The characters were a bit stereotyped, strong silent hero, warm loving heroine, close band of brothers, but these types were appropriate for this novel and well done. The premise of the book with missing MIA soldiers was not likely, but possible. I thought I wouldn't like the book since history has moved on, but the book was worthy in its own right.
The visit to one of the last non-collectivized villages was vivid. You felt like you were there.
I loved his Russian accents. The villain, a fanatical KGB agent was a real person, especially at the end when you met his mother. The equally fanatical CIA agent was excellent as well.
This is not my kind of book so I was surprised I enjoyed it so much. It kept my interest and was not predictable.
I found this book gripping from the moment it started. It is a bit of a throwback to Cold War times but it is easy enough to get past that.
Hard to chose
LOVE English Bulldogs, Nelson Demille, Patricia Cornwell and just reading in general!
Yes, and I have. The story was written so well and performed by Scott Brick so well, that I couldn't stop listening. I got really caught up in the storyline and I actually felt like I was there, in Russia, could picture the scenes as they unfolded!! It was fiction, but the whole time you were listening to it, you were thinking, this could be 100% true. LOVE LOVE LOVED it!!
His changing of the character's voices are so natural, and he delivers each character's personalities so perfectly.
I most definitely recommend this to anyone. It is LONG, but get the unabridged version so you get ALL the finite details.!!
Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.
I am a fan and I will always give DeMlle the benefit of the doubt. Not a good as many of his others.
This was another great thriller from DeMille. From the opening of the story, I was hooked, and it definitely did not let me down. I thought the characters were fantastic and the pace of the story kept me listening for more. I happened to start watching the new FX show "The Americans" as I was in the middle of this book, which really struck me as ironic and made me wonder if there really could be Russian spies in America posing as Americans.
Great story - scarily believable!
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. He does fantastic accents and voices and always brings me into whatever story I'm listening to.
The story was compelling and the characters were interesting.
All of DeMille's other work. This falls right in line with his others.
He was very easy to listen to, very smooth performance.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to the book, but there were parts I didn't enjoy due to the content. I'm not a big fan of a great deal of violence.
While the story went on a bit too long, I found listening to the story very interesting and enjoyed the unique plot.
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Well-written, interesting and seemingly well researched DeMille captures the feeling of the cold war accurately. Scott Brick is a fantastic narrator. If I were to be critical on one part of the reading, it's that there are times he may want to add a little more urgency to his voice (fight scenes, etc.) The characters are interesting and have enough depth to be realistic.
Bottom line: This is a top-notch listen!
I read this book years ago and loved it! After listening to it again, I realize I have forgotten most of it. It was great to listen to the story again! If you like action, adventure & travel, you'll enjoy it. The female characters could be more empowered, and in that way it can seem dated. But its a fun, entertaining read!
We also listened to "The Panther" and Scott's performance was a consistent, but sometimes the repetition is annoying. The characters in both books say, "Right..." in a way that gets old. It is so hard to listen to the way someone else reads rather than my internal voices while reading.
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.