How well can you ever really know someone? As Ben Casper watches his best friend plummet from her sixth-floor apartment balcony, he realises his life is about to change. Diana had no reason to kill herself, she had to have been pushed. Diana worked for the CIA, so the investigation into her death is kept tightly under wraps. But Ben is a political journalist, and can feel that something isn’t right.
Ben starts investigating for himself and soon discovers Diana was leading a double life he knew nothing about. But when more people involved die in questionable circumstances, it’s clear that someone doesn’t want the truth to be uncovered. And unless Ben drops his investigation, he could be next…
©2013 James Patterson (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
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Super book and a great performance too. Took me a while to get into but but once I did I found it a fabulous blend of espionage and comedy. Not what a expected but a delight!!!
The style is unusual- but wonderful! The story gripping - and right to the end full of suspense!!!
"Gripping from the start."
Once again James Patterson has provided an amazing story with his trademark twists and turns. With fast paced action and believable characters that keep you wanting more. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life and is undoubtedly my new favourite there isn't't a single sense of robotic style narrating. I look forward to hearing more of his work and hopefully narrating more of James Patterson novels.
"Worst James Patterson I've listened to"
Better storyline, removing the frequent movie references, faster pace
No-JP's Alex Cross series is outstanding and I also love the Michael Bennett books. This was a real let down. Been listening to it for ages as kept turning it off. Glad it's finished now!
Yes-not him-a dreadful story
"Murder mystery with a political twist"
Excellent murder mystery as you would expect from this author
I really enjoyed the sound effects that were added in particular when there was a chase or when there was a flashback ,added to the enjoyment of this immensely.
All charecters were performed well by the reader
No was happy to take it chapter at a time
Have not tried this author on audio before but will actively look for others by him now
This book is not as intense as the Alex Cross or Michael Bennett series. Can you imagine Alex Cross escaping from the crook on a BICYCLE? It is more of a James Bond type book (got to save the world single handed before lunch) It is fiction at it's most fictional. Few authors could have carried off this plot! I mean one man against not only the CIA, the FBI and the Washington Police Force, but the Russians and the Chinese as well, come on guys! Get real. However, as always James Patterson makes it not only believable but gripping. Our hero escapes death multiple times ( not giving anything away, as the story is told in the first person obviously he survives) But again because of the way the story is written I was holding my breath.
I wasn't sure about the hero Ben Casper . At the beginning I thought him shallow, arrogant, and a bit of a show off. However as the book progressed and his personal history unfolded I realised that this was a facade which hid his deeply troubled past and he was in fact a very caring and sensitive young man. By the end of the book I really liked him, and could visualize a series developing from this delightful character.,
The contrast between the super serious situation ( got to save the world) and Ben's flippant attitude. The totally irrelevant trivia.
I doubt without Kevin's superb reading if I would have enjoyed it half as much! He made all the characters real. Ben especially became alive, his butterfly mind fluttering between his present situation and whether Julie Robert's was better in one film or another, or quoting what Abraham Lincoln had for breakfast was hilarious. His breathless description of Ben cycling away from the baddies had me exhausted!
Both! loved this both have recommended it several times.
James Paterson is one of my favourite authors I have read all of his books. I enjoy them all. The best thing about them is there is never a "sameness" each book, even in a series is different. This is a perfect example, it is an adventure story, what I term a " boys own" but it is funny too. The pace is great .( I lay in bed listening to it until 3am because I couldn't find a place to stop. I HAD to get to the end) The one thing I was disappointed in was the the use of foul language. James Patterson is a great author and is capable of writing superb books without resorting to the use of such language, it doesn't make a bad book good, or a good book better. It is particularly upsetting when you hear it,I wish there was bleep I could use.
"Spoilt by story teller"
I have read all of James Paterson's books, . I have had this downloaded as an Audio book and to read . I did not like the narrator and could not get into this. I am hopeful I will be able to read the book itself to the end.
A strange book which took me most of the chapters to even begin to understand what was going on. I think Mr Patterson was trying to be too cleaver with his plot! There is a lot to be said for a simple, well constructed story and this is certainly not one of those.
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