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Live to See Tomorrow (Catherine Ling)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2014
I'm usually a big fan of these characters by Iris Johansen, but in this instance I was very disappointed to see such a decline in plot development. I don't write reviews, but after reading this book I had to. It's what happens when an author writes too many stories, perhaps a longer wait time before her next book b/c this one is just a waste of $12. There were so many plot additions up until the end of the book that the actual 'mystery' part of the book got lost. Usually the author's quite good at interweaving a building suspense plot while still giving some personal character development, but that was completely overlooked in this book. I hope the author waits before releasing her next book because if the next one doesn't get better I'll likely stop reading her books.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
Iris Johansen was once my favorite writer but I think her books have seriously deteriorated and I would never recommend her now. This book is full of silly dialogue that just fills pages. I really wish Johansen's writing would return to the caliber of the early Eve Duncan and the Wind Dancer books. Don't know if the problem is with the writing or with the editing but something is seriously wrong now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Despite its James Bondish title, this story is basically a romance novel with a lot of action. Nothing wrong with that … it plays to a well-recognized market. And yes, a good novelist can get the reader so quickly and deeply involved in the plot and characters to “suspend his or her incredulity”. But that is asking a lot of the reader in this case.
The hero and heroine (and even a secondary character) are way over-sexualized and plod along a slightly bumpy path that inevitably leads to several steamy assignations. The hero has a couple of superhuman (or at least greatly exaggerated) mental powers, is a world-class kung-fu fighter, and – of course – is tall, handsome, with “brilliant blue eyes”, etc. The heroine is a some-time CIA operative with determination that seems to morph into unthinking stubbornness. The plot has more unbelievable angles than a summertime action movie. The book does not purport to be a techno-thriller but, even so, I was jolted that critical information is gained in just a few hours with no suggestions (other than a couple of bribes) as to sources or data-combing capabilities. Communications and transport operate freely across China into Tibet with only a passing mention of the Chinese military. A megalomaniac war-lord on an isolated mountain in Tibet marshals squads of operatives inside the United States. And his minions can intercept messages and electronically locate their adversaries with an ease that would make the NSA envious.
I finished the book mainly to see if the plot would ever veer back toward reality and/or if I would finally start to identify with the characters. It did not happen. There were several action scenes that were quite engaging but, even in those, there was an astounding lack of intervention or awareness by law enforcement, the CIA, or the Red Army. Perhaps this novel could, after all, be rich material for that summertime action movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2014
The good points -- it kept my interest. That's the only good point. On the bad side, whatever happened to her attraction to John Gallo? I was hoping she'd hook up with him. With this one, her attraction is immediate? And why was she fighting him the whole way when she was attracted to him -- when did Catherine develop a bad case of TSTL? Hu Chang was wasted in this book. Erin another uninteresting character. The whole Shambhala story wasn't developed enough -- I honestly didn't care about it. Cameron was supposed to be rich but he was born poor -- where did he get his money? Lots of unanswered questions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2014
Couldn't get into it. Tried several times. Just couldn't seem to stay interested.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Live To See Tomorrow
Iris Johansen
St. Martin's, Apr 29 2014, $27.99
ISBN: 9781250020048

In Hong Kong CIA operative Catherine Ling looks forward to spending time with the two males she loves. She hopes to connect with her tweener son Luke who recently escaped from an abduction and does not know how to relate to her; but knows her mentor Hu Chang, who saved her from her teenage life on the streets of Hong Kong (See What Doesn't Kill You), will help both of them.

When CIA supervisor Venable asks Ling to mount a rescue in Tibet, she says no just as she did on the Guatemala mission. However Chang feels a debt obligation so accepts the assignment; Catherine reluctantly joins him though she fears Luke will feel his mother abandoned him again. Chang and Ling journey to Tibet where they attempt to free American journalist Erin Sullivan from evil Kadmus whose Himalayan fortress seems impenetrable. Ling meets an enigmatic ally who may prove to be an adversary, Richard Cameron; as the CIA agent notices many locals worship this "Guardian" while others want him dead.

The latest Catherine Ling CIA paranormal mission (see Chasing the Night costarring with Eve Duncan) is an exhilarating over the top of the Himalayas thriller. The relationship between Ling and Chang is fatherly, and with Luke estranged; but hers with Cameron melts the snow though the heroine remains undecided as to friend or foe in spite of their heated telepathic connection. Series fans will appreciate Ling's journey to what may turn out to be Shangri-La or a frozen hell.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2014
I enjoyed this read and the story sort of kept you guessing, although some of the characters seemed a bit wishy washy,This was really well written and I enjoyed reading it a lot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2014
Even though, I love and have read all the FBI series, and love Sherlock, and her sexy husband, and all the rest, Catherine Ling,
is becoming my new no. 1. She is strong, gutsy, smart, yet vulnerable. She is learning to be a mother to a very special little boy, who
due to unfortunate circumstances, has grown up too quick. If you are a mother, you will identify with her, in wanting to keep her
child safe above all, without smothering
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2014
I'll have to try another title by this author since she has quite a following, but this thinly drawn thriller-romance hardly rises to the level of a novel. The writing is neither visual nor kind on the ear. Johansen appears to have been grinding out words through a plotline that had been hastily developed to fulfill a publishing requirement. The author's fans may forgive her or even enjoy this book, but as a newcomer to her work I am disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2014
I will give credit to the extremely passionate, sexual writings of the author. Only women authors write this type of fantasy. A guy would require that four hour thing that Viagra advertises. Maybe I am having a bad day but the rest of the story seemed like it was having a bad day as well. Best case scenario, read the sex scenes to your wife or girlfriend while in bed.
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