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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (February 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553582135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553582130
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessica Riley is a psychiatrist whose experience with catatonic trauma is personal as well as professional: she brought her beloved sister Melissa back from total mental withdrawal with her patience and skill. When the daughter of the president retreats into blankness after seeing her nanny and her Secret Service protector murdered, Jessica is summoned to treat the little girl. Although Jessica can't reach into her young patient's frightened mind, Melissa can--and only Melissa understands why Cassie's so afraid. When Michael Travis, the mysterious and not totally benign stranger who rescued Cassie from the kidnap-assassination that traumatized her, arrives at Jessica's Virginia estate, he's able to stop the child's nightmares long enough for Melissa to join Cassie in her self-imposed darkness and pull her back into the light. But the price he asks for his continued presence is one that Jessica, Melissa, and the president may not be able to meet. Is he an ally or an enemy? Even Melissa isn't sure--and her complicated feelings for Travis and Cassie are especially tortured because her unusual gifts allow her to see a bloody future for both of them, one she may not be able to prevent.

Iris Johansen (The Killing Game, The Search) ratchets up the suspense in this fast-moving thriller, which ranges across international borders from Washington to Amsterdam to Paris with the help of Air Force One and Two. While the president isn't very satisfactorily developed except as a frightened father who'll do almost anything to save his daughter, Travis and Melissa are fascinating characters who linger in the mind after the last explosive page; hopefully, Johansen will revisit them in a future adventure. Meanwhile, this is her best and most engaging read in years. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

At the center of Johansen's latest suspense thriller (after The Search) is the Wind Dancer, a priceless gold statue of the winged horse Pegasus. The statue has been in the Andreas family since the fall of Troy and now, centuries later, U.S. President Jonathan Andreas is in Paris to lend the family heirloom to a museum. On the night of the ceremony, his daughter, seven-year-old Cassie, is awakened at the family's farmhouse in the south of France by masked men who murder her nanny and her nurse, intent on kidnapping Cassie and ransoming her in exchange for the Wind Dancer. Cassie is saved in the nick of time by the arrival of Michael Travis, international underworld information dealer, but eight months later, the child is being treated in the Virginia home of psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Riley and Jessica's psychically extrasensitive sister, Melissa, for severe catatonic trauma. She hasn't spoken a word since the raid and has retreated into an imaginary tunnel where the Wind Dancer rescues her from pursuing monsters. Michael Travis then reappears and lures Cassie and the Riley sisters into a web of intrigue, taking them to Amsterdam, Paris and eventually back to the scene of the crime. There's a lot going on here, what with the telepathic dream sequences, a demented art fanatic determined to steal the statue, a subplot involving the Russian diamond cartel and the romantic tension between Melissa and Travis. Johansen's fans will enjoy the swirling plot lines, staccato dialogue and abrupt scene shifts that mark her style. National advertising. (May 29)Forecast: Fans may recognize the Wind Dancer, the subject (and title) of one of Johansen's mass market romances. The author's dependable mix of suspense and romance will make for good beach reading, but some may prefer to wait for the paperback.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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More About the Author

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pandora's Daughter, Stalemate, Killer Dreams, On the Run, and many more. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

Customer Reviews

The characters in the story were really weak and one dimensional.
Leigh Ann Langlais
Iris Johansen has written an explosive thriller, that will please her huge legion of fans, and will undoubtly gain her new ones.
Nick G
Not only were the characters unconvincing, but everything from the dialogue to the story settings to the plot was way overdone.
Jeff Craven

