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Set in contemporary Washington, DC, Red Swan begins with an ominous phone call from Carson McGill, the deputy director of operations in the CIA, to retired CIA officer Preston Allender: Henry Wallace is dead.

A behind-the-scenes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the agency's secret war against China's national intelligence service, which infiltrates government and military offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged China's Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called "black swan", in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace's mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the agency.

But as Allender quietly investigates, he makes a shocking discovery that will upend the entire American intelligence apparatus. For Wallace's black swan operation may have been turned against the CIA; a red swan is flying and the question is who is she, what is her target, and where will she land?

©2017 P. T. Deutermann (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A flawed thriller

I've loved some of this author's past books; this was not one of them. I read the book to the end; it has flashes of excellence, but overall was disappointing. For starters, the author should get better command of jargon. People who work for the CIA aren't "operatives" or "agents"; they're "officers". And nobody works for the "CS". There were other inaccuracies that detracted from my enjoyment. Ultimately, the plot didn't hang together for me. One reviewer said the first part of the book was slow. In one sense that's true, but that was necessary to set up the plot elements. The pace did pick up but got steadily more and more unbelievable. There was an interrogation scene that was well-written and scarily memorable. All in all, an okay read, but not Deuterman's best work. The performance was excellent.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Good story and narration but weak ending

Dick Hill made this story interesting. But the ending was somewhat disappointing. Still, I recommend this book.

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Love P.T. Deutermann

It has been some time since I have read a book by Deuterman. This one did not disappoint. Would like to see this develop into a small series. Well worth a credit.

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What?! I thought it was her! No - it was him! No?

Loved this book! Interesting characters and a plot that just keeps twisting. Each time I thought I knew where it was going, a new twist busted that idea. Set in current DC, this fiction reads like current events. The author's politico-military background adds a depth that research alone could not accomplish. Deutermann grabs you & doesn't let go til the final chapter in this Red Swan. I couldn't put it down!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not sure how Deutermann gets better and better...

GREAT book! And thank goodness, Dick Hill was the narrator! I wanted to listen to the whole book in one sitting but instead, had to spread it over days (work and sleep demand attention, of course). If this is your first Deutermann, go back and listen to all the others. They are all excellent. Let's keep these coming PT!

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Disappointing

This is the fourth book by this author that I have purchased though audible. I have really enjoyed the other three. This narrator is awful. It is as if every line is delivered as a sarcastic comment. I stayed with it until about half way through and I just could not take any more.
Audible, you would be best off to scrap this version and have it reread by someone else. I'd like to be able to return this one!

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