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EGYPT - where, hidden deep in the desert, a top-secret project to build a nuclear plant that will give the Arabs the bomb nears completion....

ISRAEL - where the Mossad's top agent, Nat Dickstein, a master of disguise and deceit, is given an impossible mission: to beat the Arabs in the arms race by finding and stealing 200 tons of uranium without any other nation discovering the theft....

RUSSIA - where top KGB officials have decided to tip the atomic balance in Egypt's favor....

ENGLAND - where Dickstein makes what could be the fatal mistake of his career by falling under the seductive spell of Suzie Ashford, the dazzling, dark-haired beauty who may be his dearest ally or his deadliest enemy....

THE HIGH SEAS - where the Mossad, KGB, Egyptians, and Fedayeen terrorists play out the final violent, bloody moves in a devastating game where the price of failure is nuclear holocaust.

©1979 Ken Follett; (P)1999 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"A superb thriller." (Newsweek)

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Interesting, entertaining and educational

One of the reasons I love historical fiction is how much it teaches me. Not only did I learn more about the KGB, the Mossad and the production of nuclear weapons, but I was never bored and up let several nights not wanting to turn it off. As always Ken Follet delivers interesting characters in extraordinary situations.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Old-style spy thriller

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

I would recommend this to a friend who likes stories of cunning and intrigue over stories heavy with action and slick one-liners.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was the Egyptian double-agent. I found his motivations fascinating. And I was very interested as he took actions that looked evil on the surface, but turned out to be necessary.<br/><br/>My favorite character to hate was the Egyptian spy who was working with the Russians. I found his character to be realistic and evil. The realism of him was enhanced in how I found his motivations to be completely unreasonable in my American mind, but to also be in complete agreement with many of the Middle Easterners that I have encountered in my life.

What does J. Charles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An Australian accent to a Cockney Englishman.

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

Yes it was. I was listening to it while I was in my workshop woodworking. When I was done, I continued to listen to it as I made and ate dinner. When I wasn't listening to the audiobook, I was thinking about it's twists and turns.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Lafayette, CA, United States
  • 05-18-08

Great Spy/Action Thriller

This book has everything a good espionage book needs. All the characters are believable and not over the top like most books these days. The book is narratted the plot is thick with intriguie esponionage and twists. All the action is gripping action. This is the type of listen you won't easily be able to stop when your commute is over

This is a follett classic and a must listen for anyone who enjoys books of this Gendre

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great story of Israel's entry into the nuclear clu

The story spans the critical years of the birth of Israel and its growth into a nuclear power.

The characters are well developed and mostly believable. The adult relationship between the 2 main characters is well done without being pornographic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Arlington, TX, United States
  • 06-19-08

Decent to Good Listen

Overall a good listen, not great.

Compared to Follett favorites, Pillars of the Earth, World Without End, Hornet Flight, Code to Zero, Whiteout, and Jackdaws, this one falls short.

Both of the recent Audible additions I have tried, Eye of the Needle, and this one, are good - just not riveting stories.

Previous reviewers were too rough on the reader. He was decent to good. Yes, he butchers a few of the accents, but most readers do. His shortcomings where not annoying to me - as some can be unbearable.

Like Eye of the Needle this one teeters between average and good; 3-4 stars.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • KB
  • 02-12-16

Slow story, fast speaker

I'm a big fan of Follett, but man, this was a slow one. The characters weren't very identifiable (hard to keep all the B list of characters straight), and the story was just average. The speaker also went too fast, so thanks Audible for the option to slow them down. Not worth the purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great. A Modern Classic!

Ken Follet is one of the great storytellers of all time and this is one of his very best! The reader does the book justice, the plot is both believable and interesting, and you just can't stop listening! A must for your audio book collection!

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  • Rodney
  • Nashville, TN, United States
  • 03-10-15

Not my favorite

It started out extremely slow, so much so that I almost stopped listening in the beginning. Eventually the story became more engaging and I finished yet. I plan to listen to more of Ken Follett's books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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How can a spy be so dumb?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It caught our interest in the beginning even though it jumps back and forth in time and place with no warning.

Any additional comments?

Dickstein is a poor excuse for a spy. The reviews say he is expert at disguises, but he never changes his alias, accent, or disguise - even when he knows he's been blown! How stupid is that? Even in the era this takes place, predominantly the '60's, spies would be smarter and more cunning than he is. We are almost ready to ask for a refund.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great

I liked the reader's work. Story was good as well. I've only begun listening to Follett's work. I like it.