A Deniable Death

A Deniable Death

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013
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This standout title from a virtuoso talent takes listeners inside a secretive op to assassinate a man in Iran responsible for rigging many of the roadside bombs used in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the eyes of the hero, a talented surveillance operative suddenly plucked from home country duty, saddled with a partner he can't stand, and dropped into the steaming marshland outside the bad guy's house, Seymour shows what it's actually like to be a modern spy and soldier.
Publisher: [Holland, OH] : Dreamscape Media, Llc, [2013]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781624062506
1624062504
9781624062513
1624062512
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (15 hr., 37 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Cosham, Ralph

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mzch
Sep 20, 2013

As an audiobook, "A Deniable Death" is hampered by the characters' cultivated anonymity combined with the author's use of omniscient third-person narrative. There is little to clue the listener in that he's transitioned from the bomb-making engineer to the British agent in charge of a covert mission to track and assassinate him, for example, as both are referred to as "he." It would be interesting to see how chapters or sections are formatted in the book. I'm not sure if there would be a preferable way to narrate the book, but the reader's rather dry approach is almost too good a match for the author's understated tone. Perhaps that's the desired flavor, but it's like listening to saltine crackers, only the salt doesn't get added until about disc 8, when a rather lunkheaded character code-named Badger starts to experience a moral awakening.

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