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All the Queen's Men (1999)

by Linda Howard

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Series: CIA's Spies (2)

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Excellent, but somewhat rushed, storyline. Niema and John are drawn together by their work in the CIA. A shared past, conflicting emotions, and international intrigue carry this story. After reading all the other books by LH that hint at John Medina, I was a bit disappointed by his character; but still enjoyed this book. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 13, 2013 |
A good story but riddled with implausible twists and turns, NOT due exclusively to technological advancements made since 1999. ( )
  Conkie | Jul 2, 2012 |
Five years ago Niema Burdock lost her husband and John Medina gave the order that led to her husband's death, in front of her. Niema lives in Washington, still working for the spooks, but in a nice safe position, developing electronics for the espionage community.

John Medina has an opportunity to use her again, to be near her again, to confront his feelings about her and he's not sure if he can stop himself from getting involved with her. Will she let him near her.

It's not a bad read, the two characters are quite well drawn I'm just not sure that Linda Howard really filled in the dots as to why they ended up as a couple. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Aug 10, 2010 |
If espionage really takes place the way Linda Howard writes it in this novel, then it's no wonder the CIA had everything wrong about Saddam Hussein. The first half of the book is okay, but after that it goes steadily downhill into an ending that had me laughing so hard I could barely turn the pages. Maybe people would enjoy this as a beach read, but don't quote me on that. ( )
  sloepoque | Jun 30, 2009 |
Niema is a CIA operative on assignment in the Middle East with her husband, Dallas, also a CIA operative. They have only been married a short time, and Niema is devastated when the job goes awry and Dallas is killed. Darrell Tucker, aka John Medina, also a Company man, helps her get out of the country safely. Five years later, Medina is still unable to get Niema out of his mind, so when he has the opportunity to bring her in on a job, he snatches it. Niema has been playing it safe these last five years, having quit fieldwork altogether, she has developed a virtually untraceable bug. As the two live through very dangerous situations, their passion for each other is brought to a boil.

A fast-paced and exciting, relatively believable plot, coupled with smoldering chemistry make this a very enjoyable read. The two main characters are quite complex, both with a lot of emotional baggage to work through in a very short period of time and while in a hazardous environment. The characters motivations and choices seem genuine, although there are some times where I thought, “If he’s worked so hard over the years to conceal his identity, why would he….” The writing style is fair to good, with only a few places where I was irritated by the sentence structure.

Overall, a worthwhile read for fans of romantic suspense. ( )
  EmScape | Apr 8, 2009 |
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Forbes, KateReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Martín Sanz, M. CristinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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John Medina, the CIA's legendary Black Ops specialist, works in the shadows of the government's deadliest missions. And no one knows the dangers of getting close to him better than does communications expert Niema Burdock. Five years ago, Niema and her husband, Dallas, worked with Medina on an explosive mission that trapped Dallas in the crossfire--fatally. Although she has slowly healed from her terrible loss, Niema never planned to see Medina again. But now John Medina needs her....

A French arms dealer is supplying international terrorist units, and only Niema can plant the undetectable bugs needed to crack the deadly ring. Against her better instincts, Niema infiltrates the dealer's glamorous world by going undercover. But when their careful strategy begins to crack, Niema and John take flight in a strange land--and find their partnership sparking with an erotically charged electricity. In a world of deception, John Medina has once again set Niema on a free fall into danger and desire.
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Setting: contemporary Virginia, France, Iran
Sensuality: 7

CIA agent John Medina and electronics expert Niemi Burdock share a violent past: the two were part of a covert operation that went tragically wrong, resulting in the death of several people. Now, five years later, their paths cross again and John, whose love for Niemi has only grown over time, is determined to keep her in his life for good. Having spent the intervening five years living a solitary, staid existence--due to feelings of guilt over the ill-fated operation--Niemi is somewhat reluctant to reenter the shadowy world she once inhabited. Still, she can't resist the lure and excitement of danger when John asks her to join him on his latest mission to discover the origins of a deadly new explosive already in use by terrorists.

Concocting a plan to reveal the source of the explosive, the two enter into a dangerous masquerade, walking a tightrope between safety and death, while passion boils beneath the surface. Unaware of John's feelings, Niemi fights her physical response to the legendary agent as her emotions, in frozen limbo for the last five years, thaw with astonishing speed.

First introduced in Kill and Tell, agent John Medina is as intriguing as the perilous world he operates in. Watching him in action, à la James Bond, is exhilarating--as is the single-minded intensity of his feelings for Niemi, whose ability to hold her own with John--on both a personal and professional level--and with the host of terrorists, spies, and double-dealers the pair encounter is impressive to say the least. Throw in a couple of chilling chase scenes, some romantic interludes hot enough to peel paint from the walls, and one or two bigger-than-life internationally connected characters, and you've got the latest from Linda Howard--a romantic thriller that's sure to be coming soon to a bestseller list near you. --Lois Faye Dyer

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From the Publisher: THE PAST PROVED DEADLY. No one knows the dangers of getting close to legendary CIA Black Ops specialist John Medina better than communications expert Niema Burdock. Five years ago, she and her husband worked with Medina on an explosive mission that ended in tragedy. Although she has slowly recovered from her terrible loss, Niema planned never to see Medina again. Until now. HISTORY IS ABOUT TO REPEAT ITSELF. A French arms dealer is supplying international terrorists, and only Niema can plant the bugs needed to crack the deadly ring. Against her best instincts, she infiltrates the dealer's glamorous world. But when the plan goes awry, Niema and Medina must take flight in a strange land-and soon find their partnership sparked by an erotic charge. In a world of deception, John Medina has once again set Niema on a free fall into danger-and into desire like she's never known.… (more)

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