Although this novel is categorised as an espionage thriller, this is simply a generic foundation on which the writer has constructed a form to carry his thoughts and philosophy, to ask questions and examine the nature of the human condition. Like the main character, Nikoli, this story is cynical, angry; never black or white, exasperating, flawed. Like a rolling ocean it ebbs and flows. Just when it seems to have lost its momentum in a morass of opinion and generalisation, it re-flowers once again drawing the listener into its vididly imagined world. At the end as the main character moves toward a sort spiritual resolution I was left feeling satisfied.
More than anything, this epic story adresses the most pressing question of human existance, What is the nature of this existance in which we are impelled to participate?
A perfect novel, No!
One that has remained with this listener after completion, Yes!
Many explorations and adventures await!
Although an interesting book it took me a while to understand, but I think I finally got it. The author uses many descriptive words well, but in my opinion over abused. Also the author is expressing his views and his ignorance with his lack of knowledge on Christianity and evolution. Both cannot exist together. It is my opinion that the author is reaching out through his character for something. I found the book to be somewhat shallow and depressing. Also the author portrays Americans basically as selfish pigs, which is sickening to me, but arrogance and self pride is an okay thing for Europeans. I wonder where this book is going as none of the characters are very respectful or good and the plot is obviously being created as the author goes along which in my opinion is not a good way to write a book. An author should have a plan. There is plenty of cave dwelling darkness in this book too. The reader also made the American voices sound totally disgusting. Unless you want to feel sadness and shame with this book don?t waist your credits. I rate a C-
Main interests are crime, some science fiction, fantasy & comedy. Also very interested in playback hardware for audio books.
In spite of the dark subject & occasional violence, this story is also beautifully written. The descriptions of the background to the story & characters are most sensitively handled, & indicate the familiarity of the author with the customs & history of the countries in which it takes place. I'll probably read this again in about six months.
I read this book when it came out in the early 80's. If you were very young then or cannot remember that time at all you will find the computer reference's very dated. For those of us that lived it, well it's fun to remember. Once you get past that this is a good story. The narrator does a very good job maintaining his characters and bringing the story to life. I loved it.
Now living in Estes Park, Colorado.
What a fun summer listen! All the elements are there: bigger-than-life heroes and anti-heroes; a super buffoon who is more than meets the ear; pseudo-psychology and philosophy; and sticks in the eyes of all of us, regardless of nationality or gender. I had never been spelunking before,but now I've "done" a killer cave twice guided skilfully by Trevian. Download it. Have fun.
What a wonderful listen! I was sorry when it was over.
This author educates and entertains simultaneously.
Quite a nice listen, although a bit slow in the begining. I enjoyed to hear that even 30 years ago people were aware of the role of corporations in ruling the USA! The character Le Cargo (SP?) is amazing and extremely entertaining!
I like the author's vivid writing style and character development. However I didn't very much care for his anti-American views. Even though the plot and story's background shows us why the character didn't like America, the writer's personal views of the western world seem to bleed through his work. I would still recommend the book on it's own merit, putting aside my differences with its author.
Shibumi stirs facination for anyone who has experienced or would like to know of the cultural span from the Far East to Europe with characters extending to the Middle East. I'll remember this one.
I'm a former college English teacher turned administrator. Still read (and listen) a lot.
This is one of the better books I've listened to in a long time. I cared about these characters from the very beginning.