I tried my best to listen to this book but the narration is horrible. The narrator makes every character sound out of breath, near death or completely disinterested in their role. I just finished Command Authority read by Lou Diamond Phillips. He is a master at multiple authentic accents and made the book come to life. I will listen to anything he narrates. Scott Brick, Peter Giles, George Guidall, Paul Michael and Phil Gigante are the other masters. I will listen to anything these professionals narrate. Skip this Audible book and read it on your Kindle instead. Silva is an excellent writer (5 stars) and I have every expectation that this will be another great story. But, not as an Audible listen because this narrator is just terrible.
I like Silva's stories - the adventure, the action and his descriptions! But this book has a passage describing dinner that is served while the hero is visiting at a private home. It is the funniest section I have ever heard, this part alone is worth the books price.
I wait for Silva's books with anticipation but I will think 5 times over before purchasing another of his books. I kept listening and listening waiting for something to happen. There was only description after description, hardly any story whatsoever. When it finally did get going (over half way through) the good part lasted for about 2 chapters and was then over. I have seldom been so bored. I'm so sad to write this.
I have come to expect a wonderful book from Daniel Silva; however, this book is a major disappointment. I expect interesting plots well written from this author but this book is awful. Silva should stick with writing in a European or Middle Eastern setting instead of bringing his political biases to writing a trite, uninteresting story set in Washington. Shame on Silva!
Very typical villains. It is a tired story that would be perfect for Hollywood.
I was hoping for something like a Vince Flynn, but I found the story really predictable, super disappointed with the ending.
Seemed like a long book; but, wasn't very much actually. Book involved Washington DC political actions, money, power and ego--it seemed like every time I turned it on, somebody was getting whacked. The book postulated an international secret society that viewed itself as the global ruler and their political goals involved murder and mayhem. Hmmmm......
I quit reading the Gabriel Allon series because Daniel Silva's characters are so 2 dimensional. Women are all bitchy, whine-y and needy (Chiara from the Allon series, Elizabeth from this series). Additionally, the sex scenes are pretty laughable. I'm not sure if he's put them in for the male or female readers, but everyone climaxes together and he loves to say "breast" ALOT. Anyway, I though by reading the first book in a different series that I might find some differences, but there are none. The plots are predictable, there's nothing new here. No more Daniel Silva books for me.
The story line was pretty much old boiler plate -- CIA, corruption in government, etc.
Had more originality.
The irony of the assassins
First but not last
Yes, the ending set it up for one. I would buy and listen if there are