Another Great novel from David Baldacci. The characters are compelling and the plot moves quickly. The action parts are exciting, but not overly drawn out.
The one thing that was frustrating at first was the narration. Particularly at the beginning, Jonathan Marosz draws out vowel sounds in random words for what seems like an eternity. It sounded as if he were a poet reading his own poetry rather than a thriller novel narrator reading prose. Fortunately, this was less noticeable as the story progressed. I was glad I hung in there because the story itself was well worth it.
Despite my admiration for Scott Brick (I am normally a huge fan of his narrations), I was unable to listen to this for more than an hour and had to read this good book instead. Both narrators used an incredibly maudlin tone that was just offensive.
Given that this book is the first in a series entitled Steven and Windemere, its a shame that the criminals in "The Professionals" were infinitely more likeable than Stevens or Windermere. There was nothing really wrong with Stevens or Windermere, but the book drives more empathy towards the criminals in part because so much of the book is spent from their point of view, and in part because they are fairly original. In fact the criminals display impressive, courage, strength of conviction, and love for each other. In contrast, Stevens and Windermere are formulaic. Their lives border on the mundane, their sexual tension is distatsteful given that Stevens is supposed to love his wife and kids, and it was just hard to care much about them.
Having said that, the narration is good, most of the dialogue rings true, and the plot has many interesting twists. I had just hoped for a final twist that never happened.
This is by far the best so far in the series. The characters are compelling. Captivating from start to finish.
I just downloaded "Redemption" after having listened to "A Conspiracy of Faith," also by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Interestingly, Audible is selling the IDENTICAL BOOK UNDER TWO TITLES.
Cospiracy or honest mistake? You decide.
What a great premise, great characters, and very good narration. Unfortunately, I found the attempt to update the technology (which is critical to the plot) from the seventies to the nineties difficult to believe, especially in the context of the formality of the dialogue, which just no longer happens. In addition, there are several other anachronisms that were not fixed. I felt that the changes made to update the story were too obviously inserted and detracted from the real drama to the point of actually being irritating.
In summary, I wish I had bought the original book so I could have experienced the characters and the drama without the distraction of awkwardly inserted updates.
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