Smokescreen (Eve Duncan, #25)
In this pulse-pounding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeys to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack deep in the jungle--but she may be putting herself in more danger than she knows.A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan's doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers--many of them children--have been killed in a horrific attack by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve's help to get closure and begin to heal.But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill's plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive . . .#1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen is back with one of her most exhilarating and dangerous adventures yet in this "riveting" high-stakes thriller (Publishers Weekly).

Smokescreen (Eve Duncan, #25) Details

TitleSmokescreen (Eve Duncan, #25)
Author
ReleaseJul 30th, 2019
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
ISBN-139781538713082
Rating
GenreThriller, Suspense, Fiction

Smokescreen (Eve Duncan, #25) Review

  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    For those who are familiar with the series featuring Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor, you are in for a treat.An investigative journalist shows up on Eve's doorstep begging for her help. She wants Eve to go to Africa, a war-torn jungle, to help identify 27 children who were massacred by guerilla soldiers.But this journalist may have a different agenda ... one that puts Eve in more danger than she knows.This is a preview only .... the complete novel will be available 7/9/19.The first chapter grabbed For those who are familiar with the series featuring Eve Duncan, forensic sculptor, you are in for a treat.An investigative journalist shows up on Eve's doorstep begging for her help. She wants Eve to go to Africa, a war-torn jungle, to help identify 27 children who were massacred by guerilla soldiers.But this journalist may have a different agenda ... one that puts Eve in more danger than she knows.This is a preview only .... the complete novel will be available 7/9/19.The first chapter grabbed me by the throat and refused to let me go. It tells the story of the journalist and how she survived her time in that part of the world. It then goes on to show how she manipulates Eve into making the trip to Africa.Many thanks to the author / Grand Central Publishing / Netgalley for the preview of this thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    Eve Duncan is pretty much bullied into taking on a new case when journalist Jill Cassidy implores her to come to Africa with her to help parents of children killed in a massacre. They need closure and Eve is just the right one to do so with her knowledge of forensic sculptor. But, Jill has another motive and soon Eve will find herself is quite a lot of danger... Smokescreen is one of those books that I really wanted to like, but ultimately the story failed for me because of some factors that I w Eve Duncan is pretty much bullied into taking on a new case when journalist Jill Cassidy implores her to come to Africa with her to help parents of children killed in a massacre. They need closure and Eve is just the right one to do so with her knowledge of forensic sculptor. But, Jill has another motive and soon Eve will find herself is quite a lot of danger... Smokescreen is one of those books that I really wanted to like, but ultimately the story failed for me because of some factors that I will discuss later on in the review. But, first, let's start with what I found good and that is the story itself. The massacre of the children in a school and Eve's help to find closure for the parents together with the real reason for her being there. Because yes, Eve is lured there to help with another thing that they need her special knowledge to do. This is the part of the story that worked for me. That and the interesting "royal" history of the leader of the country that played a big role in the story. And, if Eve and Jill and been alone working on this with the help of Jill's friend Gideon had I most likely enjoyed the book more.Unfortunately, I have two big problems with the book (and some of the other books I've read by Iris Johansen) and that the's the men. From Joe Quinn, Eve's husband to Jill FBI agent friend Novak. Sorry, but these macho men are boring me so much. I like Iris Johansen's books, but she has a tendency to use a special type of man in every book that feels like an overbearing macho man and I just get the feeling that she has found her niche when it comes to it and now everyone man is written the same way. Even when I read other series by Iris Johansen. And, of course, that brings me to the second problem. The romance part, because of course, Jill and Novak have a lot of sexual tension all through the book. Well, it's written that way, I was utterly bored by that. I was more interested in Jill's role as a journalist and her work to expose the truth about the massacre, etc.Smokescreen ended up being a so-so book for me. Not among the best like the early ones I've read or like Shadow Play that introduced me to the author. And, that's just too bad because I like Eve Duncan, I just wish the story had focused more on exposing the truth and definitely less on the romance.I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    A journalist arrives with one question- Help Jill find out who killed many people in a Guerilla attack in the jungle.This plea for help may just be a cover up by Jill and it may just result in more lives being put in danger.Zahra may be a person of interest in it all as there's an issue with some food poisoining and back