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The Final Reckoning | [Sam Bourne]

The Final Reckoning

Tom Byrne has fallen from grace since his days as an idealistic young lawyer. So when the UN call him in to do their dirty work, he accepts without hesitation. A suspected bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man and Tom must placate the family. In London, Tom meets the dead man's alluring daughter, and learns that her father was not as innocent as he seemed.
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Tom Byrne has fallen from grace since his days as an idealistic young lawyer. So when the UN call him in to do their dirty work, he accepts without hesitation. A suspected bomber shot by UN security staff has turned out to be a harmless old man and Tom must placate the family.

In London, Tom meets the dead man's alluring daughter, and learns that her father was not as innocent as he seemed. He unravels details of a hidden brotherhood, united in a mission that has spanned the world and caused hundreds of unexplained deaths. Pursued by those ready to kill to uncover the truth, Tom has to unlock a secret that has lain buried for more than 60 years...

©2008 Jonathan Freedland; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

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"The biggest challenger to Dan Brown's crown." (Mirror)

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    "Final reckoning..."

    I hadn't read Bourne prior to this book but I took a chance and have enjoyed it. The story of a police-style investigation entwines itself around the Holocaust era history of it targets.

    The WW2 threads of the book are a more fascinating, more authentic, read than the contemporary detective work. It's what kept me listening.

    Minus a star for having the predictably gorgeous semi-heroine (who evidently abandons her child patients for the ensuing drama) and for having what has become the de rigeur rape scene (which easily hits a level more consistent with a sadistic older man than a 14 year old virgin/brute). The Tom/Rebecca relationship borders on silliness but the historical aspects come along and save the story every time.

    The narration by Adam Sims was excellent in every way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
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    "Much more than a mere detective story"

    I haven't experienced one of this author's books before. I'd thought it would probably be a detective story, however it turned out to be a much more complex and satisfying listen blending a pacy search for the truth behind a man killed by mistake while visiting the UN in New York and a story of atrocities suffered by the Jews in Lithuania during the Second World War. The latter makes for some harrowing descriptions and made me think about the justifications for revenge. Altogether a powerful book. The narrator is good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gledders
    Chelmsford, UK
    4/11/10
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I loved this audiobook. If you like a bit of suspense and a go at trying to guess who the bad guy is, then this might just be for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
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    5/21/13
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    "Seriously good"

    This should be heard by everyone over the age 25. Apart from being a brilliant audiobook it gives a greater understanding of recent history

    Brian in Spain

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  • Paul
    Boston, United Kingdom
    8/26/11
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    "A good listen"

    I enjoyed this book. The storyline was a little bit predictable in places. The narrator was excellent. His range of voices is amazing, making each character distinct without straying into parody.

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  • Joe
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    1/10/11
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    "great listen"

    I am very surprised at the low rating on this book - I would rank it as on of my best listens and I go through a lot of audio-books.

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