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"Thrilling....The aura of authenticity on the smaller scale helps lend gravity to plot twists .... Palmer...has a pungent style, particularly adept at showing what one character calls the ‘knee-jerk cowardice of bureaucracies.’”—The New York Times Book Review
“A gripping adventure… Fans of thrillers are sure to love this intricate and tense story, and fans of history will appreciate Palmer’s careful plotting.”—Bookish
“Meticulously crafted . . . Palmer’s 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service serve him well in this suspenseful, briskly paced novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“A fast-paced, action-packed, well-plotted thriller that will more than satisfy espionage fiction fans.”—Library Journal
“Suspenseful . . . Well-written, exciting, and fast-paced fiction by a diplomat with deep knowledge of the Balkans.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Palmer’s first-hand knowledge of the Bosnian War means that this plot is spot on!”—Suspense Magazine
Praise for the novels of Matthew Palmer:
“A can’t-put-it-down thriller . . . Palmer’s 20 years in the U.S. Foreign Service helps infuse this book with authenticity.” —NPR.org
“Without question the best book I’ve read this year.” —Mystery Scene
“This is first-rate fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
- File Size : 1229 KB
- Publication Date : May 24, 2016
- Print Length : 398 pages
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 24, 2016)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B014QKIE7U
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #403,378 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The plot propels readers like a Formula One engine at full throttle. As its threads twist and entangle, only to separate and rejoin, Palmer treats us to memorable characters, suspense, and surprises. Occasionally he turns aside to comment deftly on the craft of diplomacy and its uneasy partnership with espionage and on the foibles of various nationalities, including his own. This is a novel with attitude, both the characters’ and the author’s.
Palmer’s characters are memorable and they range from inspiring to entertaining to chilling. A CIA covert ops team is a merry band of thugs, whose leader is more Butch Cassidy than Mitch Rapp. But there’s a Bosnian Serb sniper who is as devoted to the art of killing as some are devoted to God or their children. For him, killing from a distance is an act of worship. “Wolf” delivers the righteous-feeling use of violence and the smack-downs of bad guys by good guys that are part of the attraction of a good thriller, while also reminding readers of the actual genocides of the past century and this one. Preventing yet another genocide is the quest of the hero, Foreign Service Officer Eric Petrosian and this is clearly more than a plot device to the author, Foreign Service Officer Matthew Palmer.
As in his other books, Palmer keeps us in the gray area where much of diplomacy and, indeed, life operate. There are few situations where good and bad are separated by a straight, bright line. Petrosian and his co-protagonist, CIA field officer Sarah Gold, are keenly aware that both the state department and the CIA want foreign policy rewards without risk and that’s not possible in the Balkans. They appreciate the irony that individual acts of decency may in some cases undermine the greater good. They butt heads when their differing views of morality and law collide.
I enjoyed this book so much that I raced through it and then immediately read it again, savoring the complexity of the plot and the power of the author’s descriptions of settings and people. When I finished I had collected gems overlooked in my sprint. One example: Searching for clues, Petrosian tracks down a Serbian Orthodox priest, in youth a political firebrand, now a quiet keeper of souls and bees. He finds the priest near “an apple tree that was too old to produce fruit but that could still make good shade.” Only at second reading did I appreciate that this phrase is not only an evocative setting of scene, it’s also a metaphor for the priest’s life journey
Thrillers don’t come any better!
Top reviews from other countries
As soon as I started reading I was hooked. The background to the novel is fascinating and I did learn huge amounts, both from the book itself and the research I did to support the story. The region is very complicated and I knew even less than I had thought. The main character seems to be drawn as a metaphor of the area - he is complex and has significant events in his past which effect his present and cannot be ignored. For the ignorant (me included!) there are plenty of efforts made to try to explain the history of the area - the author repeats some points many times which help them to stick in the readers head and draws attention to their significance. The book flips to the past continually showing major events for the region and for the characters in the story, over and over this shows how deep rooted the past is in the present.
There is a high level of detail that makes the book very visual. A particular example of this is a bar in Zvornik which I could almost see myself sitting in.
Dialogue is written very naturally and conversations are genuine, particularly between Eric and Sarah.
I came away from this book with more knowledge of the complexity of this region and some understanding of the sophisticated politics.