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Istanbul Passage: A Novel

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I liked this novel, and enjoyed the places it took me, and the p

I liked this novel, and enjoyed the places it took me, and the people I met, well, for the most part. It has a quality of intellect to me that raises it above many standard novels, and I appreciated that. But, speaking of intellect, is our main character, Leon, to be co...
I liked this novel, and enjoyed the places it took me, and the people I met, well, for the most part. It has a quality of intellect to me that raises it above many standard novels, and I appreciated that. But, speaking of intellect, is our main character, Leon, to be considered just a fool for his innocence? And he is a fool, or so I think. Once he saw that his colleague Tommy had betrayed him in a dastardly way, why continue with the mission? It just didn't hold water for me. Yet, he trusted so many others as well. Kay, for one. It was never really clear to me why his wife, Anna, was unable to communicate, although no doubt a wiser reader will point out what I missed. But, it is his trust of the Turkish intelligence agent, Altan, that baffled me the most. Not once did he try to check what he was being told by this man with his own people. He blindly followed to that fateful crossing on the Galata bridge. I thought perhaps the author would try to wrap that up with some explanation. Of course, Leon could not know whom he could trust, but he did trust anyway. I just don't know why.

posted by KenCady on June 17, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I read Joseph Kanon¿s fantastic book Los Alamos soon after it ca

I read Joseph Kanon’s fantastic book Los Alamos soon after it came out in 1998 and that book blew me out of the water. I had not forgotten it. When I saw his new one Istanbul Passage I was very excited to read it based on my love of his first book.
I probably should ha...
I read Joseph Kanon’s fantastic book Los Alamos soon after it came out in 1998 and that book blew me out of the water. I had not forgotten it. When I saw his new one Istanbul Passage I was very excited to read it based on my love of his first book.
I probably should have researched it a little more, Kanons writing was compared to Le Care’ who I am not a huge fan of (shocking I know!) The writing is slow, detailed and the main character is an everyman kind of sad sack guy.
In this book It took me a long time to get into it, almost halfway through and, had it not been a book to review I would have given up sooner. I was confused most of the time, there are a lot of people and information to keep up with, many countries and towns, it seemed like a very sad book about a man who was hoodwinked by people he was supposedly friends with. His wife was in an institution from the horrors of war and it ended as it began… on a sad note.
My mother loved this book however, she is a spy book junkie and I don’t want to turn anyone off who would love this book too.

posted by anniemichelle on March 10, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Joseph Kanon crafted this story beautiful, and I enjoyed it imme

    Joseph Kanon crafted this story beautiful, and I enjoyed it immensely. I like stories with broad-based stories, especially ones with international intrigues, politics, espionage, culture and cuisine. Istanbul in the late 1940s captured the essence of that flavor with Western Europe and Eastern Europe gearing towards cold war, Arabism on the rise with as Israel appears on the map. Joseph Kanon did a great coming up with a story from this amazing setting, using a fascinating plot and masterful characters. The colorfulness of this story reminds me of Triple Agent Double Cross. Overall, this is a well written story full of surprises right up to the last page, with enough suspense to keep the reader wondering what the next page would hold.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Everything this author has written has been swell and this book

    Everything this author has written has been swell and this book is no exception. Wonderful and would highly recommend to all fans of the genre.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2014

    Superb

    If you like characters with depth, a plot that soars beyond predictable and top quality writing, you cannot go wrong with this book. In Kannon I have found a new favorite writer for this genre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Great post WWII thriller

    Have just discovered this author and can't wait to read his other books

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