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I had never heard of this author before this book, and was reluctant to purchase "The Last Spymaster". I saw the review by David Morrell, and decided to go with it. The book took off after the first few minutes, and the action was fast and furious straight through to the end. I have listened to 200+ audio books, and I'd rank this one near the top for entertainment. The narration was excellent. I don't typically expect spy novels to be particulary deep. I just want to be entertained while i exercise and drive. This novel succeeded in entertaining me from beginning to end, and is well worth the money and time spent.
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The premise of the story has promise, but the writing is bland and repetitive. Apparently, while the English language has dozens of euphemisms for "kill", the author only believes in two; "scrub" and "wipe". I'm not kidding; you could use this audiobook as a Forever Alone drinking game; one shot for "wipe", two shots for "scrub".
All the characters are annoying; the protagonist is supposed to be a tough-as-nails wild woman, but really, she's pretty much always holding back tears, or has a lump in her throat. The titular spymaster is running for his life, but he and the wild woman develop an almost instant affection for each other, and over the course of about a day and a half, are hugging each other. This is normal in adventure romances, but this book isn't supposed to be that.
The dialogue is so brutally trite in places that I actually flinched in embarrassment. Like the thug who screams "I'll get you, Tice! I'lllllll gettt youuuuuu!" while shaking his fist in the air.
And then, ye gods, there is the narration! I'm sure that the narrator is a nice person, but this isn't his best work. There are probably a twenty characters that exchange dialogue throughout the book, but only two of them sound different than anyone else. Oh, except the Arab characters, who all sound like pirates. "Allahu Akbar, argghhh!"
I wish I had my credit back.
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