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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?

See most memorable moments.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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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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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  • Grace
  • Long Beach, CA, USA
  • 07-26-09

Klavan can do better

I have enjoyed many of Andrew Klaven's past books because of the conversational tone he takes in his stories. I always like to hear his "quirky" way of thinking. This book, however, did not live up to my expectations. It was way too wordy and the parts that were supposed to be exciting and fast paced just dragged on and on and left you not really caring about what finally happened. The end of the book left many unanswered questions and I think he was just setting us up for the sequel.

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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 get 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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great listen!

great story, great narration, kept me listening till the end. Klavan does a great job of making the story real, he relates the human condition very well.

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A over worded story

I hate to criticize, but so many words for so little action. A story about people I found no interest in. The plot was filled with nonlogic, how would I have reacted in a similar situation, nothing like our goofy hero. I'm glad it's over, too many words for so small a story.

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  • n
  • 03-09-17

brilliant

You can't get ahead of the mystery, because you are emotionally compromised the whole time!

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  • Tom
  • North Fork, CA, United States
  • 08-24-09

That's All?

I liked (for the most part) how Klavan read his own book. The story takes shape nicely and proceeds logically. Tensions mount and there are a couple of pretty exciting and descriptive action scenes. The climax and denouement, however, were a bit too abrupt and left me wondering, "Is that all?" There were, in my mind, a ton of unanswered questions and situations. Too bad. It's tough to recommend this book because of loose ends.