The characters are great. I love the way we get to know them slowly as the novel progresses. I love the mental debates that illustrate personal struggles. And I especially enjoyed the different perspective. There is action but also mental stimulation. The novel satisfies on so many levels.
I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was a perfect match for the book although I'm not familiar with him otherwise. If you are a Vince Flynn fan then you almost certainly really like this book.
I have recommended this book to friends, but I talk about books all the time. I particularly like John Wells' story. He's doing his job, but he sees both sides of his undercover coin, and he's conflicted. The author worked diligently to keep John's character true to form; he's conflicted all over the place, but he ultimately knows who he is and where his loyalties are best served.
I am now on the third volume of the series and am still as attached to John and Exley's story as I was at the start.
You might try The Accident Man for something similar; can't remember the author, but I liked that work also. The Accident Man takes an actual event and spins fiction around it, but convincingly so.
Robertson Dean gave a good performance with clear, understandable reading, nice emphasis to important parts and no words glaringly misprononced.
Off topic, but sometimes I wonder if readers have access to a dictionary or check back with the author for tips on how certain words should be read. I once heard a reader pronounce the FBI headquarters as
What a question ... the beauty of a book, even a recorded one, is that I can put it down and take it up again. If all I had to do was read, that would be lovely, but life intrudes.
Try The Faithful Spy. It's a good story.
The book is poorly written and poorly read. I hung on until the end thinking that the book had to have some redeeming feature. I was wrong. I love spy and espionage novels that are clever and suspenseful. This book had glimpses of cleverness, but they were few and far between. What appeal the characters had, was destroyed by the reader, who seemed to have a sneer on his face throughout. Don't waste your time.
Timely, plenty of action, plausible at times, sometimes not, sometimes the implausible is so on the money it is hard to discount. Has some of the nuances, plot depth and character development of the old Smiley stuff...kind of a modern blend of Le Carr?? and Alister McClean. Avoids the techno-babble and thin characters of most current spy/adventurers. Great fun.
I've been a big fan of Vince Flynn for a long time and was looking for something similar when I found this book I was just thrilled. It's a fast moving story with action and great characters. It's been a long time since I cheered out loud while listening to a book. The narrator is OK, but was glad to see George Guidall narrates the rest of the series. Truly awesome.
I enjoyed this book very much. It's exactly what I was looking for, a good spy thriller with lot's of action ... Something to take my mind off reality. Like watching "24" ... Not "HIGH ART", but fun and bloody spy action! If an escape is what you're after, look no further! I'm anxious to see how his others are.
I like espionage thrillers and read all of Vince Flynn's books, who incidently recommended this book. All I can say is that he can learn from Flynn as how to keep suspense going. I could not stop listening to the Flynn series, and it took me about two weeks to finish this one as I lost interest along the way. The narrator was just OK.
Long gone is the Afghanistan war where good and evil was clear.
Set 3 months after 9/11 this novel dates badly.
Although well written (hence 2 stars) 'The Faithful Spy' is a cynical exploitation of American patriotism of a bygone era and should come with a health warning... 'Not for consumption in the real world'.
I enjoyed this well paced "page turner". It wasn't so black and white regarding who the characters were and what motivates them, which I appreciated. The narrator, Robertson Dean, was ideal.
I'll be listening/reading to more by Alex Berenson.