I had high hopes for this book because it seemed to be getting such good reviews. But this story is too far-fetched and too predictable. The author took easy solutions for problems the characters got into or just ignored obvious solutions in a weak attempt to create a plot.
The high point is the reader of this audiobook did a great job. Hopefully he has done other books with more interesting stories since I would like to hear him again.
I really enjoyed this story. Lots of fun, interesting characters. The descriptions of the food made you want to travel to Italy and spend long hours eating and drinking. Not sure if this is a story doubling as a travelguide or a travelguide with a good story.
If you love football, love food, and are looking for a light story this is a good one.
I enjoy thriller/mystery stories and am willing to allow the author some license to make his hero somewhat superhuman. Having abilities and knowledge that are extraordinary but Lustbader made Bourne beyond belief. At one point he even hotwires an elevator - do they teach that at spy school? And yet he is amazingly stupid. Even when Bourne had beat the enemy he continues to put himself and the world at peril for no reason other than to have another impossible fight scene. The pitfalls were so predictable and lame that it got tiring to listen too. I was beginning to hope Bourne would get killed and put me out of my misery.
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