This book takes some time to get into, but once it gets going the suspense is like an avalanche. As the main character develops he becomes a very human CIA agent, with real emotions and failings, not the fictional superspy who never makes mistakes. But he grows quickly and at the end becomes fully mature and very wise. This is about an effort by the CIA to uncover a terrorist cell that is operating throughout Europe and the Middle East and also involves a high level Jordanian agent who helps bring the story together. I couldn't put the book down toward the end and the climax was extraordinary and quite unexpected. All-in-all a very intelligently written story. I don't agree with the criticism of the narrator by other reviewers. He was not the best I've heard but he was good, the middle-eastern accents of those characters very well done and he kept the story going for me. I give this one four stars.
Eddie Chapman is a real live spy in this amazing non-fiction story that "reads" like a novel. He is a larger than life gentleman criminal who discovers that he is a loyal British subject who was born to be a double agent. Wonderfully narrated by John Lee (one of the best in my opinion), Eddie cons the Germans who are only too happy to send him back to England to spy for them and he then wastes no time convincing the Brits that he can be an effective double. You can't make this stuff up but the amazing thing is that its all true, and the contributions Eddie Chapman made to the allied war effort are extraordinary. We root for Eddie the whole time and he clearly has nine lives. This is great movie material--I just hope Tom Cruise doesn't get the role.
I loved this story. It took a bit of time to get into this unusual and thought-provoking mystery, but once it grabbed me I couldn't put it down. The story, set in Sweden, principally involves the disappearance many years before of a young woman and the renewed investigation of that event. But there's much more to the story because the thoroughly interesting characters have their own issues and agendas which become sub-plots on their own, and it all comes together in ways totally unpredictable. The narration was a bit flat early on in a very British way, but overall was perfectly acceptable. A unique story and highly recommended.
This book has it all: great story, characters, past and present history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suspense, courtroom drama and a surprise climax. The challenge is to figure out the piece that solves the mystery before you get there. I suspected it but was never sure. One of the best listens ever and probably Patterson's best.
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