen. I find forensic sculpture fascinating all by itself, and as always, wished there were more of it in this book. Given that, this was a page-turner. The incredible evil that men can inflict upon other humans is appalling, and it was hard to read about some of that in this novel….even though you know THIS is fiction, you still are aware that similar events have occurred in the real world. The people who fight against such evil are truly inspiring, and so you have both the worst and the best of humanity.
Johansen does a great job of making her characters come to life. You understand the turmoil that Joe is under, knowing that his wife Eve Duncan is almost called upon to perform her miracles on the skulls of the murdered children and yet, aware of the incredible danger she would be in, supports her decision to travel there to do her work.
One thing I appreciate about her books is that you realy can just read this book as a stand-alone. Johansen is not constantly trying to keep everybody reminded about what happened in prior books, which gets old for those of us who have read the entire series already!
As always, I will be waiting for the next book to come in this great series.
About author Iris Johansen
RIS JOHANSEN is The New York Times bestselling author of Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn’t Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve,Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora’s Daughter, Quicksand,Killer Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and more. And with her son Roy Johansen, she has coauthored The Naked Eye, Sight Unseen, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder.
Johansen began 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 success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.
Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.
After Iris Johansen’s two children left home, she concluded her career working for aniline company and took up writing romance novels, with her first story, Touch the Horizon. Johansen has seen success in this genre and has since expanded to writing historical romance, and, since 1996, crime fiction. As of 2015, Iris Johansen has sold 27 million copies, worldwide, of her more than 30 separate titles.
Whether writing romance or crime fiction, Iris Johansen is committed to maintaining factual integrity in her works. Johansen’s daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant. Iris Johansen has called her daughter’s research work invaluable in helping her to develop plot points which are factually accurate and, in her own words “keep my plot humming”. The primary series of novels Iris Johansen has written in the crime fiction genre revolve around the character of Eve Duncan, whose work as a forensic investigator is the starting point for her involvement in the investigation of various crimes.
Iris Johansen’s son, Roy, is an Edgar award-winning playwright, and he has collaborated with Iris on a number of books, including, most recently, the standalone novel Storm Cycle.
17 of Iris Johansen’s novels in a row, from the early nineties through to 2006, have been New York Times Bestsellers, which notable achievement has only rarely been achieved before. Johansen is still married, and is a self- described dog-lover. She owns 6 dogs, whom she says play a huge part in her life.