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
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.
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.
One master-passion in the br east, like Aaron's serpent, swallows all the rest. A. Pope
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.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Despite an intriguing beginning this thing devolves into the most ludicrous final 2 hours of lunacy imaginable. So contrived and unbelievable it forced me to fast forward through 5 & then 10 min segments of inane dialogue and waterboarding description under circumstances no one would contemplate to be even dimly possible.
A 5 hour book bloated into 3 times it's bearable length - I kept thinking some of the better ideas and writing from the first third might reappear. It never did and I feel somehow diminished for suffering through this horror. The torture is visited on the listener / reader.
A terrorist bent on destroying the human race with engineered smallpox is thwarted by his Down Syndrome son's possible death? He's about to kill the whole world but won't risk an impaired child? -
In the end this insanity overpowered silly dialogue, trite racist and sexist thought, and seemingly intelligent characters who did the dumbest things to make this one of the worst audible experiences ever.
Don't say you were not warned.
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.
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 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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I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
The story jumps around in time a bit, which is jarring. There are big coincidence in here which makes it hard suspend disbelief. Some of the dialog is a bit too... hollywood-action-movie-esque. In a couple places the forensic science stretches the boundaries of credibility.
But overall it was a fun, captivating story. It won't make my all-time-favorites list, but it was good fun.
People who know me, know that when I love a book, I like to tell everyone!!! Well even though this book is a year old and was on my wish list for almost that long, when my husband and I were taking a long car trip last weekend, I decided that we should try this! I cannot believe I waited so long. This is one of the very best thrillers I have listened to in a long time and the narrator was FABULOUS! If you love a good thriller, definitely listen to this one! You will thank me!😊
The authors bias against Muslims and Islam is abhorrent. He seems to think himself an authority on Islam and its values. For example when the protagonist sits in a cab there is a comment about Muslims in general that they all agree with stoning women for adultery. This goes on to show how misinformed and bigoted he is.
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