The Network

The Network

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011 | Unabridged
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Under the expert guidance of an old-school hero and veteran of the elite British Special Air Service, MI6 agent Taverner prepares to enter Taliban-controlled Afghanistan to destroy a cache of the CIA's precious Stinger missiles before they can fall into the hands of al-Qaeda.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Media ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2011, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400198825
Characteristics: 1 sound file (11 hr., 30 min.) : digital
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Nov 23, 2012

The story basically involves Afghanistan, Terrorists and British Intelligence within the rising global tensions a few months prior to the 911 disaster.
Most reviews, and the novel jacket itself, seem to lead off with this titillating door crasher. After finishing the book however I failed to discover anything tangible pertaining to the 911 incident whatsoever! I felt a bit cheated in this respect.
What was a little interesting were the author’s rendition of the training and execution of what goes into real spy work. He puts it somewhere in between the campy glitter of James Bond and the realistic amphitheaters of John La Carre’s work as in ‘The Spy who came in from the Cold’.
Arguably Ian Fleming and John LaCarre being the masters in these genres, this novel does bring a feel for this time and place in war torn Afghanistan. This is what kept me mildly interested, not so much the spy stuff.
'The Network’ still comes off a decent effort, although really nothing much more than you would expect out of a dime store paperback. His other bodies of work are non-fiction in nature involving Religion and other Middle Eastern interests. Perhaps he should stick to that?

By John Archibald, November 2012

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