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.
Quite a plot centered around the secret deception of D-day, 1944, the invasion of France. It was a plot that was believable and used actual characters and places so that the truth could hide in a novel. I found myself referring to internet sources to determine if the people in it were real or imaginary, so the book was well researched. By the end, the plot is so twisted that one wonders who, really, is the titled "unlikely spy."
I just happened upon this book as a recommendation. I like spy novels and this one did not disappoint. The reader did a good job and the story moved along well. I hope to find more like it.
This is a very intriguing book. It explores the personality of spies and the personality of the people who guide them. It kept my attention right from the beginning. I sat up late to listen to the last bit.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys: adventure, romance, intrigue and WW2 accounts. Just a really good story.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Spy vs Spy vs. Spy! Loved the plot, in which spy agencies work against each other and perpetrate complex cross-spying, and found myself relating to both the good guys and the bad guys -- some of whom were of the female variety -- a rarity in books of this type. If you enjoy historical fiction -- particularly those related to WWII -- this book will please you greatly.
The plot was so good that I thought I had it all figured out, but the final 30 minutes proved me wrong. Great twists and turns right to the end. Highly recommend this read!
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
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.
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
I have read so many WWII thrillers and figured I would be bored with yet another. No so. Silva does a great job with the characters, plot twists, staging. I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to my husband and others. If you like spy thrillers or WWII novels, you'll enjoy this. I'm looking forward to my next book by Daniel Silva.