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Worthy of JohnLe Carre

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-19

like all the best spy stories, this one weaves an intricate web of betrayal and the longing for the chance to do something honorable. The characters are each so vivid and their relationships so compelling that I'm tempted to just read it all over again. And like Le Carre, this author doesn't shirk from showing the ugly underbelly of ambition and racism that permeates both the world of espionage and the global world we all live in.

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REMARKABLE

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Reviewed: 08-05-19

Oh My, I really enjoyed this book., It's wonderfully written for what might be called 1920s Pulp,. It's wonderful what a little fine writing can do. Amid the abundant derrings-do, the characters take on depth and develop naturally. The author has taken pains with his characters; and their development is organic and gently done.

Aside from the story's main characters, the plot is abundantly endowed with very dastardly guys, all of whom are eventually overcome of course. But how these victories are carried out is unexpected. All in all, it is a delicious read. The narration by Johathan Croy is spectacular. He handles the many accents and different voices of the characters admirably. The music must
have a mention here; the music segues set the perfect mood for each chapter, ranging from pulp movie score, to tropical rhythms to ancient Japan. And lastly, amazingly enough, the ending is absolutely delicious. Gotta get this book!!

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Terrible Narrator

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-19

I had just finished listening to an interview conducted by the mighty Joe Donahue on my local PBS Station (WAMC) when I ordered this book. The interview was with New Yorker staff writer and author, Casey Cep, and the author of Furious Hours. She spoke with such clarity I just knew her research and writing were sure to be impeccable. In short, I had to have this book, As it turned out, I was barely able to bear it through Chapter 1. I gave it up and decided to write this review.

I should add I have severe Macular degeneration and, as I can no longer read, am dependent on Audio for the ingestion of all written material. Unfortunately, I was so excited about the prospect of 'ingesting' Furious Hours, that when placing my order i forgot my Ironclad Rule when ordering audio books, which is (as I can't read the reviews) LISTEN TO THE SAMPLE!!

I hate to come down hard on anyone trying to hack out a living in these difficult times. However, the narrator's voice is grating and nasal. Her selection as narrator for this probably impressive book is unfair to her, to me and most importantly to Casey Cep.

I may soldier on, or may give up and return it. JBS

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History comes alive

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Reviewed: 05-10-19


Writers like Olivia Hawker may be humanity's best hope for survival. this is a magnificent book.

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A poignant and powerful anti-war novel

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-14-19

Compressing the confusion and conflicting forces surrounding the Iraq War into a single nearly non-violent story must not have been easy. Ben Fountain and the narrator, Oliver Wyman both do a terrific job.

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Just plain wonderful, but noway plain.

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Reviewed: 10-27-18

This book is delicious. I first got it through a library for the sight impaired (I have macular degeneration) and found it SO VERY delicious, i ordered it through Audible, to have it forever and to listen to it again and again.

The prose is gorgeous, the characters many faceted, and are develop slowly and with infinite care. I loved the flashbacks, and fast forwards, too. I love the complexity, and the slowly unfolding plot. The characters are fascinating, complex and ably rendered by John Keating the narrator His narration switches nimbly in and around the accents required. All in all this book is a JOY and just gets better and better the more you absorb it. .



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Brilliant Writing.

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Reviewed: 09-19-18

A brilliant book. Endless pains taken by the author to get it right; Beautiful sentences. Wonderful and surprising selections of poetry, most of which was comfortably familiar, and all of it deliciously apt. . A story of infinite meaning and enjoyed by me beyond words. Probably not for everybody, but very much for me. Thank You, Steven Rowley.

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Marvelous!

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Reviewed: 09-09-18


This opus is beyond my ability to review. A chronicle of time past and one which I can't imagine being taken up in 2018 otr any time thereafter. I fear only a few of us ancients can relish it. There is nothing like it. Hours and hours of unending Time and myriad, let it be said, obsolete Brit Characters caught up in It.. But, even it you aren't an Anglophile and in your 80s, as am I, you might just dig it. View it as an interesting rarity in these benighted Trumpian times.

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Can't wait to listen again

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-03-18

Full of wit, wisdom, this is a story filled with ethical deliberations and an endearing cast of characters. The narrator is perfect.

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Love this sereis'

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Reviewed: 07-20-18

After reading the first four of this series, I admire it so much I'm starting it all over from the beginning. Book One is An Accidental Death. I was not expecting to meet Sergeant D.C. smith, a character of many interests and hidden ability/

I found the series endlessly satisfying, brimming with wit, wisdom and lots of old fashioned hands on detecting. The series has no gratuitous sex or violence; just steady hard work writing which, of course, seems effortless.

Sergeant D.C. Smith, whose arrogant and well drawn Boss wishes would retire, is a formidable adversary for those who don;t watch their Ps and Qs with his beloved English language. Boss is no match for DCS and, when attempting to produce a reprimand, is often reduced to leaving the room in a fuddle. The verbal skirmishes, with both Boss and others, are a delight and add much to the pleasure of this series.

D,C. Smith is most kindly and compassionate to those whom he deems deserve it, and a bit ruthless in the teasing of his favorite subordinates and compatriots, some of him learn how to dish it back. Makes for lively repartee throughput, always a good thing.

The mystery itself, An Accidental Death I found vastly satisfying. The good and bad guys are all in a jumble as we set out. One's views change as truths emerge, so to speak. Odd Political events past and present bubble up. Eventually everyone and everything is pretty much sorted out, I think, brilliantly. Some of the Political issues, which seem to hang at the end of this book, are resolved in a later book. It's all very seamless ... and one is just glad when it happens. All very interesting. Can't wait to get started on reading it all again!