The Survivor by Iris Johansen
6/6/23; 352 pages
Grand Central Publishing
Eve Duncan Series #30
The Survivor by Iris Johansen is recommended, highly for fans of the series.
In this latest thriller, the caretaker/ruler Maya of the remote island nation of Paladan located in Southeast Asian asks for help from archeologist Riley Smith. When Riley consults with forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, her life is endangered by those threatening Maya. There are several mysterious secrets on the island that Maya protects but now animal poacher Nadim and former associate Bevan are both determined to eliminate Maya and anyone else so they can profit from the spoils.
This is an entertaining and action packed
novel of suspense. Those who can easily embrace unicorns, a legendary
female warrior, a secret potion, and a few more magical ideas can carry
on and enjoy the action. It will require
most readers to set a heavy handed double dose of disbelief aside in
order to enjoy the plot. If you can set disbelief aside and have been
following the series this will be heart-stopping diversion. I did
struggle to care for the first third of the novel, but once I accepted the premise and the action really got going, it was compelling and enjoyable. 3.5