The writer builds your expectations just to leave you with the feeling that relationships are at best cumbersome, at worst, deadly. No real resolution, not entertainment, just several hours of waiting for something important to occur.
This is an interesting plot with surprises. It's all I expect from a thriller and the only reason I docked a star is because I listen to a lot of thrillers and they start to run together for me. But, this is definitely one that I really enjoyed.
I love books!
I suppose most of us that listen to audio books are on the lookout for new authors that we might enjoy. There are so many here in audible.com. Often you don't read a book because of bad reviews others write when you're really not sure if it would be good or bad. I'd never heard of Steinhauer and read somewhere here in audible.com, maybe the home page, where Nelson DeMille, another author I think, said this was a really good book. Well, I read it and I agree it is a really good book. Interesting character development, interesting twists and turns, you find yourself likeing some of the different characters. Just before typing this review I saw Steinhauer has other books here in audible. I'll have to check them out.
The story is interesting, but the author has made it so complicated by trying to put too much into it, that it loses some of its edge. In other words, much of the narrative should have been edited out. But, on the whole, it's a worthwhile read.
At first, it was difficult to get used to the word inflections and cadence of the narrator. I started to regret the purchase and darn near stopped listening, but once I was able to accept the narrator's style(took about an hour)the book became the spy thriller it was reviewed to be. Once I got used to the narrator, I couldn't stop listening to seee what would happen next. Seems to me that the author has set Milo up for a great series; can't wait for book II. Bottom line is this: Great story, average storyteller/narrator - but still makes for an above-average listening experience. I would recommend it.
A homage to "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold."
Complicated but excellent view of the Western spy machinery today... thrilling.
very well matched to the reader
CIA, Homeland Security, Agents and Double Agents. A fast moving story. One you have to pay attention to as it expertly brings together seemingly unrelated events to an unexpected climax.
It can be a rather fractured story-line for audio; remember the names of the characters, places, and time periods in which they fit. The book is engaging, absorbing and considering the topic, inventive. Do not read the book if you are not prepared for a sad ending, which compelled me to write.
I found myself torn over this audiobook. The genre is one of my absolute favorites. I was drawn to the author because at Amazon, he was consistently touted as "heir to Le Carre." But the plot seems to me very cliched, and I had some difficulty liking most of the characters. On reflection and careful review of the reviews, I have come to suspect that my problems may have been with the narrator, not the author. At any rate, it was well worth the time invested, and it is important to support younger authors with promising careers. I'll be watching to see the reactions of other Audible customers.
I love listening to audible books and have listened to over 100. I rate most of the books I listen to 4 or 5 stars, but this book is poorly written and read. The story line is anti-american and just plain boaring. There are so many good books out there, don't waste your money on this one.