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Vitale on July 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Cassie Andreas, the six year old daughter of President Andreas of the United States, escaped into a tunnel of her own psychological making after seeing the people she trusted murdedred around her. President Andreas hired Jessica Riley to help bring Cassie out of her catatonic state when no one else can reach her. Jssica is particularly qualified to help Cassie because her own sister had a similar experience when their parents were killed in a fire. Jessica's sister, Melissa, emerged from her coma with a terrifying talent...she had the ability to see danger in the future.
Final Target begins with Melissa finding her way home to Jessica's house in the country where Jessica is working with Cassie. Melissa is having dreams about something terrible happening to Jessica and suddenly finds that she can communicate with Cassie. Michael Travis is an unlikely hero with a questionable past who arrives at their country home as a guest of the president. Neither Melissa nor Jessica know whether to trust Michael or not, however Cassie seems to relate to him and he quickly becomes the only one who can help calm her when she is having one of her nightmares. Melissa, Jessica and Michael eventually form a tense alliance kidnapping Cassie to take her back to the scene of the original crimes. Read the book to find out how it all is resolved to help Cassie recover. The suspense is good, and the book is a quick read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susan McMackin Reynolds on January 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having not read other books in Iris Johansen's series about a mythical statue The Wind Dancer, I may be handicapped by not having some background that would be necessary to appreciate this book. But truthfully, with or without the statue as a part of this thin plot, I could not accept any of the characters or their actions as Johansen superficially described them.
The failure in the area of character development is not the only reason that Final Target was a true disappointment however. Where can I even begin?
What suffices for a story line has a president's seven year old daughter involved in a kidnap plot, plunged into a catatonic state, caught up in the search for a priceless art object, and reached in her fugue state through some sort of paranormal mind-melding by the sister of her psychiatrist.
When I found that the book was partially set at the president's country home in the south of France (huh?) alarm bells should have gone off so loudly I would have been prevented from continuing. Alas, I persevered, to find even further disappointment.
The child's father meanwhile is portrayed like a patsy serving as commander in chief, President Andreas. (The name is where my first leap of faith is required) His main function is to growl menacingly on the phone to kidnappers as he shows himself to be utterly unpresidential. The man, who sounds more like the French Ambassador to the UN, goes along with unrealistic demands without much apparent involvement by the Secret Service, CIA, FBI, Interpol, or even the child's mother, who remains conveniently bedridden in the last month of her pregnancy and does not even merit mention in more than a sentence or two.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "24heineck" on March 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I bought this book I didn't bother reading the excerpt on the back of the book because Iris Johansen has never let me down and this book was no exception.
Although reading some of the reviews I must say I am surprised at how many low ratings there are!
Cassie (a seven year old girl) has witnessed a horrid robbery gone wrong! monsters, death, hide! Is all she will allow her mind to register?
Dr. Jessica Reily has helped her sister and other traumatized cationic children return to reality, so when the President of The United States asks her to help Cassie back how could she say no!
Jessica's sister, Melissa, returns home from college for what Jessica thinks is a well needed break, but what we learn very quickly is everyone has there own agenda!
Travis, the man who rescued Cassie, is brought in to find the man responsible for Cassie's trauma, yet he's not to be trusted because his past is beyond shady.
There's some physic and telepathic parts, which may seem unreal, but I don't find these parts to lessen the story but make them more interesting. Its not any different then believing in knights in Shinning armor coming and sweeping us off our feet -Real?
to some... intriguing for others and plain stupid for the non-believer.
I couldn't put this book down! If you like Iris Johansen give this book a try... although most reviews are against this particular book, don't let that stop you. Judge for your self!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rcarey22 on June 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I just completed one of the best suspense novels ever! Iris Johansen in her fourth Wind Dancer series has struck gold once again. Can this author tell a story or what?
The story begins with a kidnapping attempt on the President's daughter which was aborted by Michael Travis who seems to be a pretty shady underworld character. When 7 year old Cassie Andreas witnesses the murder of her bodyguards and nurse she withdraws from the world, leaving her in a catatonic state and the only emotions she emits are through her dreams. President Andreas enlists the aid of Dr. Jessica Riley, who has dealt with patients who have been traumatized and places Cassie in her care at her residence with around the clock agents. One of Jessica's patients was her younger sister Melissa who witnessed their parents' death and who also went through almost the same condition as Cassie. Somehow Melissa and Cassie's nightmares are linked so much so that Melissa leaves college to come home to her sister and now the stuff really hits the fan. There is just so much nonstop action going on here and this novel will keep wondering just who are the good guys. Don't miss out on this powerful novel as it will hold your attention til the very end.
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