- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 24 hours and 56 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 6, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002RSRP2O
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The book moves along at a credible pace but some of the plot twists and actions stretch credulity. As an example, a Vietnam era fighter pilot, who is now a spy and presumably been away from flying for years, is able to land a Russian-made helicopter on a small helipad on a moving ship after minimal flight time. He "takes over" from the pilot who initially flew the helicopter on the rescue mission. Really?
I found the character of the hero to be obnoxious and full of himself. I also found the romantic story line contrived. The media/pr officer at the embassy tags along with the hero and is allowed to get involved a series of espionage operations for which she is completely unqualified except for her knowledge of Russian.
On the plus side, there is philosophical discussion about cold war tactics of the politicians, the clandestine services, and their effects on the "common people". The question of having detente at what cost. This is what brought the book up to three stars for me.
The most interesting thing about it at this point in time is that it was actually written during the most freezing period of the east/west cold war.
Makes it an almost nostalgic experience now, for those of us born before 1970.
Could be a good read for lazy days on the beach.
It's another great DeMille novel, the setting in Russia is fascinating and after a rather slow start (that's why I rated the book only 4 stars) it develops into a real page turner.
SPOILERS!!! SPOILERS!!! SPOILERS!!!
For those who did not yet read this book, please stop reading here.
However, I wish DeMille would have mentioned in the end what became of Dodson and the other protagonists. All through the book we read about Dodson and finally we hardly find out anything about him. That's a bit frustrating.
I don't know if the books by our favorite authors that we read first have the biggest impact on us? In any case I love "Plum Island" more than the others and rate "Spencerville" my second favorite.
"Charm School" was a lot better than "The General's Daughter". It would make a great movie!!!
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