This is one of the better books of the series. The pace is typical of Goodkind, meaning it can run a little slow at times, but overall good. The narrator does a good job giving life to the characters, although someone with such a deep voice reading for female characters is a bit distracting at times when he raises up an octave.
The second half focuses on the order and a thinly veiled attack on communism. I still enjoyed it quite a bit and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the sword of truth series.
As a 35 year-old reading this book, I found it fascinating learning about what happened in the inner workings of the CIA before I was born. Some of what you read hear contradicts what you learned in school, other tales are just simply unbelievable. This book shows you what we are capable of doing in the name of freedom.
I am a big believer in GTD. However, listening to this on a 600 mile trip nearly caused an accident. It is so boring without the illustrations, that I nearly drove off the road. Get the abridged version or buy it in paperback.
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