Depth and development of story
Yes; very well
none come to mind
I liked the length of story -
I read the book years ago but I loved it so much I purchased the audio book too. Good story especially those of us who grew up during the cold war.
very emotional and intense. I will remember this story for a long time. It was a very good listen.
I love the narrator Scott Brick. He always keeps the story line interesting and moving. I have listened to his other performances and he is one of the best.
Favorite DeMille Ever!
Loved the unexpected twist when they are kicked out of Russia
Hollis is always calm, cool and, Jason Bourneish.
narrator was great as usual. Story started out good, but dissolved into a boring romance, with a loud mouth female lead (I am a female, and could not stand her) that is supposed to be smart & educated, but cannot keep her mouth shut when it would benefit herself & her lover. Predictable ending.
have not & now will not
great as usual
Someone must enjoy the book because it has over 4 stars and I like the author, I have read other books by him and enjoyed them but this book just dragged on and on. I finally started to jump forward hoping for a change but finally gave up. If you are new to the author try another of his books.
Not as slow as watching paint dry but not as exciting as watching wheat grow.
Yes. Scott is excellent and I have listened to several books which he narrated. I wonder if he was as bored reading this book as I was listening to it ?
Toronto, Canada. Audible enthusiast since 2001.
There is no compelling reason to like either of the protagonists in this book, making it difficult to stick it out through the entire thing even though the plot was good. Lisa is so weak and dependent she is a disgrace to women, and Sam is the strong, silent type with no redeeming features. Overall, there are too many stereotypes in this book to make anything but the plot interesting. I listened to the end, but I kept hoping it would hurry.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
In his interview with Scott Brick at the end of The Lion, DeMille notes that one of the perils of writing ripped from the headlines fiction is that the headlines can change in the time it takes between outline and publication. Specifically, he says many authors were caught with partially completed Cold War thrillers as the Soviet Union rather suddenly ceased to exist. He dodged that particular bullet though and the result is that we are lucky to have this wonderful little tale combining many of the Cold War thriller tropes including abandoned POWs, horrid conditions in the USSR, morally ambiguous or downright bad actors within US intelligence, and the choice between doing the right thing and preserving the peace, into a sort of time capsule.
Readers familiar with DeMille's work will recognize the basic cast of characters: the guy and girl at the center of it all who are in over their heads by varying degrees, the CIA contact with questionable motives, the government mouthpiece only interested in preserving the status quo, and the bad guy who skulks around the shadows for a while before revealing himself and becoming a real pain to our heroes. What is different is that the attractive and plucky female lead this time around is far more ill-equipped to deal with the running and gunning than examples in later DeMille works. The hero of the story is to type though, ready to fling sarcastic asides and bullets in the bad guys' faces at a moment's notice.
The plot launches with satisfying swiftness, perhaps jarringly so, but may ware on people later as many later sequences involve a cycle of action and reporting to others that can get repetitive. There also quite a few, "but do they know that we know X" moments rehashing things in the characters' minds perhaps realistically, but not always enjoyably.
The tone of the book is classic DeMille, with plenty of atmospheric details that really help put the reader in late 1980's Moscow. The flow is also very engaging, and can go from absurdly ffunny to utterly depressing in the same breath. And even those scenes in which characters discuss their plight and speculate incessantly on what to do next are full of colorful little details, like eavesdropping countermeasures or the unique social dynamics of an American embassy in a communist state.
All in all, this story holds up now not as a tale of what could be but what might have been, with the end of the Cold War far from certain even in 1988, and people asking themselves "What would THEY do to avoid World War III?"
This is a great spy novel with complex characters and unexpected plot turns. It's a long book but worth it!
I loved Scott Brick's Russian accents - he sounded very authentic. His Southern accent is horrible though!! Scott, please don't attempt Southern again!
Great development of characters, story line and interesting insight into soviet/American relations. Historic perspective on Moscow and surrounding countryside curious, also.
Allevi - the director of the CIA's operations at the embassy was favorite b/c he was always plotting and planning his next move and how to best protect the embassy personnel and the budding soviet american relations.
Neither, but it did make me want to finish it.
Nelson DeMille's books always contain just enough grains of truth to make me speculate where the truth stops and the story line begins. This book is a couple years old, and reflects the times and diplomatic relations between the US and Russia at that time, but the possibility of such a Charm School existing and working today is chilling and very frightening.