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Daniel Silva’s novels immediately become New York Times best sellers. A former television producer and journalist who has covered assignments from Washington to the Middle East, Silva fills The Marching Season with the political suspense that churns through present-day Northern Ireland.

In 1998, as the Good Friday peace accords go into effect, world leaders hope for an end to the bloody Irish troubles, but terrorists are moving to shatter that fragile peace through a series of brutal assassinations. CIA Officer Michael Osbourne’s job is to stop October, their deadliest hit man. As Osbourne tracks the elusive October, he begins to realize that an even more powerful organization is using the terrorists.

In this world of espionage and counter-espionage, no place is safe, and no detail is too small to ignore. Frank Muller’s narration swirls the currents of danger and deceit around each scene in Silva’s compelling novel.

©1999 Daniel Silva (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 10-29-13

A Slight Stumble for Silva, but Still Intriguing

"The Marching Season" picks up where "The Mark of the Assassin" -- Silva's previous novel -- left off, continuing the story with all the same characters. (I think of them as basically one novel.) So, if you haven't yet listened to "The Mark of the Assassin," I would suggest that you do that first, before beginning "The Marching Season." Although here the ostensible peril shifts from Islamic terrorists to Irish terrorists, we know from the previous novel that the real culprits are to be found in the Society for International Development and Cooperation. This maybe-not-so-fictional league of powerful, wealthy, influential people is secretly pulling the strings, manipulating world events from behind the scenes, "in order to make money and protect their own interests." These movers-and-shakers have discovered that peace does not serve their financial interests as well as conflict. Accordingly, in "The Mark of the Assassin," the Society arranged an Islamic terrorist attack on the United States in order to generate spending for its arms-manufacturing, arms-merchant, mercenary members (sound familiar?). In "The Marching Season," the Society aims to thwart the Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, so that the Catholic Republicans and the Protestant Loyalists will continue their centuries-long conflict.

Fans of Silva's subsequent Gabriel Allon series will notice a curious phenomenon in these two earlier novels: Ari Sharon -- director of Israel's Mossad, and secondary hero of the Gabriel Allon series -- is a member of the Society ... and, therefore, one of the bad guys. (The Society, and Sharon's membership in it, is never mentioned again in the Gabriel Allon series; nor is Michael Osborne, hero of both "The Mark of the Assassin" and "The Marching Season," although several of the other characters carry on into the Gabriel Allon series.)

I noticed that some of the previous reviewers of "The Marching Season" objected to Frank Muller's voice and narration. Muller -- who tragically died in 2008 -- did have a unique voice -- not to everyone's taste -- but, if you pay attention, you will begin to appreciate his superlative acting skill. In particular, I truly admire his ability to change voices instantly -- as when one character interrupts another in dialogue. I have never heard another actor accomplish that feat so well. I say, give Muller a chance. We sadly won't be hearing any more from him.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 08-20-12

Daniel Silva is oneof favorite authors, but...

the Marching Season is very disappointing. Had this been my first Silva novel, it would have also been my last. It simply lacks the suspense of the Gabriel Allon series.

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Not as good as Mark of the Assassin

Would you consider the audio edition of The Marching Season to be better than the print version?

I can't really say, but maybe

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was intricate and well written, but the characters weren't very likeable, even the hero was kind of blah.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He seems to run out of breath quite a bit, and ends his sentence in a bit of a whisper. Also he does his women's voices in a whispery voice, which is better than the odd chirpy voice some male narrators do for women, but it's a little weird. he does a good Irish accent, better than his American.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't make it into a movie

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  • Nancy
  • Sarasota, FL, United States
  • 10-30-12

Totally unexpected!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely and Have!!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Marching Season?

I was so used to Gabriel Allon's stories and world - this was a really big change!
And a Wonderful change. Compared with a friend - we both found we loved this book
as well!

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

Difficult to say - While you like the hero - you also begin to "like" the enemy - is he good or bad to the bone?

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

There should be a warning - perhaps - for those of us who read Daniel Silva that Gabriel is NOT in this book. (Still Excellent!!!)

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A middling decent spy novel.

I don't usually enjoy spy novels. They often strain credulity. They tend to be absurdly complicated, so that tracking the plot and the minimal differences between the "good" guys and the "bad" guys becomes utterly impossible. Even the supposedly great ones, like the le Carre books, aren't that pleasurable to read. However, and faithful readers may be tired of my endless praise of Frank Muller, this one is saved by Frank's remarkable bag of tricks. The protagonist, I suppose, is Michael Osborne, a CIA operative (one of those words that I just hate: what is an operative?) who manages to come out on top of a mountain of bloody fights and fatal encounters. His opposite number is a professional assassin known as October. I could go on at great lengths about their feats of derring-do, but I will spare you. The most completely incredible, or shall I say un-credible, group is a sinister (of course it is) cabal (help me, I can't stop) of super-important guys who get paid enormous sums of money to stir up political storms by killing key people all around Europe, the US and the UK. The conflict in Northern Ireland is a perfect place for them to strike. The often confusing fights among the various factions there are full of violence. Decades-old hatreds flourish. So the bad guys enter and murder an important man in the IRA. The money men in this deal are the arms dealers, of course, who profit enormously by selling horrendous weapons that all sides will buy in order to kill as many of their bete-noires as possible.
......Michael's father-in-law is Douglas Cannon, an ex-legislator who has retired but becomes the US ambassador to the Court of St. James, as the UK is known in these fancy circles. That position puts an X on his back. He is thus a target for the Catholics and others who desperately want the UK to exit Northern Ireland and let the Irish run it. Having been there for a month about a decade ago, I can say that the picture of Belfast and Northern Ireland drawn by Daniel Silva is totally credible. The place is a nightmarish city. In the center of it is the Europa Hotel, the most frequently-bombed hotel anywhere. When you cross the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is in fact the UK, you have the highly unusual experience of switching sides of the street. The Brits drive on the left, and the Irish drive on the right, which is to say correct, side. As the book carries on, the corpses pile up and the labyrinthine plots cross back and forth and back again. Double and triple agents work in the area. Bloody beheadings and shootings proliferate. The head of the CIA, Monica Tyler...I won't spoil it for you, but it is a surprise. The scene in which terrorists attempt to murder the Ambassador by assaulting his residence fills up the count of murders in living color, so to speak. The last scene in the book is apt, and I believe that you will remember it for its poignancy and its ambiguity. What better ending? I probably will not read another Daniel Silva book. I hear that his hero is some kind of Israeli art critic, a double agent for the Mossad, or otherwise non-credible spy and agent-provocateur. If you like this stuff, you may love it. Perhaps.

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Good story

Narrator is very breathy. A very annoying listen - I almost gave up, but I was eventually able to ignore it. Good story, if implausible.

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Excellent ,even without Gabriel.

A real insight to the conflict and passions of the northern Ireland battle. Paul G

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Riveting plot

Would have enjoyed the book more without the 'f bombs' in every conversation Daniel Silva is a favorite and talented he does not need that level of profanity.

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I liked narration

I needed narration for carrying the plot past difficult foreign or unfamiliar names and places rather than being distracted.

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Wrong narrator

Great book, bad narration. Distracting exaggerated "breathiness" during whole narration made listening more of a chore than a pleasure. Unlikely the author had the right to approve or he would have undoubtedly declined.