International intrigue and suspense on the world's longest and most exotic train ride.
During the bad old days of the Soviet Union, famous American cancer specialist Dr. Alex Cousins is sent by the president of the United States to Russia to prolong the life of the secretary general of the Politburo. While in Russia, Cousins learns that the Soviets plan to attack China.
Suspecting that he knows their secret, the Soviets send him home via the Trans-Siberian Express, which, they hope, will keep him silent until it is too late to stop the attack. On the train he meets a beautiful KGB agent who has been ordered to keep him under surveillance until the trip is over. The inevitable occurs as Cousins and the gorgeous Soviet agent transcend political implications and fall desperately in love.
This powerful love story will keep the listener transfixed and absorbed as the Trans-Siberian Express speeds its way across the vastness of Siberia.
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"into the wilderness of his grandfather's memories
This book was first written during the time of the Cold War, when fear of a nuclear conflagration and suspicion between the West and the Soviet Union was rife. For those of us old enough to have lived through this time, it evokes memories of that constant underlying terror. For those who did not experience this, the tensions are still readily apparent, the story still fresh and so, yes, I would definitely recommend the Trans-Siberian Express to anyone who enjoys a well written, character based thriller.
The story encapsulates a mini community of varied nationalities all travelling together and, essentially, isolated from the rest of the world for several days. The prime story, the 'gift' to the doctor of the experience to travel on the railway his grandfather had helped build many years before, and the fears associated with it because of the knowledge he carried, is skillfully interspersed with the lives, hopes and fears of the other travellers. Each characterisation is rounded and full but only provided in small glimpses. Who is really what they seem to be? Will the doctor live to see his home again?
Other than an occasionally oddly pronounced word - probably the difference between the usage in Britain and the U.S. - Mark Sando's reading is flawless. And it is a reading, not a performance, with no attempt to differently voice each character. The book in no way suffers from this. Indeed, in a strange way it seems to heighten the feeling of travelling in an earlier period.An intelligent book to enjoy for its complexity of motives and ideas as well as the thrills associated with survival
Thank you to the person who sent me a complementary copy, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review. This I have given.
- Norma Miles