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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful