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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 41 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Jan. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AY09IUO
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The Alamut Ambush Audiobook – Unabridged
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This time the story is told from the viewpoint of Sqn Ldr Hugh Roskill, who has a hard time deciding whom, if anyone, he can trust, who the enemy are, and who is the target of whatever enemy it might be....
What is really clever about this story is that, just as in real life, the villains and goodies seem to change as each piece of intelligence is added to the heap, and the uncertainty of who can be trusted and what information is true is vividly portrayed, at the same time as the characters' private lives and weaknesses are trickled out, a little at a time, making them much more interesting human beings, and therefore drawing the reader into the series, in order to find out what makes them tick.
Because the book was written/published in 1971, it has an authenticity lacking in more modern tales set in the same period. There are details about the cars, weapons, planes and missiles of the time which read as real, not researched and introduced for effect. A classic example must be the fact that, when hoping to get an alcoholic drink at a conference abounding with Middle Eastern speakers and guests, Roskill slips the barman a 'fifty penny piece', decimal currency still being so new that people hadn't determined exactly what it should be called.
The plot is enthralling, requiring concentration and careful reading if one is not to miss the twists, turns, and fine nuances. It's just a great pity that the e-book proof-reader did a very poor job, with weird errors such as 'die' for 'the' (at least twice) and 'ketde' for 'kettle', while there are too many careless slips, such as 'Alary' for 'Mary', 'mink' for 'think', 'hint' for 'him', 'playing' for 'paying' as well as the occasional missing word. At £3.99 the publisher owes the reader better, but the story itself still merits the full 5 stars.
This I believe was the first and it sets the scene right well.
Not intellectually demanding and with none of the nihilism of le Carre' it is a step back in time.
A good story well told.
As always with Anthony Price the characterisation is first rate. Highly recommended.
Although the characters can easily be ranked in seniority, they all sound (in the audio version, at least) like equals and contemporaries, and probably contemporaries at their various public schools. A few are ex-RAF types. The main female characters, Faith and Mary, verge on being ridiculous, guilty signs, perhaps, of a liberal author writing in a sexist genre. David Audley is the most interesting character, not least because of Price’s technique of keeping him on the periphery for a while and coming at him via Hugh Foskill. It is Audley who will likely lead me to read another of Anthony Price’s unusual spy novels, even though this novel doesn’t work for me.