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)
The performance was good, the story is just long
He is very smooth
I laughed a couple of times. And felt sad
This was my second book by Nelson DeMille; my first was Plum Island (John Corey #1). His books are long (dead tree formats have many pages with small print) but the writing style flows well. I noticed a few points in the story where I felt myself thinking "Get on with it" but those are relatively few.
His stories have plot twists and take directions that I would never have expected and when bad things happen, they are told in such a way that it's not overly disturbing (which was one of my fears when I began the book).
The story itself is told in a very realistic way where the reader believes that the events could have happened.
The only thing that I didn't really care for was the narration; some voices just rub me the wrong way and Scott Brick's narration of the main characters always seems flat. This is somewhat surprising to me because he does other characters very well.
#1 I love Scott Brick. Once again he brought insight, introspection and intrigue to his reading.
#2 I'm intrigued by cold war USA/USSR spy novels. This one did a good job of providing real historical information about that part of our history. (Although some of it doesn't always make you proud of our part in that story.)
#3 Nelson DeMille is a terrific story writer/teller. But not so much this time. The story trundled along until the end. Then it finally picked up its tempo and capture of the reader's (and/or listener's) attention. Too long with too many bouts of tedium.
I truly wanted to love this novel ... just couldn't quite get there.
This was a good thriller, but way too long. It could have had several hours cut out of it without losing any of the thrills or chills. I normally am not a Scott Brick fan, but he read this well. It is interesting to have a spy mystery placed during the Cold War--I enjoyed being brought back to that time. There was too high of a body count for total enjoyment, but I would recommend for a long car ride (not with children).
Totally addicted to Audible.
This is a very long book and it takes a while to set the scene. At the end of Part 1 I was bored. At the end of Part 2 I was beginning to think it was interesting. The last half of Part 3 was so intense I could barely breathe. I will listen to this one again in the future without a doubt.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
This book drags badly in several spots, and I just couldn't like the characters. As much as I wanted to...I couldn't. After the story got going, it was a fine listen. But I really didn't feel this was one of his better books.
I have the Lion's Game and By the Rivers of Babylon so I was anticipating a fast moving spy story. Now am 1/3 into it and I'm sooooooooo tired of the "romance" that seems to take up hours with only a few minutes here and there of the story that could have been. De Mille should stay away from writing "love stories". He doesn't do it well. I'll probably listen to the whole darn thing as I don't have another credit for 2 weeks but will hesitate before buying another from this author.
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
Nelson Demille is a true American treasure. Read this book and you will think twice before even thinking about going to Russia. I hope we get more of this set of characters.
Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.
I like most of DeMille's books but this one was so boring and there was so much stupid cute-talk I couldn't wait for it to be over.
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