The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Final Target, Iris Johansen raises the stakes and the heart rate with this relentless new thriller that follows the harrowing trail of a ruthless killer on the hunt—and the woman who is determined to hunt him down.
He is the most terrifying of killers: ruthless, cunning, charismatic. And he has the means to get whatever he wants. And what Rico Chavez wants most is Elena Kyler—and he wants her dead. Trained as an assassin, Elena didn't need anyone to survive. But now she finds herself on the run from one dangerous man and turning for help to another.
Sean Galen was a man without illusions. He knew it was only desperation that caused Elena to accept his help—a mother's desperation to save her young son from a psychopath father who would raise their son in his own chilling image. And yet he was determined to get this woman who had never been able to trust anyone or anything in her whole life to accept him as her ally. But both Galen and Elena know that Chavez's power and wealth mean there is no place they can be safe and no one they can trust—not even each other. Already Chavez's assassins and connections to those in the highest positions of power have turned this into a war with no rules.
With two shocking acts of brutal violence, Chavez shows he will stop at nothing and that nothing will stop him. Soon a trail of horrifying murders will follow Galen and Elena across country to a last stand and a shattering showdown. For Chavez is a master of control and he wants more than just to take Elena's life. He wants her alive long enough to see him destroy every reason she has for living. He wants her to turn against everything and everyone she ever believed in. He wants her to commit the ultimate act of betrayal. And by the time he is through, he wants her to beg him to take the only thing she’ll have left to give: her life.
Oh, this book was utterly fantastic! I enjoyed it so much! So great, so amazing, and so wonderful! I enjoyed reading it so much, the pages just flew right on by, and was so great! Though I think that I've read it before, since things were kind of familiar!
Elena has had a hard life. Growing up the daughter of a rebel and a mercenary, her brother an addict that couldn't be helped, no matter how hard she tried, and having her group give her up to maybe be killed, and raped in the meantime, and ending up pregnant from the rapes? Hard life. But she was a really strong person, so incredible to read about!
Galen, oh, awesome character! He's been in this series since The Search, and yeah, some of the things that came out of his mouth! So funny, and different, and with some pretty specialized skill sets! Just really awesome to read!
With that ending, and what the one guy did, that was pretty horrible after what Galen had done for him. That really sucked. But it worked out in the end, because the bad guy was dead, and they could move on with their lives, though it took some losses to get there!
So fantastic to read this book, I just really loved reading it, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
Author: Iris Johansen
Read: September 20th, 2015
Reason Why: I've been reading the Eve Duncan series, and this has been called #4.2, though it's not official part of the series on Goodreads, so it's a SAC 2015 Book!
Published: August 26th 2003