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The Talbot Odyssey

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,393 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews


For forty years Western intelligence agents have known a terrible secret: the Russians have a mole -- code-named Talbot -- inside the CIA. At first Talbot is suspected of killing European agents. Then a street-smart ex-cop uncovers a storm of espionage and murder on the streets of New York, while
ebook, 544 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1976)
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Oct 31, 2012 Chipper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Demille, but I didn't love this one.

Having essentially completed the Demille canon, I was disappointed with The Talbot Odyssey after my family promised me it was a "really good" one. The first 100 pages required two readings and I was still unsure what was going on and where the book was going. There are too many seemingly-unrelated incidents, story lines and characters that don't make a whole lot of sense until you're half way through the damn book. This hide-the ball approach does pay o
Sep 15, 2010 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's funny, rating this. I would describe this book as "OK" but if I give it two stars it would give the wrong impression. This is "OK" for a Nelson DeMille book. But that just means it isn't his best - and, like pizza, even when it's not the best, "It's still pizza man! And who doesn't love pizza? Right?" My point is that Nelson DeMille is awesome and bits of his sarcasm and humor and wit and smarts and sly political statments and laughing at bureaucrats and such are on display here, but not en ...more
Brian Rueger
Feb 13, 2012 Brian Rueger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of those books for which I wish there was a fractional rating system. This is a great story but does not rate a "5" nor does it rate a "4" I would give it a 4.6.

This story starts out slow - in fact, I thought about discarding it through the first 100 or so pages. Then it really picked up and I could not stop.

Another great plot from Demille.
Jul 17, 2012 Revo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well structured but dry as chalk dust in the desert. The gigantic cast gets overwhelming and requires a flow chart. If this was my first DeMille book, I doubt I'd have read more but a decent example of how a writer can grow and become far more just didn't happen yet for this example.
May 15, 2016 Geof rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Nelson DeMille book that I read. People claimed I would like him, but they were very wrong unless this is a bad example of his writing. The book went from being unrealistic with characters that were undeveloped to being completely absurd with characters that I wished would die. The good thing about this book was that it was not terrible, just bad.

I have another book by DeMille and will give him a second chance as good authors sometimes produce stinkers.
Jun 04, 2013 Marilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toby Abrams, an ex-cop, has been with the O'Brien, Kimberly, and Rose law firm of New York for just a little over a year. Having the protection of a rather mundane, unobscure job, he suddenly finds himself in a swirl of intrigue, wondering who, when, where and how. Time seems to be of the essence as people start dying or disappearing rIght and left. The Russians seem to be out to destroy America, but the questions are how and when. With the help of Katherine Rose (lawyer), an acne pocked teenage ...more
Jun 26, 2009 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the John Corey novels (Plumb Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall and Wild Fire) first. I enjoyed them so much that I went back and started to read all of DeMille's other novels. Tony Abrams really reminds me of John Corey, with his witty smart-assed comments. The book was a bit uneven. There were parts that dragged, and other parts that I couldn't wait to turn the page. The agent, double agent, triple agent scenarios seemed a bit contrived. I never felt that I was bought in to the motives ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 20, 2015 George rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
The plot trailers showed great potential...then pfffftt. The first 100 pages was so slow and complex that I was unsure what was going on and where the book was going. Then, there are too many seemingly-unrelated incidents, story lines and characters that don't make a whole lot of sense until you're through the book. The gigantic cast gets overwhelming. I gave up about half way through and skipped to the end -- very unsatisfying and I still don't know who "Talbot" is.
Jul 09, 2015 Wayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently finished DeMille's newest novel, the disappointing Radiant Angel, I thought I would read my 14th DeMille novel and one of his earliest. I had to read, reread, and reread almost half of the 422 pages of The Talbot Odyssey before I could understand exactly what was going on and who each character was. I was definitely confused. Once past the half-way mark, I discovered a typical, DeMille nail-biter!
The Talbot Odyssey involves a group of former American OSS agents who are convinced
Perry Mowbray
I really like Nelson DeMille's sense of humour.

The credibility got a little stretched toward the end, but the plot was well worked and intricate: we thought about the ins-and-outs for days after finishing. If was refreshing having a book that tied up all the lose ends, but still left room for digging.
DeMille is so good that even his so-so books are highly readable. I'm not a fan of stories that involve fictional presidents of the United States or ordinary schnooks who find themselves in save-the-world-from-catastrophe situations but DeMille makes it work as well as anyone could.
Hildy Peterson
Boring. Got to page 2xxx and realized I couldn't care less about any of the characters or how it ended. Quit reading at that point. Too slow and laborious with little to show for slogging through.
Talbot Odyssey was my second to last DeMille I have yet to read, I'm unfortunately winding down on his catalog, and I definitely enjoyed this one.

