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The Sisters | [Robert Littell]

The Sisters

Robert Littell has created the CIA "legends" Francis and Carroll, dubbed "The Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts. They've located the perfect pawn, the Potter, the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and, with artful deception, the Sisters coerce him into betraying his last and best sleeper, the man he considers his son. Once awakened, this sleeper, will launch a mission of death - unless the Potter can stop his protegé from committing the Sisters' perfect and world-shattering crime.
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Publisher's Summary

In what Christopher Lehmann-Haupt of The New York Times called "the plot of plots," Robert Littell has created the CIA "legends" Francis and Carroll, dubbed "The Sisters Death and Night" by their cohorts. But few know what these enigmatic and extremely dangerous operatives do. They plot - and they're plotting the perfect crime. They've located the perfect pawn, the Potter, the exiled ex-head of the KGB sleeper school - and, with artful deception, the Sisters coerce him into betraying his last and best sleeper, the man he considers his son. Once awakened, this sleeper, an assassin living secretly in the U.S., will launch a mission of death - unless the Potter, in a desperate race against time, can stop his protegé from committing the Sisters' perfect and world-shattering crime.

©1986 Robert Littell; (P)2003 New Millennium Audio

What the Critics Say

"As slick a thriller as they come... Very, very good." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Right up there with the novels of Le Carré, Deighton, and the rest of the best." (People)
"Deft... Different... Entertaining... Engaging." (Newsweek)

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    Kenneth 11-15-13
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    I happened coincidentally to download this audio just before the Kennedy Assassination, so it was a very timely read/listen. Littell is a master of the LeCarre-type spycraft novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed Scott Brick's delivery of the dialogue amongst the various characters. The plot is crisp, with excellent character development, but I was hoping for a more satisfactory ending to the various intrigues than the one Littell delivers. Just the same, a worthwhile purchase.

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    Edmund Lake Worth , FL, USA 08-11-05
    Edmund Lake Worth , FL, USA 08-11-05
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    "Entertaining"

    Not on par with some of Littell's other works, but it's read by Brick and provides enough entertainment to carry the story. If you like Littell, you should enjoy it.

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