Adam Gray is the ultimate spy... As the lead agent of the US government's top-secret Persona project, he is its most valuable weapon in the War on Terror.
Experimental technology enables him to take on the personality - and memories - of anyone; be it a Russian arms dealer, a high-stakes gambler or a nuclear scientist. Whatever secrets they know, he knows. But the most dangerous secrets of all... are his own.
When Adam hunts a terrorist plotting to murder millions, he begins to realise that, although he can delve into the minds of others, his own memories are a mystery. Hidden in his past is the key to a deadly conspiracy - and its masterminds will stop at nothing to conceal their crimes...
©2013 Andy McDermott (P)2013 Headline Digital
I quite liked this despite the obvious flaws. The premise is that the CIA have a super-spy who they can download other people's personalities into. Due to a series of unfortunate events, they have to hire an English doctor to help the CIA team of assorted stereotypes out on their missions to stop the terrorists. It's all-action, leave your brain at home stuff and that is OK by me but if you normally read things short-listed for the booker prize, leave this well alone.
The writing style is like an early Tom Wood, OK, but a little unpolished. there are some ludicrous bits of description (as Adam speeds his Ford Mustang at 80mph into oncoming traffic, we are treated to 'drivers swerved out of the way, thoughts of insurance excesses in their minds'....). Saying that, as an action thriller, it holds it's own and is worth a listen if you like a David Baldacci, Lee Child, Tom Wood or Vince Flynn novel.
The narration. Where do I start! Tim Flavin is 50% excellent and 50% awful. He captures the urgency of the story well - but his interpretation of some characters, especially 'English Woman' are absolutely hilarious. He seems to be doing a poor imitation of Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds doe Dr Childs. At first I found it quite irritating but eventually I started to look forward to hearing it for comic value, especially during the dull parts of the book.
Overall, not the worst book I've listened to from Audible and not the best but a perfectly good thriller nonetheless.
Generally listening in the car as I am on the road a lot with work. Will be listening to a variety of genres.
Picked this up on a daily deal a couple months - and I'm glad I got round to listening as I very much enjoyed it.
The concept is neat, transferring a personality from one person to another with all the problems that causes and the storyline - whilst a little predictable - races along with plenty of action.
The performances starts off a little over the top, dramatic pauses that feel that detract from the story but soon the performer settles down and in the end delivers an enjoyable read.
Although I've been a member for some time mainly due to not cancelling my trial, this is the first book I've finished! couldn't put it down. I'ts encouraged me to catch up on the many unread books in my collection.
Well read by Tim.
The performance of this audiobook really ruins the book and I found it hard to enjoy the book.
It is stilled and over acted. The accents are laughable, particularly the English accent.
You can tell the different people talking so that is my one positive.
The story is pretty far fetched, but the overreaction to every tiny thing makes it hard to make the best of it.
This is a class story .narrated in a first class manor. I was particularly impressed how the narrator swapped voice to allow for each of the characters. I've already bought the next in series book, and very much looking forward to a quality listen. This one will be a hard act to follow.....
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