Authors: Iris Johansen & Roy Johansen
Publication: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)
Description: 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 plagued 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.
My Thoughts: This was a great story of romantic suspense that was much heavier on the suspense than on the romance. Hannah Bryson and her custom submarines are helping a friend explore an underground civilization when they find an algae that has potential to be a bioweapon of unimaginable force. It may have ended the ancient civilization. Arms dealer Gadaire wants to sell it to the highest bidder and is willing to kill anyone who would prevent that. Kirov is after Gadaire and in a race to keep the potential weapon from being exploited.
Hannah and Kirov are both alpha characters. Trusting and sharing are not at all part of their personalities. Neither is ready to be vulnerable. They make a terrific team for going after bad guys though.
This is a sequel to Silent Thunder. I recommend reading that book first for deeper understanding of the characters in this one.
"Did we go to bed together? No. Would it have happened if I hadn't still been mourning Connor and not able to think of anything else? Possibly. Kirov is sexy as hell. Very male. Very confident. Charisma galore. Sort of Sean Connery meets Harrison Ford."Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge