While mapping the ancient underwater city of Marinth in the Atlantic Ocean, submersible designer Hannah Bryson makes a shocking discovery: she may have finally uncovered the truth about the once-glorious city’s mysterious demise. Long ago, it was a thriving metropolis bursting with culture and life – Marinth’s sudden disappearance has puzzled scientists for years. But now, with her unexpected new findings, Hannah realizes that the ancient city’s explosive secret could have dire consequences for the modern-day world.
But Hannah isn’t the only one who realizes it. When her key artifact is hijacked en route to a research lab, she is thrust into an adventure in which she must match wits against a terrifying enemy who will kill anyone who stands in his way. And when Hannah becomes his target, she knows that her best hope for survival lies with Kirov, a mysterious and deadly man from her past. Together they will race to unravel Marinth’s last great secret in order to prevent a catastrophe of global proportions. Before the lethal game is over, however, Hannah will realize that no one is above suspicion.
"In this adrenalin-accelerating tale of a high-stakes, high-seas conspiracy, the Johansens adeptly juggle multiple points of intrigue, smoothly balancing the prerequisite whirlwind pacing with plausible, even restrained, personal relationships. And Hannah emerges as a prepossessing, determined heroine who is more than capable of sustaining this absorbing series." (Booklist)
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Got this book on a whim
I bought this one almost a year ago. My wife likes to point out I stick with the same authors, and I need to expand my horizons. So to prove that my horizons are just fine, and I'm not afraid to expand them, I spend a few hours looking for a new author and book to read/listen to. This was the book I came up with. I even started reading the book, but after the trellis is taken out of the depths of underwater city, the story got really boring. I put it down, as it couldn't hold my interest.
So this month, I went through my monthly book before the fifth of the October. Wanting to stick to my budget, I decided to give this book another try. Once again, I found the opening few chapters fascinating, but the book's character changes from one of discovery of an ancient civilization (Super interesting) to a plot to develop a bio-terrorist weapon and sell it to the highest bidder. I did finish the book but there was a lot of unanswered questions and a failure to tie up some of the loose strings.
Character development was a bit weak. The main protagonist was a too smart and too rigidly tied to a moral and values system to be a real character. In reality, we are all dichotomous creatures, containing both good and bad impulses and characteristics. These characters were either good or bad, not a mix of both. Perhaps I have been spoiled by reading too many George R. R. Martin books, where the characters are complex.
The narrator was very good. So, I am a guy, and one of the problems of being a guy is we tend to visualize women. If your a guy you know what I am talking about. I can't tell you how many times I want to see the woman on the other side of the phone, just on the basis that the person "sounds cute." The narrator's voice for Eugenia, is such a character. I couldn't help myself, Eugenia just sounds so dang hot! Anyway I digress, in the end, I wish I had expanded my horizons with a different author, or perhaps I could just listen to the narrator use that sexy Russian accented voice read War and Peace.
If the book didn't have so much going on. There was a lot going on, but nothing really happening that held my interest. I just found myself uninterested.
Focused more on one story line. Maybe focused more on Hannah and only Hannah and her story.
It was okay. If you are a fan of Iris Johansen it might be worth reading. It was just not the same quality (in my opinion) as some of her other works.
I have read a lot of Iris Johansen's books, and enjoyed most of them a lot. I like the depth of her characters and the bigger picture story lines that she normally has. I was really looking forward to the continuation of the story about Marinth and whether or not it was the fabled Atlantis (which I think is what it is supposed to be). The idea eco-terrorism angle should have been interesting, but somehow just was not. I found all of the characters flat, which was disappointing since I have met most of them before and found them very interesting, but that was not present in this book. It was almost like too many past characters were brought together in this book and each individual one's personality got lost in the mix. Shadow Zone was not bad by any means, just not great - it was just okay. Many of Johansen's past books have been re-reads for me. This one will definitely not be.