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Whilst I have read a lot of Richard North Pattersons book and loved them, this was trying to recapture the hieghts of Exile, but failing. I wanted to enjoy this book so much but in the end started to wish it was over. I finished the book but was under-whelmed, not just by its plot, but how I could not empathise with the characters like in other books by the author. I do hope his next book will be a return to form. One Star seems enough. Not worth the credit used.... But if you haven't read Exile, try it, excellent book!
This is a pretty decent tale, but like all such efforts that rely on current events it suffers due to the real-life loss of Osama bin Laden, one of the book's main villains. The author had no way of predicting bin Laden would have been killed before the book hit the streets, but that doesn't do the progression of the novel any good. The main character in this book is well developed and multi-dimensional, unlike a lot of protagonists in the spy agent genre. The possibility that some of the terror outfits out there these days want -- and may obtain -- a nuclear weapon is as plausible in real life as it is in The Devil's Light. But out hero manages, at the last moment, of course, to derail the effort to use the weapon. The ending is a bit troubling and sort of trite. I really do not like spy novels that finish with the lead character finding out that the best thing he/she can do after being successful in whatever they've been up to is to resign and go another direction in life. That's not realistic and does not capture the way things actually work. These people do their jobs, achieve, fail, whatever, and then go on to their next challenge.
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What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Dennis is a great actor and a gifted narrator.
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It was interesting to see that ISIL was referred to as a major threat many years ago. How come we didn't know?