This book is read by the author who not only displays is understanding of the book, but handles the different voices perfectly. He is nothing like other spy thriller writers; he's much, much better. Also recommend his newest book Mission Song
This disappointing novel reads as though a promising beginning was grafted onto its very message-heavy ending. The author has made no secret of his disdain and distrust of the United States, so this paranoid concoction should come as no surprise. In the anti-American atmosphere that prevails in certain circles in Europe, the idea of the U.S. staging a phony terrorist operation to justify its policies and to coerce European countries probably sounds pretty plausible. That someone with Cornewell's (Le Carre) smarts could offer up a story like this indicates just how far relations between the U.S. and its erstwhile allies have deteriorated. Food for serious thought, but not necessarily for the reasons intended.
I've downloaded many books from Audible, and this was the first that I didn't enjoy. Perhaps the author's style just doesn't work in the audible format.