Follett weaves another fine yarn!
This book is written from the perspective of a handful of different characters who all end up on a transatlantic flight together.
As a master story teller, he weaves it all together exceptionally well, combining action, romance and intrigue.
The conversations and actions near the end get a little cliche' and campy but I think Follet was just trying to capture how people really spoke in 1939 as opposed to sounding a little hokey at times.
The narrator was good.
Of his recent Audible releases, I would rate this one the second best behind "A Dangerous Fortune", which was terrific. The Needle, Triple and Lie Down with Lions are decent but not as good.
I teetered between a 4 or 5 star and rounded up :)
I am now a huge Inspector Pekkala fan. While it's hard to beat the introductory novel, The "Eye of the Red Tsar", I found this book to be just as entertaining.
Some of the same characters live on in this sequel with new characters well developed, and a solid story that follows true historical event and held my attention throughout.
If you have not listened to or read the first book, I definitely recommend taking them in order.
Paul Michael is a very good narrator and does a great job here. Highly recommended.
I love books in the detective novel genre, and really enjoy stories written about the WWII era. This one takes place in pre-WWII Nazi Germany and introduces the protagonist Bernie Gunther as an Ex Cop, "Good Guy" detective.
Overall the story is a little flat and predictable, but the fictional tale around actual historical characters is interesting from a lot of angles. I like the author's writing style and his candid depiction of the real life brutality and violence that existed in 1936 Berlin, and I do look forward to continuing the series.
The narrator John Lee is one of the best in the business and is terrific in this one!
Overall Recommended, especially if you like the genre and stories about this era.