The Amateur Spy
- Narrated by: Jeff Harding
- Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 18-03-08
- Language: English
- Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
"Vivid and dramatic....[Fesperman] is honing the genre of intelligent political thrillers." (Economist)
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By juliana on 09-11-13
My least favourite Fesperman - but still good!
I think this one is a bit weak on two levels.
I've just never read a terrorism plot which I've found credibly told (probably with exception of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid). Western authors just don't quite convince me with portraying the underlying emotions and the characters never quite gel with me.
The aid workers traumatic experience from which he tries to protect his partner doesn't really work for me. (He should have just come clean!) The Palestinian story in the US feels a little bit unreal.
Also the setting, in Jordan, is not quite as strong as others. I like his descriptions of the Palestinian refugee camps and the various factions in them. But Aman doesn't quite come to life.
But there are some nice ideas in this book. I like the circle of friends who find their own solution to the Israeli land grab and I would generally read pretty much anything Fesperman comes out with so I don't want to put people off too much.
Still a good listen!