The Loo Sanction : Johnathan Hemlock

  • by Trevanian
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • Series: Johnathan Hemlock
  • 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Hemlock, the art professor and mercenary who first excited readers with his daring exploits in The Eiger Sanction, returns for another masterful adventure. Jonathan has gone to England for a vacation, but it is interrupted when British Intelligence needs him for his highly skilled services. Jonathan must take over the mission of an agent whose murder was so bizarre and terrifying that no other agent was willing to replace him. His task is to locate a set of secretly made films that incriminate a number of high-ranking British officials. His target is a top underworld figure who delights in debauchery and torture. Facing this threat, Jonathan is drawn into a labyrinthine network of intrigue and depravity. When the pieces of the dangerous puzzle fall together, he will be forced to attempt one of the most daring escapes ever conceived.

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"A masterpiece...." (The New York Times)

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Still not quite sure

I've always absolutely loved Trevanian, although I've only read Shibumi and The Eiger Sanction. I bought this book with great anticipation, hoping for another masterpiece, yet when I was finished listening I could only think, "Gee. Is that it?"

The book is well-read by the narrator, however it's difficult to keep the rather vague story line straight. Things happen and you think, "Wait a minute - when did that occur?" I'm actually listening to it again, because I thought I might have missed a few things the first time (sometimes I'm not awake while listening on the way to work in the morning).

I just learned something by going back onto the book's summary page on this site - it isn't really explained in the book why Jonathan is in the UK (a vacation? and where did it say that no other agent would accept the job?)

This is all disappointing because Shibumi was such a fantastic read, that I've always wondered why no one has made a movie out of it.

I'm still wondering how Maggie came into the story - perhaps listening to it a second time will explain it.

I wish I could be more enthusiastic. I think I'm going to download Shibumi, just so I can listen to it again. It's been at least 7 years since I last read it, and I'd love to experience it again. Clearly Trevanian was at a creative high when he wrote that and The Eiger Sanction.

By the way, I TOTALLY picture Clint Eastwood as Jonathan Hemlock - they certainly cast it right when they did Eiger.
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- Roberta

The Loo Sanction

Good story and exciting. However, this book was published several years ago and the info that touted the book did not mention this. I purchased this book having forgotten that I had read it when it first came out. If I had been made aware of this fact I would have purchased sonething else.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.