This book badly needs an editor, or a better one. The author is obsessed with describing everything around the protagonists to the point of absurdity, interrupting the flow of the story so that it is impossible to follow. He also does this in the form of digressions that make little sense. I will not give away anything if I note that close to the beginning here is a prolonged shootout, but it is interrupted by a completely superfluous memory flashback that is irritating and infuriating. Perhaps reading this one could skip easily, but that is harder to do with an audiobook. I finally became so frustrated with the pedantic descriptions and the interruptions of the narrative that i gave up.
This is a fascinating piece of history, read with simple conviction by the author. I could not imagine a different narrator.
Badly needs an editor. There are too many places where the narration goes on and on without any purpose but to make it longer, interrupting the story line, or whatever there is of it.
The story line is weak and contrived. The biggest problem, to me, is the character of Giselle, the woman that the hero is trying to protect. Her character is so annoying and unbelievable that halfway through I simply could not care less about her survival; to the contrary, I began to wish for her end. The assassin's reaction to her silly talk is also unbelievable and out of character. The story is weak and predictable, with occasional violence for its own sake.
Shapiro is a very good narrator and he works well with this series. However, it would be good if he could get some advice on pronouncing foreign words. In a series that uses foreign locales all the time and keeps returning to Russia, it is silly that Russian and other languages are so badly mangled. Especially annoying is Daha for Datcha ...
I like the series and hope that it gets back in the saddle. I could not finish this one ...
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