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In Duplicity, the newest thriller from former speaker of the House and best-selling author Newt Gingrich, such an invisible hand overseeing havoc worldwide plays a major role. Gingrich has teamed with former Washington Post reporter and best-selling author Pete Earley to create a highly plausible mix of domestic and global action in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.

And, of course, it's set during an American presidential election.

When President Sally Allworth decides to reestablish America's Mogadishu embassy in Somalia weeks before Election Day, her challenger says she is playing politics with American lives. That turns out to be true when the embassy is attacked and hostages are taken. Embassy station chief Gunter Conner and marine captain Brooke Grant end up the unlikely survivors of this Benghazi-style attack. Suddenly they are the only hope for saving their captured colleagues.

The firestorm of drama is compelling, set off by the intersection of Washington power and politics, a fragile third-world Islamic country, and Somali Americans here at home.

Only Newt Gingrich's unique, in-depth knowledge of the political realities of friend and foe could weave such a spellbinding tale of events and personalities, one that could actually happen...if America's leaders aren't wary of a world full of duplicity.

©2015 Newt Gingrich, Pete Earley (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Hard to put down

This book was harder to put down than a Michael Crichton novel. I thought at first that a political novel might be a little sleepy and boring but not this one. There was great action from the first chapter and stayed that way through the entire book. Also this isn't a book that tries to sell Republican ideas but seemed to focus on a more serious problem that our country is facing. This is a must read for every American regardless of your political stance.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • deb
  • Utah
  • 10-16-16

Overall I liked the book BUT

Where does Duplicity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is ok but I have a ton of audio books in the hundreds if not over a thousand so where could you place it most likely bottom of the middle third.

What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

Narration was good

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No The Protagonist Marine Corps Captain was not very convincing. I hated that she had to argue with any one and every one that she came in contact with . Though supposedly the heroin of the story I kept hoping she would either mature as character or the author would write her out of the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A "page turner" that feels real

This is the 5th book by Newt Gingrich that I have read, but the first involving present day events rather than things in the past. This book, like every other Gingrich book I have read, is full of well drawn characters, an interesting story and the insights of a trained historian and politician and I have seldom read any modern thriller that was more engrossing or truer to the times in which the book was set. It is unsettling easy to believe that the events taking place in this story could be tomorrow’s headlines and, in fact, parts of the story seem eerily like things that have been happening during the last few years.

We have a President running for re-election making foreign policy decisions based on a desire to get a polling bump rather than on sound policy decisions, politicians lying to each other and burying facts, political blackmail, violations of US law and more, and all of that paralleling the story of an intelligence agent pursuing his own goals without regard to morality and law along with the story of a small group of marines who have to deal with the fallout of all of these decisions. All of the characters feel real, and the politics, background and partisan decisions taken have the feel of events that have possibly happened in the recent past. It is very easy to draw parallels between some of the characters and actual political figures in yesterday’s and today’s headlines and the main thread of the terrorist plot feels as real as what we see on the news.

The narration is very good, the story is gripping and Mr Gingrich has delivered another great book. I will certainly buy the sequel.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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My Personal Favorite To-Date from Speaker Gingrich

What made the experience of listening to Duplicity the most enjoyable?

The feeling of authenticity is so hard to achieve in any work of fiction, and you will experience this realism in Speaker Gingrich and Pete Earley’s new book Duplicity. The characters and the events are contemporary, especially given that 2016 is an important Presidential Election year. The book highlights the pressures all are under who hold a political or military office; to serve your country yet be true to their personal values.

What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

Robert Fass’s rendition communicated a steady, non-judgmental account of events, combined with a measured emotional emphasis when necessary. And, interestingly enough, I found myself not liking the female heroin, Brook, very much… too opinionated I thought, hurts women in influential positions, then laughed at myself, “it’s just a character in a book!” The voice of the story is so important for the author.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Interesting!

Very interesting. It makes you wonder about the events in our lives and government. I learned long ago not to always believe what we are told.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Duplicity

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is a very interesting book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Duplicity?

The interplay and meddling of American politics in developing countries is interesting!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good

I thought the main character, the woman, a bit too headstrong at inappropriate times. Mist of the Tim I liked her, but sometimes she really grated on me.
The story was entertaining and kept me interested. If a sequel was written I would get it.

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  • Scott
  • Oklahoma City, OK, United States
  • 11-08-15

Wow!!

This was my first Newt Gingrich book. I will soon be enjoying more of his books.
I was intrigued when I saw Newt pitching is book on one of the news programs.
When I read the quote by Nelson DeMille on the front cover, that was The last little bit of encouragement I needed to make the purchase. I'm very glad I did.
The timeliness of the plot in this book is spot on.

Thank you Newt, it's a great read!!!

Scott

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any of this sound familiar?

Where does Duplicity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

No party affliation needed just read the headlines. this book would be a 9

What other book might you compare Duplicity to and why?

Treason

What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

Pretty good considering all the dialects, nationalities and sexuality

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Makes you cry at the back stabbing, money greed, political manipulation, no guilt when lying and the loss of trust, ethics and morals of the human race. But then look back in history, has anything changed? No, just the new ways of doing it to stay in power at all costs.

Any additional comments?

I had to look up the publish date because of the events and topics. Did they have a crystal ball or did I miss something?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Joyce
  • Miamisburg, OH, United States
  • 02-22-17

I Am So Sorry

I started this book 7 times and never got past chapter 15 before I fell asleep. I thought it would be an action story, but as far as I can tell it is ONLY about back room politics.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr STEVEN PEARSON
  • 05-10-16

I loved it...

Great story, if a little far fetched at times. Looking forward to the Falcon getting his comeuppance sometime soon...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful