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
Evelyn J Sickler
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.
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
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 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!
I'm a Nelson DeMille fan and have enjoyed every other book he has written. Scott Brick is my favorite narrator - if he read the phone book I might be interested in listening - but even he couldn't save this book.
There were just too many characters. It was hard to keep track of the plot while trying to keep track of who was doing what to whom.
Scott Brick does a wonderful Russian accent, but with so many to characterize it was difficult to distinguish who was speaking and with the addition of the characters with British accents, it became auditory chaos for me.
I can't decide which character should have been cut, I think the better choice would be to combine several characters into one and streamline the cast.
I'm a big DeMille fan. Really liked all the John Corey books. This one is a disappointment, though. Plot is a bit confusing, characters aren't convincing, and action seems forced. Scott Brick does a great job, as always, but can't rescue the story.
Yes. Any one who remembers the cold war will love this book. It is an interesting read full of plot twist and surprises. A really fun listen filled his DeMille’s sly humor. It captures the tone of the nation before the fall of the wall.
Scott Brick’s mastery of the different accents really makes this book one that should be listened to. He is also able to amplify the humor.
Just very entertained and glad that the cold war is over
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.
Well done, great characters, extremely well developed. Reader was acceptable . . but not outstanding.
DeMille, as usual, delivers with a punch!.
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