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Publisher's Summary

State Security Officer Brano Sev is the secretive member of the Ministry for State Security. No one else quite trusts him, but it is part of his job to do what the authorities ask, no matter what. So when he gets an order to travel to the village of his birth in order to interrogate a potential defector, he goes. When a man turns up dead shortly after he arrives and Brano is framed for the murder, he assumes this is part of the plan and allows it to run its course. But when the plan leads him into exile in Vienna, he finally begins to ask questions. In fact, Comrade Brano Sev learns that loyalty to the cause might be the biggest crime of all.
©2005 Olen Steinhauer (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks
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Critic Reviews

"This is an imaginative, brilliantly plotted espionage thriller, with finely detailed settings and a protagonist of marvelous complexity. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"With its shifting perceptions, pervasive paranoia, and truly unpredictable plot, this will be savored by readers of well-crafted espionage." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Stevon on 08-25-09

Interesting

To be honest I had low expectations for this book, I was only reading it because I told myself I was going to read the whole series. Come on, how interesting can you make a story set in the 1960's in the eastern bloc of Europe about a main character working for the state security. You think drab life. But, Steinhauer did turn it into an interesting listen that I found enjoyable. There were some nice twists and turns, east meets west, and it kept me listening. I recommend tis one.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Barry on 03-09-06

Excellent Book/Lousy narration

I really enjoyed this book. It was intriguing and had several twists and turns. The central character is not loveable but he is compelling. I found the narration to be very annoying after a while. It was like the narrator was trying to sound American (way too much). H also did the lead characters (who were Eastern Europeans) in very American voices but did Austrian voices with pseudo-accents. It's still a very good audio book

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Phil on 06-21-10

36 Yalta Boulevard by Olen Steinhauer

A good story, I shall no doubt listen to again, however the problem I have is Yuri Rasovsky reading of it, which is a great shame hence 3* not four or five. At times the reader seems totally disinterested in the story which can effect the listeners interest as well. I found myself going back several times to listen again to parts for just that reason. This is made worse by the fact the story is fairly involved and concentration is needed as with most of this type of book. That said it's still a good story.

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