Catherine Ling was abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four. Schooled in the art of survival, she traded in the only commodity she had: information. As a teenager, she came under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Hu Chang - a skilled assassin and master poisoner. As a young woman, she was recruited by the CIA and now she is known as one of their most effective operatives. Having lived life in the shadows, Catherine is aware of the wobbly moral compass of her existence and even more aware of just how expendable she is to those she deals with. When her old friend Hu Chang creates a formula that’s not only deadly but completely untraceable, the race begins to be the first to get it. With rogue operative John Gallo also on the hunt, Catherine finds herself up against a group so villainous and a man so evil that she may not survive in her quest to protect those she cares about: Hu Chang and Luke - the son who was stolen from Catherine and only recently brought home safe. Using all of her for- midable skills, Catherine Ling proves the age-old belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Iris Johansen is at her page-turning best in this novel that takes you from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong and the darkest places of the human soul.
©2012 Johansen Publishing LLLP (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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3 out of 5 stars
By Becky on 04-07-16

The accents were atricious

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Van Dyck?

Anyone else! The narration destroyed this book for me; i have never heard such appauling attempts at chinese and irish accents. Avoid!

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1 out of 5 stars
By barb on 22-04-12

one of the all-time worst

a fifth grader may enjoy this..... one of the worst plots ever, ridiculous character development.... should be titled "what doesn't kill you can still make you pretty nauseous"...

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-05-12

Ugh, beyond stupid

Would you try another book from Iris Johansen and/or Jennifer Van Dyck?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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I shouldn't have just looked at the ratings. I should have read the actual reviews. The premise is totally absurd. Mr. Chinese drug wizard has invented a poison so something or other that having it will give Mr. Evil pants world domination. But do not fear our CIA super heroine will ally with Drug Wizard to stop Evil pants. I gave up about a quarter way through.

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