It was an okay book. Not great but not bad. Slow as hell in the beginning but overall pretty good. I'm going to try another one of his titles and see if it's any better. One thing is for sure, Michael's wife Elizabeth... biggest pain in the ass I've ever heard. Someone should have shot her in the book.
This was my first, and last, Daniel Silva book. I almost stopped listening several times as I just got bored. I enjoy Tom Wood, Brad Taylor, Brad Thor, Ludlum, David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney, Alex Berenson, CJ Box, and on... Daniel Silva fell far short of any of these in story development or telling.
The plot - the characters
His character voices were so bad that I seriously considered just giving up on it. Especially the female characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed this spy thriller. Characters and back stories were well developed. Being a liberal Democrat myself, I had no trouble in believing the evil of the villains.
I couldn't finish it. Too many errors and ridiculous plot elements. Narrator did his best with the material, but you can't make a sail boat from a rusty pail and an Ace bandage.
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Unless you have a semi believable plot, a thriller is not so thrilling. It is more like science fiction. This book starts with an airliner being blown out of the sky by what are thought to be arab terrorists. In reality, they are paid mercenaries who are hired by a secretive group bent of creating world chaos so they can financially benefit. The group consists of greedy American businessmen, Russian Mobsters, and even the Israeli secret service. THis plot has been many times and this novel does not improve on it. (James Bond aka Dr. No) If you want to make money by being extremely violent then there is always the drug traffic. So after a few chapters the author introduces this group and your reaction is "oh come on, this is silly." They even meet on a Caribbean island where they build a multimillion dollar retreat and then blow it up after one day's use as a meeting site. You ask, "why". There is no logical answer.
The other half of the book seems to be about the "hero", Michael Osborne and his whining lawyer wife. She gives him a hard time when he is ordered by President to meet with the alleged terrorists. She has to miss an appointment at a fertility clinic because he is called into action. Most of the book she spends crying. And then there is Michael who has been sitting at a desk job in the CIA but of course has super ninja skills and can kill men with his bare hands. Why are there never any CIA agents who are overweight and who couldn't beat up an old lady let alone a deadly international assassin?
Then there is the assassin who is trained from birth to kill. He goes to great lengths to hide is identity, but then kills people with the same three shots to head, thereby telling everyone, hey it's me killing all these people. At the end he can collect his millions for his hits and just go into hiding, but no, he has to track down Michael and his wife as a new vendetta. You can guess how it ends. Good guy shots bad guy and kills him. NOT. Even though the CIA agent makes the claim of being a great marksman he can't hit the guy with two whole magazines of bullets while he is less than 30 feet away. (Of course it's in the the typical blinding rainstorm on a dark and cloudy night) He escapes, and we are told the evil group of men who hired him have killed him to silence him. But no, he's not dead and reappears in the last chapter. Totally confusing so I guess so we can now have a just as stupid sequel.
Story is excellent without utilization of "course" words. Just because it reflects everyday uneducated language doesn't make it a better listen.
I've read/listened to half dozen of Daniel Silva's books and this is my least favorite.
Number 1: it is not in the Gabriel Allon series which is Silva's best works.
Number 2: the story was disjointed & I agree with another reader's review that stated: "story was improbable with a tedious subplot [actually 2 or 3] about lead character & wife's infertility". And I agree with another reader that wrote: Silva also used stereotypical relationships; Spy & his lonely but supportive wife, Spy and his unsupportive superiors that would rather hamper efforts than help, until the end when it's the only choice they have & after they've put him on suspension (yea, that's never happened before). It was hard for me to keep up with all the characters' names and place within story.
I purchased audio-book during summer sale of 2014, so it was worth the price, but it would not be worth a full price purchase. I tend to listen to my audio-books over several sessions over a period of several days, so I will say that if you were to listen to the story in just a couple of sessions you may be able to follow story line more effectively. The Rembrandt Affair, Unlikely Spy are two of his titles that I liked more.
Lead spy, Michael Osbourne
Not read any more Silva's titles that are not part of the Gabriel Allon series.
For Audible.com: Please make is so while browsing in categories we could sort by price as well as release date, relevance, length, etc... that would be so helpful for those of us on a tight budget.
Overall the book was good. Good is the best I can rate it as it was not really memorable nor gripping. And isn't that what suspense/thriller is all about???