Since this book appears to be a pre 9/11, cold war type book, I thought it would come across as dated. It was excellent.
DeMille has a knack for showing us the subtleties of a different ways people live and survive. This book showed Soviet cold war living in the same way Up Country showed the living in Viet Nam 20 years after America pulled out.
On top of that is an incredible story,
I am not sure if it was a man reading female dialog, but the main female character seemed very stupid and listening to her really got on my nerves. If you can tune her out, the book would be about 3 and 1/2 stars. If it wasn't for the very dark subject matter and charaters, I would have given this 4 stars. If you like spy stories and don't mind depressing subject matter, I think you will like this book. I don't usually read spy genre, but really enjoyed that aspect of this book.
I love Nelson DeMille, but if you're looking for the amazing excitement of "The Lion's Game" or the humor of "The Gold Coast" don't purchase this book. It is long and boring and nothing ever happens. The title and synopsis are misleading. I did finish it though, if that means anything.
Right up there, very interesting story. Lots of twists and turns and very well read.
Of course Hollis...don't know if I've spelled his name right. He was a great character.
Yes, I enjoy Scott Brick. I really enjoy his take on a character.
I don't want to read a book all in one sitting. I want to enjoy it and I don't have that kind of time to read it all at once.
Definitely a great book that keeps you hooked. A few things made you wonder if something like this could exist. Also great perspective on Russia and what it might be like to be Russian.
WOW!, first DeMille book. I rank this up with some of Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" earlier books.
The story kept you guessing the unexpected.
Liked every twist! Overall 5 stars! Colonel Hollis determination kept each scene waiting for the next!
A friend recommended this book as a first listen of DeMille. For Clancy fans, this is a must listen.
As a teenager I was entrawled with 007 (James Bond). So I love spy novels even the ones where the hero doesn't get the girl. Now that I have outed my guilty pleasure, I have to say that I do other types of books.
This book keeps you guessing right up to the end. If like a lot of twists and turns you will love this!
What an incredible book! The author treats you to an understanding of the Russian culture and Soviet government.
What an excellent book! I was riveted and completely absorbed. Couldn't put it down.