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)
I was at first intimidated by the sheer size of this book but I thought what the heck and got it. I was totally entranced the whole time and I wanted more when I finally did run out of CDs! I was guessing and re-evaluating my expectations of the ending the whole time and was STILL surprised at the end! This book was the bomb!
I stayed up all night listening to parts 2 and 3! I still have a few hours to go but will actually be sad when it's finished. You have to listen to this.
I do agree that I was disappointed that the Cuban Missile Crisis and JFK assassignation were pretty much glossed over. I was riveted by the in-depth section on the Bay of Pigs. I don't know how accurate the historical references are. I did hear one glaring error--he called Judith Campbell by Judith Exner. She didn't marry Exner until the mid 1970's.
The month of December passed quickly as I lived this novel. I found myself sitting in my car to listen just a little bit more. I spent a lot of time driving in December which made this a great choice for my travel time.
Although the number of discs required to burn this for listening is formidible, it is worth the time and investment. You should enjoy this. I am actually going to listen again as the plot is so complicated that I can get more the second time around.
A top notch book. Yes, it is long, but it will keep you hooked throughout the entire time. Be careful though! It is so well written, that you will begin to believe it is more than a fictional novel.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks because of my job driving, and some of them I find myself wanting to end so I can go onto the next one. I was sincerely disappointed that this one came to end.
This is positively one of the best books of its genre that I've ever had the pleasure of reading or listening to. And the reader is outstanding. It covers a lot of history from the early 50's to the early 80's and has some interesting conjectures on cold war events.
I loved this book! I was looking for something long and worth my money. This was definitely it. While lengthy (4o hours!), it was definitely enthralling and quickly addictive. I enjoyed the narrator and author so much that I quickly sought out additional books by them. Be wary, while the reader is excellent in other books, the author's other books just don't compare. This is truly his best and most comprehensive work.
Long but worth it; the mix of truth and fiction and the blurred parts that you hope aren't true made it compelling despite the length. I usually only listen while I work out in the morning but found myself listening in the car and looking for long rides to take.
What a fantastic trip through a historically based story. Broad yet deep, the story presents great inter-relationships between characters and story, leaving one wondering what really went on behind the scene in so many world events. Will definitely look into more of his books and, as always, absolutely love Scott Brick as a narrator. He's a master altering his voice and accent to keep up with numerous characters.
Despite my hour long commute this book kept me in my car a little bit longer on the way to and from work each day. It combines a bit of historical fiction, with suspense, adventure, romance, and of course cloak and dagger. I'm sure the above reviews make this redundant, but enjoy a great ride (all 40 hours of it!).
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