door discussions. Jill hired Eve as a reconstructionist in determining the final outcome.Varak and Zolak are also two characters that are worthy to mention here as they both are A journalist arrives with one question- Help Jill find out who killed many people in a Guerilla attack in the jungle.This plea for help may just be a cover up by Jill and it may just result in more lives being put in danger.Zahra may be a person of interest in it all as there's an issue with some food poisoining and back door discussions. Jill hired Eve as a reconstructionist in determining the final outcome.Varak and Zolak are also two characters that are worthy to mention here as they both are experienced in shall we say death and murder.This is creepy, thrilling, and down right murderous!Thank you to Iris, the publisher, and Goodreads for this Giveaway which will be donated to The Hoyt Library.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Iris Johansen delivers an interesting, action-packed story that keep you engaged throughout. While this is part of a series, it isn’t essential to have read any of the prior books. Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan is lured to a small African village under false pretenses and finds herself in the middle of a deadly plot. Thanks to Goodreads for the ARC giveaway and to Grand Central Publishing.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Gah!! Smokescreen was everything I love in an Eve Duncan story and more!!! I have been a huge fan of the Eve Duncan series since the beginning and was just as obsessed with her hunt for Bonnie as she was. But as the series evolved and developed, so did the characters, individual depth and their passion for justice. I absolutely loved Eve and Joe in this story and could not stop reading!Called to an exotic location in Africa by journalist Jill Cassidy, Eve is asked to reconstruct the skulls of sc Gah!! Smokescreen was everything I love in an Eve Duncan story and more!!! I have been a huge fan of the Eve Duncan series since the beginning and was just as obsessed with her hunt for Bonnie as she was. But as the series evolved and developed, so did the characters, individual depth and their passion for justice. I absolutely loved Eve and Joe in this story and could not stop reading!Called to an exotic location in Africa by journalist Jill Cassidy, Eve is asked to reconstruct the skulls of school children killed in a terrorist attack. But when Eve discovers a mystery there and uncovers a conspiracy, she can't help but get involved!I absolutely loved this story! I loved Eve's passion and Joe's protective nature and the underlying suspense prevalent throughout the story. This was an amazing addition to the series and I cannot wait for more! 5 stars! ~Ratula 
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  • Watmom
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Full disclosure: I have read a couple of Iris Johansen's books before but this was the first Eve Duncan book I read. To her credit, I didn't feel like I was lost because I didn't have a lot of the characters' back stories, nor did I feel like she was throwing in random background pieces in order to "catch me up". I've read books by other authors who have done this and it makes for some tedious reading.The plot line itself was enough to keep my interest and I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.Full disclosure: I have read a couple of Iris Johansen's books before but this was the first Eve Duncan book I read. To her credit, I didn't feel like I was lost because I didn't have a lot of the characters' back stories, nor did I feel like she was throwing in random background pieces in order to "catch me up". I've read books by other authors who have done this and it makes for some tedious reading.The plot line itself was enough to keep my interest and sadly reminiscent of the Rwanda genocide.But there were several things I didn't care for very much and which led me to give it a 3 star rating:* I found the dialogue to be odd. It just didn't sound realistic or reflective of how people speak to each other. Sometimes it was overly formal and other times the exchanges were just tiresome and repetitive.* Most of the characters weren't likeable and perhaps that's because they seemed perpetually grumpy. Granted, this is serious material and a serious plot line with its fair share of bad guys, but everyone just seemed so intense and annoyed with each other all the time. * Repetitive words and phrases throughout the book. If I'd had an electronic copy of this book I would have done a count of how many times the word "gaze" was used or "gaze flew ..." (as in "her gaze flew to his eyes"). Or someone's lips twisting. When you're reading a 400+ page book and there's enough repetition of these words that it starts standing out, that's not good. * Finally, there wasn't enough Eve Duncan in the second half of the book. In fact, she was an altogether very minor character in the second half. There were references made in the book to how she was a world-renowned forensic sculptor and the best at what she does, but we didn't get to see very much of that.I would be interested in perhaps reading an earlier Eve Duncan book to see more of that character. There was enough here to intrigue me ... forensic sculptors aren't your typical crime fighter, but this book didn't quite live up to my expectations.
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  • Marcia
    January 1, 1970
    Won an ARC of this book from a Goodreads giveawayOnce again, Iris Johansen doesn’t disappoint! I read on of the first Eve Duncan stories, and honestly didn’t feel like I’d missed a step. Riveting action - keeps you glued the entire time!
