©2004 Steve Berry; (P)2004 Books on Tape
"Berry uses Russia, past and present, to excellent effect and makes sharp observations about the contemporary Russian scene....A solid tale." (Publishers Weekly)
This was a great book, captivating and compelling storyline with quite a gripping conclusion.
Narrated the Russian accent quite well
The description of the murder of the royal family was like being in the room.
Well written, good premise but climax is typical escape from certain death situation after the hero doesn't figure out who the villin is.
As usual,a good yarn by Mr.Berry, well read. The plot is the usual windy and wide ranging, with the usual visits Berry sends us on around the globe. Big characters with a reasonable amount of depth, and a twisty ending. I enjoyed this, and, if you enjoy Berry's style, you will too.
While listening this book I have to always remind myself that this is just a fiction and not a history novel. A lot of twisted facts from Russian history and Russian real life made this reading thorny for me. But overall, it is a decent fiction story.
But not a great listen. Quite an interesting and well researched plot but some of the dialoge is trite and lacks quality "story telling". In fairness, however, not every author can be John Gresham.
Never-the-less I have bought, but not yet read, another Berry book.
This is the second, and last, novel by this author Iwill read. His facts are very informative and largely unknown.
The problem is his story telling is mediocre. His Reader is even worse ( multiple Russians who all sound the same) as the story progresses.
"...and the innocense of beasts will guard and lead the way..." Well, not much to that. Seems more and more writers are writing hoping for a movie deal. This one should probably end up on UPN. It's just not much of a story. Oh well, back to comics of my newspaper.
the narration is very good. the story is fun and easy to follow. the downside to this book is that one has to believe that a)russia was better off under a tsar [check with, among others, the jewish community regarding this!], 2) russia could return to rule under a tsar in this modern age, and, 3) a brilliant lawyer wouldn't be able to see a corrupt conspiracy going on right under his nose. and that is just in the first couple of chapters. there are other parts of the narrative that are weak but i'd have to give away the story to go into them. i enjoyed listening to this on the way in to work, but didn't think it completely riveting nor really well written; it was too predictable to be either. and there were a number of parts and comments that i had to not examine too closely or else just ignore in order not to get annoyed with the sloppiness of the writing and stereotyping.
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