The Talbot Odyssey
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The Talbot Odyssey

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  3,219 ratings  ·  107 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...more
ebook, 544 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1976)
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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
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.
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...more
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
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
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.
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.
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...more
Lots of intrigue. Double and triple agents. Torture, mayhem. gotta' love it.
Good read. Set in Russia. I could see all of it happening before me.
Russell Olson
My first "potboiler." It was ok. Not fantastic, but ok.
My favorite of his books. I've read it many times.
pick any this is were i started

A real page turner.
An enjoyable read!
Alex Gherzo
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...more
Apr 30, 2014 Will rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: adventure, gatsby-ny
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Benjamin Thomas
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,...more
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Razvan Banciu
I love DeMille and his magnificent "Word of honor" and "Plum Island", but The Oddyssey is far behind. An unrealistic plot, too many dull characters (excepting Abrams), too much blood and violence in the final. Besides, I don't understand teenagers who play in russian embassy garden and people running in cemeteries.
Talbot Odysseus, great read.

DeMille does it again. Thought not his most intriguing work, it does have the requisite twists and turns to enthrall the reader. I had a personal interest in this subject as a close family member had served in the original OSS in Britain in WW2.
Jim Boyd
Well..... what a departure from the other DeMille thrillers I've read. Usually his books start with a bang and keep banging. This book began so slowly that I kept putting it off to the side. I was really thinking of giving up on it and starting on a different book. Boy am I glad I persevered. One problem was that there were so many characters it was difficult to keep them all separated. Overall, a great read and a terrific ending.
Don Paske
Mr. DeMille almost never disappoints. This would have been rated higher, but I don't think he developed the characters enough in the book. Still, highly recommended reading.
I usually love DeMille and this should have been a favorite of mine due to the subject matter, ( I was a Soviet Studies major), however I found myself wishing the book would just end. DeMille brings us back to the Cold War, the Russians are planning to destroy America without firing a shot, but using a large electronic pulse to destroy all electronics using micro chips. But it is a confusing world of traitors, spies, double and triple agents. Too many people to keep track of and they keep changi...more
I will start by saying I love Nelson Demille. I started with his John Corey books and am now reading his other books, This was written in 1984, and he has improved. The main protagonist, Tony Abrams is in the wise cracking NY cop mode we have come to love, but the story was long and complicated. I listened to the audio books and it took me about 6 weeks because I don't drive much. The evil guys were a tad "too evil" and good guys kept getting killed. Though I rated it a 3, I still would reccomme...more
The first time I read this book, I gave it four stars. That's before I had read a bunch of other DeMille novels. This time around I only gave it three stars because of all his books, this is probably one of my least favorite. It moves way too slow in the beginning and I only kept reading because, after all, it is a DeMille book and he does deserve some respect. For those of you new to the DeMille fan base, do yourselves a favor and read his other books first, then give this a try if for no other...more
Debra Rowand
Another excellent Nelson DeMille read by Scott Brick......the recipe for instant audio perfection. Scott Brick does such a great job in bringing DeMille's books (or any author's books) to life. This is one of DeMille's older books (written in 1984) when the Cold War was raging and the Russians were our worst enemy. After 9/11, it kind of makes you wish for the "good old days" of Russia vs. USA.
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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...more
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