This is the second book featuring a British journalist getting mixed up with the UK secret service. I was not a big fan of the first (audio)book, Night Heron, mainly as a result of a rather bland reading by the narrator.
This is much better, with a story that covers a lot of ground – China, Ethiopia, Thailand. A bitter rivalry between two influential Chinese families has international consequences.
The plot starts off broad, introducing a number of characters, but gradually becomes more focused until the core of the story reveals itself. The pressure is kept up all the way through the book and the story is well paced. You do not have to have read the first book.
In relation to the audiobook in particular, there is a different narrator this time and he does a really good job. He handles accents well, so that each character is an individual and he puts over the tension and emotion of the story.
This is a very good book. You want to keep reading – it’s addictive stuff. If you like spy stories this comes highly recommended.
2014 was a good year for releases of Len Deighton audiobooks, with the arrival of several of the “Spy with no name”/”Harry Palmer” books and the “Game, Set and Match” trilogy.
The next books in the series form the “Hook, Line and Sinker” trilogy and I’m really pleased to see that they will be released as audiobooks in 2015:
Sy Hook: January
Spy Line: April
Spy Sinker: June
The “Faith, Hope and Charity” trilogy also starts with Faith coming out in August 2015. I’m not sure if I will listen to this trilogy as I don’t think it is as strong as the first two, but I may well be sucked in.
It looks like 2015 is going to be a brilliant year for Len Deighton fans who love to listen to their fiction. The great SS-GB – although not part of the Bernard Samson story – is also coming in January 2015. I get the impression that I’ll be keeping my Audible subscription active for a while to come…
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