Iris Johansen’s ‘Chaos’ Introduces Readers to CIA Agent Alisa Flynn [REVIEW]

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It may take a horse with the heart of a warrior to help pull off a high stakes rescue. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She’s tough. He’s loaded. When the lives of innocent children are in peril, will she be able to smooth talk him into helping her rescue them or will she be left to face this challenge alone? Find out in Iris Johansen’s absorbing new thriller, Chaos.

Iris Johansen's CHAOS
Grand Central

We’ve been reading Iris Johansen’s work for a long time, starting all the way back when she wrote category romances in the 80s. But Chaos is unlike anything she has written before. Although some familiar faces appear, this time out she introduces us to a brand new character.

Meet CIA operative Alisa Flynn. She’s tough, loyal, analytical, and thinks fast on her feet. She also doesn’t allow others to see her soft underbelly unless she trusts you. (People in her past haven’t always proven very dependable or steady.) Therefore, Flynn built her own family. So when someone close to her disappears, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, even if it means breaking all the rules.

Billionaire Gabe Korgan is used to people wanting something from him. After all, he’s wealthy, courageous, and has lots of high-tech weapons at his disposal. But he doesn’t expect to find a CIA agent standing in his study in the middle of the night, trying to coax him into helping her on her latest endeavor.

As the unlikely pair forges their plan to rescue a group of students abducted in Africa, they are joined by renowned horse whisperer Margaret Douglas (you may remember her from the Eve Duncan books) and a brave horse who just may help them accomplish their goal and escape with their lives intact.

In Chaos, Johansen takes us on the ride of a lifetime, one fraught with danger, malice, and more than a few shocking surprises. Yet even as we traverse this tricky terrain, Johansen probes Flynn’s psyche, revealing what is truly important to her character and why she is so determined to save these girls.

As Flynn and her merry band of helpers race against the clock, readers will undoubtedly identify in some small way to Flynn’s true north. The result is that we are left to wonder, “How can I champion something I feel passionate about?” It’s a multi-layered tale that keeps us on tenterhooks, packs an emotional wallop and reminds all of us to do our part and help those who can’t help themselves. As insightful as it is engaging, don’t miss reading Johansen’s latest action-packed—but psychologically insightful—new novel, Chaos.

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Iris Johansen is The New York Times bestselling author of Your Next Breath, The Perfect Witness, Live to See Tomorrow, Silencing Eve, Hunting Eve, Taking Eve, Sleep No More, What Doesn’t Kill You, Bonnie, Quinn, Eve, Chasing The Night, Eight Days to Live, Blood Game, Deadlock, Dark Summer, Pandora’s Daughter, Quicksand, Killer Dreams, On The Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and more. And with her son Roy Johansen, she has coauthored The Naked Eye, Sight Unseen, Close Your Eyes, Shadow Zone, Storm Cycle, and Silent Thunder.

Johansen began writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success. She had seventeen consecutive New York Times bestsellers as of November 2006.

Johansen lives near Atlanta, Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.

For more information, visit, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

By Iris Johansen
416 pp. Grand Central. $28.

Purchase Chaos direct from Jathan & Heather Books or from one of these other fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Half Price Books, Hudson Booksellers, IndieBound, Powell’s, Target, or Walmart.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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