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Dark Summer [Mass Market Paperback]

Iris Johansen
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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21 April 2009
It begins with a single shot.
Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital on a remote search and rescue mission. When a man arrives with his wounded black Lab, Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror and destruction.
Jude Marrock is out for revenge and has no choice but to involve Devon in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with an escalating body count. She doesn’t trust him one bit, but when the shots start flying and friends start falling, she finds herself with nowhere else to run. And there are innocent lives, both human and animal, at stake, including Ned and his mysterious pack. Is Jude her salvation or her damnation? Are the secrets he’s protecting worth killing for . . . or dying for?
With a lightning-fast pace, unforgettable characters, and gut-wrenching action, Dark Summer is compelling new terrain for this master storyteller.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (21 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312368097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312368098
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital on a remote search and rescue mission. When a man arrives with his wounded black Lab, Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror and destruction.

Jude Marrock is out for revenge and has no choice but to involve Devon in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with an escalating body count. She doesn't trust him one bit, but when the shots start flying and friends start falling, she finds herself with nowhere else to run. And there are innocent lives, both human and animal, at stake, including those of Ned and his mysterious pack. Is Jude Devon's salvation or her damnation? Are the secrets he's protecting worth killing for...or dying for?

Iris Johansen's heros are always compelling, driven and focused and Marrock is very much within this mold. His attraction to the heroine is instant and intense and this helps make this such a riverting read.

I guarantee you'll want to finish this book in one sitting!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best 16 Jun 2009
By TMW
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really could not get into this book, I think the story line was nonsense and the characters were very flat, I really didn't care about them at all. I think Johansen is a great author but lately her books just seem to lack something, perhaps it's that she is churning out so many books thesedays.I would stick to her earlier works if your new to this author, Final Target, The search and my very favorite Reap The Wind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark summer good read 11 Dec 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought this book was a good easy read, and hard to put down at times and easy to pick up again.I like the more thriller book, The Search and Eve Duncan books are my favourates
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best 26 Sep 2008
By feysidhe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Johansen has a couple types of books out there, and she appears to be adding a third that I think is the weakest of the lot. First, and strongest in my opinion, are her Eve Duncan books, which are basically thrillers. The writing tends to be tight and the plots well-considered. Even when there's a romantic element, it's not the focus of the book. Then there are her romantic suspense novels, which are different, but also good. They move more slowly, but the relationships are well developed.

Unfortunately, I haven't been so pleased with the last couple of books (Dark Summer and Pandora's Daughter), which are romantic suspense in the very paranormal genre. It's almost as if Johansen is juggling too many things at once--romance, suspense, psychic abilities.

Dark Summer returns to a subject (and some characters) Johansen has explored in previous novels, that of search and rescue dogs and their owners. This time, however, the paranormal element (which has appeared in the background in previous books) is paramount. Both the romance/character development and the suspense seem to have been relegated to second fiddle. The plot is loose, even sketchy at times. It moves along quickly enough, but very little actually *happens,* which is frustrating. Characters wander around in the fictional landscape without serving much purpose.

This book also seems to have been written/edited rather quickly--there are grammatical errors and sloppy writing I am not used to from Johansen. HOWEVER, the copy I read was an ARC, not an actual sales copy of the book, and the edits may be made before the book goes to print.

All this sounds as if the book is just ghastly. It's not. Not at all. In fact, even though it's not up to Johansen's usual standards, it's better than much of the paranormal romantic suspense out there. The plot is new and different, most of the dialog is natural (though sometimes it would really benefit from an editing), and it's a quick read.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, romance, and dogs...what's not to like? 2 Oct 2008
By Mary Jo DiBella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Fans of Iris Johansen (and yes, I am one) know what to expect from her books. This one is not disappointing.

Devon Brady is a vet who also does search-and-rescue missions with her dog, Gracie. On one mission she is asked to use her medical skills to treat a wounded dog, a black Lab who has been shot. The dog's owner (the obligatory unpleasant-seeming man with the heart of gold and mysterious past) leaves the dog in her care and disappears.

