A great thriller. It will hold you spell bound. A must listen to! I loved every minute.
This is one of the best books I have read in years. The story is edge of you seat suspense, with a spy style love story mixed in. The writer worked for the CIA so it just doesn't get more realistic. Narration is excellent. This book left me racing back to the computer to see if Jason Matthews had other books. I could not believe this was his first. Destined to become a must read classic.
I am only on Chapter 2 and loving this book. The detail, the knowledge, the characters are great. I'm fixin' to fall into this book. (the wife of Franklin)
One of the best audio books I've listened to.
The plot was full of surprises. The characters were three dimensional and the book felt authentic. The writer clearly knows how the CIA works.
Loved Jeremy's Bobb's performance. It's the first time I've listened to him but I will search out his other books.
Yes. In fact, I listened to it in the car and I often would get to my destination and stay in my car, listening to more of the book.
I got this book because of its reader rating. Although I got hooked early, I found it kind of formulaic. Strikingly beautiful Russian spy who excels in everything... American spies who are so top drawer... like the James Clancy military men.. So different from the flawed or troubled LeCarre spies. Lots of fun but not up to its rating in my opinion.
This is a very well written book. The plot has lots of twists and turns to keep one hooked. The characters are well developed and believable. I was amazed at the "spycraft" going on in the Intelligence world and obviously this is just the tip of the iceberg which was written about. To my surprise and delight, it appears Mr Matthews also enjoys the culinary world and each chapter was ended with a short, concise recipe of a dish one of the characters had enjoyed. I was horrified at the end of the book searching for the sequel to find that this is Mr Matthews only book and can only be consoled that a sequel and even more hopefully a series will emerge from this book, given the cliffhanger ending. I think the narrator did a fine job as well.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
To try and put it words...... It wasn't enough of any one thing. I see why people liked it - But I don't know why it was loved by most. It was a spy novel without too much mystery. A CIA novel without enough assassinations. A love story that didn't have enough connection. I didn't hate it - But I surely didn't love it...... What can I say?
Smart, modern, interesting and well crafted novel. Description and the details of the scene and characters made me as if I’m there observing the act. I also, loved the recipes at the end of each chapter; it added a unique taste to the story telling. Story moves little slow but didn’t mind at all. That made the story more real. Few of the Russian story portions were not believable. Knowing Soviet era KGB stories, there is no way that SVR would be that careless. Other than that, I loved the story and enjoyed reading and listening. Just found out that Fox bought the rights to the book. Good job Jason Matthews.
Where can I get the recipes without going back chapter by chapter and writing them down?
Faster pace, less cussing and more to the point...less meandering around the story
all of them