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  1. Susan May Susan May says:

    When you discover a new author it’s such a thrill isn't it? I remember in my twenties reading Robert Ludlum’s The Matarese Circle Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal and being blown away How did these guys write like this? I was hooked on them and subseuently read everything they wrote after that Somehow over the years I drifted away from spy thrillers They became cliché mostly derivative of these master’s genre work So when I was handed The Swimmer by Joakim Zander I wasn’t expecting to become excited about the genre again But Zander’s book has everything that Ludlum Follett and Forsyth's books did His skill with words the imminent feeling of suspense and a layered intriguing story combine perfectly for an exciting read What makes it even amazing is that this is a translation from Zander’s native Swedish Klara Waldeen was orphaned as a child and raised by her grandparents in an isolated area of Sweden As an adult she now lives in Brussels and works as a political aide A million miles away in another life and another country an old spy who had prioritized his job over his family now ponders his choices in life; his only solace swimming Then on Christmas Eve Klara is dragged into a race against time and unseen enemies via an ex lover Mahmoud Shammosh when he inadvertently comes across sensitive information Thus begins a wild chase across Europe against pursuers who will kill to maintain their secret Elsewhere Swedish lobbyist George Lööw is assigned a client with a suspicious agenda He suddenly finds his life threatened and involved in the pursuit against his will When the retired spy realizes who Clara is he too becomes embroiled in the chase Little does Klara know that a man she doesn’t know but has always wondered about may be the only person who can save her After setting up the characters this book ramps up and doesn’t let you go The Swimmer has an unassuming cover but within that cover is an explosive read that will have any spy thriller fan rejoicing This is the perfect thrillerFor reviews competitions news free books and giveaways subscribe to my Wonderful Readers Club


  2. Michael Michael says:

    I have long loved spy thrillers but it seems I have either grown out of the genre or their authors have run out of new ideas I don’t even log on my Goodreads shelf all those fat Clancy Ludlam and DeMille tales that I spent so many days immersed in decades ago With the Cold War gone the high uality stories of Le Carre and Deighton are just a distant nostalgic dream But the buzz on this new book got my appetite whetted a debut novel by a Swedish lawyer with experience in the Middle East and international affairs with the EU administration in Brussels I came away with a “B” level of pleasure and hopes of a compelling and cohesive story from the author in the futureThe story concerns the conseuences of fighting the war on terror by outsourcing the effort to private companiesbeyond the purview of adeuate oversight Here hints of the evil activities of the company Digital Solutions are uncovered by two characters Klara is a key aide to the Swedish representative to the EU already enlightened to the torture and black ops employed by such companies by a friend an ex lover Mahmoud who wrote his dissertation on the subject We get fascinating glimpses of her backstory as the child of a CIA operative who put her up for adoption after his wife died a car bomb in Damascus in the 80s George is a successful lobbyist to the EU whose attempts to rise in wealth and power with his firm lead him to compromise his morality But the illegal designs and tactics of the new client he is assigned to Digital Solutions has him desperate for finding a way out without getting killed Klara is driven to delve deeper on the information she has inadevertantly come across drawing upon the resources of well placed friends and a colorful female hacker Soon she becomes aware she is a target for extermination before the secret comes out She must go on the run eventually ending up hiding out on a remote Swedish island A shadowy rogue CIA agent and George both get interested in helping her but they appear to be too late as assassins are close on her trailDespite interesting characters the plot was too predictable and stereotypical to render adeuately high levels of satisfaction The complexities in the narrative flow between backstories and the current action also took a lot of momentum out the development of suspense Nice try for a first book I will certainly keep an eye on the development of this author


  3. Melinda Melinda says:

    A penetrating novel given the fact it’s Zaner’s debut the impact even prevalent Translated from Zander’s native tongue of Swedish absolutely nothing is missed translation is superbThe plot is full of suspense and subterfuge Gripping will hold your attention throughout as you burn through the pages absorbed by varying characters and riveting narrative the plot rather intricate Fast paced you won’t be able to put the book downThe characters come to life as each one is masterfully pulled into the narrative The characters are clearly the building blocks Klara the apex Aging CIA agent political aide black ops all creating a vibrant cast with vital roles all intriguingZander describes environs in a rich manner The reader will feel part of Brussels as well as the isolated Scandinavian island locations Zander’s simplistic yet strong writing completes the thrilling reading adventureA well crafted political suspensethriller addressing guilt revenge and redemption Great ending highly impressed with Zander a wonderful indicator of a successful writing career Looking forward to from Joakim Zander


