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.
Usually adept at fusing well-developed characters with edge-of-your-seat action and adventure, bestseller Johansen (Pandora's Daughter) stumbles in this novel of romantic suspense revolving around a tumultuous relationship. Veterinarian Devon Brady and enigmatic former navy SEAL Jude Marrok meet on a small Caribbean island recently devastated by an earthquake. When a sniper shoots Marrok's rescue dog, Ned, while searching for survivors in the rubble of a village, Marrok orders Brady to treat the black Lab, then promptly disappears. In a note he leaves for Brady, he promises to pick up Ned from her later. Soon after returning to her home on the outskirts of Denver with Ned, Brady finds herself a target in a deadly conflict involving international intelligence agents, ruthless billionaire entrepreneurs and Native American shamanism. An unnecessarily convoluted and at times unbelievable plot builds to a predictable conclusion. 650,000 first printing. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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1 . Great
Posted July 28, 2009 by Missy , BoyceThis is the first of Ms. Johansen's that I have read. I actually picked it up because of the Black Lab on the cover!! I was so intrigued, I could not wait to pick it up and read every day. I immediately gave it to my daughter to read and next my mom will get it. Wonderful story and it held my attention. I will continue to search out books by this author.
2 . Fantastic Book and author
Posted May 23, 2009 by Loretta , Lost CreekI don't generally like a mystery / thriller but this was the first of her books I read and she kept me so enthralled from start to finish that I have since read 5
St. Martin's Press
October 19, 2008
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