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The Talbot Odyssey | [Nelson DeMille]

The Talbot Odyssey

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....
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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

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    Michaela Unterumbach, Germany 01-31-11
    Michaela Unterumbach, Germany 01-31-11
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    "13 in a dozen"

    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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn J. Sickler Orlando, FL 01-23-11
    Evelyn J. Sickler Orlando, FL 01-23-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Not My Favorite"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ANNE C LONIS 01-20-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Too bloody"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Claymont, DE, United States 11-30-10
    Jamie Claymont, DE, United States 11-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed"

    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!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-17-12
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2003
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    "A very long and enjoyable listen"

    Well done, great characters, extremely well developed. Reader was acceptable . . but not outstanding.

    DeMille, as usual, delivers with a punch!.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene North Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-12-11
    Darlene North Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-12-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Too Unbelievable and Too Violent"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Fekih Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-19-11
    Fekih Ottawa, ON, Canada 09-19-11
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    "awfull"

    this is probably one of the simplistic and unrealistic book i have ever listened to..I don't believe that i have spend my credit on this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H. OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 04-03-11
    H. OAK RIDGE, TN, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Just could not get into this"

    I love Nelson DeMille, but this book made me snore. I kept listening hoping I would feel differently after time, but no.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scamper 03-26-11
    Scamper 03-26-11
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    "Not his best but still worth the read"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    joseph TAMPA, FL, United States 12-19-13
    joseph TAMPA, FL, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "DeMille Strikes Out With This Bomb"
    What would have made The Talbot Odyssey better?

    Nothing. The book is drivel.


    What could Nelson DeMille have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Scott had nothing to work with here.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Talbot Odyssey?

    The entire book goes in the trash.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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