Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Art restorer, Gabriel Allon has left the fight against terrorists out to destroy Israel and is trying to live a peaceful life . . . until the man responsible for killing his family returns on the scene, and Gabriel is called back into action . . . the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict is described in detail, and is very interesting to listen to . . . some reviewers find it to be skewed, I did not . . . the language and sex involved in the undercover work are not appealing, but to be expected . . . nobody comes out "clean" in the end . . . although Gabriel comes out on top, the resolution is nothing anyone would have expected . . .
I enjoyed the story however the main character is a contrast in development. You are expecting this strong, can see through anything type. What you get is something less than that. I felt he as under developed. Given this is the first entry in a long running series, I am left to think there is s lot more development coming down the line. Still, entertaining.
Was not sure I would enjoy it. had never heard of the author until I read a review in the book section of the Sunday paper.
Now I will be listening to all his books in the series
But it's the narrator...
I actually returned another Silva book. Could not get into it due to narrator. Guidal is that good. Again I've learn even more about the struggle between the Jews & Arabs; the Palestine struggles while enjoying a great story. This is why I prefer a book I learn more about history and other views of the world struggles
Not a good use of my "pleasure" time. It was too depressing with too much killing.
Something a bit lighter.
Guidall performed, as usual, all characters very well.
Not to me.
If you don't mind lots of meaningless violence, by all means, listen to this book.
I enjoyed the book, the story, and the performance. However, the repeated and unnecessary use of the f-bomb ruined the listen for me. The book and the author came highly recommended, but I was listening with my wife and the language was highly offensive.
I'll watch other reviews, and might possibly try again; but it will be a while.
I just finished the Jack Ryan series from Tom Clancy and Audible suggested this series. I waded through 10 chapters, but it just didn't work for me.
It centers around the Arab-Israeli conflict. It unfolds very slowly and I just didn't like the way it was progressing. If you read the first few chapters of Patriot Games it pulls you right in. This book did not.
The narrator is very talented, but all the characters sound like Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs.
I'm sure,some folks will like it but not me.