A CIA chief dies under suspicious circumstances before he is about to testify about a controversial government cover-up involving a terrorist attack on the US mission in Chechnya. Butch Karp is on the case in this exciting installment to Robert K. Tanenbaum’s best-selling series.
When the CIA director is murdered, Butch Karp finds himself battling a heavyweight opponent: the US government. The national presidential election campaign’s foreign policy mantra has been that the terrorists are on the run and Bin Laden is dead. There are rumors that the CIA chief was going to deviate from the administration version of events, and that the government may have had something to do with his death. Can Karp expose the cover-up and find the Chechnyan separatists who aided the Americans at the mission and who have firsthand knowledge of the terrorist attack? Karp must also find his missing daughter, who has been taken hostage by the terrorists.
After the New York grand jury indicts the national presidential campaign chairman and the NSA spymaster for the murder of the CIA chief, Karp engages in an unforgettable courtroom confrontation with the defendants who have the full weight of the US administration, a hostile judge, and a compliant media supporting them. These sinister forces will stop at nothing to prevent Karp from bringing out the truth, even if they have to resort to murder.
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This is very possible the best of the Karp series. Robert Tanenbaum put together an outstanding story line. I really do believe this is the best of this series. Bob Walter wouldn't have been my first choice as a reader but I came to appreciate his reading.
Disappointed, though fairly well character development, following the career of Karp, and family.
It would be interesting to read more how the collaboration between
the whole family would grow, especially the two sons.
I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
The listener has to suspend disbelief in this latest Butch Karp saga just to enjoy the usual highlight of a Robert K. Tanenbaum novel: the courtroom trial. What leads up to this well-portrayed event is another matter, requiring a stretch of the imagination. It seems that the premise involves the President’s national campaign manager and his national security advisor taking part in what might be termed a rogue operation leading to multiple cover-ups and even murder.
We meet the two men as they sit in an office watching in real time an attack on a State Department mission and a group of clandestine secret American agents that includes Butch’s daughter, Lucy, by unknown elements in Chechnya. Fearful that the incident would have negative implications on the President’s reelection a week before the election, the men choose to do nothing to assist the besieged Americans, even ordering an overhead drone to fire upon them to remove any possible witnesses. Enter a hero general, now Acting CIA Director, who decides he is going to testify before a Congressional committee on what really happened. So they arrange his death to look like suicide when they fail to blackmail him into toeing the party line.
There are other subplots including a maudlin love story, but these merely add up to providing more fodder for a potboiler. Needless to say, Butch hones in on the pair after obtaining reams of evidence sufficient to provide a well-conducted trial that as usual is the highlight of this author’s novels. Customarily, one can count on the author to be meticulous where the legal aspects are concerned. However, in this story, we find Butch properly having the defendants arrested in D.C. with a local policeman on hand, but we next find them indicted and on trial in New York City, but no mention of extradition or its waiver. Oversight or just plainly ignored? The plot captures the imagination, but I found it hard to overlook some of the novel’s more troubling aspects. But it is well-written and fun listen to
so it is recommended.
Bob Walter was very good with the delivery of the story
Love all of this author's work. The narrator could have been more differentiating with his voices, especially the female voices.
This is another in a long line of recent get the Muslim terrorists, but with great courtroom drama to go along with it. Well-paced action with everyone's favorite target, politicians.
One can read many comparisons to our current administration in this book and I think it's pretty deliberate but that makes it that much enjoyable! Narrator also does a great job handling many characters with ease.
What I liked best was Tannenbaum continuing his use of the same characters present since the beginning of the series and his use of real current events to enliven the story. What I like least is his consistent error in his references to St. Teresa of Avila. I find her apparitions to Lucy clever and amusing, but the credibility would be enhanced if he discontinued referring to St. Teresa as a martyr. She was a virgin (V); not a virgin/martyr (VM). I also think he could have shaved off a couple of hours by cutting back on a lot of unnecessary and frankly uninteresting details on some of his sub-plots involving secondary and tertiary characters.
I would compare it with all the books in the Butch Karp/Marlene Campi series. All of the great characters are present in their typical form.
Yes, I would. He did an adequate job and also got an extra star from me for not making any blatant mispronunciations which are (regrettably) typical of so many readers---even some of the better ones. Nothing against Mr. Walter, but authors should stick with the same readers when they are writing books that are part of a series. People get used to particular voices and associate them with the respective characters.
It doesn't "need" one but I'm sure it will get one.
The first half-hour mainly describes a communist-leftist ex-Weatherman who, with his "fellow revolutionaries decided they had a better chance of bringing down the corrupt capitalist system if they worked insidiously from the inside." He then goes on to how "he met the President…a kindred spirit." The book rapidly devolves into a right-wing diatribe that leaves no doubt it is referencing Obama's political rise, presidential campaign, and election. It then weaves in a sinister plot regarding a terrorist attack created by the President's Men. I guess this all links up later, however I couldn't take it after 35 mins. I am not an Obama fan but the snarky force-fed political propaganda is over the top. Odd that none of the Audible reviewers mention this while 22% of the Amazon reviews have my take on this book and gave it a 1-star rating.
The author may have a good story here, but spends too many words in thinly veiled whining about liberal politics and the evil press. Just write the danged story and send the political opinions to someone who wants an editorial! This is the second Tannenbaum book I have found annoyingly preachy. When I read a novel, I don't want to get a liberal or conservative rant in the process. There is plenty of nonfiction for that purpose.
None of this guy's books!
I don't know...I stopped it after the rant.
I am not sure anything could help this book.
I stayed with it for most of the book, waiting for the good part. It never came.
Not sure that any narrator could have helped.
Disappointment is probably a good word.
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