As far as I'm concerned, Silva is the best in fiction. Lucky for him, current events keep serving him new plots--perhaps too many plots for him to write about, sadly. I found the bad guy to be excessively bad, but maybe I am naive about the New Russians/nouveau riche. Having read all previous books and being familiar with the characters, I was a bit irked by his insertion of a list of characters and how Gabriel came to know them. The most interesting character in the book is a Russian policeman (with rank) who acted as a counter-agent, helping Gabriel to escape twice, the second time leaving Russia with him to avoid repercussions from Moscow. Oft repeated in the book,
Quality of audio, narration, and writing all excellent. A good story throughout. Kept me rivited. It seemed less violent than some of the other stories, but plenty of action and intrigue.
I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!
This is a well-written book - a twisting, turning plot full of tension, crosses several borders and takes the reader on a wild-ride. This was a quick read that really kept me interested.
A friend recommended this author and I started with this book because it went on sale. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Listened to it in less than 4 days and added more Silva books with the character Gabriel Allon to my wish list. I didn't feel I missed anything by reading these books out of order and I look forward to reading the rest. An enjoyable ride!
This is a continuation of the Gabriel Allon series and is as riveting as the others. I had trouble stopping this audio. An absorbing spy thriller from an author who has mastered English prose. Doesn't get any better.
Highly recommend this book as well as the series all-together. Well researched. I did not feel that anything about Russia and its current state was out of line or unsubstantiated. I think that the main character, Gabriel, is well developed and does not fit the stereotype of an assassin, which I find very refreshing.
This book was painful, an endurance test. The writing is wooden and predictable. Every 2 or 3 paragraphs the writer stops the flow to expound on some subject you need to know about, why he couldn't find a better way to explain things is beyond me. Suddenly he describes the wine in detail (check), then veers off into an explanation of a hotel (check) then a quick aside about how great and superhuman the israelis are ( check, check), then back to the story, which advances at a glacial pace. Then, repeat the pattern. (check) Too bad he didn't check his facts- there are numerous errors of fact. And if that's not enough, the reader seems to have only two voices- the plain readers voice, and the "foreigner voice", which sounds russian whether he's doing an israeli, italian or russian. At least there were some russians in the book. Don't waste the credit.
Daniel Silva can be counted on for an entertaining tale of international espionage, provided your expectations aren't set too high. However, the producers of this audiobook made a gigantic blunder in selecting the narrator. The main action in the story unfolds in Italy, Russia and France, and Mr. Silva liberally sprinkles Italian, Russian and French words, phrases and place names throughout his narrative. Phil Gigante has an uncanny knack for horribly mispronouncing nearly EVERYTHING that isn't in English, and it drove me to distraction. I don't know how the audiobook production process works, but it is clear to me that Mr. Silva was not actively involved. Don't get me wrong -- I don't expect a narrator to know Italian, French and Russian. However, I do think it is reasonable to expect that, if the narrator is unsure how to pronounce a word, he should find out. I won't purchase another audiobook narrated by Mr. Gigante.
The book itself was okay, but as a Russian speaker I was horrified that the actor or producer failed to research the correct pronunciation of many common Russian names, place names, and worse--some common Russian words like "dacha", which the actor pronounced as if speaking German.
This is unforgivably biased in its view of Moscow and full of inaccurate descriptions of the buildings and architecture that I found I was sighing with relief when the earphones fell from my ears