It is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Possibly my new favorite book of all time. If you can read it and pass it on please do so.
I did recommend it, before finishing the story, now not so much. Love the details offered up about cyber criminals going after corrupt officials but then the end came and the story just went 'poof' into the ether.
George Guidall is always brilliant...any character he does comes to life.
No. It needs a rewrite.
So now I can repeat myself and say this is probably the best spy story I have ever read. Cannot wait until the sequel and...I want the recipes in written form!
Do try and see what you think?
...did I listen to this book? Simon Vance is a wonderful reader, therefore I was captured by the sample. I listened to every last word, then wondered why.
Possibly the most ridiculous and convoluted spy story I have ever read.
The first three chapters sound like the beginnings of three different novels.
The hero is an emotional mess dealing with an amazingly dysfunctional family that I have a really hard time caring about.
It's not sure I will be able to finish this silly story. Good reader though.
It may be time to reread Steig Larrsen.
Not up to the old man. Too bad. Disappointing.
Silva's book The Reluctant Spy was a complex, interesting page turner, this one, sad to say, is predictable and unconvincing. Reprising the Holocaust at every opportunity, it lurches into grizzly details of a disgusting period of world history yet feels more like sadistic porn than a real spy story. Is it possible to be bored and disgusted at the same time? Mr Silva makes it happen.
If a story about a self-indulgent loser is your cup of tea, then this book will be just what you are looking for. But anyone seeking a well crafted espionage story or thriller should leave this one alone.
The prose is alright and the reading well done. It's a hopeless story about a hopeless young man. I'm sorry to have wasted those hours of listening.
This is a wonderful story. I read it in print and am delighted to see it here. At first this seems like a quiet tale, but the emotional tension builds right to the end. Not too many of this Italian writers books are in print in English. I hope that changes soon.
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