Ninety percent of the story is set up to a sting without a twist, obstacle or complication. The characters are so slightly sketched that they are impossible for me to identify with. The narration is halting and poorly edited to the point of sometimes being incomprehensible. I'll be hesitant about getting a Penguin audiobook again because of the poor production.
Don't know if this was a failure of Forsyth or the reader. This was nothing more than background noise during my drive to and from work. Get the book from the library, read it, if it the story is the failure you've not wasted your money.
At 6Hrs and 19 min in part 1, Forsyth refers to the assault on Qal-i Janghi, and the killing of Johnnie Spann and says in was in 1991. Not so, that actually happened in Nov 2001. I don't see a fictional purpose to moving the time back ten years and expect it is a typo or a research error. Now if he had read the "Horse Soldiers" assiduously he would have known that.
The book was ok better than some books I've listened to but not Forsyth best, not even close. He earlier books are excelent if you haven't read/listened to them yet.
I was excited about hearing of another title from Forsyth. His books have always been great, except for The Cobra. The problem is with the narrator. He delivers a very dramatic presentation, which some like, others not. The issue is his delivery rythem. His oddly placed pauses, which were constant, were so disturbing that I concentrated more on his delivery than the story. I would hope Forsyth gave us another great tale, but I lost interest after 3 hours, feeling it just wasn't worth the effort. I would not recommend this offering.
The reading was boring and dry. It was if he were reading a report not a novel. Forsyth could have done much better. The premise was very intriguing and had my mind thinking of all the possibilities. In reality the book was without suspense or a thrill. Even the ending was dull and "matter of fact"
Runnin' in SJ
Not one of Frederick's best. I normally enjoy his background research and how he infuses bits of historical fact into his storyline. With this book, the technical details actually derailed the story and I found myself wanting to cut my losses and not finish the book. I found the narration to be tedious and annoying. The dramatic pauses were at the wrong places, making it difficult to listen to. Like other readers, the ending was poorly thought out.
This is more of a story about how a country (willing to invest billions) could slow down (not eliminate) the flow of cocaine in the world. It is not a story, it is a narration and a poor one at that. It was difficult to listen to a policy-wonk explanation of "how to" in the disguise of a novel. Save you effort.