  • Patricia Levack
    January 1, 1970
    Iris Johansen's latest Eve Duncan's adventure is another winner! Smoke Screen takes Eve to African to reconstruct and identify children who were brutally slaughtered. She wants to give these children back to their parents. Jill Cassidy, a journalist who approached Eve actually has a different agenda in mind. Jill is on a "great journey" to finish her story about who is behind this attack and the new leader. Eve has been manipulated and becomes a part of the discovery and a target. The characters Iris Johansen's latest Eve Duncan's adventure is another winner! Smoke Screen takes Eve to African to reconstruct and identify children who were brutally slaughtered. She wants to give these children back to their parents. Jill Cassidy, a journalist who approached Eve actually has a different agenda in mind. Jill is on a "great journey" to finish her story about who is behind this attack and the new leader. Eve has been manipulated and becomes a part of the discovery and a target. The characters are alive and the story is a page turner! I received this novel free from Goodreads.
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  • Althea Mason
    January 1, 1970
    This is a tear jerking story by Iris Johansen. It is probably the Eve Duncan story that goes in the most in-depth about a tragic horror inflicted on children and keeps on going. Every time you think that you can't discover something more horrific, Iris Johansen reveals more to the story that makes it even worse. For example, learning about the deaths of the children in Robaku and then learning more about Zahra's involvement....Check out the rest of my review at: https://www.21stcenturyreviews.co This is a tear jerking story by Iris Johansen. It is probably the Eve Duncan story that goes in the most in-depth about a tragic horror inflicted on children and keeps on going. Every time you think that you can't discover something more horrific, Iris Johansen reveals more to the story that makes it even worse. For example, learning about the deaths of the children in Robaku and then learning more about Zahra's involvement....Check out the rest of my review at: https://www.21stcenturyreviews.com/ho...
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  • Pam Venne
    January 1, 1970
    Iris Johansen knows how to write a thriller and her most recent, Smoke Screen, of which I was delighted to receive an Advance Copy was spellbinding. The action was so in my face I did not want to put it down. She knows how to draw her audience in and keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next bit of drama. Her female characters are sublime and robust. What will keep me up at night are the images Johansen painted in my mind of the children who had been killed by Varak and his mercenar Iris Johansen knows how to write a thriller and her most recent, Smoke Screen, of which I was delighted to receive an Advance Copy was spellbinding. The action was so in my face I did not want to put it down. She knows how to draw her audience in and keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next bit of drama. Her female characters are sublime and robust. What will keep me up at night are the images Johansen painted in my mind of the children who had been killed by Varak and his mercenaries. While I understand this is fiction, the images were so compelling that I often thought I was living the experience. God help me if I ever have to do that. I hope I would have the courage that Eve Duncan had. While this is a fabulous thriller, it is also a story about strong women, genocide in Africa, politics triumphing over truth, the abuse of women, terrorism, and so much more. Thank you, Iris, for the Advance Copy. I can't wait to share it with my friends to read.
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  • Melody Morris
    January 1, 1970
    Smokescreen – Iris JohansenI was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.Eve Duncan is working on her latest child reconstruction, as husband Joe Quinn & son Michael are packing for a trip to England, Joe to attend a Scotland Yard seminar, and Michael will be joining Jane MacGuire for an archaeological dig at a Welsh castle. Eve is awaiting the arrival of Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jill Cassidy, who has expressed an Smokescreen – Iris JohansenI was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.Eve Duncan is working on her latest child reconstruction, as husband Joe Quinn & son Michael are packing for a trip to England, Joe to attend a Scotland Yard seminar, and Michael will be joining Jane MacGuire for an archaeological dig at a Welsh castle. Eve is awaiting the arrival of Pulitzer prize winning journalist Jill Cassidy, who has expressed an interest in an interview. As Eve and Jill begin to talk, Jill tells Eve of an attack on a schoolhouse that killed 27 children, and that she needs Eve to assist with reconstructions to bring all of the children home to their parents. Eve recommends other sculptors, until she learns of the circumstances – the killings took place in a war town area of the Congo, the children all killed by a mercenary named Nils Varak. As Eve declines the project and offers her information on other sculptors and programs, Jill leaves her with a packet – filled with biographies of the children - and asks her to read them. As Eve reads the biographies and researches the civil unrest, she senses that she’s been manipulated by a master, but she’s also compelled to give her assistance, much to Joe’s dismay. With the assistance of Jed Novak, a CIA operative and friend of Jill’s, Eve makes her way to Maldara, to the city of Jokan, in Central Africa and sets up a makeshift studio for her work, she meets some bereaved parents in the small village, and begins the reconstruction of the first victim. It’s then she comes to learn the real reason she’s been brought to the country…to ensure that the killer is really dead…As conflict arises, and Eve finds herself in danger, Joe leaves London and flies to her side. Soon, Eve, Joe, Jill & Novak find themselves pitted against a much greater evil – one they’re determined to stop for good – unless they are stopped first…I cannot say enough about the Eve Duncan series and this book was no exception. With a well-crafted storyline and a great supportive cast, Eve again gets the job done, with the assistance of husband Joe, and as always, I could not put the book down!! I do miss Bonnie and her visits, but I love the way Eve’s character has evolved, and love the addition of Michael’s seeming empathic abilities too. This series just keeps getting better!
