I typically enjoy Daniel Silva's books and I certainly enjoyed this one as well. However, there was a fairly long, drawn out build up to the climax of the story that, in the end, felt rushed. After listening to hours and hours of background, plots and subplots, the climax of the story came so fast that I thought surely I had missed something.
The narrator does an excellent job as usual. I just wish the ending could have been a bit more satisfying.
I was a faithful Patricia Cornwell reader/listener. I think I'm done now though. Like many other reviewers, I've hung on for the last several books waiting for the stories to improve but they haven't. In fact, this one was so rushed in the end that I thought I had a faulty download. I had ten minutes left of the book according to my device and I just KNEW there was no way that everything could get wrapped up in such a short time unless the book was going to be a two parter or cliff hanger. But, as it turns out, there really was only 10 minutes left. Talk about a rushed ending! End result - I'll either skip ahead 5 or 6 books so that I'm listening to her more recent publications to see if she's gotten back to the style that I enjoyed listening to or just drop her altogether. Too many other good reads out there to spend your credit/money on.
This was a fairly good listen but not quite as good as previous Rizzoli & Isles books that I've listened to. If you like the series, you have to listen to it to keep up with what is going on in the lives of the characters. But honestly, this one was a little out there with the whole religious/supernatural back story. I don't want to give away anything in the story, but that part of the story becomes the main story line and was just too far fetched to really be interesting for me personally. All in all, it was entertaining and I will continue on to the next R & I book.
I'm a pretty big Daniel Silva fan but, as with all authors, some books are better than others. The Defector has been one of the better ones. It's an enjoyable read/listen. If you've never tried Daniel Silva before, I would recommend reading/listening to The Moscow Rules first as it provides the backstory for The Defector. It will be more enjoyable if you do.
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