The astonishing story of one man's breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy.
An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid.
A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square.
A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard.
Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan.
A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.
One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey.
©2014 Terry Hayes (P)2014 Simon & Schuster
You have to hang with this for about 9 hours before things start rushing at a rapid pace. During the first 9, I almost gave up numerous times because it seems so scattered and disconnected with no plot. But, you should trust the author. It is all related and set-up for the show: the race to try to prevent a realistic terrorist threat to spread vaccine-busting small pox in the USA.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Before I downloaded the book, I saw where another reviewer warned that it takes about 9 hours to get into it. That was VERY helpful info. I easily could have put it aside those first hours. I kept at it because of the warning and I'm very glad I did.
Hayes takes his time setting up the characters and the scenario. The first part of the book sounds and feels like non-fiction. It's interesting - because of the history and insight it provides - but it can be a little dry. It really lays a foundation so you can understand what makes people who they are. And then it turns into a rip-roaring page-turner.
I normally don't go for thrillers, but this one is exceptional. There's an expert pacing to everything that keeps you engaged even when there's no action. Hayes has a way of foreshadowing that also keeps the ball rolling. The characters are well formed, flawed and interesting. There's enough history thrown in that sometimes the events feel entirely plausible. Perhaps that's what makes it so engaging - and terrifying.
It all adds up to one thing: this is definitely a credit-worthy summer read.
It is complex thriller with a seemingly plausible plot. It is engaging, exciting and doesn't insult one's intelligence. I highly recommend and plan on listening to it again.
All of the characters were great.
Just a damn good narrator.
It is suspensful.
I wish I listened to this audiobook on a nice long drive.
I haven't read the print but the reader had great voices for the characters and made a palatable difference in how it was presented.
The intricacies of the story were amazing and pulled the story together masterfully.
This is one of the best books I've every read. Such attention to detail and keeps the story going to the very end. Really great.
Near the top for suspense, action and excellent writing. I can't wait for his next book.
Pilgrim, the master intelligence agent who is a combiation of sophistication and intellectual analysis.
It kept me up til 3 AM
The plot twists are good and unexpected. I enjoyed the length because the characters and the plot have plenty of time to develop, and they do! The story is a thriller, and it is thoroughly modern. It had me from page one until the end, and I hope he follows it with another. I like the flawed main characters.
Probably the first Le Carre I read. I was enthralled and thought I was learning a lot about crime and espionage. Who knows if any of it was right, but I believed it. Same here.
I enjoyed the accents and the narration, but particularly liked the voice of the spy "the Whisperer". All of his scenes are nicely whispered.
Lordy I am not presumptuous enough to re-name someone's life work.
READ THIS BOOK. It is one of the best in the "long books that I wish hadn't ended" genre.
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Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!
There's a lot to love about this book. It involves an extremely sharp and successful American spy who is effective because of brains rather than his brawn. It is a complex, apolitical novel, which is refreshing.
Christopher Ragland does a good job in narration, with a few accent problems at times. Still he doesn't get in the way of the novel.
I'm going to wait a while and listen again, as I'm sure I missed several important story lines. Nevertheless this is an outstanding effort. Suspenseful and smart, if you like espionage, this is a must read!
Well... Probably not. It was good enough the first time! It's pretty long, as well...
Absolutely. This story has so many side and back stories (without being confusing) that all tie together in the end... It's a thrill ride from page one and never lets up, despite it being so long.
This guy is AMAZING... His vast number of voices are incredible - and believable. I love that he could do so many accents.
If I could have - but it was a little too long for that. I hated to turn it off each time, but it gave me something to look forward to, as well :)
I am not typically a government/military thriller reader but this book was so well done that I will wait with eager anticipation for the sequel.
The details and the anxiety laden climax of the story make this book well worth the listen. The best thing about it is that the story morphs so gradually, yet ultimately, so dramatically by the end. You start out listening to what you believe is going to be a story about murders and forensic investigation, and the story does retain many of those characteristics as it progresses, but by the time you reach the end, it has become a story about international intrigue. Without spoiling the ending, the initial murder investigation is just a gateway into the much larger story being told.
The author reminds me very much of Dan Brown. That statement requires some explanation. If Mr. Brown's novels focused on espionage, international political and cultural attitudes, and covert affairs to solve the mystery, this could easily have been one of his books. Terry Hayes clearly did extensive research in order to pull this story off, and his understanding of some of the governmental and political systems at work in our world if far beyond that of the casual citizen. His writing, and the story being told, introduce us to that set of information in a very accessible way.
Mr. Ragland does an excellent job of telling the story. One small criticism might be that some of the "tough-guy male" voices in the story tended to sound the same if they shared the same accent. Otherwise, a great job.
The main character, Scott. Suffice it to say, that if you could get him break his oath of silence to the CIA, he would be able to spill some amazing stories.
I was very impressed by a book that I was expecting to be a simple forensic mystery, suitable for a fun distraction. This book ended up being much deeper than that. I am glad I gave it the chance - it was very worthwhile.
I have to say this is one of the best books I've listened to this year. Christopher Ragland did an amazing job narrating the story kept me engaged and I listened to it straight through. The author is a screenwriter that you have probably enjoyed over the years, look him up on google. I highly recommend this book to people that like mysteries and thrillers. The narrator keeps it flowing well and is a joy to listen to.
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