Devon has just been brought into a suspensful situation that combines grasping, evil people, and people who are not all they seem, and people who are MORE than they seem, and four wonderful, talented dogs.

The 'Dogs of Summer', as they are called, have abilities that give them value beyond measure, and of course there is a struggle for control of these dogs by people whose motives vary greatly.

Ms Johansen's books have no deep meaning, no message, no lesson to be learned. They're just flat out fun to read. This one is no different, and I really enjoyed the ride!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, bad writing 27 Sep 2008
By Kristi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The story is fun -- a plucky Veterinarian with an unhappy past has made a good life for herself, an assortment of rescued animals and a couple of rescue humans. Enter our hero, a passionate man with a tragic past and a very special dog of his own, not to mention a secret that could change the world. Hero is, of course, pursued by a sadistic and megalomaniac villain. The plot has all the right elements -- danger, romance, true friendships and betrayal.

While definitely worth reading, one can't help but notice that the book would have been SO much better with well-written dialogue and believable character development. The dialogue, and, indeed, much of the prose, is clumsy and wooden. And the characters are too one-dimensional; a villain with whom you have a little empathy and protagonists with whom you can somewhat identify are so much easier to care about.

I would have loved this book if it had been done with the careful prose of Martha Grimes or James D. Doss. And I know from other books by this author that she is capable of better than this. Perhaps we can look forward to more from these characters, written with more care and consideration?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A dark mess 30 Sep 2008
By Sandy Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I have read other of Iris Johansen's books and expected to really like this one. I was in for a big disapointment. Some books have a slow start and then kick into gear and get good. This one was the opposite. I enjoyed the first couple chapters but the farther I got into the book, the less I liked it. By the end, I was just waiting for it to be over.

The book has two aspects, the relationship between Jude Marrok and Devon Brady and the mystery/suspense/action surrounding the "dogs of summer." The relationship part of the plot never worked for me. For a romance to work, the reader has to want the couple to overcome all obstacles and get together. Jude was not a likeable (or even sexy) hero to me. He had major unresolved issues that didn't appear to be worked out during the book. And his idea of wooing Devon was to growl about how they were going to eventually have sex. I wanted Devon to kick Jude where it hurts and tell him to leave her alone.

It took a little longer for me to lose interest in the mystery of the dogs, but that plot line eventually turned into such a jumble of unbelievable circumstances and hocus pocus that I completely gave up caring what happened. And when I finally got to what I thought was the end, the last chapter took the ridiculousness factor up another notch.

Finally, I got sick of Jude and some of the bad characters referring to Jude as a "half breed" because he was half Apache and half Spanish. The bad characters were already written with nasty and violent tendencies, it was overkill to have them be talk that way too. And Jude's self loathing was part of his issues that didn't seem to be resolved during the book.

All in all, I wish I could have the time I spent reading this book back.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous and poorly written 29 Oct 2008
By Elizabeth Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I don't think I have ever read a book that was more ridiculous than Dark Summer. The story begins when Jude Marrock's dog is shot during a search and rescue mission in the Caribbean. He rushes the injured dog to a vet and there is all this mystery surrounding the dog. You won't find out why the stupid dog is so important until the middle of the book. Yet, you are supposed to be on the edge of your seat because the "bad guys" are trying to hunt down Jude's dog throughout the entire book.

The readers are also treated to a lame romance between Jude and Devon. Why on earth would a woman who just got out of an abusive relationship want to get involved with a man who is practically a ticking bomb? Jude Marrock comes across as a perv and a psycho. When he suddenly decides that he finds Devon attractive, he repeatedly tells her slimey things like "I'll make it good for you". The so called romance just was just creepy.

Last, but not least, if I hadn't seen a picture of the author in the back of the book I would gave guessed that a teeanger wrote this book. The writing was just HORRIBLE. The readers are treated to dialogue like "give it to me" and "I'll make it good for you". I will admit that the idea behind the book was interesting, but the author butchered her brilliant idea with her sloppy writing.

The ONLY reason I read this book is because my husband gave it to me as a gift, and I didn't want to hurt his feelings by tossing it in the nearest trash can. After reading his selection, he has been banned from buying me any more books.
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