Reading this third book in the Micah Dalton series I found myself re-reading entire paragraphs for the sheer pleasure of enjoying the writing. If you look at the readers' reviews you can see that, starting with the first book, each subsequent book got higher ratings. I wondered if I missed the quality of writing in the initial novels, but clearly, David Stone has seriously improved his writing skills. Either that, or he was particularly inspired when he wrote "The Venetian Judgment." Ignore the editorial review, it's simply uninformed and plain wrong. To be sure, if all you are looking for is plot and action, you may be disappointed. OTOH, of you like action, intrigue, AND a fine turn of the phrase, this book will please you. Publisher's Weekly states "While no one will mistake Stone for John le Carré..."[...]. Well I think whoever wrote that didn't read the book. Besides, why would we want another le Carré when we can have a Stone? Dig this.. "Guinness was a great antidote to existential conundrums, so he had a few, and waited, and the hours passed, and the rain fell in steady wind-drive sheets, and the passerby made their molelike way back and forth in the driving rain, with their collars up and their heads down, grimly enduring the rising damp and the ague-inducing chills of a dreary English winter that was making the venerable old town seem like one huge concentration camp smacked down in the middle of a swamp. In other words, utter dank misery, relieved every now and then by flashes of dismal gloom." You get it, don't you, even if you have never been to England during winter-time. Well, I for one, am shivering....brrrr. To paraphrase one of my heroes, I don't care who ya are, that's good writin' right there."
I LOVE this series and wish there were more. You get so involved with the characters and the plots are complex and unpredictable. I’m old and I have read a million books and these are counted as favorites. I have all the audiobooks too.
The author quit on these, changed his name and wrote more books but I don’t like any of them as well as these. Carsten Stroud is his new name.
Not only is David Stone a master of the espionage genre, he is a consummate writer as well. He has a marvelous sense of humor, which shines through much of the dialogue and exposition and frequently had me laughing out loud. The juxtaposition of thrills and witticism is one which Stone carries off admirably in The Venetian Judgment. Of the three Micah Dalton novels I have read thus far, this one is my favorite. It is perhaps the best crafted-- and represents a seamless continuation of its two predecessors, but without lapsing into repetition. The off-stage characters (e.g.,Cora Vassari) are inconspicuous in their absence, whereas the on-stage carry-overs (Porter Naumann, Mandy Pownall) continue to shine. I am SO looking forward to savoring The Skorpion Directive!
I love his characters and the fact that his women are strong. I don't know how to talk about Micah. I have to keep reminding myself that this is fiction, but it reads as real. I don't want to find myself apprving of all the death, but I am right with Micah when he has to do what's required.
Another outstanding thriller from David Stone with the Micah Dalton character, who is immensely likable and flawed at the same time. Story keeps you guessing about the next incident, and is always a surprise
The Micah Dalton series is a lot of fun. First I love the classic Ludlum like titles. I also like the brutal action, reminds me of a modern take on Ian Fleming. I also like the quirky quality of this series. This is not a typical CIA, cardboard cut our hero…this guy is not only on the edge, he can be weird…he talks to dead people…and it works! Try this series but start with the first and go in order. I could not put them down.