i did not find this book hard to follow. the smiley character is always a few steps ahead of whats actually being revealed - the ideas are coursing thru his head... later they are assimilated and its the revelation, and the mastery of detail required to reach that relevation, that makes this such a fine read. complex yes, boring no. maybe a little difficult in the beginning because you have no idea of the history of initial characters. overall, a rather faultless book. it will stand the test of time and is certainly at the top of the espionage canon. highly recommended
boy this book is bad. simplistic one dimensional characters, silly story, and nowhere near as good as da vinci code. this seems like one of those novels that only come out after the author has "made it," when in reality it is an amateur first effort that was not published for a good reason. want a good listen? try Demon in the Freezer...
wow. dont start this before bed... not only will this book put the absolute fear of bioterror in you, but it is difficult to put down. far more sinister than any fiction, this book weaves the history of smallpox, anthrax, and 9/11. i'm a physician and had little education on smallpox, a simply horrific disease. bottom line, the averaqe american lives in ignorant bliss... and i'm not a fear mongering conservative.
a little slow to start, but witty and fun. excellent satire of politics and media.
this and lecarre's tinker tailor soldier spy are the best espinonage novels of all time. complex and engaging, they encompass the intrigue and personal sacrifice/destruction of being duplicitous. well read...
amazing that after so many novels, connelly turns out another gem
Not Forsyth's best, and ultimately an average piece of fiction. The plot and charcaters are adequate, but Forsyth covers up lack of depth with excessive detail. The putting together of the operation is a bit tedious and long. Yet, it kept me listening... Odessa File and Avenger are better.
the author needs to get his facts straight. this book was written by a bush believer and apologist with clear right wing agenda. this is not NONFICTION. if you are a fear mongering right wing blowhard, you will surely love this book.
good pulp fiction with great narration. highly recommended
Outstanding, enjoyable, fun, stimulating, and educational. This is a must read for anyone interested in science and reality. Bryson gives thumbnail sketch of how we know what we know, and the progression of science thru the ages. Thankfully, he does not address faith and creationism. Instead he delves into major advances in science and the characters that made them. A thouroughly enjoyable listen. A+ highly recommended.
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