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Mayberry and Garrett, introduced in the national best seller Collusion, are caught in the middle of a deadly crisis with a pending nuclear bomb attack and little help from the government that sidelined them both.

When an exiled Iranian scientist is assassinated in Washington, DC, the former FBI counterintelligence agent and ex-SEAL are pulled back into the world of clandestine ops - and the fate of the entire East Coast is at stake. Joining ranks with a heralded Mossad agent, Mayberry and Garrett pursue a skilled international killer hired to murder a legendary Israeli spymaster. 

Their pursuit draws them into an international conspiracy led by a power-hungry Russian oligarch intent on destroying Washington, DC, and the Navy's most important Atlantic base. The oligarch plots to unleash a nuclear onslaught first devised by the KGB but shelved by Kremlin leaders during the Cold War. On top of this, Iran’s sudden offer to help the United States raises suspicions about its possible role in a global shakedown. 

With too many enemies emerging and too little time, the two Americans are forced to operate outside official channels to stay ahead of naive US politicians and foreign enemies out to entangle their efforts in red tape. Operating in an international tinderbox, Mayberry and Garrett must decipher which players are allies and which are posers - in time to thwart a cataclysmic nuclear attack on US soil and prevent an international incident that could ignite a third world war. And they must keep themselves alive. 

©2020 Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Excellent writing duo!

Right now we’re in the midst of the Corona virus pandemic and there are 60,000 people testing positive in the US. My whole family falls into the high risk category. We are staying home. To be honest I’m scared. I really appreciate a good book right now to take my mind off of the real world. At least in this newest addition to the Mayberry and Garrett series there is a battle against terrorists that can be seen, fought and won.
This is an OUTSTANDING espionage thriller that can stand alone. The first book in this series is just as good (Collusion).
Eric Jason Martin does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
Be well and try to stay safe.
Thank You.

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Fast paced excitement!

Greatly entertaining with a fast paced plot. A book you will stay up all night to finish.

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A genuine thriller

This was an exceptionally well written and believable thriller. Easily as good as any of Ludlums novels. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

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Outstanding, couldn’t put it down!

The story line is just fascinating, and credible, could very well happen in real life. Thank God for dedicated men and women who lay on the line for our freedom and safety.

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All are in top form

Another fine spy novel from the former speaker of the house. A gerat cast of characters. Great to see the new faces. Liked the oligarch, at first. Another CIA Director for fans to hate. 10/10.

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Great book! The story was well told.

I enjoyed the story. The plot was captivating and kept me intrigued throughout the book.

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The Cure for Corona nineteen symptoms

in the evening my wife and I enjoy Good Times while experiencing a bad quarantine. after dinner my wife grabs a puzzle and I a plastic model and we've been working on them while listening to the Great Adventure entitled The Shakedown. it is riveting. it takes you from this continent to two others and all the while at Breakneck speed and unparalleled Danger. you have macro plants as well as minor ones. They are all exciting. we recommend highly this book what a wonderful way to mark a week of quarantine. enjoy it!

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