This is my first Berry novel, and overall, I was disappointed. I didn't hate the book, but wouldn't recommend it either.
The beginning is quite slow; and the end feels abrupt and unsatisfying. The long and protracted development of the female "villain's" character and diabolical scheme comes to a sudden and unrealistic anti-climax. After hours and hours of nebulous theorizing and planning, the whole thing comes apart in a way that she should have planned for. Unsatisfying.
I also did not like the narrator, especially in the beginning - however it didn't bother me too much after some time. Jumping back-and-forth between characters and locations so often, in third-person, was also off-putting.
I did finish it, so it's not terrible; just not great either.
I thought it was ok, and got used to the narrator. I would have given it 2.5 stars, but rounded down because of higher expectations.
this book was action packed from the get-go. Really enjoyed it. Downloaded another book to my kindle by Steve Berry, just so I could enjoy reading more from him.
Audible is a life saver -- and a life changer!
If Scott Brick (the narrator) were to read this review, every banal word of it would be laden with high drama, full of pregnant, ill-placed pauses. Inane sentences, such as this one, would be saturated with false doom. If I were to write something poignant you'll miss it because Brick reads everything as a Greek tragedy.
I gave the book 5 stars to compensate the author in my small way. His reputedly great story has been aurally massacred. For audiophiles, that's a very sad thing.
Steve Berry and Scott Brick is just a perfect match for audio books. This must have been one of my favourite audio books by far.
I listen to the book during to long 10 hours flights. I really enjoyed it and I do not agree with other comments about the narrator
English is not my native language, and I found the descriptions from Paris very accurate.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
I have come to enjoy Steve Berry, as one of my "Go-To" authors, they also include Clive Cussler, Brad Thor, Ken Follett, Daniel Silva, Demille, Jeffrey Archer. But recently this book by Steve Berry and Dan Brown's new one have been very disappointing. It took the 7th CD to finally get interesting in this book. This book was very hard to follow at times, not sure who was speaking. Steve Berry seems to be trying to crank out books instead of taking the time and developing the awesome books he has written in the past. This book is not worth your time. After finishing one of the best books I have listen too in a long time, The Wrecker by Clive Cussler, this was a huge disappointment. The reader Scott Brick is so good, but he couldn't save this book.
This book is awesome. I had a lot of fun listening. I do admit the narrator was very difficult to enjoy.
The narration got better towards the end, but I do think with better narration, this book would be averaging 5 stars!!!
Steve Berry seems to have cornered the market on this style of ( albeit slightly formula driven ) historical suspense novel. The twists are fun, the story researched well and Scott's narration is , as always, compelling. Well worth the time!