I prefer mystery/thriller genre including YA with some non-fiction. I dislike and attempt to avoid novels that include the paranormal.
The Survivor lives up to the incredibly high standards Vince Flynn set beginning with Term Limits and continued through his 13 Mitch Rapp novels. Vince Flynn has been my favorite modern author from the time I first read Term Limits in 1999. I've read and reread all of his books. I've also read Kyle Mills' books which are quite good but not Vince Flynn good, I.and was disappointed when he was selected to continue the Mitch Rapp series. Based on The Survivor I was wrong because Mills nailed Vince Flynn's characters and style in The Survivor.
Vince Flynn was the favorite author of Bill Clinton and George W Bush. The latter said Flynn, through his research, probably knew more about the US military and covert agencies and their weapons and secrets than any other civilian. He did his research. Flynn was also a great patriot.
The Survivor brings back not just Mitch Rapp but a number of familiar Flynn characters such as Irene Kennedy, Stan Hurley, Scott Coleman, Jack Warch, Charlie Wicker, bad guy Louis Gould who killed Rapp's wife Anna Reilly in an earlier book, and Senator Barbara Lonsdale. The nature of the characters including Mitch Rapp is just the same as Vince Flynn created them. (Two of the characters, Irene Kennedy and Scott Coleman, played major roles in Term Limits which was written by Flynn before the Mitch Rapp character was created.)
The plot line and the plot complexity as well as the action and suspense were all true to Vince Flynn. Congratulations and thanks to Kyle Mills for a superb book!
Narration is by George Guidall, who narrated most of the audiobook versions of Vince Flynn novels. The narration, like the novel, is outstanding. Guidall is the voice of Mitch Rapp and certainly Stan Hurley also. Guidall has an interesting 7 minute discussion after the end of the book.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND The Survivor without reservation. I love this book!
This is my only review of Daniel Silva book since my negative review of Marching Season which was written very early in his career. I am a fan of all 16 of Silva's Gabriel Allon series which started very well and has only gotten better as he matured as a writer. If more than 5 stars were allowed the English Spy would get more. The English Spy brings back one of my favorite Silva characters, the English assassin and ex-spy living on Corsica, and "rehabilitates" him to a British spy agency. Gabriel Allon, now in his 50's, simply gets better with age. He is supposed to take over leadership of the office, an Israeli spy agency, but we;ll have to wait for the next Silva book to see.
Of all of the well read mystery/thriller series Silva's Allon is the most complex and tragic. But with the children born to him and his young wife Chiara at the end of The English Spy there is hope. The tragic Leah remains in the picture.
This book confirms that Daniel Silva is THE master of the mystery/thriller/spy genre if any doubt remained.
George Guidall has one of the easiest to listen to voices of all narrators. He is, as always, excellent.
After joining Audible in December 2006 I began listening to Nelson DeMIlle, Daniel Silva. and Vince Flynn thrillers. In mid-2007 I decided to purchase a book written by Brett Battles, an author I had never heard of. The novel was The Cleaner which had just been released. I discover a superb author in Brett Battles as well as the narrator, Scott Brick, who remains my favorite. I've enjoyed listening to each Brett Battles book since as it was released. The Cleaner is, of course, Book 1 in the wonderful Jonathan Quinn series.
Although The Cleaner at 3.8 stars is not as highly rated as subsequent Quinn novels, it is an excellent novel and the place to start the series after first listening to Becoming Quinn which was published in 2012 and is a superb introduction to the man who became Jonathan Quinn.