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Product Details

  • Series: Eve Duncan
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358653X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553586534
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Johansen (On the Run), in her latest thriller full of heavy-breathing romance, turns to mind-control of the Manchurian candidate variety, a state induced by the chemical REM-4 and mysterious sleep-manipulation methods guaranteed to turn regular folk into killer zombies. It promises to be a lucrative technology, as one of the heroes in the novel predicts: "Mind control is just too tempting not to attract the scumbags of the world." The head scumbag is Robert Sanborne of Sanborne Pharmaceuticals, whose goal is to perfect the REM-4 program so he can sell it to the world's evildoers. The heroine, Sophie Dunston, a leading sleep researcher and the original inventor of REM-4, falls hard for Matt Royd, a former zombie who has come to his senses and is trying to kill Sanborne. Royd and Sophie, forced by circumstances to be allies, begin by hating each other and then—no surprise—fall wildly in lust and love. Johansen offers nothing new, but her many fans will overlook a rather improbable premise and be happy with a familiar cast of characters (many from the author's other novels), familiar situations and familiar outcomes. (June)
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In her latest thriller, the prolific, best--selling Johansen, dubbed the queen of suspense, introduces a new heroine, Sophie Dunston, a top-notch sleep researcher who developed a drug to battle the insomnia from which her father and millions of others suffer. But her nefarious former boss and his cohorts have used the drug she created to alter the minds of ordinary people like her father, who killed his wife and threatened Sophie and her young son. With hardened heart, Sophie has one goal: to kill her former boss, since every attempt she's made to expose him to the authorities has failed. Just as she discovers that there are many victims of her nemesis' mind-controlling experiments, one shows up with the same murderous intention. Sophie is leery of Matt Royd, and his first thoughts are to use Sophie, the author of his nightmares, to destroy the others. Brutal and deadly himself, Royd leaves Sophie no choice but to cooperate. The danger increases tenfold as the hunters become the hunted in this suspenseful tale of nightmarish evil. Patty Engelmann
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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.

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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By RCapella on June 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read more Iris Johansen novels than I like to admit (I stopped counting at around 20), but they are getting worse. Her plots are fun, and her creativity in weaving characters and storylines throughout different books is impressive, but her writing itself is just not very good. Much of it could be fixed by a good editor.

All of her characters' dialogue is prissy and old-fashioned--as I imagine Ms. Johansen's own speech is. Every character's speech is littered with "Good heavens"es, "what the devil"s, and, my personal (least) favorite, "dammit," thrown in where there is no need, but where Ms. Johansen thinks the character should sound "tough." In any basic fiction writing class, one learns that every character does not speak the same, and that means not using the same "curse" words and manner of cursing. One other funny Johansenism is "He muttered an oath under his breath." I wonder what the oath was. Did he swear to love, cherish, and honor her 'til death parted them or perhaps first to do no harm? I know what she meant, but it amused me just the same. Couldn't she just say "he swore under his breath"?

Another issue is the basic formula of Johansen's novels: Strong woman is in difficult situation that she cannot handle alone for the first time in her life. Strong woman must learn to trust renegade strong man who is tough and cannot show tenderness. Strong woman and strong man clash in their mutual quest to destroy evil. Strong man and women have deep sexual attraction, dammit. Strong woman and man give in to their carnal urges. Strong woman and man vanquish the evil foe and go back to their separate lives. Strong woman and man realize they love each other and cannot be apart. The end.

The last issue is the men's names.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Silly plot, inane dialogue (characters said "The hell I will" at least 7 times in one chapter alone), cardboard characters.... Three chapters and I couldn't take it anymore. Johansen is capable of much better than Killer Dreams. The Search, about search and rescue workers and their dogs, was terrific.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn on September 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've read every one of Iris Johansen's "suspense" novels and have loved most of them. The last couple though have been so painful to get through. This one however, I don't think I can even finish. I read where someone called these characters "cardboard," and I couldn't agree more. The female heroine randomly throws in curse words in a cheap attempt to create tension between herself and the supposed male protagonist. Whereas in the Eve Duncan Books and the Wind Dancer books we are drawn into the story and come to care for the characters, it is patently obvious what will happen with each of these characters - makes me think of a writing 101 class. "Now this should happen here, and this here, and this here and boom, climax, happily every after."

I hope that Iris can get her groove back and begin writing novels worth my time.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Rowley on July 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I think Iris Johansen may be losing her touch. Her latest novel Killer Dreams was a bit of a boring read and I usually love her style of writing. However, her last few books have definitely taken a turn for the worse. Her best novels were the early Eve Duncan Series. Since the author has moved away from Romantic Suspense and is attempting to cross over to the thriller genre, she just hasn't delivered the goods.

The book was a quick read with a few repeat characters that I can see Iris Johansen developing new stories around. However, the entire book lacked the usual twists and turns along with the surprise ending. As the reader, I never felt an attachment to the characters nor any emotion tied to the storyline.

Bottom line is, is it worth buying?

Unfortunately, I would have to say that this is the first Iris Johansen book that I do not recommend buying. Avid Johansen fans will most likely be dissapointed with Killer Dreams. I do hear that she is bringing back Eve and Joe for her next book finally. Let's hope she takes the latest criticism and goes back to what the readers love about her work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CKF on February 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I normally don't take the time to review books however I felt I must comment in this instance. This book is painfully plagued with "romantic" desires. The main character Sophie drove me insane. All the characters kept talking about how strong she was yet she was extremely pathetic. If I had to hear the phrase "The hell I will", "Michael" or that she was moistening her lips one more time I thought I was going to vomit. Johansen is normally a fantastic author but I was quite disappointed with this one. This book seemed thrown together just to get another novel on the stand. I will say if she had taken out all the silly lust and ridiculous one liners the story could have been much much better. I just started Stalemate and so far it's fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pat K on August 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Iris Johansen's novels and thoroughly enjoyed many of them--this, however was not one of them. I found the plot hard to follow with too many references to her previous book. What mysterious event happened to Jock and Royd? Who is MacDuff--well if you haven't read the previous novel, you'll never know.
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