This book is a little biased toward General Petraeus but I don’t care – I like the guy. To me, he’s an American Super Hero. (I’m not so sure it would be wonderful to work for him or to be married to him but I’m sure has heck glad he’s on our side!)
However, even if you are not a Petraeus-o-phile, this book is valuable for the background information on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Well written and perfectly narrated.
Now THIS is a thriller! What a ride! The characters are well rounded, complex and unpredictable. The author paints one tense scene after another, making it almost impossible to stop the story for ANY reason. It will keep you up all night and in the morning you get to play the Creativity Game -- trying to think up a believable excuse to be late or completely absent from work. I told them I was held hostage. I don't think they bought it.
The downside of this book is that it ruins the listener for so many others. Great story, tightly written, perfect narration. Tough act to follow
This book is a symphony of all my favorite things about audio books and books in general.
Zafron is a master story teller who delivers unforgettable imagery, vibrant humor, and poignant historical references for his characters. He deftly weaves a riveting and intricate narrative that is hard to put down (this is not a book you can listen to while doing something else - you have to pay attention)
Jonathan Davis is a wonderful narrator and makes the story all the more inviting. He could have helped me a little by letting me know when the main voice changed to a female character. It wasn't a big deal; I figured it out; but it kept me confused for a while!
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