To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most 60-year-old widowers don't have multiple driver's licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run.
Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape. Armed mercenaries, spectacularly crashed cars, a precarious love interest, and an unforgettable chase scene through the snow - this is lethal plotting from one of the best in crime fiction.
©2017 Thomas Perry (P)2017 Tantor
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
Hattip to my friend Ted from Lancaster, Pa, whose review nailed this one as the gem it is.
Imagine a former special forces soldier, turned Intelligence Officer being forced into exile in one of his first missions. Some 35 years later he is found. Now he is a hunted man, but by whom?
The characters are smart, talented and vulnerable. The writing is stellar. The pace is relentless. And unlike some, I found the narration top notch.
Be prepared to stay up late! This is a great listening experience.
I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.
I hate this question. (Four words again.) Mr. Perry has no doubt spent over a year writing this amazing novel, and it is preposterous to even think that three words could do it justice. Enough of this stupid question! As above, Thomas Perry has once again demonstrated why he is the unquestioned master of this genre. In fact, as with the Butcher's Boy, Mr. Perry has created a genre of his own. We identify with a man who has a quite checkered past, to put it mildly. We come to care a great deal about him, even though he may have committed murder in the long-distance past. By the time the book ends, we understand that he is a true hero, a defender of his country, nothing like a criminal. But a very complicated man, to say the least.
Yes. I can't describe the plot at any length, because it is so rich, so detailed, with so many left turns, chases, changes of identity and changes of location. The "old man" has a history that is so rich, so full of fascinating detail, and the book makes the present equally entertaining. The plot is ingenious. It would take a hundred lesser writers in the aggregate to create a novel so variegated and so full of clever plot developments. Truly, if you haven't read Mr. Perry's work, you are in for a special treat. This kind of imagination and writing skill shows up very rarely, and I appreciate it in a way that I applaud almost no other authors. You just have to read him to get the picture.
The old man is the obvious choice. Mr. Berkrot, though, is the perfect narrator for every character in the book. The textures in his voice are just wonderful to hear. His ability to change the pace of narration with the story, his ability to voice many characters, of both genders, young and old, of any race or nationality: I will search for Mr. Berkrot to hear his other work. I believe he reads Tim Hallinan's books, which is appropriate: Tim is almost at the level of Mr. Perry, and I know that he admires every book that Mr. Perry writes. I would not want to listen to any less talented narrator read a work of either of these two men.
Not extreme. I did feel amazed and grateful at the end, which I will not spoil for you. The old man has jumped through so many hoops, with such degrees of difficulty, that I did fear that he would eventually drop dead from the exertion. But, maybe there will be a sequel! (I guess I have divulged one part of the end of the book, but in a marvelous cause.) The man may be old, but I hope he lives to be a hundred.
I have loved every Thomas Perry book. The only authors who have never disappointed-even after many books and many years- are Michael Connelly, John Sandford and Thomas Perry.
Book held my interest... could not stop listening, still awake til 4:00 am... Love Thomas Perry books!If you've read all of Thomas Perry's books I recommend the following audio books:
The Lion's Game
A clean Kill in Tokyo
The Hunter (Victor the Assassin #1)
Beat the Reaper
The Gray Man
Fear Nothing Dean Koontz
Rules of Prey
The Whole Truth
This is not your typical ex intelligence officer fighting to clear his name story. Foremost, the main character is 60 years old and has been hiding from his enemies for over 35 years. He is smart and calculating; using his intelligence to make up for his declining physical condition. There are points in the story where I'm not so sure I like the way he uses people, but the ones being used get something in return. The other issue I have is the story never really gives a satisfying reason as to why they are searching for him now. The reason given seems thrown in, without much background or context for the 35 year delay. However, even with these issues, I enjoyed the book very much. I really hated when it came to an end; which to me always signals the author did his job. Well worth a credit!
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
Talk about being educated on what to do if you are being chased down by 'The good guys.' So called good guys that is. Man, this book if nothing helped me feel safe only by the incredible actions of the star characters. There was only one blooper. It was at the end when the author let compelled to explain the females past. That didn't slide so well with me as it just didn't add anything to the story. But other than that this book had it all. Well done
another Great book by Thomas Perry.
loved the old man, loved Justin - his pursuer - Zoe the lady that is with the old man could have been a little more fleshed out ---
I know I will be listening to this one again
I always enjoy Thomas Perry and his clever characters (The Butcher's Boy BIOS are my favorite). I was left wondering what happened to a few of the characters, though.
Seeking the Truth
No flowery words sprinkled throughout endless pages or irritatingly sophomoric subplots to yawn by. Just a bare-bones writing technique by a terrific author plus superb narration combined to reveal one of the best action mysteries you'll ever come across and which will end long before you'll want it to.
Finally a book where the hero is older and can still handle himself. Was disappointed about his relationship with Zoe which I will not detail as to not spoil the story. Would have given it a four star rating if not for that and choice of narrator. He could get a little boring but I couldn't say he was bad just not as exciting as he could have been at times. Still I would recommend this book.
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