A well-constructed thriller dealing with harrowing subject matter. The action moves slickly between Austria, Israel, Italy and Argentina, as well as between the present, and the past – the latter being World War 2. The narrator (John Lee) does a great job, with a Sean Connery-like “main” voice which he then adapts rather well to take into account a range of characters with different accents.
A reasonable story with grim descriptions of concentration camp scenes, be warned. The reading left a lot to be desired, it was difficult to tell the difference between the characters, all accents were similar, even male and female. Average.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Great dialogue. And an engrossing story, the backdrop of which should never be forgotten.
This was a great novel and very interesting to listen to. Silva drew a very detailed picture of the events, reminding us never to forget what happend. I am new to spy novels, having only listened to Littell's "The Company". I am definately going to listen to ever Silva book out there and hope some of his material will be made into movies.
I enjoyed the book very much. The plot and characters were consistent and well thought out, and the narrator was excellent.
Given the material, certainly of interest to us as among the last of the survivors, this is a very diasppointing book. It is thin on empathy, pathos, character development or, for that
matter, history. A fair attempt was made in the audio to have speakers with 'matching' foreign accents and yet certain names and places were grossly mispronounced for no reason but lack of research. I'd rate it as an average fast moving detective story laced with a little history and a bit of politics. OK for American audiences; thin for Europeans!
Silva's book The Reluctant Spy was a complex, interesting page turner, this one, sad to say, is predictable and unconvincing. Reprising the Holocaust at every opportunity, it lurches into grizzly details of a disgusting period of world history yet feels more like sadistic porn than a real spy story. Is it possible to be bored and disgusted at the same time? Mr Silva makes it happen.
This is predominantly a well written account of aspects of the holocaust, and useful for those who are interested in learning more about it. As a thriller it moves at a glacial pace, pausing frequently to attack the Catholic Church and Austrians. If this is what you want it will be a good listen, otherwise try something else - perhaps Rex Stout and Nero Wolf!