The Loo Sanction : Johnathan Hemlock

  • by Trevanian
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • Series: Johnathan Hemlock
  • 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jonathan Hemlock, the art professor and mercenary who first excited readers with his daring exploits in The Eiger Sanction, returns for another masterful adventure. Jonathan has gone to England for a vacation, but it is interrupted when British Intelligence needs him for his highly skilled services. Jonathan must take over the mission of an agent whose murder was so bizarre and terrifying that no other agent was willing to replace him. His task is to locate a set of secretly made films that incriminate a number of high-ranking British officials. His target is a top underworld figure who delights in debauchery and torture. Facing this threat, Jonathan is drawn into a labyrinthine network of intrigue and depravity. When the pieces of the dangerous puzzle fall together, he will be forced to attempt one of the most daring escapes ever conceived.

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"A masterpiece...." (The New York Times)

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A good fun listen...

OK... you have to take this in the correct spirit and it is going to be a Marmite story ('love it or hate it').
This is a spy spoof that is played out seriously... its not 'Our Man Flint' but probably would be if it was filmed. As a book it is 'delivered' more like the 'James Bond' books (not films), and it is an enjoyable yarn. If you like those 60s/70s TV series spy series, you'll probably like this.
There are great bits of realism (well, maybe 'post-realism'... the Art theft in the book was copied later in a real life theft from a Milan gallery), and there are bits of 'Man from Uncle' silliness, right down to the name of the 'Loo' department.... hmmm.
The narrator seems to have more difficulty with the accents in this book than others he has narrated... As a another reviewer has mentioned, he cannot really get around the English and Irish accents acceptably, but rather than this being off-putting for me, I actually thought the 'Dick Van Dyke-ness' of the delivery went rather well with the comedic story... even though it is played out straight.
I really enjoyed this and found myself equally laughing at its silliness in places, while also wanting to work out the solutions to the plot.
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- ThePuss

Glad to have finished it

I realised that this was a spoof spy story but I found it impossible to get past the reading style to find any humour there may have been there. I don't know whether the reader did the same damage to American accents but the English ones were very strange. There was cockney worthy of Dick van Dyke and sometimes used in the same sentence by the same character along with Irish and Birmingham and others. I may have been missing another joke but I was really glad when I reached the end and didn't have to listen to it any more.
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- catsatcastle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-04-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.