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  • Living My Best Book Life
    January 1, 1970
    Smokescreen was a wild and dangerous adventure. This was my first time reading Iris Johansen and I was completely immersed in her story. Eve Duncan was a great character to meet and loved her passion. The story was full of oohs and aahs, danger, culture, heartbreak, and a dose of romance. The story follows forensic scientist, Eve Duncan. She is the best at what she does and is sought out by journalist, Jill Cassidy. They travel to Africa to help families who are torn apart by violent attacks.I e Smokescreen was a wild and dangerous adventure. This was my first time reading Iris Johansen and I was completely immersed in her story. Eve Duncan was a great character to meet and loved her passion. The story was full of oohs and aahs, danger, culture, heartbreak, and a dose of romance. The story follows forensic scientist, Eve Duncan. She is the best at what she does and is sought out by journalist, Jill Cassidy. They travel to Africa to help families who are torn apart by violent attacks.I enjoyed getting to meet the compassionate, smart and dedicated Eve Duncan. Although she planned to go on a vacation with her family, she heard about these families in Africa and couldn't say no. She wanted to bring a piece of their loved ones back together and give them a piece of mind.What she didn't know was how dangerous this would be. Eve didn't go in with all the facts, but she learns pretty quickly that this won't be a quick in and out job. There were great supporting characters that brought the whole story together. Everyone was opinionated, different, and got the job done in the best way they knew how. Even the anti-heroes/villains were great to read about because they were so complex and damaged.I also appreciated the culture of the story. It was a fun mini-lesson in forensics and Egyptian history.Overall, this was an adventurous and treacherous thriller that had my inner investigator begging to come out. I loved the mystery of the novel and appreciated the honest romance(s) as well. I give Smokescreen 4.5 stars. It had me gripped from the first few pages. I loved that no matter how risky the situation the determination of each character won out in the end. I highly recommend this story to readers who love thrillers with mystery and adventure.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    Smokescreen by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #25) is another powerful thriller which held my interest from the beginning until the ending of the story. Forensic sculpturer Eve Duncan is requested by journalist Jill Cassidy to travel to the small African village of Robaku. Jill is to the point of manipulative begging and plays on Eve's compassion for the parents of murdered children. Jill wants Eve to reconstruct the faces of children who were slain and then burned by a terroristic group lead by Nils Smokescreen by Iris Johansen (Eve Duncan #25) is another powerful thriller which held my interest from the beginning until the ending of the story. Forensic sculpturer Eve Duncan is requested by journalist Jill Cassidy to travel to the small African village of Robaku. Jill is to the point of manipulative begging and plays on Eve's compassion for the parents of murdered children. Jill wants Eve to reconstruct the faces of children who were slain and then burned by a terroristic group lead by Nils Varak. Jill had been brutally beaten by Varak and raped by three of his men because she tried to uncover crimes committed by this group. Varak was reported to have been killed in a helicopter crash before he could be brought to justice, but Jill has suspicions that he is still alive. Jill needs Eve's expert skills to prove if the skull being kept in a guarded box is the skull of Varak or an imposter.Even though Jill had the best of intentions for getting Eve to the small village, I did not like her forceful and manipulative character. She put more people's lives in danger for her own journalistic purposes. It seemed to me the main focus of the book is Jill rather than Eve. It will be interesting to wait and see if the author uses the character of Jill in another series or book. As the character of Zahra is brought into the story, a secondary plot begins to unfold. Parts of the story are heartbreaking and other scenes will have you feeling anger toward some of the characters. The story is fast-paced, interesting, and very emotional.Publication Date is July 30, 2019Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Jeanette
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from goodreads.com; thanks to goodreads.com, Iris Johansen and the publisher. The words of this review are my own.I love this series from Iris Johansen. I find forensic sculpture fascinating all by itself, and as always, wished there were more of it in this book. Given that, this was a page-turner. The incredible evil that men can inflict upon other humans is appalling, and it was hard to read about some of that in this novel....even though you know THIS is fiction, you stil I received this book from goodreads.com; thanks to goodreads.com, Iris Johansen and the publisher. The words of this review are my own.I love this series from Iris Johansen. I find forensic sculpture fascinating all by itself, and as always, wished there were more of it in this book. Given that, this was a page-turner. The incredible evil that men can inflict upon other humans is appalling, and it was hard to read about some of that in this novel....even though you know THIS is fiction, you