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I found this a highly entertaining historical thriller. Well researched ( with abit of whimsy and license of course ), the action rolls along, and there were enough twists and turns to keep interest.
It's always kind of fun to hear an English narrator emulate American accents, but not distracting.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed listening to this book. The story was good and it kept me guessing. But, the first part of the book has a lot of Adult Situations. I almost stopped listening because there was a lot of vulgarity and brutality. I can handle some violence, most mysteries and thrillers have violence but the language and violent sexual situations were off-putting. I think books need ratings like movies and tv. This is an R-rated book. I will probably listen to another of this author's books but now I know what to expect.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
I thought this would be brilliant - having read the content and reviews of the book on-line. The end result was not great. I thought I was in for a fast paced thriller but it ended up as a vastly over long and pendulous ordeal. The characters are good and beliveable but the story just becomes more and more ludicrous the further in you go and it ended up like a montage of about 30 other books. I was glad when I (finally) got to the end. Shame.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
If you are a fan of Paul Sussman's books based in Egypt, then you'll love this.
It is classic Sussman, but taken to another level. Without wanting to spoil anything, nobody is what they seem; CIA agents with hidden agenda, shady characters who are playing for the opposition and a pair of henchmen who are impossible to dislike, and whilst not quite coming good, having two hidden redeeming features. The ending is one of the most exciting cliffhangers, literally, I've "read" in a long time. Even Inspector Khalifa makes a cameo appearance.
Gordon Griffin is the narrator, and does his usual sterling job. It is rather strange, however, having just finished one of his, to find characters graced with the same voice as someone from a totally different book, but this is entertaining in itself.
The plot might disappoint anyone expecting pure factual Egypt, but come into the book with an open mind and a desire to be entertained, and I can guarantee that you'll enjoy it as much as I have.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
recommend it to anyone that loves stories set in Egypt and secretly wish they were egyptologists.
Story had hints of goodness although plagiarised Indy a bit. Characters are whiney and writing that seemed to keep repeating words to emphasise points made listening a bit tiresome and wanting to end. Narrator is ok but better suited to a doco about the war or something, listening to his Egyptian can be a bit irritating but that's just me. Story could have been wrapped up a few hours earlier a bit dragged out.