The Actor? A Thriller and Love Story at the Height of the Cold War

The Actor? A Thriller and Love Story at the Height of the Cold War

by Lee Welling

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BN ID: 2940157156909
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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File size: 434 KB

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The Actor? A Thriller and Love Story at the Height of the Cold War 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
"The Actor?” by Lee Welling is fast-paced, high-stakes thriller with exciting twists and turns that will keep you in suspense for hours! In a way this is modeled after a classic political-thriller, but it really impressed me by its originality in many areas and terrific world-building detailing and a substantial (an unpredictable) plot. Welling is a talented author whose creative vision and clever concoction of his spy thrillers breaks new ground but feels comfortingly familiar. This is a story that kept me glued to the pages for hours, lost within an interesting world that fascinated me to no end. I was impressed with not only the clean writing, but that fact that the editing was so good too (rare in ebooks these days). My only complaint was that the narration jumps around suddenly toward the ending of the book (last 1/3 or so) and while I see why it was necessary for the author to do this, it did not work for me and really threw me out of my reading rhythm. But still a fine journey that entertained, and I will gladly read more from Lee Welling anytime!
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars amazing! I absolutely loved this book, and I’m usually pretty on the fence about a lot of these types of books…In a way the characters were pretty much what you would expect from the genre, yet they all had their own distinct personalities and enough quirkiness so as not to feel like the cliché stereotypes. All the characters were very different and we never knew their motives so the book left you guessing as you read without making it predictable. Plot was never boring and kept on rolling. (I would give you a summary, but that is what the book description page is for, and there were so many subplots that it would take forever). Writing was smooth and the descriptions made you feel like you were right there in Russia with George and the others. I confess I didn’t *love* the ending…. It just felt a little too confusing and anticlimactic after all that happened, but it was still a compelling read and definitely worth my time. Recommend for fans of spy/drama/thrillers and suspense
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
for the most part “The Actor?” by Lee Welling was an enjoyable, almost lighthearted suspense-thriller (if this makes sense… it just wasn’t as ‘heavy’ and ‘dark’ with graphic violence/language like many I’ve come across, which is great). However at times the impersonal narrative voice made it difficult to get involved in the story, and I frequently felt emotionally detached from all the action. Seemed like it lost focus at times and I really wondered about the need to have so many characters come and go,…While they're still likeable characters, sometimes they don't drive the plot forward fast enough. At times I thought there wasn’t enough tension, and the pace slowed down instead of picking up. The writing and world building is quite solid, however, and as far as the actual story itself I was hooked… after about 1/4 way through. But once I was in I was dying to see what would happen and the ending did not disappoint. Looking forward to Part 2!!
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I’ve read by this author Lee Welling, but I certainly hope it’s not the last. He has a gift for writing descriptive and life-like scenes that make us feel like we are really there inside the story, as opposed to it all just being “told” to us, as so many authors make the mistake of doing. I like that this book didn’t feel stale or derivative of every other thriller/spy book out there, but instead like a new niche of political action and suspense that serves well to help diversify a somewhat cookie-cutter genre (in my opinion). George is great, and I also really liked the rest of the supporting cast as well. I was really thrown by the POV switch toward the end, as the whole book had been from George’s POV, then it switched to an omniscient narrator, then first person with a different female character, then another, back to George. Really went of the rails for me and was jarring and confusing. But they were interesting characters that kept me involved. It was fast paced and shocking at times, but overall the entire novel was one that I thought was well-crafted and delivered an emotional win in the end. Recommend.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
I was really a fan of this book by the end, but to be honest I thought the beginning was a bit too slow (after the intriguing opener) and we needed more higher stakes sooner. For me it didn’t really get that exciting until about 30% of the way in (but then I was hooked ‘til the end). But that aside I loved the authentic detailing for the era and the scenes and how George is thrust into the world of high espionage. The storylines are complex and well-developed and lots of great action and plenty of surprises (which while some a tad detectable at times are still entertaining), lots of fun banter between the protagonists, several other interesting side characters and daunting obstacles to overcome, all of which is tied together with fast paced quality writing. I thought the dialogue to be nicely done (something I am picky about) and was surprised with how it all wrapped up……but very satisfied, I’ll say. Hope to read more like these from Lee Welling. Fans of the genre will love it!
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars To be honest, it took me some time to get into this book, and at first I wasn’t really sure where it was going…after the enticing beginning it seemed to sink into a really slow period of dense telling narrative and focus on the mundane events that really slowed the pacing for me. But then the more I read the more I got into it, and then by half way I was totally hooked. Mr. Welling did a great job at creating some really interesting characters, and also in keeping us on our toes… some craaaaazy events at the end, and I was so curious to see how it would all work out, but it did. I Loved the ending…. I did notice some minor proofing mistakes, here and there, but nothing major. Overall very well done and I’d recommend this to fans of unique thrillers/espionage novels without hesitation.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
