Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen

July 25, 2009

“Silent Thunder” tells the story of Hannah Bryson, a maritime architect, and her brother Connor. Hannah has the enviable job of working with a U.S. maritime museum that has acquired the Soviet sub Silent Thunder, a nuclear attack sub that was once the pride of the Soviet Union. The sub is going to be open to the public, and it’s Hannah’s task to inspect every nook and cranny of the sub, and then design architectural modifications that will make it safe for the public. Her brother Connor is there to help her with the task. Connor finds a mysterious message during an inspection that ultimately leads to his murder, and Hannah takes on the job of discovering who killed her brother and threatens Silent Thunder.

Jennifer Van Dyck narrates this fast paced audiobook, and her reading helps make the book even more exciting and enticing. The action is lively and will keep the listener wondering what could possibly happen next, and Van Dyck’s reading style only makes the mystery more complex and compelling. The characters spring to life from the pages of the book, and Hannah’s bravery is both admirable and a little frightening. The ending is not to be missed, and Van Dyck’s skill at characterization and suspense makes the conclusion thrilling and surprising at the same time.

Mother and son team Iris and Roy Johansen co-wrote this thriller, and this is the first time they have worked together. Iris Johansen is a well-known romantic and suspense author, and she’s won an Edgar award for her thrillers. The duo successfully blends a mystery with a romantic subplot when Hannah and Nicolas Kirov, a Russian also interested in the sub, begin to fall in love during their investigation.

Critics and other readers have compared this book to other Johansen books such as “Quicksand,” which is a forensics thriller with a female protagonist who solves murders, and “Tailspin” by Catherine Coulter, an FBI thriller with an FBI agent involved in trying to find out who is trying to murder a young woman who helps rescue him from an airplane crash. Each of these books is written by skilled, award-winning authors, and they entertain and educate the reader at the same time.

If you enjoy thrillers that make you think and engage you in the action, this is the perfect audiobook for you. The characters are engaging, the language is graceful, and the reader does an excellent job of portraying the characters and the thrilling situations. It’s an exciting book that combines romance, suspense, and Cold War action, and you’ll be glad you read it when it’s over.

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