still are aware that similar events have occurred in the real world. The people who fight against such evil are truly inspiring, and so you have both the worst and the best of humanity. Johansen does a great job of making her characters come to life. You understand the turmoil that Joe is under, knowing that his wife Eve Duncan is almost called upon to perform her miracles on the skulls of the murdered children and yet, aware of the incredible danger she would be in, supports her decision to travel there to do her work. One thing I appreciate about her books is that you realy can just read this book as a stand-alone. Johansen is not constantly trying to keep everybody reminded about what happened in prior books, which gets old for those of us who have read the entire series already! As always, I will be waiting for the next book to come in this great series.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Eve is a freelance professional forensic sculptor. Jill, an investigative journalist, asks her to provide closure for parents of an attack on an African schoolhouse that killed 27 children. Though Eve suggests others and feels slightly manipulated, she agrees to go to the Congo. After she arrives, Eve discovers that the job is just a Smokescreen for Jill’s real motive in inviting her to the work site.This is the 25th Eve Duncan mystery series that began in 1998 with The Face of Deception. I read Eve is a freelance professional forensic sculptor. Jill, an investigative journalist, asks her to provide closure for parents of an attack on an African schoolhouse that killed 27 children. Though Eve suggests others and feels slightly manipulated, she agrees to go to the Congo. After she arrives, Eve discovers that the job is just a Smokescreen for Jill’s real motive in inviting her to the work site.This is the 25th Eve Duncan mystery series that began in 1998 with The Face of Deception. I read the first book but I haven’t read any others in the series until this one. I didn’t have any problem catching up with Eve’s life so this novel can be read as a standalone. Smokescreen has a thrilling plot with lots of heart-breaking details about the mercenary tribes treatment of women and children in Africa. Some of those details are graphic and there is a rape scene. If those are triggers for you, you should avoid this book. Otherwise, it is an interesting look into another world that hopefully none of us will have to face in real life. 4 stars!Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Shelleen Toland
    January 1, 1970
    It has been awhile since I have read a book from this series. I am behind on the series but I didn't feel like I had to read the series up to this point. Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor and she is confronted by a Journalist to please go to a small African village. There was a horrible massacre that happened in the town and most of them children in a schoolroom. So she is asked to reconstruct the skulls of the children so the families have closure.But once Eve gets there she believes that Jill It has been awhile since I have read a book from this series. I am behind on the series but I didn't feel like I had to read the series up to this point. Eve Duncan is a forensic sculptor and she is confronted by a Journalist to please go to a small African village. There was a horrible massacre that happened in the town and most of them children in a schoolroom. So she is asked to reconstruct the skulls of the children so the families have closure.But once Eve gets there she believes that Jill tricked her to uncover something else or someone else.As Eve meets the Queen of this village things don't seem to be as they appear. The Queen is not happy with Jill and doesn't seem to want Eve there. There was so much going on and Eve's life seemed to be in danger which upsets her son and her husband. Her husband is an officer of the law and he goes to Africa to be with Eve and find out exactly what is going on. I received this book from NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for an honest review.
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  • Book Him Danno
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read a lot in the Eve Duncan series so when characters are bought up it takes some time for new readers to remember who they are. The story starts off heart breaking but soon readers are on a non stop rid that will keep readers wanting ore even after 25 books in the Eve series. The author introduces new characters in the series or at least this readers hopes they will become part of the series.The story keeps readers on their toes with how the characters are able to evolve and become r I haven't read a lot in the Eve Duncan series so when characters are bought up it takes some time for new readers to remember who they are. The story starts off heart breaking but soon readers are on a non stop rid that will keep readers wanting ore even after 25 books in the Eve series. The author introduces new characters in the series or at least this readers hopes they will become part of the series.The story keeps readers on their toes with how the characters are able to evolve and become read to those fans of the series.The characters grow, develop, they are they stay stagnant as they find the truth in every single book even when the truth isn't what they were looking for. The Passion that Eve and the other characters are able to bring the story to feel real.Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Grand Central Publishing for the advance copy of Iris Johansen Smokescreen.
