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Torture Man is a tense and powerful thriller which looks at different perspectives relating to something so major today in our lives: terrorism. Given that the synopsis reveals it, there is no need to be shy and not mention that the young daughter of a peace activist is kidnapped and a ransom demand made. Warned not to involve the police or the FBI, in desperation she turns to a stranger she met by chance, travelling with him by train to New York only a day or two previously, someone she instinctively disliked but the only person she thinks might be able to help in this situation, a CIA agent whose speciality is the extraction of information from prisoners. The torture man.
The kidnap story itself is suspenseful, frightening and worthy in itself. But far more is laid out here: conflict of ideologies, ties of loyalty, cultural and societal beliefs and morality itself. How true can we stay to our ideals when they stand in the way of other commitments? This is a book to make the listener think, not to spoon-feed solutions, as different viewpoints are voiced and experienced by the protagonists. And, as always with Mr.Adler's work, it is brought to life and held together by his excellent characterisations.
As narrator, Shawn Saevedra reads with clarity and his pacing is good, the delivery calm. The character voicings are not overly differentiated but sufficiently so for them not to be muddled. His pleasant presentation helps to carry this difficult subject through to it's conclusion, gently soothing the reader.
I have listened to a number of Mr.Adler's books and, whilst I would not consider this to be one of his most enjoyable, it is certainly well worth reading, sensitively opening up a debate on areas which are so often held firmly and sincerely but without too much thought beyond gut reaction. And all within the workings of a worthwhile thriller. Recommended.
This is a fast-paced thriller with a complex and fascinating lead character . But, the author didn’t limit his creative attention to only Carl. All of the secondary characters are well-developed with traits and quirks that make them interesting people, any one of which could have emerged as a main character as the plot moved forward. These character details are revealed with no slowing of the pace, and this richness supports masterful and believable dialog that keeps the burners on high.