This is a great spy novel with complex characters and unexpected plot turns. It's a long book but worth it!
I loved Scott Brick's Russian accents - he sounded very authentic. His Southern accent is horrible though!! Scott, please don't attempt Southern again!
If you enjoy light, fluffy stories with predictable endings, this is for you.
The author tries to imitate a British and a Southern accent, and both are bad. Sometimes they run together and become even worse. Authors shouldn't narrate their own books if the stories require voice acting skills.
It should become a movie on the Hallmark or Lifetime channels for the holidays.
This book culminates in most of the characters meeting together that takes your breath away. As a reader I was already so emotionally invested in each of the characters that are so vividly described, that when they finally met I needed to hear it several times to view it from each perspective.
All of the Italian characters' voices ring true with a great accent.
The only improvement I would suggest is the voice of the heroine, Deborah (Dee.) Throughout most of the book the narrator voices her character in a martyr-like voice that was completely devoid of energy. I found it very annoying!
Tony Danza enters the real world of teaching for one year and tells it like it is. Everyone thinks they know what teaching is all about, since they've all been students in school once, but there is so much more to the job that only teachers know. Danza tells it like it is, including his emotional investment in "his" kids, the bureaucracy in the education world, and the difficulty in letting go in the end. As a teacher I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
There was a letter sent to Mr. Danza near the beginning of the book from a retired teacher from the same school. This letter should be sent to every new teacher in America! It was moving, funny, touching, and full of truth.
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