I am very disappointed by this book. Instead of the historical intrigue / mysterious thriller I signed on for, what I found was a thinly veiled documentary. The book goes on and on and on AND ON about the horrors of the holocaust.
YES--we know! The Nazis were terrible people. They killed millions of people. WE KNOW. Now, do you have anything else to say? Because my impression of this book was that I was going to be entertained by interesting characters and a well meshed storyline with several different layers and as much intrigue as action.
What this book gives is frequently two characters alone in a room going on and on and on about their personal experiences under Nazi captivity. If I wanted to know about the horrors of WWII, I'd watch the Discovery Channel. Worse than that, you have one character "teaching" another about the holocaust. Therefore the reader has to delve in to every disgusting nuance of what was war.
If the author wants to write about Nazi concentration camps, then great, by all means do that. But don't write that same book and call it "A Death in Vienna." This in ENTERTAINMENT. Not your personal soapbox.
The narration of this story was first rate, and for the first time in my audible membership I started searching for downloads by the same narrator rather than title or author. Unfortunately the story line and the book's outcome were so predictible that I tended to use it as bed time listening. I found setting the sleep timer on my ipod for 15 minutes usually meant I didn't hear it turn itself off. All in all a little disappointing. Silva is one of the better contemporary writers and his previous books like The Confessor are first rate thrillers with interesting characters and plot turns. This book, the third in his Holocaust trilogy is a little too predictable with Nazi villains like paper cutouts from a 1950s comic book. In the final couple of hours of the narration I found myself wanting it to end. My recommendation is to choose something else by Silva.
An incredible experience and certainly one of the best books I've read. Literature for the ages.
Everything about this character engages. Amazingly, the history represented is pretty much an unknown to me. I am glad I discovered this series in order to more fully appreciate this particular past and ongoing series of events.
Have known about Silva's books for a while but never got round to reading any. Started the Allon series recently and I cant pit them down. Now i know what all the fuss is about!! Also love the historical accuracy!!
I'm totally hooked. It's great to find a series that I haven't read or heard. I enjoy the stories and the narration - even when John Lee's voice of American characters sounds just like Gus Dewer from Ken Follet's The Century Trilogy.
BTW if you have heard or read those - don't miss out.
Although it seemed to drag in a few places, the cultural and historical perspectives make it worth the read by themselves. I am enjoying getting to know the characters in this series and like the fact that they are developing as the series continues.
The Art world which featured so prominently in previously was absent in this novel.
Added more suspense. The end was very predictable
the war criminal was not very believable.