- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Lawrence Block
- Audible.com Release Date: September 26, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M07UNWB
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The Canceled Czech: An Evan Tanner Novel Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Janos may be elderly and dying, but his role as the head of the fourth Reich makes him very valuable to United States spy operations. Unbeknownst to him, his group has been infiltrated, making it easy to keep insider tabs on the criminal, his associates, and his operations. His untimely death would leave the spy agencies seeking new sources. Evan travels by train into Czechoslovakian, but is quickly in trouble. Someone set him up to be detained by the police. With assistance, he manages to escape, but his plan is already off-stride and a large manhunt has begun to thwart his efforts.
THE CANCELED CZECH is a reprint of a classic Tanner spy tingler that, in spite of the wall tumbling down, remains a fast-paced, insightful look back at the Cold War. The story line is a delight and the support cast adds an authentic Eastern European feel to the tale. However, it is the spy who never sleeps, Evan tanner, in one of his best adventures, that keeps this period piece a fabulous entertaining novel.
He also owns a rich Swiss bank account, which just may allow Tanner to reimburse himself for expenses, plus a little extra, without having to unduly burden the U.S. taxpayers.
Evan is assisted by a cell of zealot Jewish Stern Gang terrorists and the beautiful Greta, who is “the sort of Czech every crook in Europe would love to see bounce” (according to the book’s original cover).
The Canceled Czech is an improvement on the first book, The Thief Who Couldn’t Sleep. The jokes are funnier, the action tighter, the satire sharper, and the plot more suspenseful. The dedication alone should win some sort of prize for best use of puns as it contains a “Czechered past”, a “pair of Czech mates”, and a “bouncing Czech”.
This is not my favorite Block series, but it is consistently entertaining. Light and breezy most of the time, but it ends on a fittingly bleak note which provides a nice overall balance to the story.
The next entry in the series is Tanner’s Twelve Swingers.
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I ama big block fan but did not like this one at all,