When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.
©1999 Nelson DeMille; (P)2009 Hachette
"Riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
A superbly read book, but not, unfortunately, one of DeMille's best. The constantly repeated political message(s)inherent within the book are so heavy handed as to become almost laughable. Nonetheless, the book does make for a good listen though I could have done very nicely without some of the often overlong and unnecessary (my opinion) bits of philosophy.
I've listened to over 200 books downloaded from Audible, and I would have to say that this is one of the best, from one of the best authors and one of the best narrators. Extremely well written by Mr. DeMille, it kept me riveted until the very end. With Scott Brick reading, you will always know who is talking. His differentiation of characters is excellent.
I have listened to several of DeMille's books including The Lion's Game, Up Country and Nightfall, all read by Scott Brick. Here's my problem: The plots are pretty good. The pacing is okay. Sometimes the story is even believable. But the lead character in EVERY book is a jerk. He is sarcastic, juvenile, irritating and unnecessarily hostile to anyone he (always a male) disagrees with, even when that person has the power to make his life miserable. He chooses always to make the character undisciplined, rude and insubordinate. Scott Brick is a superb reader, and I normally enjoy his work. When he reads DeMille, however, he does a great job of accentuating these negative character traits. This makes listening to the book even worse. I swore I'd never listen to another DeMille book after I couldn't finish The Lion's Game. But I guess I weakened. Too bad. This time I quit before it was half over. If DeMille ever grows up enough to write about an adult instead of a spoiled child in a man's body, I'll happily read another book. He's actually a pretty good author except for this little peccadillo.
I did not like the book because it was 90% on a once a time Russia, too much moral discussions and relationships and too little action 10%. I skipped often a couple minutes of on and on going dialogues and did not miss anything.
Our hero shows his moral center by being oh so miffed at truly terrible things done by the U.S.for about... two or three pages. It isn't that I don't believe the CIA has lost its moral compass, it is just that I am sick of having my nose rubbed in it. The author also completely undercuts his action scenes when his characters have long and heart-felt moral explorations of life, love, and politics with the bullets chewing up their shelter. I just did like our believe in our "heroes". A morally exhausting work.
A great story and very well told by DeMille.This was definitely a "couldn't put down" for me. Although some of Demille's other books were dreary with excessive adjetives to describe each scene or event, I didn't find that to be the case in this book. This is a must read. One of DeMille's best.
Great book. I enjoyed it very much. Nelson De Mille does a great job describing all situations, and keeps a good level of suspense all through.
I am a big DeMille fan and a huge fan of books that are longer. That being said this book was too long, too much detail. If you want to gain insight to pre-democratic Russia this book is for you, but I felt it was more about the people, culture, land, etc... than the story of captured MIAs.
Although I am a fan of Nelson DeMille, I didn't finish this one. Too slow, too much patriottisme against a bad KGB.It reminds me of the story behind Rambo and some Chuck Norris movies. Sorry Nelson.
As always, Scott Brick does a good job.
I have read of few of his books. This is the first one I have listened to.
Brings back the old Russia with a story you can believe.
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