Crisis constantly lurks around the corner, monitored by spies who are always with us. In his career-capping thirteenth novel, master of the espionage thriller Robert Littell has crafted a breathtaking story of the legendary CIA - "The Company" to insiders.
At its heart lies a spectacular mole hunt involving the CIA, MI6, KGB and Mossad - a stunningly conceived trip down the rabbit hole to the labyrinthine Alice-in-Wonderland world of espionage, "a wood where things have no names."
Racing across a landscape spanning the legendary Berlin Base of the 1950s - the front line of the simmering Cold War - the Soviet invasion of Hungary, the Bay of Pigs, Afghanistan, and the Gorbachev putsch, The Company tells the thrilling story of agents imprisoned in double lives, fighting an enemy that is amoral, elusive, and formidable. It also lays bare the internecine warfare within the company itself, adding another dimension to the spy vs. spy game.
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"If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel, he should have." (Tom Clancy, author of Patriot Games) "If le Carre is the Joyce of spy novelists, Littell is the Dickens." (Booklist, starred review). "An epic tale...peopled by heroes and villains who seem almost mythological in retrospect...Keeps you riveted." (Nelson DeMille, author of Up Country)
"Destined to become the definitive novel about the CIA." (Amazon.com)
This is a well-written book, captivating and entertaining, but it is not a novel. Instead it's a novelization of various well-known historical events. The author creates believable characters and weaves them into the sequence of history, much like Forrest Gump was woven into history. Overall a tolerably good look at the intelligence game, and the method makes important historical events approachable and human. But you know how things are going to turn out before the book starts.
One of the two books I have to return, I just can't follow it. I'm a huge fan of DeMille, Flynn, Eisler and the lot but this let me wondering when I'd get hooked. I never did. Maybe it's me, it gets great reviews, but I can't follow it, and I can follow Silva and Clancy!
They never offered the ability to return back when I got this one or it would not be in my library now. I like spy novels, Bourne, Jack Ryan, etc but while those do have some gratuitous language and violence this one goes beyond my ability to listen.
This is so long spanning 50 years, loses you everywhere. No plot, no point. Garbage, waste of 40 hours if you choose to stick it through.
boring, no plot, thinks he is a historian
First of all, this book might have been a lot better if it was narrated by someone else. Someone with a little more emotion who didn't try to make everyone sound Russian. Being better at female voices wouldn't hurt either.
I was looking for a long book to listen to and being a fan of Tom Clancy novels I thought this might be an interesting book. I hate to say it, but I thought this book was rather lame. The overall story wasn't too bad, but it seemed poorly connected. There are no chapters in this book and the narrator rarely pauses for any length of time so most of the book feels like one long run on sentence.
I think the author could have come up with better code names though. 'The Sorcerer' and 'The Wiz'. Seriously?? That's the best you could come up with? I think real names would have made the story easy to follow and give the characters a little more familiarity. At least then the narrator wouldn't have tried to keep saying them with so much efficacious as if they were names from Lord of the Rings.
Most of the book was just boring and gritty stuff. The new recruit 'Training Exercise" was probably the most exciting part of the book, with the least interesting part being the "I want to be your friend! Please open up to me" B/S where one of The Company guys lies and pretends he wants to become friends with some emotionally damaged and unloved Russian woman who happened to have access to Russian secrets.
Maybe - but be prepared to skip chunks of it
Wow, look at all the 5 star reviews! It was an interesting read (listen) but I completely agree with the reviewer that say it's too long. Many times during this one I kept shouting "get on with it!". When it does get going again it's great, and it's fun how the author wove actual events into the tale, but man it does drag one endlessly over details we don't really need to know...
I bought this book because so many of the reviews seemed to say it was almost life changing it was so good. It was only life changing in that it made for some background noise in my car. It is so incredibly long with far too much minutia of detail that adds nothing. There are a few gripping parts that make you want to keep on listening but they are so sparse that its just not worth it. I'm 21h into the book and giving up. It would probably have been a great book in an abridged form, but as is, it is just simply far too long to keep my attention and I am moving on. On the upside, the performance of it is very good.
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