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"Superbly accomplished at both plotting and characterization....highly recommended." ( Library Journal)
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By Derek on 04-13-09
I loved this book
I loved this book. I mostly listen to audiobooks while driving and found that I was glad to sit at red lights and run errands across town for more listening time with this story.
"Spy tales focused on international deception in the post 9/11 world" according to Steinhauer's web site. That's a good description. I am really looking forward to the next book in the Milo Weaver saga.
The narrator does a great job. His "female voices" were sometimes a bit much, but overall listening to this narrator was a pleasure.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Tim on 03-23-09
A book not for dummies
This is a first rate novel, but I will tell you (what might appear arrogantly) that this book is NOT written for a person who needs to be led by the nose through the intricate twists and turns of a spy novel. It is complex and a review of the plot would be difficult. Suffice it to say that I believe you will find it very enjoyable.
Our hero... the tourist (a CIA field officer)... is not at all what he seems to be. Perfect for a spy, of course! The cracks in his veneer are clear for all to see.
Seldom do a spy's family take part in a spy novel... except peripherally... but here, they merge nicely into a subplot and are active characters. They are likable.
There are numerous changes in time, in character and you must pay attention.
The reader had a nasty job with this book because of those many characters, their positions and their nationalities... and I think he did a credible job.
This book is not intuitive. It requires the concentration that readers of a John LeCarre novel must have in order to enjoy it. By no means though is it LeCarre. Not better... not worse... just really good.
You may eventually see the final direction of this novel, but you sure won't see it until the last hour or so... and even then, it will surprise you.
This is my first read of this author... and when I finish this review, I'll try another.
As so often is true, pay NO attention to the "Publisher's Summary". It is nonsense and must have been written either by a complete idiot or a person who never read the book. It damns it with faint praise. It is better than the summary.
I gave it 5 stars. I expect you will like it also.
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