I began with The Lion's Game, and what drew to DeMille's style was his strength in dialogue. Whether it be Corey's comedically sharp delivery, or the grandiose style of conversation offered up at a dinner table of CIA spies and double agents, DeMille does it seamlessly.

Growing up an athlete, I often find myself smiling at DeMille's characters disciplin
Jun 01, 2013 Ohr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Non-Le Carre Cold War spy books: its like they are from 150 years ago... I won't even get into Tom clancy's late 80s material!
Brian Poole
The Talbot Odyssey, an early ‘80s Cold War thriller from suspense master Nelson DeMille, features a hero that might seem familiar to fans of DeMille’s later work.

Originally published in 1984, The Talbot Odyssey features a complex plot involving a law firm with deep ties to the OSS (the forerunner of the modern CIA) and a plot by Soviet agents, centered around a Russian retreat on the Long Island coast. It’s a sturdy espionage plot from the period, populated by double and triple agents, shadowy p
May 04, 2009 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of intrigue. Double and triple agents. Torture, mayhem. gotta' love it.
Feb 09, 2009 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Set in Russia. I could see all of it happening before me.
Russell Olson
Nov 15, 2010 Russell Olson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My first "potboiler." It was ok. Not fantastic, but ok.
Amanda "Freckles"
Feb 11, 2015 Amanda "Freckles" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 90s
My favorite of his books. I've read it many times.
Mar 03, 2009 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
pick any this is were i started

Dec 27, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner.
Jan 19, 2009 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read!
Scott  Breslove
I'm a huge DeMille fan, but only thought this one was okay. It started off really jumbled, meaning, a lot of characters got introduced relatively quickly, and a lot of the "spy talk" and double talk made the intent sort of hard to grasp. Although, as you keep reading everything gets easier to understand and the characters easier to keep straight. All in all it was a good spy novel, although the ending kind of fell short to me, but that might be because the middle to end was so action packed the ...more
Alex Gherzo
Apr 02, 2014 Alex Gherzo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nelson DeMille's The Talbot Odyssey is a really good Cold War era spy novel that was close to being great but, due to a few narrative missteps falls just short. All the ingredients are there but the mixture went slightly wrong at certain points.

Tony Abrams, a former NYPD detective, is hired by O'Brien, Kimberly and Rose, a law firm run by former OSS officers who've been running counterintelligence against the Russians since World War II ended. Abrams believes he's being groomed as a lawyer, but
Apr 30, 2014 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: adventure, gatsby-ny
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Benjamin Thomas
Oct 09, 2010 Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-spy
The Talbot Odyssey by Nelson DeMille was the final book I had selected for my trip to South Africa. I know I can always count on a DeMille novel in case any of the others weren't keeping me going. This is also the one I read in two parts, the first 3/4ths on the 18 hour plane ride back home (plus connection times and airport waiting times), and the last 1/4th after completing the prior novel. If that isn't clear as mud then you haven't been paying attention.

Nelson DeMille novels, as I mentioned,
Jun 27, 2014 Ralph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
4.5 out of 5
Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite authors and I always look forward to reading his works. As always, Scott Brick brings DeMille's words and characters to life in a most satisfying manner. The Talbot Odyssey was written in 1984 before the collapse of the USSR and involves former OSS officers, spies, double-agents, moles, and a plot by Moscow that will result in the end of the United States. Captivating and well researched.
Dave Wooldridge
Nelson DeMille is a great author and although I've loved every book of his I've read so far (and I've read several of them), this one was my least favorite. It started off with an intriguing premise, but I found the second half of the book a tad drawn out, making the climactic ending feel a bit tedious. If you're new to DeMille, then start with one of his better known bestsellers, such as the The Gold Coast.
Feb 27, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: spy story fans
While not one of his best, this early spy story is a good one. It is very complicated at the start but things begin to resolve themselves after about 100 pages.

The protagonist, Tony Abrams, a retired NYC Detective is hired by a law firm owned by a few retired OSS officers. As people start turning up dead, Abrams postulates that one or more of the partners has turned rogue and is working for the Soviets. The Russian plan is to destroy all U.S. electronics by launching a an EMP nuclear explosion
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an
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