I have enjoyed the exploits of Gabriel Allon for a few years now. I joined the series in the middle, and I have recently begun working through the first few books of the series. The Confessor is one of my favorites, although I do not care for John Lee as a narrator. My preference is Phil Gigante or Simon Vance, who have each done multiple books later in the series and either of which is vastly superior.
Yes I would. Finder is much better an author than this book would suggest.
really isn't one
For a 17 hour plus book, there is very little to recommend it.
The book tried very hard to explain why it was set against the backdrop of the Gorbachev regime, but I was alive during that time and nothing about it seemed to be the story left untold.
The characters themselves, despite Finder's attempts, never seem to come alive. They are often wooden, and Finder as their puppetmaster drags them from one scene to another solely because his storyline demands it. I completed the book, but the payoff for all those hours of listening was hardly worth the credit I wasted on it.
In fact, it doesn't seem much like a Finder at all. It's more like a first novel written by a middle-level bureaucrat in the first years following his retirement, all the promise of grandeur of these supposed golden recollections tarnished and pitted long before it's completed.
To steal an analogy Michael Connelly once used, this novel is an ancient minivan that pulls to the curb in front of the reader, it's engine missing, its door creaking open uninvitingly. Once underway, it reluctantly proceeds down the highway in fits and starts, only far too late reaching its disappointing destination.
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