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Ghost Station

De : Dan Wells
Lu par : Jonathan Davis
Durée : 10 h et 40 min

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Berlin. 1961. Two months after the Wall. And the Cold War is threatening to boil over.

It is an especially uneasy time at The Cabin, a joint US-West German listening station. Its agents failed to see the Wall coming. And now the East Germans and their Soviet allies are making new, aggressive moves. 

Then, CIA cryptographer Wallace Reed decodes the latest message from the double agent known as Longshore - and the crisis escalates. Has Longshore been caught? Suborned? Murdered? Or, the worst possibility of all - is he trying to send a secret code to a mole in Reed’s own office, sabotaging their intelligence and sending reports back to the other side?   

Ghost Station is a tense thriller about espionage, cryptography, and paranoia, set in the earliest days of the Berlin Wall. Can Reed trust Longshore? His boss? His lover? Can he find the truth behind the lies - or will Berlin become ground zero for a world-ending war?   

©2019 Dan Wells. Excerpts from Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut copyright 1952, 1980 by Kurt Vonnegut, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC, and Dell Publishing, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Kurt Petrey
  • 08/11/2019

Ghost Station pulls you in from the beginning

I've only started it but so far I'm enjoying the book. From the start, it leads us into a series of mysteries and creates suspense. If you like espionage you'll like this. Dan as usual creates unique characters that you connect with.

Jonathan Davis does a great job creating unique voices that are memorable and I like the tone he takes. The style of the story makes you feel like you're listening in over their shoulders.

I'll update as I finish. So far, I say get it and give it a try.

Ok, I'm back. Ghost Station doesn't disappoint. From beginning to end you're taken through the ever guessing world of spies and lies. Cryptography does take the driver seat but it's not so much that it's hard to follow. I'm not a cryptologist but it felt authentic and genuine into giving us an inside view into the mind of one.

It keeps you guessing the whole way through and you may think you've got it figured out to only be shown that you were wrong. The ending will not disappoint. I still say get it if you even remotely like spy stories. This is a great action thriller spy novel that is worthy to be in your library. Get it!

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  • Katie
  • 11/11/2019

An excellent, thrilling book!

A very well done book that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Fantastically performed. You'll lose yourself in the mystery.

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  • A schizophrenic
  • 16/11/2019

Delightfully paranoid

I listened to this over a roadtrip and I found myself taking unnecessary side trips just so I could spend more time in the car listening. I was riveted. The paranoia is perfect--at times you think anyone and everyone could be the bad guy--and you're trying to solve the clues along with the cryptographer.

Also, the level of research that must have gone into this book is mindblowing, from the history to the cryptography.

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  • Deana
  • 14/11/2019

I hope you devlop Cryptographer face

Story: This is one I listened to a second time before reviewing. Some of the twists are well foreshadowed on a reread that I missed the first time. Better than I realized during the first listen. I think spy novel readers will enjoy the story. As a fan of Dan Wells, but not this genre of story, I liked the story telling. It took several unexpected twists for me. I also liked that the female characters were competent at their jobs, while surrounded by the 1960s males. The sexism of the time was not fully reflected, but a few issues popped up, thankfully without distracting from the story.
There were times I felt bad for Wally and his self-doubts, yet he’s in the middle of a spy ring so paranoia and self-doubt are almost he same coin in this story.
I think Dall Wells kept the pacing of book very on-point until the roller-coaster end. The story also makes me interested in reading more about the real history, looking up Kurt Vonnegut books, and learning Morse Code - which is a successful story in my world. One well written enough to make me say "I want to know more about X!" I know about some of this Cold War era history, but it’s always great when a fictional story highlights the history and uses real facts to heighten the tensions.

Some format issues:
I don’t visualize words or numbers well. Thus, I admire that Wally and Liza can, yet there were times I really wish I had a hard copy of the book to look at – rather than just the audio book. Maybe I could have seen the codes better that way.
Some people will probably be irritated by the untranslated German in the story. I know enough German that I could understand it easily. The important German words are translated for you. Yet if you are the type that is bugged by untranslated foreign languages – you might have issues. All the characters are living in West Berlin and speak German often, so it’s a realistic aspect of the story. When they have whole conversations – everything is translated into English for the reader. But there are many random German greetings and other words scattered throughout.

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Overall, I think the narrator did a good job. Originally it was hard for me to tell all the male characters apart, but he either improved or my ears became better at picking them apart. The Germans vs. the Americans were easy to distinguish.
Yet, a few small things kept bugging me. For example, every time he said, “asset handler” I thought he was saying “acid handler.” His German sounded okay, but I’m not fluent by any means. It was said clearly enough that I understood what was said.
His general narration voice was very easy to listen too. I would listen to more by Davis.

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