  4. Bettie Bettie says:

    Description Klara Walldeen orphaned as a child and brought up by her grandparents on a remote Swedish archipelago is now a political aide in Brussels And she has just seen something she shouldn’t something people will kill to keep hiddenOn the other side of the world an old spy hides from his past Once he was a man of action so dedicated to the cause that he abandoned his baby daughter to keep his cover Now the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local poolThen on Christmas eve Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase through Europe Only the Swimmer can save her But time is running outOpening July 1980 Damascus Syria Every time I hold you is the last time I hold you I've known that since the very first time And when you come back and I held our child in my sleepless arms all I could think was this is the last timeOoo Her Zander who has been pilfering through Woody's Zelig files and laying them down in your own words of course right from the get go The president knows my name One of my namesI speak your language better than you doDrop me in the jungle on the steppes in the lobby of the Savoy Hotel Give me a minute I'll become a lizard a yellowed blade of grass a pinstriped young banker with hair that's a little too long and a motley but priviledged pastI change faster Fit in betterFanny and Alexander Episode 1 Even if you cannot understand the language that follows the opening shots give you the visual of the building that will help you picture page 9Prince Phillip Mitchell I'm so happy 1979Social democrat Eva Karin in my eyes euates to Mara a supernatural creature from scandinavian mythology mostly recognised as female who torments people by sitting on their chests whilst they sleep causing mardröm nightmareLoved the cover the setting and the idea of the premise yet nope this one is not for me Not my cuppa


  5. Victoria Victoria says:

    This book does not uite live up to its promotional reviews A part of my disappointment probably lies with the fact that this a spy thriller which has never been my favorite sub genre of the mysterythriller This one suffers from an overly large cast of characters Klara “Moody” the titular swimmer Gabriella George who all narrate sections of the novel This results in the same scene being repeated between narrators which really slows down the novel’s overall pacing And the plot is just slow to begin with A lot of the book’s storyline feels predictable and there are no genuine surprises found in these pages None of the characters feel very realistic and as much as it would be easier to blame the translation nothing really stands out from that aspect The political angle may be popular across the Atlantic than here and the resolution is also rather unfulfilling I wish that publishers would stop trying to reel in readers with claims that a book is the next The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I have yet to find one that has lived up to that claim


  6. Richard Richard says:

    Another slooooow Continental travelogue with someone shooting or blowing up the cast This has nothing in common with the tattooed girlSkip the first two thirds and jump to the gunfight on the island The plot will be made clear in case you missed something during the endless retelling from each characters' point if viewThis book is a short story padded to novel length by using several narratorsCould be a good movie treatment using about a dozen pages from the last few chapters


  7. Ed Ed says:

    The Swimmer is a burned out veteran CIA field operative still haunted by the death of his wife in a car bomb in 1980 Damascus and his abandonment of his infant daughter Klara Klara now working in the Swedish diplomatic service at the EU capitol in Brussels is drawn by an old friend into a worldwide chase over sensitive documents some unknown group will kill to protect The very well drawn characters are developed in the first person and how they interact is a complex and challenging jigsaw puzzle that drives this brilliantly executed page turning first novel by Joakim Zander I highly recommend it and look forward to reading his future thrillers


  8. Kathy Kathy says:

    I really don't enjoy reading thrillers and this book belongs to that category I tried it anyway The book is certainly fast moving and action packed with some nasty vs naive characters who somehow pull the rabbit out of the hat and survive Definitely not believable You get to move around between the '80's and 2013 as well jumping from country to country There is the CIA improperly assigning interrogation to outsource devils good and bad guys getting killed corporate thieves pulling off their own brand of shenanigans and then the modern day David in the form of a teenage girl and Goliath a plusLibrary Loan


  9. Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress) Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress) says:

    So I powered thru this book last night since I am sick and needed something to take my mind off of it This book just wasn't for me I didn't connect with any of the characters Don't really have a whole lot to say honestly255 Stars


  10. Terri Terri says:

    If you like to lose yourself in stories of clandestine American CIA spies brilliant Swedish women who work in law firms thrilling gun battles and car chases than this novel is for you Great escape and just plain fun for a summer read on the beach or by the pool


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Simmaren Um thriller viciante ue não poderá parar de ler Damasco Uma noite uente no princípio dos anos 80 Um agente americano entrega a sua bebé a um destino incerto uma traição ue jamais se perdoará e ue será o começo de uma fuga de si próprio Até ao dia em ue não pode continuar a esconder se da verdade e se vê obrigado a tomar uma decisão crucial Trinta anos depois Klara Walldéen uma jovem sueca ue trabalha no Parlamento Europeu vê se envolvida numa trama de espionagem internacional na ual está implicado Mahmoud Shammosh o seu antigo amante e ex membro das forças especiais do exército sueco Klara e Mahmoud transformam se no alvo de uma caçada através da Europa um mundo onde as fronteiras entre países são tão ténues como a linha ue separa um aliado de um inimigo a verdade da mentira o passado do presente