My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Too long. 1/3 of the book could have been left on the editing room floor and it would have been tighter, more suspenseful, and more effective.
An “okay” CIA/spy thriller.
All the accolades from venerable writers on the back cover seem a little over-the-top and embarrassing having now finished the story; it wasn’t that good.
Will Rhodes was a sympathetic protagonist. He did a lot of falling in the book and I wonder if that was symbolic of something and I’m missing it, or if it was just fun to have him fall.
Implausible and silly at times, it was however fun to travel around the world while reading the book. I loved walking the Paris streets with Will even though he was usually pretty tense while he was there. And, my desire to visit Iceland, especially, has deepened because of the descriptions Pavone gives of that beautiful, moss-covered, fjord- and glacier-filled wonderland.
For actual travellers, this would be a fine book to take on a trip if it’s downloaded on a Kindle or somesuch. Otherwise, you’ll be cursing those 430+ pages by the time you land!