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Emily Hudson and Joey Levy work for the United Nation. They go to hot spots and war zones all over the world. They go to museums to catalog, verify and move the contents so that they will not be destroyed or stolen. While coming back from one such location, Emily and Joey are stopped and attacked by men, who they think are bandits. Turns out the man in charge, Staunton, was hired by someone who is looking for Zelov' hammer which is a Russian artifact.  Stauton believes Emily has it or knows where it is. While he tortures Joey he makes Emily watch. He keeps asking her where the hammer is and she keeps telling him she does not have it nor does she know what it is or where it is. Emily knows that before long Staunton will start to torture her.   When the CIA agents have no luck in finding Emily and Joey, the agent in charge Ted Ferguson, calls in some outside help. John Garrett is a retired smuggler and mercenary. He has worked for Ted before.   Since John lived in the area for years, Ted thinks he will be able to find Emily. When Ted contacts John, John agrees to go after Emily and Joey. Once John read about Emily and seen her picture in the paper, he knows he has to find her. 

I devoured this book in a day. I did not want to put it down. Ms. Johansen has done it again, she has packed this story with action. The interaction between all of the characters is very believable. The struggle between Emily and John as Emily fights her attraction to John and John tries to keep Emily safe from Staunton. This is a very captivating story filled with the correct mixture of action, adventure and romance. This is a story that must not be missed.

Book Blurb for Deadlock

Emily Hudson is an archeologist who travels the world in search of priceless artifacts from war-torn countries and other hot spots.    Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side—until one day, her entire crew is massacred and Joel and Emily are held captive. Victims of one of the most ruthless and evil human beings on earth.  For two weeks they try to survive, until Emily is the unwitting instrument in Joel’s demise. 

John Garrett has worked for the CIA, MI6, and whoever else needed his services.  Now, the CIA comes calling with a desperate mission for him: save Emily Hudson.  But their may be more to this job than they let him know.  And soon, his connection to Emily has him questioning everything he thought to be true.  Emily has vengeance on her mind.  Will Garrett aid her in getting revenge?  Can Emily help him get to the truth behind a bigger conspiracy?  Or will they both die trying…With lightning-fast pacing, plot twists and shocking betrayals, Iris Johansen is at the top of her game in this latest thriller

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2009 5.00