As soon as I finished the audio I raced out for the hardback to send as gifts to my kids and husband! As current as tomorrow's headlines, and probably..Show More » at least as informative, this is the best espionage/suspense novel since the Cold War ended. Whitcomb's writing is equal to the story he tells, but I do agree that for the first half of the book the narrator's gasping for breath was annoying. At times he seemed to be yawning(!), but by the second half I was so absorbed in the tale I never again noticed any distraction. Great read; great listen.