I found this book to be well-written. However, the story line and the character development didn't engage me as a reader/listener. I had to "work" at paying attention to this book. That's unusual for me.
Silva is a great author. This book is good, but the story doesn't impress me as one of his best.
The performance is by an accomplished professional whom I've enjoyed before. This may have been too difficult a book for him to do anything good with - I don't know. However, it was sub-standard.
The book simply didn't work for me. It was a chore for me to get through. It's the first book in a long, long time I regret purchasing.
DeMille is one of my favorite authors. He demonstrates the breadth of his skills in this book. It's an engaging story with several characters very well developed. That requires an interest in people and the Viet Name era. There are many lives that were affected by this "war". This story tells about some of them.
This book is very different than Angels and Demons and from The DaVinci Code. Yet it is stylistically similar. Brown did a good job of developing the plot and engaging the listener in an exciting tale. I recommend it highly.
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