As thousands of runners line up for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., no one suspects that in a matter of hours the event will become a race between life and death. CIA analyst Caroline Carmichael is about to tender her resignation, when the first reports of a terrorist attack pour in, and she instantly recognizes the hand of an enemy she's battled for years: the 30 April Organization. The neo-Nazi group is alive and well and operating in the United States, assassinating top officials and abducting a vulnerable child from the front ranks of a state funeral. When Caroline's husband, Eric, is arrested in Germany as a 30 April operative, Caroline has no choice but to take to the streets and target the evil herself.
Eric has worked as a "legend" for years, a false identity so perfect, the CIA believes he's dead, and gone deep undercover within the terrorist group Caroline is determined to destroy. Now his cover's been blown, and Eric's intimate knowledge of 30 April's plans makes him a target for both sides: the killers he's betrayed, and the American government he's sworn to protect.
Torn between a desire to save her husband and her duty to save her country, Caroline is drawn back into a treacherous labyrinth where trusting others is as good as suicide. For the enemy this time wears a familiar face: that of an American patriot, waving his flag alongside his gun. To stem disaster, Caroline has only one choice: to betray everyone in which she believes, or everyone she loves.
For an agent without cover, an agent who's blown, is worse than betrayed: she's as good as dead.
©2005 Francine Mathews; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Mathews, a former CIA intelligence analyst, dexterously serves up strong suspense and crisp espionage maneuvers. With Caroline Carmichael at the wheel, it's a riveting, wild ride right to the nail-biting conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"One of the toughest female secret agents we've seen in a long time." (USA Today)
I realize most espionage novels (which I really enjoy) require some amount of suspension-of-disbelief but this book’s plot was more reminiscent of a Mexican soap opera than an intelligent spy thriller. The plot is poor, the writing is worse.
On top of this, the narrator has essential no inflection in her voice and just listening to this book can put you to sleep – the contents of the book not withstanding. Robotic, monotone, and mechanical are adjectives that come to mind.
This is the first audio book I’ve ever gotten through Audible that has had 4 plus stars, but has been terrible. I have to think that the author and her friends have placed a few of these reviews – it was that bad.
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