i liked the book, but judging by all the rave reviews I was ready for something new and mind-blowing. at times it was rather standard stuff, not like Day of the Jackal, or Spy Who Came in From the Cold, or Hunt for Red October, all novels which changed the playing field and i grew restless with it. it may make a good movie, though perhaps too much will have to be condensed and trimmed...but maybe at a break-neck pace you could make an almost strict actioner out of it.
So many twists and turns. One of the best spy stories I ever read. Olen Steinhauer is to intrigue what Stephen King is to horror. I must read more of his books. Starting today I think I will find another one to read.
Introducing information in bit and pieces and expansion of previously introduced events is a nice touch; on I haven't experienced to this extent before. I liked it.
The ending left me cold. It was clearly intended to set up a follow-on book and diminished the story. This is the trap Patricia Cornwell fell into with her Scarpeta series. I don't listen to her books any longer and won't select the follow-on to this book either.
I liked the book. It was interesting, and an easy listen. I would have scored it as a 4 star book, but I couldn't stand the wife of the main character. I didn't think she was well written.
Reader was a 3 out of 5 at best. Strange accents given to some of the characters (Wife Tina and Boss Granger to be specific)
After reading the reviews thought this would be great. It was disappointing - the first half didn't catch my interest. Then it picked up and intrigued me, but most of the time I didn't understand the whole premise, and still didn't at the end. So, in summary, it kept my interest enough to listen to the whole thing, but that's it.
I bought it because audible.com hyped it. It was billed as the new Le Carre, a spy novel for the thinking reader. It was just... meh. The author has that strange affectation to call the CIA "the Company", which nobody in the CIA or US government ever did. His geo-political scenario, built thinly on the Chinese demand for Sudanese oil, a Russian kingpin, and a rogue hit-squad in the CIA, is often laughable. This is an average spy novel, along the lines of Len Deighton or Robert Ludlum, often weak and thinly researched.
The narration is very odd, and takes a while to get used to. A strange stop-and-start style by the narrator designed to impart meaning just sounds choppy and artificial. I nearly put it down, but persevered despite the poor narration.
I loved this book. The narrator was a little weak on some of the voices, but the plot and story were excellent. Definitely on par with Le'Carre
I really like this story, my first from this author. I tend to favor a bit more action, but came to appreciate this one regardless. Very well told story. I had to rewind now and then since it got a bit complex at times. But I listen while I commute so it's easy to get distracted anyway. The author did a good job of providing recaps now and then that fit seamlessly into the story.
I look forward to more from this author.
This is an espionage spy novel. This is not an action thriller with fireworks every other page and feats of a super human strength... This is a novel that requires patience and thought as the story develops into an plot of intrigue and mystery. This novel is not for folks looking for Mitch Rapp or "The Gray man" type of action, this is more on the order of Silva and le Carre.... The characters are complex, the plot complex, and the ending fulfilling. Someone once said you can tell the quality of the novel by how long after you finish the book you continue to think about the characters; I won't forget these characters anytime soon!!! If you are into espionage novels that are complex cat and mouse spy stories I recommend you give this novel a try.