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  • April A. Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve enjoyed several Iris Johansen books in the past, including a few of the early Eve Duncan books. The Killing Game was a favorite of mine, so I was really looking forward to reading Smokescreen. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with Eve’s character this time. Yes, she had a reason to be mad, and yes, it’s great that she stands up for herself. But she was so unnecessarily rude/harsh while doing so - and on so many occasions - that reading her commentary started to feel like a chore. Nega I’ve enjoyed several Iris Johansen books in the past, including a few of the early Eve Duncan books. The Killing Game was a favorite of mine, so I was really looking forward to reading Smokescreen. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t connect with Eve’s character this time. Yes, she had a reason to be mad, and yes, it’s great that she stands up for herself. But she was so unnecessarily rude/harsh while doing so - and on so many occasions - that reading her commentary started to feel like a chore. Negativity works for some characters, especially when they’re witty about it, but Eve mostly comes off as a cantankerous jerk this time around. Apologies to Iris Johansen, but I can’t recommend this one. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.
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  • Bailey Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Grand Central Publishing in a Goodreads giveaway and was nervous to read it when I realized it was #25 in the Eve Duncan character books and I had never read one of Iris Johansen’s books, but I very much enjoyed this book! This book was a fast paced, action packed thriller and I didn’t feel lost not having read other books in the series. I enjoyed learning about Eve’s job as a forensic sculptor and as a history buff loved some of the Egyptian history and culture that wa I received this book from Grand Central Publishing in a Goodreads giveaway and was nervous to read it when I realized it was #25 in the Eve Duncan character books and I had never read one of Iris Johansen’s books, but I very much enjoyed this book! This book was a fast paced, action packed thriller and I didn’t feel lost not having read other books in the series. I enjoyed learning about Eve’s job as a forensic sculptor and as a history buff loved some of the Egyptian history and culture that was weaved throughout the book. Eve and Jill were both strong female characters, that set out to bring light to a horrific attack in a small African village. The story-telling kept me turning pages, reading this book in less then 2 days and now I can’t wait to read more Eve Duncan books!!!!
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  • Shelley McIntyre
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve been a huge Iris Johansen fan from the time I cracked open my first book of hers. She has never let me down with action, adventure, beloved characters, and plot twists...until Smokescreen. The setting, new characters introduced, and storyline just didn’t live up to any of her previous titles. I’m sorry to say that I struggled to remain interested in it to complete the book. This, in no way, will jade me toward future Iris Johansen novels. I’ll still be on the look out for new books to be re I’ve been a huge Iris Johansen fan from the time I cracked open my first book of hers. She has never let me down with action, adventure, beloved characters, and plot twists...until Smokescreen. The setting, new characters introduced, and storyline just didn’t live up to any of her previous titles. I’m sorry to say that I struggled to remain interested in it to complete the book. This, in no way, will jade me toward future Iris Johansen novels. I’ll still be on the look out for new books to be released and will read them immediately. This one was just a swing and a miss for me. Anxiously awaiting the next chapter of Eve and Joe’s journey!
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Iris Johansen never lets me down. In Smoke Screen the reader will meet new characters like Jill Cassidy a journalist, Novak a CIA operative, and Gideon a very rich man. I hope Iris Johansen continues a mystery that is brought up in the book. It would make a fun read. The book was slow to start, but picked up in action. Eve is manipulated by Jill Cassidy into going to an African village to do facial reconstructions on children that were murdered, but there is a twist. A couple of times I thought Iris Johansen never lets me down. In Smoke Screen the reader will meet new characters like Jill Cassidy a journalist, Novak a CIA operative, and Gideon a very rich man. I hope Iris Johansen continues a mystery that is brought up in the book. It would make a fun read. The book was slow to start, but picked up in action. Eve is manipulated by Jill Cassidy into going to an African village to do facial reconstructions on children that were murdered, but there is a twist. A couple of times I thought two characters were going to be problems for Eve, but they were honest. I recommend Smoke Screen to anyone who likes Iris Johansen and a fascinating read.
