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Talbot Odyssey Hardcover – August, 1987

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At the end of WWII, an ex-cop/trainee lawyer soon finds himself embroiled in a world of violence and double-crossing enemy agents. 2 cassettes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Nelson DeMille is one of America's most popular and bestselling authors, and a new book from him is a keenly awaited event. A former US Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam, he is the author of nine acclaimed novels. He lives in Long Island, New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales; First Edition edition (August 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385293224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385293228
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary Goldberg on February 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I stumbled upon this gem after being disappointed with several previous DeMille Novels. The Talbot Odyssey is a "thinking person's" novel. It, much like real life, is NOT all excitement and adrenaline. DeMille does an outstanding job of character development and plot organization and development. While the crux of the plot is not an imminent threat which we face; it is entertaining and afterall this is a novel not a strategic arms treatise. This book requires tenacity from the reader and NO Page Skimming, or you'll miss the clues and hints that DeMille sews throughout the pages. If you've been disappointed with the Gold Coast and Plum Island and the Lion's Game - BUT if you liked the Charm School, Spencerville, and Word of Honor, then you will like the Talbot Odyssey.
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DeMille is my favourite author and I really enjoy all of his books. Word of Honour is still my favourite followed by Plum Island and Gold Coast. One thing about Demille that I like is that each of his books are different. Talbot Odyssey is a 'spy' novel similar to Ludlum. Although it was a little more off-beat than his other novels it was filled with action and heroic efforts. The characters were interesting and the story kept you guessing (and paranoid. I wish there were more DeMille novels to read because he's spoiled me.
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I read the first 1/3 and was bored, so I put it down at the end of my vacation. 9 months later (ok I forgot about it) I picked it back up and couldn't put it down again. The first 1/3 sets up the story and the characters, and then the rest is non-stop action. It had an incredible ending. In fact I read the last 80 pages nonstop until 2am because I couldn't stop myself! If you imagine the setting (back during the cold war) you'll really enjoy it.
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I had very high hopes for this book after reading The Charm School, and unfortunately this one didn't quite measure up. However, if you enjoy the spy-thriller genre, this book is a good investment of your time and money. You won't walk away saying it's the best you've ever read, but it will hold your attention and provide some good excitement along the way.
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I've read many of DeMille's books. And like all of them, this is is fast-paced, with excellent character development.

Like another of his books, "Charm School," this story has cold war, spy theme. But one thing that is different is that the plot is based in New York, instead of Russia. And in this story there are double agents within CIA and KGB.

With any novel, I always set out placing myself in the drama. DeMille makes it easy to be there.

Your heart will race. You may even say a few, "Gotchas."

And you will really be there amongst the drama, the spy life and the historical context.
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This story about the Russian plot to knock out all electronic
communications in the US and thereby take over with their own President
makes another unique story and realistic reading. DeMille continues to
provide great dialog, emotionally interesting characters and suspense
throughout the book. Can't put the book down. The reappearance of one
of the main characters after a so-called parachuting accident is a
good twist. Also the flashbacks and the reappearance of intelligence
officers after 30 years is a good plot line. Which of them are the bad
guys is not answered until the very end with some great surprises!
is impressive throughout the book.
I wish Nelson Demille could write as fast as I can read.
He is among the FEW authors whose books I keep to read
again later.
My second read will be right before the movie comes out.
Enjoy this book!
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"The Talbot Odyssey" is an intensely entertaining novel, that although doesn't challenge one intellectually, does present itself as more than suitable time filler. I have read all but two ("The Gold Coast" & "Spencerville") of DeMille's works and he is amongst my favourite authors. His ability to immerse his novels in pertinent and often necessary historical context (i.e. "Plum Island" & "By The Rivers Of Babylon") is a strong drawcard for me. Once again, DeMille manages to capture historical mystery and mold it into a fast-paced and gripping story with all the elements that make a successful and entertaining novel.
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This book is a good companion to Charm School, except this one is set on home turf (Long Island) and the threat is more imminent. The questions are what do the Russians have planned and who is on their side? DeMille has created a suspenseful thriller that keeps you guessing til the last chapter. The book starts off a little slow, but once you get into it, you won't want to put it down. As always, DeMille takes a lot of time establsihing character. Pay attention to all the clues, and maybe you'll figure out who you can trust.
Other good DeMille titles: Plum Island, Lion's Game, Charm School - my favorite.
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