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Very complex, well populated, and terrifyingly plausible. The plot is solid and activity is presented in an alternating fashion to keep to a time line. Each character is necessary and is clearly portrayed. Spies are always interesting and have their own objectives and perspectives, with inherent danger being the common denominator. Extremely well-written, and not to be rushed through, but absorbed, assimilated, and enjoyed. See publisher's summary for plot clues without spoilers.
Pierce gives a stellar performance once again. No superficial attempt to approximate accents or vocal differentiation, just solid, clear renditions of a multitude of characters and narrations. I find the speed of delivery particularly appropriate to a novel with so much information and so many characters in that he does not rush through and leave the reader in the dust.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would to some one who likes this genre. It's a good complex military/espionage thriller.
What did you like best about this story?
The secret friendship between the American admiral and the high Chinese government official.
Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my first listen
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I cried when the father of the young Chinese captain told Ben of his daughter's death. Ben and the young woman were in love and Ben was so alone.
I also cried when another major character died.
Any additional comments?
This story takes place in the 1980's when Russia was still communist and the cold war was still ongoing. The Russians have invited the US Navy to an otherwise prohibited navel base that is near to China.
Admiral Theodore Magnuson doesn't trust the Russians and feels they are planning something which will implicate the Americans. The American president is a peaceful trusting soul and will not head Magnuson's Casandra warnings. Therefore Magnuson develops operation Seagull behind the president's back. Operation Seagull enlists four former retired navy men (Jack Royal, Bob Miller, Ben Goodrich, Tom Lumas) who are now business men to go into Russia and China on business ventures to collect intelligence.
The story is complex and very involved. One has to listen carefully to keep abreast of all the nuances. There is tragedy and unspoken heroism. The president finally realizes just how correct Magnusons warnings are.
The book is a highly suspenseful military thriller with lots of action.
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