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All The Queen's Men

By Linda Howard

All The Queen's Men
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  • Hardcover: Aug 1999,
    332 pages.
    Paperback: Jun 2000,
    376 pages.

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In six New York Times bestsellers, including her smashing hardcover debut Now You See Her, Linda Howard has seamlessly melded thrilling sensuality and heart-pounding dramatic tension. Now she brings back the elusive hero who first appeared in her acclaimed page-turner Kill and Tell -- in a new blockbuster that is part suspense, part passion, and pure Linda Howard.

No one can get close to John Medina, the CIA's legendary Black Ops specialist who works in the shadows of the government's deadliest missions. He is a virtual invisible man, with no friends, many enemies, and a cloud of suspicion surrounding the death of his wife. And no one knows the dangers better than Niema Burdock. A sharp, steely nerved communications expert, Niema and her husband, Dallas, worked side by side with Medina on an explosive mission that went tragically wrong.

She could hear it all play out, horribly, on the radio: Dallas set off the detonators at John Medina's command -- and found himself trapped in the crossfire. In a shattering blast, Niema's hope and her love were destroyed...

Now Niema has withdrawn to a quiet Intelligence position, and a safe -- if predictable -- existence that has helped her heal her scars from five years ago. And she never planned to see Medina again.

But now John Medina needs her...

A French arms dealer is supplying international terrorist units, and John Medina must infiltrate his compound and crack the deadly ring. But only Niema can plant the undetectable bugs needed to nail the wary and well-connected dealer -- a feat that begins by going undercover and winning his trust. Working her way into his glamorous world of embassy galas and exclusive parties, Niema steps carefully across a minefield of intimate secrets, luring the Frenchman while inviting disaster with every subtle and seductive play. But when their careful strategy begins to crack, Niema and John take flight in a strange land -- and find their partnership sparking with an erotically charged, unquenchable electricity. In a world of deception, one thing is clear: John Medina has once again set Niema on a freefall into danger and desire -- and one can't exist without the other.

Chapter One
1994, Iran

It was cold in the rough little hut. Despite the blankets hung over the one window and the ill-fitting door, to block the escape of any telltale light, frigid air still seeped through. Niema Burdock blew on her fingers to warm them, her breath fogging slightly in the one dim battery-operated light that was all Tucker, the team leader, allowed.

Her husband, Dallas, seemed perfectly comfortable in his T-shirt as he calmly packed the Semtex blocks into secure sections of his web gear. Niema watched him, trying to hide her anxiety. It wasn't the explosive she worried about; plastique was so stable soldiers in Vietnam had burned it as fuel. But Dallas and Sayyed had to plant the explosives in the manufacturing facility, and that was the most dangerous part of a job that was already hair-raising enough. Though her husband was as matter-of-fact about it as he would be about crossing the street, Niema wasn't that blasé about the job. The radio ...

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Romantic Times

[A] sexy thriller...Another explosive hit...When it comes to mixing that perfect blend of romance and danger, Ms. Howard is unbeatable!

Library Journal

As with many Howard books, it is the man who chases, the man who wants the commitment. Heightened sexual tension keeps the listener on edge, though the action ebbs and flows.

Booklist - Melanie Duncan

Niema doesn't know which terrifies her more: the mission or John. Howard's trademark darkly sensual style and intense, layered plot will delight her fans and will also appeal to admirers of Iris Johansen.

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Cristina

I absolutely LOVED this book, it's actually one of my fave Linda Howards.
There is just the perfect mix of action and romance, with characters that
drew me in from the get-go. I actually read this book twice because I could
not get enough of it. I ...   Read More

Preet

OMG! I loveedddd this BOOK!


Repunzel

I loved the action in this book, and I think I could definitely fall for a guy as handy as John. I was slightly dissipointed at the end of the book, because I felt the ending was a little on the rushed side, and the reader has to make assumptions on...   Read More

Ettie Janzen

I've just finished All the Queen's Men and was surprised as I was reading that this book made it to the Best Sellers list. I found it very boring, but I kept reading until page 292 and 293. No wonder there is a woman raped every 2 minutes! Reading...   Read More

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