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All the Queen's Men Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2000
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Setting: contemporary Virginia, France, Iran
CIA agent John Medina and electronics expert Niemi Burdock share a violent past: the two were part of a covert operation that went tragically wrong, resulting in the death of several people. Now, five years later, their paths cross again and John, whose love for Niemi has only grown over time, is determined to keep her in his life for good. Having spent the intervening five years living a solitary, staid existence--due to feelings of guilt over the ill-fated operation--Niemi is somewhat reluctant to reenter the shadowy world she once inhabited. Still, she can't resist the lure and excitement of danger when John asks her to join him on his latest mission to discover the origins of a deadly new explosive already in use by terrorists.
Concocting a plan to reveal the source of the explosive, the two enter into a dangerous masquerade, walking a tightrope between safety and death, while passion boils beneath the surface. Unaware of John's feelings, Niemi fights her physical response to the legendary agent as her emotions, in frozen limbo for the last five years, thaw with astonishing speed.
First introduced in Kill and Tell, agent John Medina is as intriguing as the perilous world he operates in. Watching him in action, à la James Bond, is exhilarating--as is the single-minded intensity of his feelings for Niemi, whose ability to hold her own with John--on both a personal and professional level--and with the host of terrorists, spies, and double-dealers the pair encounter is impressive to say the least. Throw in a couple of chilling chase scenes, some romantic interludes hot enough to peel paint from the walls, and one or two bigger-than-life internationally connected characters, and you've got the latest from Linda Howard--a romantic thriller that's sure to be coming soon to a bestseller list near you. --Lois Faye Dyer --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
From Library Journal
Niema Burdocks husband was killed on a CIA mission managed (or perhaps mismanaged?) by John Medina, who now wants her help in cracking an international terrorist ring. From the author of best-selling romantic thrillers like Kill and Tell.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Top customer reviews
I did not like the part where the two main characters made a stupid decision. They had been fleeing from bad guys and finally got away. After a short while being safe, they decided to treat themselves to a tourist-style walk in a nearby town. This was stupid because the bad guys were still searching for them in that area As a result, they got caught and hurt by the bad guys.
Kate Forbes did a good job.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 374 pages. Swearing language: strong but not often used. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: about 5. Setting: current day mostly Iran and Europe. Copyright: 1999. Genre: contemporary romantic suspense.
It would be wonderful to see another book featuring John and Niema and several other characters from this book (Louis, Laure, Eric, Cara). I usually finish Linda Howard's books in one day (or night) but I did put this one down at about 1:30 a.m. and finished it the next morning. The romance between Niema and John is slow to develop and both keep their feelings for each other to themselves until close to the end of the book. When we get glimpses of what Dallas and Niema's brief marriage was like before Dallas was tragically killed in a mission gone wrong, it would have been difficult for me to 'buy' a fast romance developing between John and Niema. Although their story takes place 5 years after Dallas was killed, both Niema and John have guilt feelings about that ill-fated mission. When I finished reading the book I did not have the satisfied feeling most of Linda Howard's other books have given me and so I went back and re-read it again the same day I finished it. I then realized that even though I want to read more about John and Niema I am even more interested in seeing a book about Louis Ronsard and his daughter Laure, just imagine what kind of a woman it would take to 'take on' a man like him! You want to hate him but you end up rooting for him by the end of the book. If Linda does take him on as a project, I hope she takes as much time as she needs to make his story unforgettable, we all know she can do it. Linda you go girl!! (BUT NOT TOO FAST) P.S. Don't forget about Eric while you're at it.... I have read all books by Linda Howard and will continue to. Sure some I like better than others, and I will re-read the best ones many times over.
The Mackenzie series is one of my favorites and if rumors are true we will get the long awaited Chance Mackenzie story some time in 2000 as a Silhouette Intimate Moments novel. That one should take care of the 'romance' lovers who feel cheated by 'All The Queen's Men'. In some ways Chance sounds very much like John Madena so it will be very interesting to see how Linda Howard brings this strong, silent, mysterious man out of 'hiding' so we can find out what makes him 'tick'.
Love ya Linda, keep them coming!!