I enjoyed this book, but felt it borrowed too heavily from John Le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl in tone, plot and style.
Unlike other Daniel Silva novels, "The Messenger" crawls. The protagonists are uninteresting and the action and dialog predictable and preposterous. When a reader can't identify with the characters or plot, the novel fails.
Christopher Lee reads well, but he doesn't develop the characters as well as John Lee. And, his accents are undeveloped, Italian, Israeli, Saudi all sounding nearly identical.
Is this end of the Gabriel Allon character?
great performance too.
unfortunately, none of story's context got outdated after ten years.
if liked the previous books, you'll enjoy this one as well .
The reader was difficult to understand and it was challenging listen. Combined with a plot that dragged I almost didn't make it through this book.
Wow! What a heart stopper this one was! I couldn't stop listening - 8 hours in one day! They just keep getting better and better :)
I've listened to about 4 of the Silva books and this was one of the best productions. If you like him, listen to this one.
And Buffalo George
The book's theme is that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia supports international terrorists and while the plot is fictional, the documented truth of the matter is there for the reader. This novel is a very well written and well plotted thriller. For me, the best one of the series. The plot is intricate and winds around unpredictably...oh, so fun. The characters run around on a yacht the size of a Navy destroyer, but with more perqs--makes you wonder if that lifestyle could be fun, except for the security concerns. You want to root for the newly minted secret agent, an American art lover. What do do about those Saudi financiers?
I read this a long time ago and loved it. I'm now going back through the series.
The story is fantastic. The characters are wonderful. The suspense is palpable. The narrator is less than stellar. I didn't care for his accents at all. But, in spite of that, it's a can't-put-down book.