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.
I looked at my wife thirty minutes into this one and told her the rest of the plot until the end of the book and was actually right. If you have ever seen a "cop/buddy" movie or a 1980's spy movie, you have already heard this story. Not worth the time at all.
I pride myself on my ability to suspend disbelief and just enjoy a book as its written, but this book took me way past my limits. I continued listening only to see how preposterous the author could get (and she sure didn't disappoint on that end!). It's definitely a staple of the thriller for the otherwise intelligent main character to do something really dumb and get in mortal trouble, but in this book, every last character with more than three lines alternates between extra-ordinarily clever and stupendously stupid.
On the plus side, the reader is very good, and the book has enough action to be brain candy. Nonetheless, if you have a hint of respect for human nature, this is not the book for you.