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    It's been a while since I have caught up with Eve and Joe and I am glad I did! I read a few of the Eve Duncan series books when they were first out and somewhere along the reading path, kind of forgot how much I enjoyed Johansen's writing style, as well as Eve and Joe themselves. I am thankful to delve back into this series and loved this book! This fast paced thriller has an exotic setting that is war torn, tumultuous, and heart breaking. Even if you are not a prior reader, you will not feel le It's been a while since I have caught up with Eve and Joe and I am glad I did! I read a few of the Eve Duncan series books when they were first out and somewhere along the reading path, kind of forgot how much I enjoyed Johansen's writing style, as well as Eve and Joe themselves. I am thankful to delve back into this series and loved this book! This fast paced thriller has an exotic setting that is war torn, tumultuous, and heart breaking. Even if you are not a prior reader, you will not feel left behind and will catch on quickly. A very solid mystery/thriller that I read quickly. Great addition to the series.
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  • Margaret Yelton
    January 1, 1970
    I received this extended E-Preview of Smoke Screen by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.Although this was only a preview of the actually book, Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors. What I did read was only a appetitizer this truly looks like it is going to be another amazing Eve Duncan book. I can't wait to be able to read the full book. For those the love the Even Duncan series I believe this one will be a wonderful addition to the series, I would certainly recommend it I received this extended E-Preview of Smoke Screen by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.Although this was only a preview of the actually book, Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors. What I did read was only a appetitizer this truly looks like it is going to be another amazing Eve Duncan book. I can't wait to be able to read the full book. For those the love the Even Duncan series I believe this one will be a wonderful addition to the series, I would certainly recommend it from what I have read so far.
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  • Helen Williams
    January 1, 1970
    Journalist Jill Cassidy shows up on Eve Duncan's doorstep with a plea for help about a small African village where half of the villagers have been massacred by gorilla soldiers. Eve is not happy that Jill has not been totally honest with her. But once she sees where the massacre happened and that most the victims where children she knows that she has to stay. And as usual when Joe discovers the truth behind everything he goes wherever Eve is and will do whatever he has to do to keep her safe
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  • Bella Rayne
    January 1, 1970
    I so love Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series. I love the covers of her books and this book is no exception. Spectacular cover! This book has twist and turns. Love and a bit of romance. Suspense and mystery.For me I love her books because they have strong vulnerable powerful women. For me the loving supportive role that Joe plays is exquisite. The men and women that are engaged into service with each mission I love them all. Thank you for writing another Eve Duncan book and I look forward to many I so love Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series. I love the covers of her books and this book is no exception. Spectacular cover! This book has twist and turns. Love and a bit of romance. Suspense and mystery.For me I love her books because they have strong vulnerable powerful women. For me the loving supportive role that Joe plays is exquisite. The men and women that are engaged into service with each mission I love them all. Thank you for writing another Eve Duncan book and I look forward to many more.
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  • Makea White
    January 1, 1970
    * I won this book in a giveaway*Iris Johansen is one of my go to authors, therefore I was excited to win this book. I haven't read all of the books in the series but I have read a lot of them. Even though it is a part of series you can easily read it and not be lost In my opinion, this book took a different approach than earlier ones but I was not disappointed. While were times when I felt this book dragged a little I enjoyed this book overall.
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  • Doris
    January 1, 1970
    I Love Eve DuncanI was given a preview of this book and I’m more than happy to give it a 5* rating already just by what I’ve read so far. I have read just about all of the Eve Duncan stories and they never disappoint. I believe Smokescreen will be another winner for Ms. Johansen. Eve has more children to “save” and this time is just as enticing as the other books in this series. I can’t wait to read the entirety of the book when it comes out.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Won a ARC of this new book through Goodreads.I've read all of the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen. To be honest I've had a bit of readers fatigue with the Eve Duncan series, as of the last couple books. So i was pleasantly surprised when i picked this one up, and wasn't struggling to get through it. It captured my attention from the very beginning. It was a solid book, and i really enjoyed it.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Book 25 of Eve Duncan and still going strong! I love her books This time Eve goes to Africa to help a small village that has been devastated by death and violence. Nothing is as it seems and she is not sure who she can trust. this was a on the edge of your seat book. Kept my interest from start to finish. another good addition to the series.
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  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    Iris Johansen has written another great book featuring her character Eve Duncan. The plot will pull the reader immediately into the suspense. I love this author’s books! If you enjoy suspense you do not want to miss Smokescreen. My thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
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