Dan Hendricks is a man in need of a lifeline. A former CIA operative, he is now an agent for hire by foreign powers on the hunt for dangerous fugitives. It's a lethal world at the best of times, and Dan knows his number is almost up. His next job could be his last - and his next job is his biggest yet.
The target sounds trackable enough: Jacques Fillon, who gave up his life trying to save a fellow passenger following a bus crash in northern Sweden. But the man was something of an enigma in this rural community, and his death exposes his greatest secret: Jacques Fillon never existed at all.
Dan is tasked with uncovering Fillon's true identity - but can he do so before his own past catches up with him?
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I don't normally white in these reviews but this book was exceptional. so very will crafted with real characters and a storyline that kept me guessing until the very end.
"Full of boilerplate"
This is below the level of airplane books . Writing is very bad, with short sentences as if written for kids in grade school. No character development , lots of names, lots of gratuitous violence with little explaining who the various people are. Not even sure who was who, or why they were killing each other.
"Not uninteresting, but essentially c&&p"
I would recommend this to a friend who just wants some diversion, but who isn't troubled by poor narration and plot. I was interested enough to finish the book, but basically this is junk.
Rivals GW Bush for pronunciation slips.
It probably would make a great Hollywood movie--lots and lots of gore, but not much else to it.
"Excellent espionage novel!"
A Death in Sweden is about intrigue and murder within US intelligence operations. There are really no good guys here. It is a power struggle of two senior level US intelligence leaders. Dan Hendricks, the protagonist , kills a lot of people, but in the end he is simply a pawn, a highly effective pawn but still a pawn. The setting of the novel is Europe, mostly Sweden, France, and Germany.
"Never saw it coming!"
This really is a first class story! I'm angry with myself for starting it with a really synical attitude. I had recently read a few too many sub par novels and suspected this was merely one more. Please don't make the same mistake! This is creative writing at a whole other level. Allow yourself to get lost in it's interesting setting, well developed characters and a pay off that I personally never saw coming! A splendid read and worth your investment of time! Enjoy!
really good book, well written story. good twists and plot and an interesting character that leads you through the story. well narrated also.
Fast paced, sometimes sad, comical relief when appropriate. Plot was clear with enough suspense to keep you going. Audiobook well narrated.
"A Death in Sweden"
Gave only three star. Good story. Moved a little slow.. but I couldn't stop listening.
"Predictable and Dull"
This book was barely okay. It was a basic spy novel. When I accidently left the book reading/running on my phone for an hour while I stepped out and came back and found I hadn't missed anything and didn't need to rewind I started fast forwarding to get done with the book sooner. I never missed a thing and there were no surprises. Skip this one. The narrator was very good.
"Great Spy Novel"
Someone is tying up loose ends, and one of those loose ends is Dan. Running for his life and those of his friends he finds himself taking a job to find out the real identity of a man named Jacques Fillon. Fillon saved a young girl from a bus crash but doesn't really exist. If Dan can find out who Fillon was he could save himself and his friends.
This is a fast paced spy thriller with quite a lot of non graphic violence and sex. Dan is an assassin but is he a good guy? Can any assassin be considered good? Wignall tries to make Dan the hero of this book which is a difficult task but one I think he ultimately achieves.
With a lot of twists and turns and more going on than meets the eye this was a great spy mystery. The author brought the story to life. Overall a very satisfying listen.
I listen to a lot of audio books and lately I've had some stale ones. So it was great to get this one. Good plot and love the narrator, Will Damron.
"Definitely not fast paced!"
I would not have classed this as a thriller as it was lacking in thrills. Just because people die, it doesn't equal excitement & great investigative skill.
The pace was desultory, the main character was conflicted but there was a smattering of a story.
Gave it 3* because I made it to the end!
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