It is hard to separate this book from the others in the Gabriel Allon series, because they continue to get better as you get deeper into the series.. I have read or listened to all of them and they continue to build off of each other, and introduce and re-introduce an enormous number of characters all with a very well though out and researched back story. Me and my wife will spend our retirement visiting many of the places I have listened to Gabriel carry out so many of his clandestine operations.
Way too short.
World War Z, because it has a very similar apocalyptic theme, and where both really great to read.
Not a chance
Its the new deep throat.
Yes, King took a story line worthy of a lame episode of Criminal Minds, and made that single episode an incredible story. Really enjoyed this book.
My heart was racing as the book came to its conclusion, and that seems to be a theme with King books, he knows how to get you twisted up in anticipation of the big finale.
While trying very hard to not sound like a fanboy of King books, he really knows how to develop characters. Flaws and all laid bare for you to really connect with.
This story in all of Non-Fiction is in the top 3. The amount of research and imagination that went into this story is hard for me to really appreciate. It made one of the most creative stories I could think of. You really don't think about how time travel could affect the present reality you would go back to. The small things like describing local stores, all the way to intimate details of the way Lee Harvey Oswald interacted with his wife and daughter was new territory for me. I only knew him as the dick who shot a great president. Now as I was checking out at a grocery store I saw an article about Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald and I felt like I knew her.
Stephen King has written several of the best books I have ever read, and he has had some real duds as well. The Shining and Dr Sleep were such a fascinating story I felt like I knew the characters. The way he conveys the emotions, and describes scenes and characters is so dynamic, 100 years from now colleges will have classes on classic King literature.
I see so much potential for another story in this character universe, and I would probably be online ready to get it when Audible released it. When I started with Audible I searched Stephen King and I discovered so many great books. I listened to Under the Dome, The JFK book , and then The Shining and Dr Sleep. It was three months of great books just from one author.
I typically only listen to audio books so I did not read the print version.
The worst part of this book is that I can't listen to it straight through. I get 45 minutes to maybe an hour long on the ride to work, and periodically during some down time.
This book was so easy to picture as another blockbuster movie. So many spy novels try to live up to this series, and only Daniel Silva and maybe Vince Flynn can contend with.
A definite must listen to for all audible subscribers! I did not listen to the first two books, but I was immediately pulled in to this as a stand alone. Starting with detail analysis of the previous storyline tying us into the present the story. Frequent transitions from individual characters dealing with the outbreak to the global response to an overwhelming outbreak. International relations during a likely extinction event is fascinating to listen to, and the author thought this out very well. Very well developed characters and a deep backstory make this excellent material for a blockbuster movie. I listen in the car, and at my desk at work, and it was hard to turn it off.
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