I found “The Actor?” by Lee Welling to be extremely well-written and entertaining. There’s lots of action, great character and plot development, flashes of humor, and some surprisingly emotional moments. Some characters are on occasion paper-thin, but they’re mostly likable and serve a purpose, and the heroes are easy to root for, and after the initial ‘setting of the stage’ (pun intended) and story background, there’s simply not a dull moment to be found here. The political world Welling creates occasionally feels like a composite of familiar elements, but there is enough originality so that I don’t feel like I’ve read it before…in fact I think the concept of using a Broadway “actor” as a spy was ingenious! Welling is great at breaking down the unfolding plot into manageable chunks so as not to overshadow the suspense element, and as the story unfolds and you put all those pieces together, you can see that there’s more complexity here than you’d initially expect. I appreciated the cold war element and thought it added a deeper layer to the believable setting. A fast paced read that I didn’t want to put down, especially towards the end. Hope there will be more!
SDecker More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars a fantastic read by Lee Welling. The premise was relatively simple (until things get quickly out of hand) but the pacing was decent, with adequate action and elements of danger and mystery, and the book just flew by very quickly for me. I have mentioned before that I’m not particular about prose in general, and I appreciate the lovely manner of storytelling that was employed by the author. Reads very true-to-life, like you can tell that Welling knows well the subjects in which he writes and has a decent grasp of the era with the attention to detailing. Liked that it definitely had high stakes at hand to keep us engaged throughout, and an unexpected ending to the climax. Will easily recommend to fans of political intrigue and espionage novels, and hope the next book isn’t too far off.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
"The Actor?” by Lee Welling is a great piece of drama/action/political/ suspense/ thriller fiction no one should miss reading if they are looking for an adventurous, entertaining read that has high stakes and an unpredictable plot… particularly on a wet winter's day (or on a sunny summer's day under the shade of a tree with a snack or two depending on time of year). If you're looking for a work completely lacking in cliché then I must say that you might have a bone to pick with this, as there were many ‘familiar’ elements that made me almost feel at times that I had read it before (I haven’t). But I believe the author's job is not to be completely original (for is there such a thing as true originality, especially in the political spy game?) here but rather to tell a powerful story that stays with you. For I believe that the true future for the genre lies not in becoming ‘newer’ but rather by taking traditional themes and telling them better. This is done quite nicely here and I am impressed with the way that Lee Welling can tell a story in his own way with characters that we love, or love to hate. I looked forward to my reading time each evening and was sad when it was over. I believe this is the author’s debut (couldn’t find any others by him) but it says “The Actor? Part Two, the prequel” will be available in 2017 – I’d be happy to read it!
GillianH More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars There is much to be said about a novel that reads well. I've mentioned this before in other reviews I’ve written, but a book that keeps you reading long after you plan on putting it down ranks high for me. Not only is it entertaining, but you look forward to getting back into the book each and every time you pick it up, if you have the self-control to ever put it down. That is what reading this book “The Actor?” by Lee Welling has done for me. Typical of many spy &political thrillers I’ve read, “The Actor?” has much in the way of grittiness and high-stakes risky political and personal maneuverings, yet it remains inventive. With twists and turns, you won't know who… or what… to believe. The plot moved quickly and even though some traditional thriller archetypes show up, it is not in the usual way, which is refreshing. There is lots of action and unpredictable twists and turns throughout. An interesting blend of real life events and people, and creative fictional storyline. A very strong effort by Lee Welling and I will be looking forward to reading more from him in the future. Recommended for fans of spy/thrillers/suspense.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
"The Actor?” is the first novel I’ve read by Lee Welling, and I thought it to be very good—excellent writing and a compelling, unpredictable plot set against an intriguing background. I like the fact that it is a fully-realized spy thriller/suspense without all the bloat that can sometimes weigh down a fast-paced book like this one. Welling fills you in as we go without getting bogged down in describing every last thing. The story moves forward and you can't help but get sucked into Welling’s strong narrative. And I haven't even begun to talk about the characters, which were authentic and move the story forward nicely. George is type of lead we like to root for, and I enjoyed watching his relationship with the other characters develop over the course of the action. Some similar themes and motifs found in typical spy/thriller/suspense lore, but Mr. Welling does a fantastic job of putting his own unique spin on them, especially with setting the story in the past and having some time changes. It is written in first person present tense from George’s point of view (mostly) and really works here. Almost flawless editing and really enjoyed the acting/Broadway element as well. The ending is one that will make you want to read more soon! Recommend for fans of espionage/thrillers.