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I have read reviews of this citing it as the first great espionage novel, etc. it is no Le Carre is all I would say.
The novel is well narrated, but the plot isn't that believable. It felt a bit like a Edwardian pot boiler to me - lots of unlikely twists and turns.
I enjoyed the listen, and I'm glad I've now listened to it, but I don't think I'll be returning to it.
epic story and outstanding narration!!!!!!! Peter Joyce does a great job of making you feel like you know the characters in the story.
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I THANKED PROVIDENCE
Ya, you thanked providence, without it you would have been toast. As often happens in early adventure type books, everything happens pretty much in favor of the main character. It is amazing how many strangers the main character talks into helping him, even though he is being chased by the law. Suddenly is a word often used. He is walking down the road and suddenly. This was probably a good book for it's time, but readers of today expect better plotting and expect the main character to get out of trouble on his own merits, not by the sudden help of a stranger.
I TOOK HIM INTO MY BEDROOM AND TURNED HIM LOOSE
I especially love the language used in older books. For instance in a lot of older books there is a lot of ejaculating going on. This book seems to have a sort of gay feel to it to, due to the out dated language. IN COMMON DECENCY I HAD TO LET HIM PUMP ME.
THE LIFT MAN HAD AN IMPORTANT FACE
If you can suspend belief and you are a lover of the noir genre this probably a must. Considered the birth of Noir.
The narrator is very good and makes the book that much better.
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