I had high hopes for this sequel to the Echelon Vendetta, as I truly enjoyed that one. I was a bit worried about the new narrator, as the one they used on Echelon was fantastic. However the new narrator was pretty great too.
Unfortunately the story, although a basically good spy novel, left a lot to be desired. The dialogue was not as strong, not as smart and devoid of the humor that made the Echelon Vendetta so great. Also, the author seemed to try and get barbs in against Democrats every chance he got. Hey, I'd concede that most spies are probably no fans of liberals, but the jokes seemed petty and gratituous -- they didn't really flow with the dialogue, like someone went in after the book was done and added them in. He also seemed to despise every Eastern country the characters visited, the way they're described. It makes for a stark contrast to the beautiful depictions of the Western US that he gave us in the last novel. If the author was going for dark, depressing and bitter, he definitely achieved it! Overall, I would highly recommend The Echelon Vendetta, but The Orpheus Deception was a bit of a let down.
I first downloaded to this audio book back in 2007, but have found myself listening to it again with just as much pleasure as the first time. A bit "different" from your traditional spy novels, this story captures your attention with some unusual characters and occurrences. The dialogue is smart and truly funny. Also, the narrator is fantastic; he portrays the different characters so well, with different accents and tones that, together with the author's descriptions, you can almost visualize each one. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!
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