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Publisher's Summary

Assigned to examine a portentous tape sneaked out of Moscow by a mole, CIA Kremlinologist Charlie Stone finds himself in an espionage investigation of staggering complexity. As he hops among three continents, often the target of both the KGB and the CIA, Stone succeeds in vindicating his father, branded a traitor by McCarthy, while nosing out a plot by the head of the KGB to stage a violent coup, during a Moscow summit, that will end glasnost and set the world on its ear.
The audio includes an excerpt from Vanished, the first Nick Heller novel.
©1991 Joseph Finder (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The story contains as many chases, murders, conspiracies and uncloseted ghosts as any thriller maven could want, as well as a credible love interest; in all, it's a superbly exciting read." ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Judith on 02-01-11

Great subject matter, tedious narration

I have read more recent Finder novels, and loved them, but I didn't realize before I purchased this one that it was one of his first. Consequently, the verbage is a bit off; as it was written 20 years ago. At first I thought it was another of those "American" thrillers written by a Brit or Aussie, given the stilted terminology and strange phraseology; but I did a bit of research on Finder, only to discover that this novel was nearly autobiographical. Finder was born in the US, went to Yale, then the spy business; but somehow the dialogue did not seem realistic. Things were said to be "terribly" funny (or some such, instead of "very"), and "rather" was used the same way.

Maybe I found myself concentrating on this because the narration was so mind-numbingly monotonous; the narrator could have been literally reading it for the first time, aloud; and was rarely expressive. Scott Brick would have done this book justice, and made it as interesting to hear as it must have been to read.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Smalls on 11-23-11

A plot that keeps going

This is a fairly lengthy book for a spy novel but it's got enough plot for the entire length. There's a lot going on with several plot lines that come together at the end. Job well done by the narrator who maintains a high level of excitement and emotion.

This is the first Joseph Finder book I've heard and I'll be checking out more.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 04-16-13

Over the Top

I enjoy normally thrillers but I was disappointed in this book . It was an interesting story and an exciting plot but the number and violence of the deaths and killings were , personally, too exaggerated and beyond belief.

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