©2002 Daniel Silva; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Superbly crafted thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
I did not like the reader and this, perhaps, clouded my engagement of the story. I am usually a great Silva fan. I'm glad that this wasn't my first exposure to his work.
Compelling story with good characterizations and some interesting twists.
The narrator was very good EXCEPT that he often used inappropriate accents. For example, the spymaster Shamron was voiced with a thick Russian accent early in the book but not later. The protagonist, Gabriel Allon, is voiced with a thick German accent. While the character knows German, he was raised in Israel and would have had an Israeli accent, or perhaps no accent.. Also the narrator mispronounces Israeli names as if they were French names. For example he pronounces "Allon" as if it were the French "Allons". These repeated inappropriate pronumciations were distracting.
Enjoyed 1st book, might have enjoyed this book if they hadn't changed the reader. This one not good at all.
Even better than the first book. I like that the author fleshes out his characters. Excellent plot and surprises along the way.
Exotic settings, luxury lifestyles, noble hero, beautiful lady, lots of blood. A tasty bag of potato chips.
Suspenseful Silva thriller with interesting insight into Switzerland 's not so well known involvement with Nazi Germany during WWII. Easy read that holds your interest throughout.
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