The Daniel Silva series was recommended to me by a good friend and I guess I expected more. Maybe it was the narrator - not one of my favorites although I realize he has been doing this a long time and has many avid followers. Most everything I've listened to narrated by him falls a bit flat. I really don't like the way he does women at all. Makes them all sound weak and pouty, no matter who the author is.
The plot of the book felt forced in some places, like the author had to figure out how to write himself out of a hole and did it the most expedient way. And perhaps I just don't love this genre enough, although there are some writers in this genre I enjoy very much. Yet, I will listen to the others in this series that I already purchased, because, well I own them now and maybe they will grow on me, or not.
I know most people who love Vince Flynn/Alex Berenson books love Daniel Silva. I've read and listened to a few and while I do appreciate the realism in his books I also am a bit turned off by the darkness that tends to be in them. Also a lot of sex scenes tend to be described in his books. I leave 4 stars as I did mostly enjoy the book and I love George Guidall. 4 stars because I think he is a very talented writer but he's just not for me.
Ever have a friend start telling you a story and say "hey, let me give you a little background" ... and 30 minutes later they're still going in circles giving you background that really has nothing to do with nothing? If so, you can relate with my reaction to this book. At any number of points, I wanted to scream "JUST GET TO THE POINT!"
I'm a pretty sophisticated reader, but this book is painful. The author will spend ten minutes discussing every little detail in scenes that are effectively 20 or 30 seconds of action. I expect this in the first half of any book as the plot is being setup ... but I swear that this author (at least in this book) actually gets MORE detailed as the book unfolds. The plot is great ... the characters are interesting ... the author clearly has talent ... but I'm just not spending any more credits on this author/series.
Maybe it was just me, but I had trouble following the story. have to really push myself to finish it. this was a new offer for me and wanted to give it a try. narrator was good.
I Bought this book as part of a two for one sale - it was not a good choice. So much about the storyline is extraordinarily cliched. It's like watching a bad action movie in novel form.
I must admit I quit listening a few hours into the book ... it was that or go to sleep, and it was too early for that .... !!!
I usually enjoy the Daniel Silva books, but this one, not so much. The story is some what convoluted with an ending that just makes little sense. The saving grace here is George Guidall's narration which kept me listening. He is one of the best narrators out there. He makes nonsense sound wonderful!!!!
Daniel Silva has created a terrific, conflicted spy in Gabriel Allon. This will definitely be a character I will continue to read.
Gabriel Alon is the great spy you would like to see succeed! Daniel Silva 's story is plain yet fascinating. I am a fan of the genre and have been reading a many of the great writers. Definitely will follow Silva from now on.
George Guidall id doing a great job. Though character voices do not change much, you can still match the emotivons to the characters.