A very solid "Rebus" story, confirming Ian Rankin very much back to form after the somewhat disappointing Malcolm Fox books. A well constructed plot, with some interesting new villains emerging - seeds for future stories? - and two well-past-their prime main characters including of course Rebus himself. He's the scruffy character steeped in IPA and cigarettes, in his element in the thick bluish smoke haze of bar rooms in old British pubs. James Macpherson's narration is superb, although some may find the Scottish brogue a little thick - I thought it was 5 stars.
The plot set up has so much potential - disgraced former criminal investigator exiled onto a Russian factory ship in the Bering Strait, murder, Americans, spies, snow and ice, lots of fish - but somehow it doesn't really grip as well as it should. 3 star overall and in my case, one of those stories that just holds you just about enough not to give up, but no more.
A weak beach read if you have nothing better to do, I would say. Tensionless plot, two dimensional characters, average narration. I kept going solely because I'd bought it (as did my wife) but this is the first and last Daniel Silva for this reader. A two star effort.
Without wanting to spoil "plot" details, this reads as a highly contrived story with cardboard characters, and it's almost as if the authors were primarily aiming for a movie deal. There were several points in the story where you just have to say "..ah, come on.. give me a break!". Also, the worst Scottish accent effort by the narrator you are likely to hear. But light listening if you have something else to do at the same time.....
The hopelessly implausible plot
Really irritating attempts at Danish accents. Rather amusing in a perverse way at first, then they just begin to grate.
Disappointment in both the story and narrator
The lead characters were actually quite interesting and had great potential for development - but this was simply undermined by the implausibility of the plot and the decision to go for ridiculous Danish accents
A satisfying read - fast paced and with largely credible characters. It's a story with several narrative threads that the author takes time to weave together but works well.
A rather ponderous story which lacks both a credible plot and real characterization. Takes a long time to get going but is well grounded in its Boston area location at least.
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