It's Buckley, so you can rightly expect pleasing prose. That alone is enough to recommend the book--it is satisfying to listen to Buckley's descriptive, engaging, stimulating writing. But I also enjoyed the realism of this spy thriller. The plot, unlike many in this genre, was believable. The world won't (immediately) end if the mission fails--but the consequences are very serious. The hero is not an unkillable ninja-assassin, but a smart, skilled, brave, but human spy. Interesting backstory that resonates at the end. If you want over-the-top fantasy in your spy thrillers, move along. If you want a very well-written, believable, and satisfying story, pick this one up.
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