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Ilium: A Novel af Lea Carpenter
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Ilium: A Novel (udgave 2024)

af Lea Carpenter (Forfatter), Tanya Cubric (Fortæller), Random House Audio (Publisher)

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"Fast-paced and powerful, gripping and immersive, this subtly crafted and suspenseful novel, set in the present and the immediate past, in the dark world of international espionage in London, Mallorca, Croatia, Paris, and Cap Ferret is told through its young female protagonist who unwittingly becomes a perfect asset in the long overdue finale of a special op. The young English narrator briefly tells us of her unhappy family life in London, wanting to escape, and of her childhood obsession with a locked private garden, near where her mother worked, accessible only to the owners of a few houses. Just as she is about to turn 21, at a party near that garden she meets its charismatic and mysterious new owner, Marcus, thirty-three years older, who sweeps her off her feet, proposes and soon they are married at his finca in Mallorca. On their honeymoon in Croatia, he reveals there is something she can do-a plan is in place and she can help with "a favor." Posing as an art adviser starts as soon as they meet up with Raja in Paris, who sends her off to stand in for him at a lunch of what he says are his friends at Cap Ferret where she must just "listen." A helicopter ride alone to a remote, highly guarded and regulated compound on a spit of land called Cap Ferret in the Atlantic is not what it seems. We meet the mysterious, and charming owner Edouard, along with his wife Dasha, children Nikki and Felix, among others. Everyone has a role, and almost everyone is scripted. Brilliantly compelling, this is a spellbinding and poignant story of a long planned joint CIA Mossad op that only needed the right asset to complete"--… (mere)
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Titel:Ilium: A Novel
Forfattere:Lea Carpenter (Forfatter)
Andre forfattere:Tanya Cubric (Fortæller), Random House Audio (Publisher)
Info:Random House Audio (2024)
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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A man sees a young woman and instantly knows that she is perfect for the job.
Later, as this young woman is at a party in a garden that she loves, she meets the owner, Marcus, and they fall in love and marry. He asks her for a favor. The favor is to visit Cap Ferret and "listen". The owner of the estate, Edouard, is a target of the CIA. His son, Felix, becomes a dear friend to the woman. She is used to pass info to the CIA. This operation is revenge for the killing of one of their own.
This is a tragic look at war, but also has a thread of love and hope in it. I really enjoyed this short, beautiful novel. ( )
  rmarcin | Apr 20, 2024 |
Ilium by Lea Carpenter is a rather boring novel about a self absorbed woman. It was so awful, even to listen to, that after Chapter 1, it had to be stopped. Granted it is not fair to the author to cut a book off very soon, but if by the first chapter one cannot grip the reader than the reader must move on. Unfortunately, only two stars were given to this book. ( )
  lbswiener | Apr 12, 2024 |
In a world full of overly long books, Lea Carpenter’s Ilium dares to use sparse language to tell a sprawling tale of love, war, and espionage. The young, unnamed female narrator finds herself at the center of a nearly decade-long operation after she falls in love with a mysterious older man. Carpenter manages to build complicated characters, and she masterfully doles out information with pinpoint accuracy as they head to the inevitable conclusion. Ilium is not an action thriller, but a slow, thoughtful book about the inside of operations and the people involved. ( )
  Hccpsk | Mar 3, 2024 |
Much like John le Carré’s spies, the people who inhabit this novel are edgy, flawed, and morally ambiguous. Carpenter provides much of the intrigue one expects in spy novels, but with themes that are more common in literary fiction. She seduces her readers into liking both sides, regardless of their willingness to commit despicable acts in the name of patriotism and revenge. Not unlike most fictional spies, these characters have a facile hold on truth and are adept at inventing and reinventing their identities. However, Carpenter gives them an attractive sense of humanity.

The unnamed protagonist/narrator is a middle-aged woman who is reminiscing about a past when she first was recruited to a life of espionage. At 21, she was a lonely naive young woman looking for adventure and romance. She found both with the charismatic Marcus, an older man who swept her off her feet and married her. Unfortunately, he had a life-threatening illness and a hidden agenda. Before he died, he recruited her to work with a skilled crew of spies to carry out a revenge hit on a “retired” Russian spy living in isolation with his family in a secure compound on Cap Ferret, a remote peninsula on the eastern coast of France.

Carpenter’s deceptively simple spy plot evolves into a romance and coming-of-age story when her narrator becomes enthralled by the Russian family she was recruited to spy on, especially its patriarch and his young son. Likewise, she is captivated by the consummate competence and humanity of the members of the CIA/MI6/Mossad hit team.

Using a confessional narrative tone, Carpenter widens her focus to multiple themes, including loyalty, revenge, friendship, family, loveless marriage, and parenthood. Notwithstanding its broad thematic focus, the novel maintains tension with the measured use of flashbacks that give the reader an understanding of plot elements that initially seem puzzling. Ultimately this genre-bending novel provides a satisfying reading experience. ( )
  ozzer | Nov 19, 2023 |
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"Fast-paced and powerful, gripping and immersive, this subtly crafted and suspenseful novel, set in the present and the immediate past, in the dark world of international espionage in London, Mallorca, Croatia, Paris, and Cap Ferret is told through its young female protagonist who unwittingly becomes a perfect asset in the long overdue finale of a special op. The young English narrator briefly tells us of her unhappy family life in London, wanting to escape, and of her childhood obsession with a locked private garden, near where her mother worked, accessible only to the owners of a few houses. Just as she is about to turn 21, at a party near that garden she meets its charismatic and mysterious new owner, Marcus, thirty-three years older, who sweeps her off her feet, proposes and soon they are married at his finca in Mallorca. On their honeymoon in Croatia, he reveals there is something she can do-a plan is in place and she can help with "a favor." Posing as an art adviser starts as soon as they meet up with Raja in Paris, who sends her off to stand in for him at a lunch of what he says are his friends at Cap Ferret where she must just "listen." A helicopter ride alone to a remote, highly guarded and regulated compound on a spit of land called Cap Ferret in the Atlantic is not what it seems. We meet the mysterious, and charming owner Edouard, along with his wife Dasha, children Nikki and Felix, among others. Everyone has a role, and almost everyone is scripted. Brilliantly compelling, this is a spellbinding and poignant story of a long planned joint CIA Mossad op that only needed the right asset to complete"--

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