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And Then You Die (original 2005; edition 1998)

by Iris Johansen

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Title:And Then You Die
Authors:Iris Johansen
Info:Bantam (1998), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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And Then You Die by Iris Johansen (2005)

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In this novel, photographer Bess Grady is vacationing in the Mexican town of Tenajo, in which the story’s villain is testing out a new form of Anthrax. The bio weapon wipes out the entire town except for Bess and an infant. Kaldak, a CIA agent, gets her out of dodge while killing the bad guys in the process. Bess then becomes valuable to the CDC, since they are hoping to use her to create a vaccine for the virus. Meanwhile, Kaldak uses Bess, with her blessing, to lure out the bad guys into the open.

The story moves along at a nice pace, and there is plenty of action, but there are still some groaning moments created by overly large plot holes. The general believability of the story is also quite low. The characters, on the other hand, were fairly well developed and likeable. All of this creates a solid but unspectacular reading, that’s worth a read but not with high expectations.

Carl Alves – author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Sep 29, 2014 |
A very fast read and my first introduction to the author, Iris Johansen. I could not put it down. She establishes her principle character, Elizabeth (Bess) Grady, 29, divorced and photo-journalist, quickly as a strong, independent woman. A photo shoot, for a series of articles, on undiscovered destinations in Mexico, brings her to Tenajo, a small Mexican village. Her sister, Dr Emily Corelli, 36, Pediatric Surgeon in Detroit, married and one child, age ten, persuaded Bess to bring her along. On arrival, they discover everyone has died except for a baby. Colonel Rafael Esteban, of the Mexican Army, using his position, is working for his own benefit. Bess is caught up in his plan as the only living witness to what really happened in Tenajo. What ensues keeps you clued to the pages as you find out how a biological agent is to be deployed in the United States. ( )
  DocWalt10 | Dec 2, 2012 |
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  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
I really liked this book. It's a topic that is so out there, that you can't help but get sucked in to find out what the outcome will be. Plus, the fact that Bess falls for her bad boy savior, is intriguing. Bess is all black and white, right and wrong. Well, Kaldak is anything but. He takes care of himself no matter where that takes him on the side of right and wrong. Bess at first isn't sure that she can trust him, but once that's sorted out, she puts all her trust in him alone.

Bess is selfless, brave and determined. I loved her character and thought the photography aspect was perfect for this story. I also enjoyed the part that Josie played, and everything that Bess and Emily did for her.

Overall, this one ranks toward the top of my favorites from this author. If you haven't picked her up, I'd suggest others before this one, but this would definitely make the list. ( )
  kysmom02 | Sep 3, 2009 |
Very good thriller. I highly recommend it. ( )
  lsknightsr1 | Jul 3, 2008 |
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She expected sunshine and balmy breezes. What she saw was everyone's worst nightmare.

Bess Grady has heard the unmistakable sound before. She knows what it means. But not even the eerie lament of the howling dogs can prepare her for what has taken place in the small village. The seasoned photojournalist had been sent there on an easy assignment, and now she has stumbled upon something she was never meant to see. Amid chaos and fear, she joins forces with an intimidating stranger, a man whose alliances are unclear but whose methods have a way of leaving bodies in his wake. For what she has witnessed is only the first stage in a plan of terror that may kill us all. And she has no choice but to stop it—or die trying....
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As a photojournalist, Bess Grady is far more comfortable viewing life through her camera lens than firsthand; the extra distance makes it easier to accept life's atrocities. Still recovering from an assignment on which she witnessed the massacre of an entire Croatian orphanage, Bess accepts an easy assignment from a travel magazine to photograph a small village in Mexico and brings her sister along for fun. What awaits her is worse than she ever could have imagined: everyone in the village has been killed by a deadly poison. After rescuing the only survivor, Bess and her sister split up. Bess finds herself captured by the villain who seems to have plotted the horrible destruction. Her sister has disappeared, and the only hope Bess has to save her is to trust a man she believes to be a murderer.

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Photojournalist Bess Grady's long-awaited vacation in Tenajo, Mexico, turns deadly when terrorists target the small town with a secret experiment that leaves its inhabitants dead and transforms Bess into an unwitting witness who is the only one who can stop their ultimate agenda.… (more)

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