In Paris, a priest is murdered and dumped into the Seine. But he has taken a secret with him to his death - a secret that reveals itself during his autopsy and reawakens dark memories. Jennifer Browne, a young and ambitious FBI agent, is assigned to the case. This is her last chance to kick start a career that has stalled after one fatal error of judgment three years before. Her investigation uncovers a daring robbery from Fort Knox, and Tom Kirk, the world's greatest art thief, is the prime suspect. Tom, caught between his desire to get out of the game and his partner's insistence that he complete one last job for the criminal mastermind Cassius, faces a thrilling race against time to clear his name. It's a race that takes him from London to Paris, Amsterdam to Istanbul in a search for the real thieves and the legendary Double Eagle.
©2005 James Twining; (P)2006 W F Howes Ltd
"A worthy successor to Forsyth, Follett, and Higgins." (Christopher Reich)
"An international thriller in the Robert Ludlum mode, with hints of The Da Vinci Code." (Financial Times)
I'm only a couple hours into the audiobook, and I'm thinking, "why didn't I listen to a sample before buying it?".
The story so far is quite well-written... but the narrator has a strong English accent and uses frequent English pronunciations. This isn't a problem -- aside from the oddity of much of the story being about the FBI and set in the USA -- until he attempts American accents; the results are distracting to say the least -- often becoming cartoonish. I keep visualizing Yosemite Sam when he voices one of the characters.
More straight reading and less acting would be appreciated.
I should add that there's a spoiler at the beginning of the audiobook; for some reason the outline of the story is read first -- needlessly revealing several plot points. I don't appreciate this in movie 'trailers'; I don't appreciate it here.
"Definition of Thriller"
This book is exciting, pacy, driven and intensely thrilling. Its a genuinely good heist story with a crackling dynamic between dashing ex thief and vibrant FBI agent. I love the spark and tension between these two and all the other brillant myriad of characters. Its just plain fun to listen to when these days thriller writers tend to lose their way by being over complicated, over dramatic, patronizing, psychological cliche drivel which no one really enjoys. What people want is a good story and this is it!
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