Empire of Lies

Narrated by: Andrew Klavan
Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
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Sustained by a deep religious faith, Jason Harrow has built a stable family and become a pillar of principle and patriotism in the Midwest. Then the phone rings, and his past is on the other end of the line. A woman with whom he once shared a life of violence and desire claims her daughter is missing - and Jason is the one man who can find her.

Returning to New York City, Jason finds himself entangled in a murderous conspiracy only he can see and only he can stop - a plot that bizarrely links his private passions to the turmoil of a world at war.

Hunted by terrorists and by the police, Jason has only hours to unravel an ex-lover's lies and face the unbearable truth: In order to prevent a savage attack on his country, he's going to have to risk his decency, his sanity, and his life.

©2008 Andrew Klavan (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Outstanding Book/Audiobook

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of Lies?

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read/listened, but I would say the last hour were most memorable.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably when Jason sat down with the actor Patrick at the bar (near the end of the book).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Empire of Lies

First of Andrew Klavan books I've read. Won't be the last.
I found him first on PJTV, LOVED him ever since.

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First Andrew Klavan Book Was a Hit for Me

After reading the only other customer review on this book, I was a little hesitant to purchase, but went ahead, taking care not to order any more until I had a chance to listen to this one. I have now added all Andrew Klavan's books to my "Next Listens". The story was very well developed, with plenty of surprises, and a very good ending. The primary character was certainly complex, human, and a hero while struggling with doing right in this permissive age. I am certain that some people will be turned off by the prospect of being inside a Christian man's head, but I found it to be a very fresh approach. It allowed the author to add another layer of complexity to the character, who lacked the cynicism of most modern characters yet was hardly an angel. I also enjoyed the lack of mealy-mouthed political correctness that has invaded so much modern writing. This fiction story seemed honest and without guile. I also thought the sometimes rough language was necessary for realism. It would have been artificial without it.

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Hard-Boiled & Funny Political Thriller

Klavan is first and foremost a gag man. Not that this book doesn’t have a strong thrilling plot—it does. Not that the characters aren’t well rounded and undergo significant development as the story unfolds—they do. Not that this novel doesn’t have a strong moral message that threads in and out the whole thing—it most certainly does. No, Andrew Klavan is a fine storyteller who populates this well-plotted novel with realistic characters who struggle with their own depravity…but if there is a possible joke in there somewhere, he will find it. This is a funny book; funny in the way that hard-boiled noir crime novels are funny: If you know the formula you will find it amusing when you encounter it.

I first heard of Andrew Klavan by listening to his often hilarious political punditry. I decided to listen to Empire of Lies when facing the Klavanless weekend. I knew that he could make some sense of this broken politically correct world, and I was right.

Andrew Klavan, the narrator, is superb at emphasizing the sarcastic moments. He gets all the author’s jokes! One of the characters, Patrick Peresal, is a great caricature of William Shatner and Klavan has his rhythmic manner of speech down pat. This made me laugh out loud several times; to the point that I had to explain what was so funny to my wife lest she think me crazy. My only criticism is that all the female voices come across as nasally and petulant; maybe that is how they were written but there is a limit to how much nasal intonation one finds pleasant; this is too much.

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Fantastic one of my new favourites

Fantastic, every detail comes to life as if your watching a fast paced action movie, full of action, mystery and suspense. completely satisfying ending.

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  • 03-22-19

Suspense with much underlying truth

Beautifully written, realistically raw and gritty, this story was well developed and presented. I was engaged within minutes and through to the end.

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brings a tear to the eye

It was a page turner. I feel the sadness that comes when you have finished a good book. Klavan weaves a tale with mystery yarn. Each knot reveals a little more of the grand plot.

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Masterful!

What a ride. Klavan takes the listener through quite a roller-coaster

I listened to this on a 5 hour drive - and back - and was entertained the whole time

Thrilling, realistic, and does not go out of its way to be politically correct. The book is fantastic.

Waiting for Another Kingdom!

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Andrew Klavan is brilliant

Andrew Klavan is brilliant and the self narration from the author lends furthermore authenticity to an already very real very entertaining story

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Mixed Genre w/o Mixed Review - Audible Version

Mr. Klavan (no "E" in Klavan) reads this title himself. While I am a fan of his and know parts of his story, certainly enough to realize that this is not nearly autobiographical, having his voice reading the first person account was amazing. You get lost in the story as if the real first person is relating it to you personally.
The story is really what reviewers called mixed genre, but it is just the way a man's life changes from one thing to another, while the man remains the man that walked this path. He is changed, but he is not promised that this change would erase his past. It is his past AND his present that allows him to be the <truly unsung> hero of the story.
Mr. Klavan is already a truly accomplished author and his Podcast/Daily Wire show is a go to for many folks. This is a professional book with a very dark edge, but the darkness lies as much in the hero as the villain. This is what makes the story easy to get lost in. You come to believe that these events happened. And truthfully, many of them have...

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  • Jennifer
  • 02-22-19

Great Novel

Great novel, with an excellent theme and plot. Narration was spot on by the author himself.

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  • Garth A. Fallon
  • 01-17-20

A great tale

Klavan’s telling makes this story come to life. The hero is mostly swept along by events and guilt from the past, but does his best to face down Islamist terrorists who become personal enemies.