Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
I was thrilled with this purchase. It is a uniquely thorough look at a veteran spy, the toll his work takes on him, and how his past allows him to react to the present. And he is no super hero either. Most of all it a terrific suspense novel.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
I enjoyed the mystery, intrigue and the pace.
The concept of a US spy carrying a Koran around with him and struggling with his faith issues while he was fighting Islamic terrorism was unexpected and yet believable. It brings to light one of the major issues confronting modernity in many countries. Do we dare embrace Islam without compromising our value systems?
it's difficult to write contemporary spy thrillers and have them be believable and entertaining at the same time but this author succeeds. the reader isn't the best in Audible but he's very good.
I like action, and this book, though well written, didn't have much. All the character analysis and history add nothing. Could be cut by 75% and not lose the plot.
I waited 9.5 hours of the 12 hour book for any action. This is no Tom Clancy novel. While your normal spy or action novel has vignettes that you can't quite piece together by design until late in the novel, this one took far too long for my tastes to start coming into focus.
There are 6 novels in this series and based on my lack of enjoyment on novel 1, I'll happily use my credits for something else. John Wells might be an okay character, but not interesting enough for me to delve into this series.
Jo Nesbo's novels are far more interesting and action packed. Ditto for Jussi Adler-Olsen novels.
I enjoyed the narrator's pace, expressions and intonations so I'll happily enjoy his performances on another author's work.
I recommended this book to my husband, e.g., nagged him until he started it. Unfortunately, he started the first download at 11:00 last night and finished it before coming to bed. He was still sleeping when I left for work at 8:00. It is that kind of book. It caught me off guard more than once and not many books can do that. Strongly recommend for anyone who appreciates a good story and an excellent reader.
I took a chance on this book because of the brief narrative and ended up truly enjoying the book all because of the narrator Robertson Dean. He made the book truly worth listening to. He gave the book a heart and soul. I so enjoyed his reading that I have been searching for other books that he has narrated.
Most reviews of this novel suggest that it's better than basic genre fiction. Maybe there's a rewarding story in there somewhere, but it's delivered in such a long string of cliches that I just lost heart. The dialogue and character introspection are perfunctory; the prose is serviceable but nothing more. Current events and vague flag-waving don't make a compelling spy novel. Guess I don't quite get why this book is so popular...