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)
An interesting fictional account of major intelligence events in US history since the end of World War Two, told through the lives of a group of CIA officials. The story telling raises a number of interesting "what-ifs" as to each event (Hungarian revolution, Bay of Pigs, etc.) with the author's thumb generally on the scale in favor of greater US intervention in other countries, or at least more wholehearted where we do intervene. The story drags in places, but is above average for its genre. The actor does a good job with the material, but you end up with the feeling that some of the characters are typecast between the writing and some of the accents.
I found the book very entertaining. I would like to think the book is based on real facts, because then the listen would provide important insight into a largely hidden US institution. But it was worth the 30 or so hours in any event in my view.
Great recap of the cold war period. Great characters, a litte difficult to keep track of all of them in the beginning. This book was a great contributor for taking me through my 1000 miles plus marathon preparation.
You will not find a better audiobook than The Company. It is so long that one might expect a sprawling, flabby tale. In fact, it feels like not a word is wasted. There seems to be a lot of hunger out there for historical fiction; but, often what passes for it addresses history and context with the depth of a USA Today article. Here is a book whose context is very recent history, but the completeness of the subject matter, and the passion of the historical perspective is very satisfying. One niggle: the pedophile subplot is perhaps a bit gratuitous. Do we need that to disapprove of the actions of a police state? Scott Brick is as fine a reader as there is, and completely up to the material.
I can honestly say that this is DEFINATELY one of the best audiobooks that I've ever listened to. Scott Brick (Narrator) did an absolutely fabulous job of putting you in the charachter's shoes. Although this book is long, you find yourself sitting anxiously through every second of it.
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.
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