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An action, suspense, and espionage, spy thriller

For almost a half century, the KGB kept secret the most devastating political plot the Soviets have ever evolved. It began in a French farmhouse in 1947, and lay dormant until the Cold War ended. Then in an election year, a Russian sleeper agent initiates the Sokova Convention to take control of the United States.

In a safe house in France, in 1947, a Russian KGB Agent enters and kills a master OSS agent and his wife during childbirth and kidnaps their infant son. The infant is rescued moments before the KGB agent can leave France. Every trace of this horrendous act is destroyed and no record of the kidnapping exist.

Decades later, a KGB sleeper-agent discovers a super-secret file detailing a decades old plot to control the White House and is determined to reveal his discovery - the CIA sleeper agent, embedded in the KGB, is killed before he can complete the delivery to his CIA handler. The sleeper-agent lives long enough to warn CIA agent Kevin Chapin about a powerful mole in the American Government and how the mole's role in the upcoming presidential elections are the key, and unless he can expose the dark secret, the ruthless enemies of our country will stop at nothing to seize control of the United States.....

©2016 David Wind (P)2017 David Wind

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 07-21-17

3.5 Good Book

The story and plot were really good. There was Action, Suspense, and espionage, spy thriller which made for a good listen. But for me there were some issues.
The narrator was a little flat. Seemed to have only one emotion. And read pretty quickly. I found myself back tracking because I missed a bit of the story. As I said like the story and plot and the fleshed out characters but some parts really dragged on as things were explained like it was being taught in a classroom.

I received a free copy of this book for an honest and unbiased review.

Overall a good book which could have been a great book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen!!!

What a thrilling book! I loved the storyline! This book was very interesting to me. I've been intrigued with history, espionage, politics and travel from my early teens. In fact, I've even met some real spy's that were in World War II. The narration on this book was good, but not awesome. I had some trouble distinguishing some of the various characters. I also thought that the narrator did not put enough emotion and accents into his performance. (I listen to audiobooks daily, so I am picky regarding the performance of the narrator.) My review is not a synopsis of the book, but rather my opinion of it. The author of this book was new to me, while I had heard the narrator before. I would look for more books by both in the future. I will listen to this book again when I am in the mood for an action adventure listen. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 stars for a great book

The author presented a superbly written story with several twists and turns that kept you guessing until the end. The narrator  (Tim Watch) was able to keep you transfixed allowing his voice to modulate with the various characters. This allowed the listener to know exactly who was "speaking" without having to be told. Overall I found the book very entertaining and I would definitely recommend this book to others.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Thriller

For almost a half century, the KGB kept secret the most devastating political plot the Soviets have ever evolved. Decades later, a KGB sleeper-agent discovers a super-secret file detailing a decades old plot to control the White House and is determined to reveal his discovery. The Sokova Convention is the most interesting spy novel I've read. I could not stop listening as when I thought I had it figured out I found that I did not. The action,suspense and espionage make this audio book a must listen.
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Very Intriguing..


Great chapter development continues in this book. A great read that flows through the story in a way that will keep the book in your hands until it's finished.. The author tells a story that takes some interesting twists along the way, throws in some misdirection and keeps you guessing most of the way through the story.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It was OK.

The narrator was a little flat. Seemed to have only one emotion. And read pretty quickly. I like the story and plot and the fleshed out characters but some parts really dragged on as things were explained like it was being read right from a boring textbook or something. A little less explanation of things would've been appreciated, let the reader/listener do some of the lifting too. Over all my bad, not great but not bad.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Suspense at it's best!

Would you listen to The Sokova Convention again? Why?

Yes, you can connect the dots better and understand the characters roles better.

What did you like best about this story?

A great concept and a story of intrigue.

Have you listened to any of Tim Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but his cadence and knowledge of the characters brought them to life.

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

Politics is a game of chess.

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review”.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great premise, poor execution.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Given the current political climate in USA, this book's synopsis is pretty attractive. That was one of the reasons I requested this book. But the actual content in the book doesn't hold much water. The story falls flat pretty early and follows a kinda predictable path. There weren't any "whoa" or "Edge-of-the-seat" moments really, which one would expect from a book with this premise. It was mostly a let down.

What three words best describe Tim Welch’s performance?

Mismatched. Clear. Passable.

Mismatched, because Tim's voice didn't gel well with this book, imo. A far more deeper voice would've suited this story better. There was lack of intensity in the voice, which resulting in me not getting drawn in. Even when there were some "nail-biting" sequences, the voice wasn't a perfect match to it and it distracted me from the moment.

That said, his narration was pretty clear throughout the book. There wasn't any "wait, what did he say" moments and I didn't have to rewind to listen to anything.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator / publisher and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Espionage

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I enjoyed this book. It made a long day of household chores breeze by. It was well written and held my attention. The book didn't really have many twists and turns as I would have liked. I had the whole thing figured out pretty early but even though I knew where it was headed I enjoyed the journey.

What about Tim Welch’s performance did you like?

Tim Welch did a great job changing voices between characters. He read this book well and I never got lost. I wish he'd been a little less "dragnet". It just seemed at times I was listening to the old dragnet radio show voice. Then again, his "matter of fact" tone, made it seem like we were listening to debriefings at CIA headquarters of the Events of the Sokova Convention.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator / publisher and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

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What is McCarthy was right?

What did you like best about The Sokova Convention? What did you like least?

The best part about The Sokova Convention was the mystery behind the story. David Wind does a great job of keeping you guessing on exactly what is going on. You are pretty sure you know the main plot of the story but the details and some misdirection keep you guessing exactly who is involved and what the entire end goal is.

The worst part about the book is the McCarthyism feel to the entire book. There seems to be a lot of focus on the fact that is the communist who are trying to take over America so much so that it is distracting at times.

Any additional comments?

After reading the book I am left with the impression that David Wind knows how to write an enticing action packed tale, but he also needs some more editing. The story premise is interesting, there are plenty of action sequences and though the plot is pretty obvious its twist and turns are still intriguing. The problem comes from the fact that some pieces are just too easy for the characters to find out (the truck driver's false background) when no one else had even though people would have been trying and the seemingly one track focus Mr. Wind has on Russians taking over. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.