But one agent, Emily Deacon, has a different story to tell, one that has a tragic personal dimension. Through her and an elusive Iraqi girl Laila, only witness to the death in the Pantheon, Nic Costa is pulled relentlessly into the world of the Iraq war and the shadowy secret agents whose job was to penetrate the regime of Saddam Hussein before the armed forces attacked.
Soon he is aware that there is a conspiracy at the heart of these deaths which runs back to Washington, and the past of Emily Deacon's dead father, a tangle of connections he has to unravel, even if it comes at a considerable personal and professional cost. A madman is loose in the frozen winter landscape of Rome, and as Costa soon realises, he is one the American agents know only too well...
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By Robb on 10-03-06
Good fast paced police/spy thriller with excellent delivery by the reader. The characters have depth and are believable, the story intriguing with good well thought out plot. A very enjoyable listen, I would be interested in more from this author and reader.
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By Jill on 28-05-06
Please record more!!
First time had 'read' anything from David Hewson and thought it was excellent - please get more!!! Well plotted with explanations which fit into the flow of conversation and discovery - and a couple of unexpected twists. Most enjoyable.
29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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By Anniebligh on 07-12-16
In the Mood
I found with 'Garden of Evil', that listening for a second time altered my perspective, and over the years have listened to that novel more than twice. And 'enjoyed' it very much.
Grisly yes, Hewson's novels can be that. Maybe a listener does need to be in the mood for bloody mayhem and be prepared with an open mind for a different way of the macabre. being presented.
Hewson's novels could disturb your equilibrium and, a bit like good art. help you see the world in a slightly different way. Italy is a grand area for such shifts in perspective, some buildings or streets may never be quite the same for you. Not in a nightmare sense at all but more along the lines of pushing us to view the world as possibly being different to what we are told.
Saul Reichlin reads well too
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By Amazon Customer on 19-07-06
Promises much, delivers little
Rome, the Pantheon, weird symbols and the Vitruvian Man all promised an involved story with some more "Da Vince Code-esque" nonsensical but thoroughly enjoyable conspiracies. Not so this time. This is a bog-standard detective story with a twist that leaves you saying "Oh - was that all?". I puffed my way through it in the gym expecting at any moment that it would liven up, but sadly it plodded through to a rather mediocre ending. Actually, I was kind of hoping something really really awful was going to happen to a few main characters because I really couldn't care less what happened to them.
On the positive side this is well-narrated with good character voices, the descriptions of Rome are engaging and if you've visited (what do you mean you haven't? EVERYONE must go to Rome at least once...) it will be quite vivid. The ending is neat if a little cheesy, and there are a few moments of genuine tension.
As per several of my other reviews I wish Audible would start a ratings system similar to movies. In the UK I would give this a "15" for obscene language and blasphemy, which is narrated with stomach-churning enthusiasm. Oh how I wish authors could leave this out! It spoils so many potentially good stories and is quite unnecessary. John Grisham is a good example of how to write brilliantly without foul and offensive language.
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