*Robert Dugoni. The Eighth Sister.
Read by Edoardo Ballerini.
9 CDs. 11.33 hrs.
Brilliance Audio. 2019 978-1-9786-5032-9.
Former CIA agent Charlie Jenkins, now in his early sixties, left that life behind when he found CIA tactics – including the sacrificing of innocent lives for their secret purposes – not to his liking. Now retired to his island property, Charlie lives with his wife, Alex, one son, CJ, and another child on the way. His security consulting business provides services to LSR&C, a CIA-sponsored business, which is actually a cover for the distribution of money to CIA agents all over the world. Charlie's company, however, is nearly bankrupt, because LSR&C hasn't paid its bills in spite of numerous reminders. When Charlie's former CIA station chief, Carl Emerson, arrives on his doorstep one morning asking Charlie to return to service as a CIA agent, this time in Russia, Charlie decides to serve his country again. It seems that "the seven sisters" (Russian women who have been serving as spies for the American government for many years) are now being killed by someone code-named "the eighth sister." Charlie is to flush out this "eighth sister" by pretending to have information on the identity of the remaining four sisters. Charlie hopes to rescue his company financially and, thereby, to provide a better future for his pregnant wife and their children. When Charlie arrives at the Moscow office of LSR&C in the guise of representing his security consulting company, he tries to reach his contact and finds himself instantly tailed by a Russian FSB (formerly KGB) agent, Federov, who, unknown to Charlie, is the "eighth sister," the agent charged with eliminating the seven sisters. The pace picks up when Federov fails to agree to Charlie's terms for delivery of the information. Charlie soon discovers that he has become Federov's prey, and as he begins to feel the pressure of a net closing around him, flees for his life across the Black Sea, to Greece and ultimately back to the United States. The remainder of the audiobook deals with his arrest as a spy for betraying his country and the resulting trial in which his old friend, brilliant lawyer David Sloan, represents him. The CIA closes ranks, denying Charlie's CIA connection and sequestering documents from the court which might clear him. How can David Sloane possibly defend his innocent client? The suspense builds as one avenue after another closes. Unless acquitted, Charlie can be sentenced to multiple lifetimes behind bars. This excellent audiobook will hold listeners on the edge of their seats, especially those who love spy novels, adventure stories, international intrigue, and legal thrillers. Narrator Edoardo Ballerini presents a stunning performance in this fully-voiced audiobook, the perfect low-key, calm voice in many accents, juxtaposed against the pace, drama, and uncertainty of the story. Sure to be a hit for both adults and teens alike.
Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series, which has sold more than 4 million books worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling David Sloane Series; the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon
, Damage Control
, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary
. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for the International Thriller Award, the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, the Silver Falchion Award for mystery, and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Visit his website at www.robertdugoni.com
. Reviewed by Susan Allison