Vicious Circle

  • by Robert Littell
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An Israeli government minister is assassinated in the home of his mistress. Days later, a Mossad officer leads his final raid, killing a Hamas leader in his bed and barely escaping with his life. The action moves into the near future, when world leaders, united under the leadership of a visionary female president of the United States, broker a major compromise between Israel and the Palestinian authority. Their hope is to snuff out the violent flashpoint that fuels global terrorism. It seems to work until a well-known fundamentalist rabbi is taken hostage by a legendary Palestinian terrorist. Ferociously suspenseful, Vicious Circle brilliantly dissects an entire culture of violence and the corrupted consciences that embody it.


What the Critics Say

"Littell's is one of the most talented, most original voices in American fiction today, period." (The Washington Post)
"Littell's latest brainy thriller probes very near the heart of the time-worn conflict over a land made and kept holy through regular libations of martyrs' blood....Must reading for fans of high-end thrillers." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Just can't get into it. (stopping at 5 hours)

I've listened to 5 out of the 12 hours, and I think I'm about to give up on this one. So far, I have not been interested almost at all.

The only reason I listened this long was that I really liked the author's other book, "The Company." And "Vicious Circle" got very good reviews by readers on Amazon.

Maybe this one gets better, but so far it's more of a Middle Eastern debate than a story. It's certainly not a “fun” spy novel, with a fast-moving plot.

That said, it's not badly written. It's certainly intelligent. But I'm just not engaged.

By the way, a lesser part of the book is written as so-called excerpts from a first-person taped interview of a U.S. official. I found it odd, because we only hear one side of this interview. The speaker pauses, and says things like, “That’s a good question…” But we never hear the questioner. So I kept wondering, how can this be a taped interview and we only hear one side of it? I just wasn’t sure what the author’s conceit was. I found these passages so awkward that I often cringed.
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- Steve

A Critical Topic

This was not my favorite by this author/reader combination. Vicious Circle is not as entertaining as the previous books, but the subject is one that needs addressing. Religious extremism of any bent is very disturbing to me and the growing clout that these intemperate people have everywhere in the world does not bode well for any hope of political stability – and not just in Palestine or the Middle East. To get inside the heads of two such religious bigots as does the author makes this worth the listen.
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- Johnnie Walker "Black"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.