I vaguely remember the news about the leading incident in the book, wherein a ship wrecks and discharges its payload of would-be immigrants on a riverbank in NYC, as close to its destination as possible. The story about the search for the ultimate head of the business, who turns out to be a Chinese grandmother businesswoman who sees herself as helping her neighbors (at $30,000 a pop) is enlightening, particularly now when most of the news stories are about immigrants smuggled over the US-Mexican border. Not only Mexicans are being smuggled via that route, and it's been said Kazakh nuclear weapons could be brought in. Just yesterday, in Russia, an Iranian was caught trying to smuggle nuclear material out of the country by airplane--he was released, but his material stayed in the country. For how long? The US government hires minimum wage flunkeys to
I've never seen any similar book.
The cat's point of view was not complete, but maybe better that way. I was surprised that this was sufficient to tell the story and fill in the characters. I did not think the daughter even liked her mom, so I was surprised to find she did.
Daniel Silva shines, as always. Unfortunately, the reading does not flow,as if George Guidall must insert a comma after every phrase... ruins the reading. Oh sure, if he reads another Silva book, I'll listen, but I will not enjoy it as much. OTOH, his characterizations of Russians and other nationals seem good, considering I've never heard Russians speak in a loud voice--they always seem to mumble--nor have I heard a Marseilles patois..
Dump the music.
Somebody with a clear speaking voice, as his accent is thick as porridge, exacerbated by music.
Irritation. Half of this hour seems to be music, which makes it difficult to understand Hugh.
Really, Holy Blood, Holy Grail gives a better story about this. Supposedly, this guy has proof supporting that book. Meantime, the real story is that all kings are Jewish. After all, Jesus was a Jew, so if they are descended from Jesus, ergo they are Jews. Whoopie.
I grew up near Cresaptown. The reader continually calls Capt. Cresap "Kree-sap" instead of "Krehssup"--grating to the ear. Apparently he went out of his way to practice the pronunciation of the various Shawnee words--why not check on how men pronounced their names?
Davina Porter is another one with her "sweetcase" (suitcase!) and the like. It is sooooo distracting in a most unpleasant way. You might as well have someone burst into your house yelling FIRE!
As far as I'm concerned, Silva is the best in fiction. Lucky for him, current events keep serving him new plots--perhaps too many plots for him to write about, sadly. I found the bad guy to be excessively bad, but maybe I am naive about the New Russians/nouveau riche. Having read all previous books and being familiar with the characters, I was a bit irked by his insertion of a list of characters and how Gabriel came to know them. The most interesting character in the book is a Russian policeman (with rank) who acted as a counter-agent, helping Gabriel to escape twice, the second time leaving Russia with him to avoid repercussions from Moscow. Oft repeated in the book,
As usual, Silva has a great plot. The use of a feminist Arab who gives her life for an Israeli spy is genius. However, in my view, the story is ruined by being read by someone with a British accent, which, with the various Brit pronunciations, continually breaks your concentration and story flow.
In addition, the use of boilerplate info on all the characters associated with the hero is... useless. I just heard it in a prior book, and since I have read all prior books in this series... I know the characters well. There should be a way to skip pointless parts of a book.
I hope Silva is hard at work on his next book--about the Arab Spring?
Philip Gardner, from what I've heard, should have been very interesting. Sadly, I could not understand what he was saying due to the music... and such awful music! I'd really like to have my money back on this one.
After listening to this story a few months ago, parts of it keep returning to my conscious thinking. Although the tale does not seem complex, there are many threads to pull together, which is done nicely by the author. Memorable intersecting plot(s), interesting, well written and read. And it ends happily.
The reader of Raoul Wallenberg is very good and does his best to make it interesting. However, a book that provides such details as how neatly Wallenberg arranged his paint set is quite overdone. A comment from one who knew him that he was an engaging, intelligent young man, fun to know, really tells one nothing about how he was prepared to be the man he became. This book could have been much better if cut by half and focused on his efforts to save the Jews and other aspects of his adult life.
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