The high summer heat tightens its grip. Panic sweeps the city and the region is on red alert. More bodies are dragged from the rubble and terror invades the domestic life of flamboyant judge Calderón and the troubled mind of wealthy Consuelo.
With the media and political pressure intensifying Falcón realises that all is not as it appears. But just as he comes close to cracking the conspiracy, he makes the most terrifying discovery of all. And the race is on to prevent a major catastrophe far beyond Spain's borders.
©2006 Robert Wilson; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd
"These layers of semi-related plots make for an intricate and compelling story." (Spectator)
"Wilson's descriptions are typical of his style, with detail piled on detail, culminated in a sharply vivid image." (TLS)
"Crime writing at its very best, but it is also something more...it excites, it surprises, it satisfies." (Literary Review)
This book starts slowly but rapidly grows on you, by the end you can't put it down. Set in Spain, it is well written well read and gives thoroughly realistic and quite frightening perspective of the impact of terrorism.
Beautifully written. The interlaced plots draw the reader in until it is almost impossible to "put" this book down. The narrator is exceptionally good.
You got the classification of this book wrong - it should have Erotica and Sexuality rather then MYsteries and THrillers.
In addition the language is frequently profane and the Narrator is second rate at best.
The book: pacey then slow, I really got the feel of how an investigation can take place over the timescale of the book. layers of different story lines linking in as they follow the main character of the book were not too contrived or complicated and I found the narrative clear to follow. as a registered blind reader (listener) I really did feel like I was there alongside the investigation team.
The Narrater: As this is an audio book, I feel that Sean Barrett deserves the real credit of really making my rating a 5. I found his diction and the characterisations excellent. I don't do Spanish but all I can say was his speach was clear, alive, animative, sinister (in parts where they needed to be), tense, I could say more but he did make the book extremely difficult to put down!
only downside and its the same with most of the books I have got here and I do apologise, its a visual impairment thing... for a blind listener the chapters are not 'ligned up'. I use an ipod nano and 'skipping' back and forth is made difficult if you are transported into the middle of a chapter! This should not, however, detract from the quality of the book and the listen, it just needed using the rewind more than I wanted too!
"excellent thriller, brilliant narration"
Robert Wilson writes excellent thrillers and this one is right up to standard. He really captures the strain and pressure of a high profile investigation involving many sometimes conflicting agencies of law and order.
What has prompted me to write a review, however, is to draw attention to the quite outstanding narration by Sean Barratt. For example, there are a couple of police interrogations in the book which would be real page turners if you were reading the book from the page, as it were; narrated outloud, they are absolutely spellbinding. And throughout the pace and tone are expertly judged, and the different characters drawn with a sure and convincing touch. Quite brilliant. It reminded me of why I like listening to audio books so much.
"Rich and intruiging"
This book works well in audio with an easily distinguished cast of characters and the narrator dealing better with the spanish than I did when reading books by the same author. It's a multilayered plot which also deals with the reactions of the police and their entourage, and the politics of post 911 Europe. I have read a previous story where several of the characters appear but a new reader would have no problems following as their prior history is well explained. Makes for fascinating comparisons between modern Spain and the UK. A rich and enjoyable read.
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