Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Sound Library 2003
CS ISBN 0792728181 $79.95 Nine cassettes
CD ISBN 079272819X $115.95 Fourteen CDs
This behind-the-scenes peek at Middle East espionage is well researched, well plotted, and well performed. Unfortunately, bestselling author Vince Flynn's hero, CIA counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, is sidelined by contemporary history. The mission focuses on leaders no longer in leadership roles, and while that doesn't diminish the quality of the story, it does "bounce" the listener out of its clandestine universe. Ken Kliban paints word pictures with colorful characters and exotic landscapes. His characterizations of Rapp, gruff and vulgar Congressman Albert Rudin, and cucumber-cool CIA Director Dr. Irene Kennedy stand out. R.O.
(c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB/ MAR 04]