“WHERE THE HELL ARE THEY?” Venable, deputy director of the CIA, had his binoculars focused on the small cottage in the valley below. “Special Ops were supposed to go in from the rear ?fteen minutes ago and take Hu Chang out of there.”
“It’s a di?cult job,” Agent Gregory said. “The place is surrounded by mercenaries. You told Special Ops they had to get Hu Chang out alive.”
“You’re damn right. We have to know how much he told them and what he gave them.” Besides the fact that Catherine Ling, who was one of his best agents, would kill Venable if he allowed it to be bungled. She and Hu Chang had some kind of history. Even Venable wasn’t sure exactly what it was. But, dammit, it wasn’t Venable’s fault that Hu Chang had gotten into this mess, and the CIA was having to pull him out.
Not that he wouldn’t have had to go after him anyway if the story Venable’s informant had told him was true. A potion that complex and dangerous had never been invented. It probably wasn’t true, but why else was Hu Chang down there being tortured to make him talk? Venable couldn’t take the chance. “There they are,” Gregory said as he went to the back of the helicopter and threw open the door. “We should be out of here in ten minutes.”
The door of the cottage ?ew open and four men in Special Ops gear ran out. And in the middle of the group was a slim, dark-haired man in a torn tunic. Hu Chang.
“Yes.” Venable watched as the Special Ops men ? red back over their shoulders while they headed for the woods. Men were streaming out of the cottage.
Then Hu Chang and the special team had disappeared into the trees.
“They should reach the helicopter in three minutes,” Gregory said. “I’ll go tell the pilot to be ready to lift off.”
Three minutes passed.
No Special Ops. No Hu Chang.
Another four minutes.
Venable began to curse.
Justin, the Special Ops commander, burst out of the trees and was climbing the rocks toward the helicopter. “Is he here?” he called. “I told him where you were in case we got separated. I can’t ? nd him.”
“I can’t ?nd Hu Chang. When we reached the trees, he slipped away from us. One minute he was there, the next he was gone. He’s not here?”
“No, he’s not here.”
“Then I’ll go back for him.”
Shots. More men running from the cottage to the woods.
“No, get your men back to the helicopter. You’re outnumbered. Just lay down protective ?re to keep anyone away from the helicopter.”
“What about Hu Chang? He was my mission, dammit.”
“Evidently he didn’t want to be your mission,” Venable said. “And I’m not going to lose any of your men because he endangered you by this stupidity. We’ll give him ten minutes, then we’re out of here.”
“They’ll surround the area around the helicopter. He won’t be able to get through.”
“That’s his problem. Go get your men.”
The bullet had entered Hu Chang’s side, piercing ?esh and muscle. The pain was blunt and brutal.
He fell to his knees as the second bullet tore past his ear. Then he was behind the rocks, crawling toward the helicopter balanced on the side of the cliff .
“Get the hell over here. Stay low. I can’t risk anyone else coming out in this sniper cross ?re,” Venable shouted above the rotors from the doorway of the helicopter.
From WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU by Irish Johansen, copyright © 2012 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC
Catherine Ling from Chasing the Night returns in Iris Johansen’s explosive thriller, What Doesn’t Kill You.
Abandoned on the streets of Hong Kong at age four, Catherine was schooled in the art of survival, especially during her teenage years when she came under the tutelage of Hu Chang—a skilled assassin and master poisoner. Now her old “friend” has resurfaced. But this time Catherine is playing for another team. As one of the CIA’s top operatives she’s joined the chase for Hu Chang’s most deadly elixir yet. And her biggest opponent, rogue operative John Gallo, makes the hunt far more dangerous as, from the corridors of Langley to the alleyways of Hong Kong, Catherine enters the human soul’s darkest places to protect those she loves.
Hardcover Book : 416 pages
Publisher: St. Martins Press, LLC ( April 17, 2012 )
Item #: 13-535622
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.94inches
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I read most of her books and most are an interesting read. this one was slow and boring
Reviewer: Bonnie J
I have read a few her books but this one was just awful - the ending was so disappointing and to think I took the time to read it to get to the end and have that kind of ending..uggghhhh...
Reviewer: Sabena D
This book was one of your best. I loved the story line. I have loved every book you have ever written. Please don't stop writing. Can't wait until your next one!
This is an incredible read-for the Iris Johanson fan. She writes fantastically and so believable I flinched in several scenes! Must read!!!!
Iris....you did it again...I loved the book, not to give any of it away, I couldn't put it down...waiting for the next one !