I patiently listened and tried to find redeeming features about this book - to no avail. The protagonist is so weak and unbelievable that any other potential in this novel is drowned out and lost in the noise.
Save your money and your time. There are way too many other good books out there.
An excellent example of the post cold war era spy thriller. Good character development and almost believable scenarios. Tension is held and builds to a strong conclusion. An entertaining read.
A word of caution though: this is a sequel to "Moscow Rules". The entire plot and outcome of Moscow Rules is retold as part of the development of this novel. So, once you have read The Defector you will not be able to go back to Moscow Rules, so read it first.
So bad, in fact, I did not finish it. Besides being an idiotic story, the narration is terrible. Instead of having one reader, they have two; a man for the male roles and a woman for the female. So, instead of an audible novel you get poor radio drama. Really bad.
Forstchen presents an interesting hypothesis in an almost believable way. An excelent example of the Post Apocalyptic genre and a fun science fiction yarn set in the present day.
Well narrated, well researched and very informative. I listened to it twice and learned much from it. This book helped me see the world and current events from a different point of view and significantly improved my ability to interpret and understand the political and diplomatic forces at play in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
In this book Mr. Maxwell states the obvious and blows his own horn while never giving insight into what it takes to develop into the kind of leader he believes he is. Waste neither your money nor your time.
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