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Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen


Cover art: Silent Thunder Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: Silent Thunder
Author: Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen
Publisher: St.Martin's Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-615-53080-9
Release Date: July 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Suspense
Year/Setting: Present Day
Overall Rating: 3.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Iris's Website: www.irisjohansen.com

Marine architect Hannah Bryson and her brother Connor are contracted to inspect a former Russian submarine called the Silent Thunder before it is expected to be moved into the United States Maritime Museum. But something goes horribly wrong and the sub explodes killing Connor.

Hannah learns that Connor had discovered a secret code on the sub, which was hidden behind a metal panel of the ship. She soon realizes that Connorís death was no accident and enlists the help of Cathy, Connorís wife. Hannah and Cathy embark on a mission to uncover the meanings of the secret codes, which led to Connorís death. A Russian named Pavski believes that the codes lead to something important called the Golden Cradle.

Hannah has her work cut out for her because she canít trust anyone involved and Cathy and her children may also be in danger. Despite warnings from the U.S. government (they tell Hannah, it was just an accident), Hannah teams up with Kirov, a man she decides to trust because her instincts tell her to do so.

This book was a fast paced thriller and should be enjoyed by a lot of readers. I found it a little to intricate for my liking but readers who like a lot of tension and suspense should enjoy this book. Hannah is a strong interesting character and the beginning of romance between her and Kirov helps lighten things up.


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