THREE DECADES. TWO MURDERS. ONE CONSPIRACY
WHO IS AGENT 6?
Tom Rob Smith's debut, Child 44, was an immediate publishing sensation and marked the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. Named one of top 100 thrillers of all time by NPR, it hit bestseller lists around the world, won the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and the ITW Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In this spellbinding new novel, Tom Rob Smith probes the tenuous border between love and obsession as Leo Demidov struggles to untangle the threads of a devastating conspiracy that shatters everything he holds dear. Deftly capturing the claustrophobic intensity of the Cold War-era Soviet Union, it's at once a heart-pounding thriller and a richly atmospheric novel of extraordinary depth....
Leo Demidov is no longer a member of Moscow's secret police. But when his wife, Raisa, and daughters Zoya and Elena are invited on a "Peace Tour" to New York City, he is immediately suspicious.
Forbidden to travel with his family and trapped on the other side of the world, Leo watches helplessly as events in New York unfold and those closest to his heart are pulled into a web of political conspiracy and betrayal-one that will end in tragedy.
In the horrible aftermath, Leo demands only one thing: to investigate the killer who destroyed his family. His request is summarily denied. Crippled by grief and haunted by the need to find out exactly what happened on that night in New York, Leo takes matters into his own hands. It is a quest that will span decades, and take Leo around the world - from Moscow, to the mountains of Soviet-controlled Afghanistan, to the backstreets of New York - in pursuit of the one man who knows the truth: Agent 6.
©2011 Tom Rob Smith (P)2011 Hachette Audio
To a great extent yes.smith does a good job of moving the plot along and throws in just the right amount of twists. There were plent of driveway moments
The narration fits the story perfectly. He is a pleasure to listen to in the same way as it was listening to Simon Vance reading the milennium trilogy-you savor every moment and you don't want the story to end .the 13 hours goes by quickly
incredible treology. very bold move for a writer, who was not only born during Stalin rural time, but had not have any Russian roots or ancestry of any kind connected to Russia, all three books had been written with such an acuracy of events during very specific time periods of communist Russia and other ocupied by Russia countries , that you are starting to believe in true existence of the characters and their involvement in the actions of the books.
One of the best series ever written. This seems to be the final book of three. I still hope for more!!! Absolutely great narration too! I just would have liked to hear more about Zoya......
I liked that Smith doesn't tie things up for our "hero" with a big, pretty bow. His fate is complicated and messy, like life.
Absolutely, I think Smith is an excellent storyteller.
Boutsikaris is an excellent performer. He transitions very well between his characterizations and narration without losing the listener, in fact he adds so much to the atmosphere of the story that I'm not sure it would be the same with anyone else.
I have to say that of the trilogy Agent 6 was the weakest. It starts strong but then kind of fizzles out and is disappointing. You want so much more from Leo and Smith and it kind of gets muddled in too many twists and time jumps.
Smith continues his strong character developments but I think he got a little lost with how to wrap up his story for Leo and his family and the plot just kind of fizzles out.
I loved the story! Great narrative performance. This novel surpasses the 2nd book and maybe even the 1st one.
I'm thinking that there's enough wiggle room for this to not be the end of Leo after all. The author brought the story pretty close to the end of the Soviet Union so I'm thinking that with all the turmoil of that time that we might be able to see the story pick up yet. I'm sure I'm not the only fan that hopes this will happen.
I'm not going to talk specifically about this story that I thought was a great chapter in the story of Leo's life. It really did move the story along over many years so we have an older and very changed Leo in this story, but still a great story.
Usually I read the reviews before buying the audiobook, but I'm impressed with the author from the previous two additions of this series that I bought first, and as an after thought I decided to check out the reviews. After seeing some reviews that rated this edition so poor I wondered if I made a mistake buying first......ABSOLUTLY NOT!
I have the feeling that because this book brought the story so far ahead of the bad old days of the USSR, and that there was an American FBI agent who was as bad or maybe worse than any of the secret police of the old USSR that some people just got turned off because it went places they weren't expecting. I on the other hand enjoyed this book every bit as much as the two previous books.
I'm not creating a spoiler by saying you get the impression this is the last story of Leo when it's by the end, but I hope not. Hey fans! Leo has seemed to been done for several times throughout the books...Lets hope that's the case here too.
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