Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Short & Sweet Review: No Easy Target by Iris Johansen (audio)

Title: No Easy Target
Author: Iris Johansen
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Published: April 2017, Recorded Books
Length: 13 hours 8 minutes
Source: Personal copy via Audible

New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen returns with another thriller, No Easy Target

Margaret Douglas has worked hard to put her painful past behind her. Raised off the grid in an abusive home, her only escape was the nearby forest where she sought refuge whenever she could. There, in the peaceful woods, she discovered a strange gift: the ability to understand animals and to communicate with them. And so those creatures became her only friends, her only joy during a desolate childhood. Now Margaret wants nothing more than to live a quiet life, close to the animals and under the radar. But her abilities have not gone unnoticed and there are those who would use them for their own purposes. Determined not to be a pawn in anyone’s game, every time someone gets too close, Margaret uproots her life and outruns them.

When John Lassiter breaks into Margaret’s apartment, she vanishes again, but Lassiter has good reason to be persistent. As a CIA operative, he owes his life to his men , one of whom is being held captive by an unrelenting enemy—an enemy who has set his sights on Margaret. Which means that Lassiter must control her to use her as bait.

With danger in hot pursuit, Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to stop or be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has ever learned to not only survive, but to defeat a great evil. And to prove once and for all that she’s no easy target.

***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: I've been a fan of Iris Johansen's books for quite some time now, falling in love with her Eve Duncan series. Since then, she has started creating new series for some of the secondary charaters that she has developed for that original series and I love seeing these lesser characters being developed more fully. This book in particular is the result of that...and while it is not as of yet part of a never knows if it will be. 

Margaret Douglas is quite a unique character in that she can communicate with animals - like an animal whisperer extraordinaire. A bit hokey, I know, but if you've read any of the other books where she part of the story, it's actually kind of neat. I was intrigued to learn more about her and I wasn't disappointed. She's being hunted because of her talents - but not for good use, of course. 

This book was jam-packed with action and danger and really kept me on my toes from start to finish. The characters are all well-drawn, both the good guys and the bad guys. I would so love to see this book be the start of a series for Margaret, but if not, I do hope we see in again in some of the future Eve Duncan books. She really is a great character!

Audio thoughts: I love listening to Elisabeth Rodgers narrate books, especially the Iris Johansen books...she just gets them. She's pretty consistent with the voices and does well with the action/tension in the different scenes. I've listened to quite a lot of Iris Johansen books so far and Elisabeth Rodgers has narrated just about every one of them and I have enjoyed every single one of them.

My only complaint with this audio book is more of a production complaint - the recording itself was recorded at too low a volume so even when I had the volume on my phone (what I typically listen to my audio books on) at it's highest level,  I still had trouble hearing the book. I had no issues when listening in the car, which is what I ended doing - saving the audio and only listening when I was in the car - but just using my phone was not an option this time around and I've never had that problem before.


  1. It sucks when audiobooks aren't produced correctly. It can really ruin the experience. :/ Sounds like an awesome, book though! The communicating with animals aspect is definitely interesting. Great review!

  2. I'm glad to see how much you enjoyed the book. I've read one of Iris Johansen's books and really enjoyed it. I've been wanting to read more. That's to bad about the audio. Only listening in the car would mean almost no listening time for me (I listen primarily on my phone as well) so I'm thinking I should go with print on this one. Great review!

  3. Kristin,

    It sounds like you really enjoyed this one. Wonderful review! I only listen to audio books in my car.


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