I had no knowledge of this author, and bought the book based on others reviews. Turned out to be one of the best I have read/listened to in months. A little campy, and a little predictable, but those of us who read spy thrillers should never complain about a plot being totally unbelievable, thats why they are sold as fiction.I would recommend this one highly.
The name is for my wife, the photo is for the old man.
I think this was a serious attempt at an action spy novel. The problem is, the critical actions read like a spoof. I'll make up a analogous example: you are being shot at, so you defend yourself by pickup up a sledgehammer and knock down a load bearing wall, and the resulting collapse of the building spares you, but kills your attacker. That's very close to one of numerous incredible moments which ruin the otherwise decent writing in this book. I found myself regretting that the writer didn't give me more of the nonsense, and make it into an over-the-top spoof.
Although there were moments of interest, for the most part, this book was dull - and I never reached the point of caring about the characters. A disappointment.
This is a pretty good story. It moves quickly and has some nice plot twists. I know lots of people are happy with this sort of book. The writing is comic book style. The dialogue and description are very weak. The characters are barely developed. If you like action movies, you will probably like this book.
Lover of good ideas
Gayle Lynds keeps you guessing throughout this well told spy thriller. You can't ever be sure you know which side the characters are on or where the story will take a new twist. A well developed plot, excellent character development. A must read for those who like spy thrillers.
Perhaps a very good book of this type, however it is fairly complicated for one planning on listening to it in numerous short periods of time.
A little way into the second audio part of this book, I gave up. It became so contrived, with so many unbelievable story elements, I just couldn't listen anymore. Afterwards I realized that I had had the same experience with The Coil by the same author, but unfortunately I didn't recognize the author's name when I ordered this book.
It took a bit to get into it but a great fast paced mystery. Some parts were a little far fetched but great book to listen to on a long ride- I really enjoyed it.
Great book. It held my attention and focus right from the beginning to the end. I will listen to this book again sometime in the future. The details really brought life the book. I coould easily put a face on all of the players.
This author is strong in the use of cold war assets and is most comfortable in the days before the Berlin Wall came down. Unfortunately, the period of time with the new Russia and break up of the Soviet bloc is not handled well and the plot of the novel flounders in this period. The resolution was too obvious.