House Divided

A Joe DeMarco Thriller
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Series: The Joe DeMarco Series, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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House Divided is inspired and compelling, a strong addition to this celebrated series.

When the National Security Agency is caught wiretapping US citizens without the proper warrants, a political scandal erupts, and the secret program comes to a screeching halt. But Dillon Crane, the NSA genius who spearheaded the most sophisticated eavesdropping operation in history, isn’t about to sit idly by while spineless politicians sleepwalk the country into another 9/11—and Crane cleverly moves his illegal eavesdropping program into the shadows.

But operating in the shadows can cause complications. When the NSA illegally records what appears to be a rogue military group killing two American citizens, Crane can’t simply walk over to the Pentagon and ask what’s going on—and before long, the largest intelligence agency in the country is locked into a deadly battle with a four-star army general who is just as capable and just as committed as Dillon Crane.

Caught in the middle of all this is Joe DeMarco. One of the civilians killed was his cousin, and all DeMarco is trying to do is bury the poor guy and settle his estate—but DeMarco soon finds himself being used as a sacrificial pawn in a lethal game between a master spy and a powerful general. Although a man with many flaws, DeMarco ultimately decides that he’s not going to be anyone’s pawn, no matter how powerful his opponents may be.

Take another thrill ride with Joe DeMarco.
©2011 Mike Lawson (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Lawson’s House Divided is a nonstop thrill ride. The author has created a disturbingly real Washington, DC, and peopled it with eerily familiar characters. He writes with wit and verve and displays a shrewd understanding of bureaucratic irony. Thoroughly enjoyable. The political thriller of the year.” (John Lutz, New York Times best-selling author)

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I have listened out of order and glad l did as l started with book 5 and this book is the last listen in this series for me. If l had listened in order, l may not have stayed with it. I love narrator Joe Barrett in Brian Haig Sean Drummond series so this series was a good follow up if l wanted more of Joe’s great narrations, l got it with this series. I love the John Mahoney character and he is not in this novel! Nor is Emma. Not the same tempo without those characters! Like book 12, Joe has very little focus until after ch 14. Usually there are plenty reviews before mine. Not with this book! The real action does not really start until ch 14 hence my title and the number of stars l gave. So if you skip around like l do in a series, do not start with this book. This story is almost the 2nd half of book 5 as author Refered to last CIA director, Jake La Fountaine. It was like author wanted to continue on that vain with this book. I had to go back and re listened to chapter 1&2 of this book when l got to ch 14 as l felt l missed the author’s intention.
The publisher’s summary is SPOT ON so no need to add to it.
The author wanted to make some political statements and does it in most of the relevant chapters. After finishing, I realize the fans of Joe Barrett did not want to bash this book. I can tell you this book was like an editorial for which I can get much from the nightly news. If author had added his humorous spin on this novel all would have been duly noted and as fans, got his message. Instead with no humor and very little sarcastic wit, the book was dry and not worth my listening time.
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Tried to read but unable to finish

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I really don"t know. For some reason, I just could not get into the story line

Would you ever listen to anything by Mike Lawson again?

Maybe

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

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You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I am aware of