Farideh's husband is a corporal in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, entrapped by MI6 for interrogation. His job as a driver to a top general has left him with potentially valuable knowledge, but he won't talk unless Farideh is brought out of Iran. The SAS say it's too dangerous, so MI6 assemble a team of three ex-soldiers and a student dropout who knows the language and smuggles them into Tehran.…
©2013 Gerald Seymour (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Once again demonstrating his ability to probe the moral murkiness of the spy trade…Seymour crafts a sophisticated, reader-teasing tale." (Sunday Times on The Outsiders)
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"Poor narration and not one of Seymour's best"
Not one of GS's best books and the narrator's style doesn't help. He doesn't leave a pause when the story moves from one plot line to another which can be confusing. The daftest little niggle was casevac, should be pronounced cas-e-vac not like some form of Hoover for a portmanteau!
If you want the author at his best try Vagabond instead.
"Where are we now?"
The way it is read: Sometimes you can be a few minutes into the chapter and realise we are now talking about another character. Mightily confusing and made it difficult to keep track of where we were.
I was especially interested in Gerald Seymour's insights into Iran - topical, unknown etc. But even he clearly does not know that much !
Oh yes, he is one of the most interesting and wide ranging of the contemporary thriller writers.
I liked the 2 Iranian mechanics!
a little too sluggish, no real twists, not enough on Iran domestic life etc
"Really dragged On"
I normally love this genre of Middle Eastern political thriller (Iranian officer caught in honey trap by British agents, extraction team into Iran to get his wife) but I'm afraid this really dragged on for me and I found it difficult at times to keep my focus. The narrator didn't help matters either - his voice and narration were good enough but he never left any gaps between a change of scene in the book like other narrators do - really annoying! It meant that you were transported from one scene to another without him barely taking a breath and the scenes running into each other which gets confusing.
A good enough storyline spoiled by a waffling author and frustrating narration.
"Gerald Seymour is the best"
I have done both read and listen to audiobooks from Gerald Seymour and enjoy both. Reading makes me conjure up the characters in my head but the readers bring the characters to life for me.
When the corporal's wife sacrifices her own life to help Zack.
Zack, he was the spirit of the book.
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