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While photographing a dam collapse in Colorado, Alex learns that it was a planned event that caused over a hundred deaths. Of course the killers realize she has learned of their actions and immediately start stalking her. When a friends' husband insists on getting her protection, a mysterious man comes into her life, Judd Morgan. He's an ex-covert ops expert and she doesn't trust him one bit. Chases and explosions abound with alot of investigation and Alex becoming a "Ten Most Wanted", along with a good amount of sexual awareness between Alex and her protector.
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The review of this Book prepared by Manda

Bantam, April 2003, 24.95, 327 pp.
ISBN 0553802461

She is a celebrated photojournalist who covers some of the most tragic news stories of our time. She is on assignment at Arapaho Junction, Colorado where a dam collapsed causing a landslide that has buried many people alive. Alex Graham helps with the rescue efforts along with her friend Sarah Logan and her rescue dog Monty. When Alex arranges a helicopter pick-up at the top of the gorge, it is blown out of the sky by two men trying to kill her.

The two killers triggered a second landslide but there is no evidence to support Alex claims. The authorities think it was a result of the dam breaking but Sarah and Alex disagree. Sarah's husband whisks her away after she gets injured and gets Judd Morgan to watch over Alex. Judd, a black ops agent, is marked for assassination after seeing something he shouldn't have seen. Alex and Judd realize they are dealing with a conspiracy that has it's origins in renegade FBI and CIA officials and the executive office. They have to expose the conspirators before America experiences a deja vu tragic destruction of another Camelot.

DEAD AIM is a fantastic action thriller that brings back beloved characters from other books written by the author. The two protagonists become romantically involved but that is a secondary plot that is overwhelmed by the non-stop action of the main theme. The respective vulnerability of both the hero and the heroine rings true and endears themselves to the readers but what is really exciting is how they travel different roads to take them to the same point. Iris Johansen will make the New York Times bestseller list with this dynamic and thrilling novel.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   stopping a saboteur/spy Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil subgroup in own govt

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist    -   photographer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   West Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of male nudity Unusual forms of death    -   crushed    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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