Review: Deadlock

Deadlock by Iris Johansen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an enjoyable thriller – a little different from her Eve Duncan series. In this one, a new character is brought to life – Emily Hudson, a UN artifacts expert, who is drawn into a massive conspiracy involving an ancient artifact from Russia, a megalomaniac who wants it’s power for himself, and the riches that surround it. When Emily and her assistant Joel Levy are captured by what seem to be terrorists, Jack Garret, an ex-mercenary, is hired and sent to help them escape. Through Afghanistan, Russia, Belgium, and most of Europe, including a charming island in Greece, they criss-cross, hoping to stay one foot ahead of the enemy, discover the nature of what the mastermind is looking for, and figure out what it all means. Along the way, various interesting and engaging characters are dragged into it, and they make the book, and elevate it above the basic thriller. I would hope that she uses this “team” again.

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