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K. Worthington

Phoenix, AZ | Member Since 2004

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  • Saving the Queen: A Blackford Oakes Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William F. Buckley
    • Narrated By James Buschmann
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (6)

    President Truman is nearing the end of his term in office, and Great Britain has a new queen. It is 1952; the Cold War is beginning to heat up, and vital Western military secrets are falling into Soviet hands. The CIA is faced with a delicate dilemma, for the source of the leaks to the KGB has been traced directly to the Queen's chambers.

    Zimri says: "Enjoyable story, production not so hot"
    "Well written, compellingly plotted"
    Overall

    It's Buckley, so you can rightly expect pleasing prose. That alone is enough to recommend the book--it is satisfying to listen to Buckley's descriptive, engaging, stimulating writing. But I also enjoyed the realism of this spy thriller. The plot, unlike many in this genre, was believable. The world won't (immediately) end if the mission fails--but the consequences are very serious. The hero is not an unkillable ninja-assassin, but a smart, skilled, brave, but human spy. Interesting backstory that resonates at the end. If you want over-the-top fantasy in your spy thrillers, move along. If you want a very well-written, believable, and satisfying story, pick this one up.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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