©2006 Daniel Silva; (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.
"The author masterfully weaves together the worlds of art, espionage, and terrorism; few thriller writers balance entertainment and serious issues so well." (Library Journal)
The narrator is excellent; however the story is disappointing, very formulaic with cliched characters - a Mossad agent able to have free access to the Pope? All old Israeli and Christian characters very wise and forgiving, the women blond or with dark hair 'like a raven's wing' - I just found it more and more exasperating.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I was recommended this title by a friend with the introduction that Silva is allegedly Bill Clinton's favourite writer of thrillers. I can see why. The plot is fast paced, the characters are alluring and the dichotomy between good and bad is starkly written. It is this last part I found disturbing. Terrorism is hard to define ("one man's terrorist is another's patriot" and all that) but you know it when you see it. By contrast, it's easy to define retribution for what it is. The justification for revenge is always hard to rationalise and even harder in a global context. Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Tamil, Beruit, Munich. It's a never ending list where Hammurabi's Code dictates ever more escalating responses. So you can see it and know it for what it is. Somewhere, does it shade into terrorism? Hard questions with harder answers. The problem for the listener of this book is that these questions lie just barely below the surface. I found it hard to read without thinking about them. Perhaps I should just chill out and read it for the exciting story that it is, but I could not.
I think the book would make a very successful film (and I understand that at least something is planned to this effect). The performance is strong and well paced. Armstrong reminds me of the narrator for Air Crash Investigation, too. That added to the tension! If you can read without thinking, I suspect you will like this title.
"Great Spy Story"
To start with I was not sure where this book was going as I felt it was a little slow for the first hour or so, then it suddenly stepped up a gear and the plot changed and I was suddenly swept along by the plot line and totally engrossed.
I am not going to tell you about the books story the blurb does that, however the story was very faced paced and if you like spy thriller novels then you will not go wrong in downloading this.
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