For 40 years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole - code-named Talbot - inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop uncovers a storm of espionage and murder on the streets of New York, while in a Long Island suburb a civic demonstration against the Russian mission masks a desperate duel of nerves and wits.
Engineered by Talbot, a shadow world of suspicion and deceit is spilling onto the streets - leading to a new Soviet weapon and a first-strike war plan threatening the foundations of American government.
For the U.S., time is running out. For Talbot, the time is now.
©2001 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio
How a good writer like DeMille can start off a terrific book and then convert to a plot which can be found in 99% of cheap thrill books is unclear to me.
A former NY cop, some old farts and his rich girlfriend save the world from total destruction within the last minute .... throughout the book I feared such an outcome but then I though DeMille might surprise us ... he didn't ... all in all great writer, boring story 13 in a dozen plots.... very dissapointed
Love DeMille, read all his books, this one left me a bit disappointed. Too many superfluous characters, time line really hard to follow. Story line was totally not believable. Only thing that saved the book was the amazing read by Scott Brick.
I would say it is a series of inventive ways to kill people. The story is about trying to prevent an attack by Russia on the US. In preventing a mass killing numerous people are knocked off individually.
I liked this book, I like almost everything Nelson DeMille writes and Scott Brick narrates. I always listen to unabridged when available and the only minor issue I had with this book is given its length at times I had to go back and listen to a parts again. My issue I suspect.
As always great book and great narrator!
Well done, great characters, extremely well developed. Reader was acceptable . . but not outstanding.
DeMille, as usual, delivers with a punch!.
I love Scott Brick and Nelson DeMille but I was disappointed by this book. It was just a bit too unbelievable for me. It was downright silly in parts and I'm not into gratuitous violence. I actually didn't bother to finish the book.
I love Nelson DeMille, but this book made me snore. I kept listening hoping I would feel differently after time, but no.
I liked this book and as a fan of all thing DeMille I found this to satisfy. I love the hero always a wise cracking and often an "accidental" charter in volved in something they had no intention or want to be in but seem to make the best of it.
Nothing. The book is drivel.
Not write it.
Scott had nothing to work with here.
The entire book goes in the trash.
I have read five or six DeMille books and most were excellent. A few fell short, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed them. But this book was total drivel. It's almost as though DeMille didn't write the book at all but had somebody else do it and put his name on it. Of course many people, including me, would buy a book by this author based on his record. Big mistake. I won't make it again. I'm stealing this line from a source I can remember, but it applies here: This isn't writing, this is just typing.
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