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Fellowship of Fear

Gideon Oliver Mysteries Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Joel Richards
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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When anthropology professor Gideon Oliver is offered a teaching fellowship at US military bases in Germany, Sicily, Spain, and Holland, he wastes no time accepting. Stimulating courses to teach, a decent stipend, all expenses paid, plenty of interesting European travel...What's not to like?

It does not take him long to find out. On his first night, he is forced to fend off two desperate, black-clad men who have invaded his Heidelberg hotel room with intent to kill. And then there are a few trivial details that the recruiting agency forgot to mention - such as the fact that the two previous holders of the fellowship both met with mysterious ends.

From there, it is all downhill. Gideon finds himself the target in an unfamiliar game for which no one has bothered to give him the rules. What he does have is his own considerable intellect and his remarkable forensic skills. He will need them, for he is playing for some fairly high stakes: the security of Western Europe.

©1982 Aaron Elkins (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Christine M.
  • 14-07-19

Painful

I listened to this book with my husband and almost-adult son as we headed toward a vacation. There were times I had to turn it off because it was just so bad -- particularly the sex scenes. I was intrigued because it's a long series and one of the books won an award... but the author clearly must have improved a LOT after this book. Flat characters, flimsy plot. Also, the book expresses attitudes toward feminism and women that just made me wince... when I went back and found it had been written in 1982, I understood. Consider it a 1982 period piece.

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  • Fair Oaks Engineer
  • 14-02-20

Good OLD read...

Since the book was written in 1982 it has some unacceptable derogatory racial comments from an NSA manager. Could have been edited out since audiobook was recorded in 2019. Slow moving compared to present day stories...but then it was the 80's wasn't it? Good story and willing to listen to book 2 in the series.

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  • Sean
  • 13-10-19

Great book. mediocre narration

Loved the story and characters but the narration was almost lifeless. I hope the next in the series is better.