Smokescreen (Eve Duncan Series #25)

Smokescreen (Eve Duncan Series #25)

by Iris Johansen

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In this heart-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 powerful high-stakes thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538715543
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Series: Eve Duncan Series , #25
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 213,592
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Iris Johansen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 consecutive best sellers. Her series featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has sold over 20 million copies and counting, and was the subject of the acclaimed Lifetime movie, The Killing Game. Along with her son Roy, Iris has also co-authored the New York Times bestselling series featuring investigator Kendra Michaels. Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia.

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Smokescreen (Signed Book) (Eve Duncan Series #25) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The story moved along but some parts did not seem to be well written. There was little depth to the main characters, and not a good enough description to be able to picture that character in my mind. When Eve or Joe or Jill or Novack spoke to one another the sentnces were short and choppy. They were just speaking the words, not really having a conversation. Novack's passionate sex had a sentence that actually said that it "goes on and on". It's a good read i just wish I learned more about the characters. The character that had some depth and I felt that I could understand her, was the "slave" and did not have that many lines compared to Gideon Jill, Novack, Eve and Joe. I think I may wait awhile, after the next Eve Duncan Novel is released, to purchase it.MEL
SardisYS 3 months ago
Eve Duncan forensic sculptor is in an African village reconstructing the faces of skeletal remains of children. This highly suspenseful tale is packed with Iris Johansen style. A must read 5-star Suspense.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
One of her best.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 7 months ago
WOW! Smokescreen is an amazing addition to an already wonderful series. Eve Duncan and her family are characters that I feel that I have gotten to know very well while reading Iris Johansen’s books. Yet, with each book I learn something new, meet a new friend, and realize how much more I want to know about Eve. Just her job intrigues me but then add all the unique places that she gets to travel and the people that she meets and her story becomes a book that I cannot put down. Smokescreen has Eve being tempted to change her plans and take on a new workload. Of course, it can’t be that easy. She travels to an African village and things get interesting. I was pulled in from the first meeting of Jill and Eve, intrigued at how Joe would react to Eve’s change in plans, and curious at what twists and turns would be coming Eve’s way. I was never disappointed. The book kept me on my toes and my brain was always trying to guess what would happen next. Everything about Smokescreen was perfect. The storyline was intriguing, the characters were fascinating, and the twists and turns kept me guessing. This book is part of a series, but each book can be real without reading the others.
Anonymous 7 months ago
All her books are good, this one is really good.
TropicalDelusions 8 months ago
Smokescreen – Iris Johansen I 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!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good story but not great.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Boring, much too long
Anonymous 9 months ago
A great book. Plenty of action and suspense. Ms Johansen has done it again,
XXX1000 9 months ago
Just a bad book. Dialogue is trite, character development in simplistic. Nothing good about it. I am not even sure this is the same author. Never again
AATaylor 9 months ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book is bad not good. I would swear a different author wrote it. Not worthy to be a part of this series, character formation is bad. New character Jill is awful and the main character of the book not Eve or Joe. Very bad book
Booklover225 9 months ago
This is from a sneak peak only into the story Smokescreen. I have followed forensic sculpture expert Eve Duncan for years. She is always doing all she can to reconstruct the skulls of children's found to give them back their identity. Her passion for learning to be the top expert in the field was fueled by the search for her own daughter years ago. If you haven't read those go find them they are amazing. This story also brings in two special characters. Jill Cassidy, a Pulitzer Prize winning freelance writer. Who was recently in Maldara in central Africa, and Jed Novak the CIA agent who found her beaten and raped in the jungle. Not dwelling on her recent attack, she will deal with the nightmares later, she passionately seeks out Eve to help the families of the innocent murdered children who bodies were just hacked and burned. Eve is the only one she wants for the reconstructions. She must have the best. Jill will do whatever it takes to appeal to Eve's nature she's studied her to learn what will work to get her help. Eve's been implored by Jill to reconstruct these murdered children and reunite them with their families. She must do it. Safe or not bringing peace to 27 families to be able to bury their murdered children is something she can't not do. Eve Duncan sets off to Maldara, a place of civil war and unrest that is just beginning to come to an end. However, far from safe. The hired mercenary Varak, involved in human trafficking and enjoyed all sorts of evil doing was leading a militia machete troops that were responsible for the killing thousands including children. Has been stopped and killed. Now the reconstruction of the country and lives of the people begins. Her family will not be happy she's going. Joe, the detective who helped her search for her daughter and never left her life, her daughter Jane and son Michael are very protective of Eve. All the characters in Iris's books are so heartwarming and real. You want to follow all of them to see where life brings them next. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this ARC of a sort look into the story. It's a must read and I can't wait to get the rest of the story.
diane92345 9 months ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I love this series! I have read every book she has ever written . I have reread several of her series . My favorite author