Well, its no wonder you're insane, look at what you fill your mind with!
- skip the preface-
"Eye of the Needle" is a study of one German Spy, who is deeply embedded in enemy territory. The secrets he has access to are important enough that both sides are willing to do almost anything to protect them. And while these events take place, the world moves on around them, occassionaly drawing-in people who happen to get in the way.
The author immerses us in a world of Bakelite, checkered skirts, and the impending war machine. However, for all of the descriptive backdrop, and rich details, he creates believable characters, exciting action sequences, and intriguing plot twists.
In short, it is everything you could want in an espionage novel.
A better alternative to Jo Nesbo
"Lost Causes" is about a detective who is placed as head of the newly minted "Dept. Q" - if only to keep him, and his brash manners, away from everyone else. The Force won't fire him, however, because of his exemplary past...and he knows it.
So, he is instead relegated to a tiny basement office in a such a way that one cannot help feeling a humorous empathy with the aging detective. Cold-case files, and Dead-ends are his company... that, and a Middle-eastern man with fire and talent, and umm, a Transylvanian accent (sorry, couldn't help it).
Detective Carl Morck's past is anything but funny, and serves to bring gravity to the story.
The mystery to be solved leads to a harrowing conclusion, with real-life consequences. The ending is not as happy as most 'western' endings, but not as dark as some Scandinavian books. All-in-all Olsen did an admirable job of eliminating gratuitous and tasteless filth, and what was included was handled in such a way as to not glorify it needlessly.
Det. Morck was a likable protagonist. The Antagonist, when he was discovered, was despicable in equal measure. It was a good versus evil in the end, which can add so much to a mystery. It wasn't the greatest book I've ever read in this genre, but it was enjoyable, and I will likely read another Olsen novel.
Bottom Line: recommended to fans of the genre.
This was a short novel, that was atmospheric and well-written, but perhaps lacking in depth.
Secret Service Agent Ethan Hunt is investigating the disappearance of missing agents in a small town in ...the Pines somewhere, maybe Idaho...
Strange things are happening, and it may be more than the result of concussive head trauma. To his credit, author Blake Crouch does not feel the need to overly explain things, although, sometimes I wished for more "showing".
'Rain Fall' tells the story of a hired Assassin through first-person narrative.
The protagonist uncovers complications connected to a recent contract. His morals are beginning to settle into an uncomfortable ambivalence. To further compromise his position, he has allowed himself to become emotionally close to someone who is drawn dangerously into a thickening plot.
The pacing is slow, but interesting. It speaks in what I would call a "quiet, but powerful voice". The narration by Brian Nishi is exceptional, and the authentic Japanese-American tone and inflection melds harmoniously.
I appreciated the blow-by-blow account of Judo and Aikido. The author obviously speaks from a place of understanding. In addition, his observations of Tradecraft were realistic and engaging. It was similar in many ways to a modern-day James Bond, except (big except) that the main character kills people for money, as opposed to the very fine line of killing acknowledged enemies in the interests of National Security and in the sometimes necessary call of duty.
If you have looked at my profile you will see that I try to review books only after I have listened to them carefully and completely. I did not know this was a novel about an Assassin. I chose to stop halfway through, because I do not like to read stories about Assassins. I thought this was about espionage, so the fault lies with me and not the author.
I enjoyed Eisler's writing, and would certainly try another book by him. I would recommend* this book to fans of the genre.
The plot snaps quickly into the story. By page two we are already wondering what's happened.
In this exciting mystery-drama (that reads like a police procedural), we follow the hero as he is stripped of his riches and covered in filthy rags. His good name is dragged through the mud. Uncomfortable accusations are made against him. Evidence supporting those allegations are uncovered. He is thoroughly dishonored, and locked away in prison to the relief of everyone around him. Then we learn who he really is...
This is the remarkable story of a young African child who is stolen from his home by rebel troops, his eventual journey to America, and then to the Olympics (twice representing USA in track).
Lopez writes with a simple faith that Christians will enjoy, yet won't offend listeners of other faiths.
Written as only Jack London can...
A man traveling alone across a winter-scape where temps are colder than -50 below.
His legs accidentally go through a soft spot where natural spring waters remain free of ice regardless of temps. Now the emergency! He must start a fire, but his hands are not working, and his legs are starting to freeze.
As I write this review, the midwest has been experiencing record cold temps as cold as -50°. School is cancelled and weather advisories go into effect. People are warned to stay indoors.
In this book, his friend warns him not go out alone, but he doesn't listen...
It is not London's best work, but he does manage to capture a certain poignancy.
Narration was fine- Husmann has a classic, crisp tone.
Neon Rainbow was enjoyable for what it was: a slightly over-the-top detective procedural that didn't stand still for very long.
Will Patton is one of my favorite narrators. I think he is born for it.
This was my least favorite of the three shorts by PKD I have read.
It felt contrived, and some of the plot lines were weak and unexplained. Just not very good.
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