I tired of waiting for the next Allon installment, so decided to go with this, Silva's first. I was extremely pleased. I don't know if he's done anything this good since. Oh, yes I do; he has, again and again!
I've read a lot of Daniel Silva and this book is by far his best. Riveting to the end, the WW2 plot is a nice change-up from Alon.
I love Daniel Silva, but I really didn't enjoy this. I just couldn't get into it and had a hard time keeping all the characters straight. Maybe it was where my head was while I was listening, but I was glad when the book was over. I'll give it another try at a later date and maybe change my mind but for now, I don't put it in the same class as Silva's other books.
This is my second Daniel Silva novel and it's good to read a spy novel written in an adult style by someone who clearly could make a mark as a "serious" novelist should he ever wish to tackle different themes. Clearly, I loved the book but I must call attention to the extraordinary narration by Michael Page whose voice changes for each and every character.
Character development was fantastic. The storyline was realistic and had various levels of depth adding a richness to the book. I'm not usually into wartime books but this was great.
I have read/listened to many of Daniel Silvas books, and they are all very well written. The narrator on this one however leaves much to be desired. I think with a different reader, say a Scot Brick for example, I would probably rate this 4 or maybe even 5 stars. So if you don't mind much about the narration, then this is an excellent story with a good plot, however if the reader makes a difference, I would suggest another of Mr. Silvas works.
Pam Foster - I enjoy listening to books. I had to retire early and I've found audio to be one of my good friends. Reading reviews is a must before purchasing a book.
Yes. I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it's a lesson in history and extremely challenging to listen and try to make the right puzzle pieces fit together before you listen to the end. Who is actually spying on whom and when all is said and done, just who is the spy? The audiobook was a fun book to listen to. It kept my interest throughout. Daniel Silva did a great job on character development, from the most important to the least important character.
The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy. Deception was the way that the submarine and its crew were captured. The Americans accomplished the impossible and the Russian's were unable to make the puzzle pieces fit. The ability to create and execute such a plan was quite a feat.
No, but I clicked on his name and have placed a few of his other novels in my wish list. His ability to change from one accent to another is very well done. He also had the same ability when he did a female voice. There were quite a few characters but Michael Page was such an excellent narrator that I was able to put the voice to the character, which helped me to get to know the characters quickly.
Creative Deception Equals a Win
I enjoy how Daniel Silva is able to make his words flow. Listening to Michael Page made the audio version a great listen. I've not read the book but I know that I wouldn't have given the accent, emotion and overall quality to this novel that his narration did. Was I there when D-Day was in the making? I felt as if I was.
Yes! I think that the reader added a sharp edge to the experience. Audio books are usually kept in my car....this one came indoors. I guess that's the listening equivalent of "couldn't put it down".
I'm always drawn to World War II novels. There is something compelling about the pure low-tech genius of the conduct of wartime intelligence...radio signals, fires on the beach, photographed pages of documents, etc. And this story had characters who were all so vivid and approachable that, at times, you almost found yourself rooting for the bad guys...who weren't always so evil and who had backgrounds trapping them into the roles they carried out. Especially at the end of the novel, the lines between good and evil were blurred, and necessity emerged as the overarching motivation of conduct on both sides.
Michael Page is a very good reader. I like that he doesn't over dramatize...just reads the parts clearly and honestly. And with this novel, the action rings through without a lot of hype!
My only negative reaction to what was a wonderful novel overall is to the way that it wrapped up with a bit too much explaining. The main character received a good deal of information about his role in the project by way of a final conversation. Some of this could have been more subtly delivered as the plot unfolded, allowing the reader to anticipate these important twists, turns and ironies.
Very different from other authors like Harlan Coben who writes mysteries.
No but enjoyed his voice.
Too long for one sitting or even three sittings:)
But if you like the World War II era, then you'll find this engrossing.