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Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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Out of print for nearly 30 years, this masterpiece of cat-and-mouse espionage suspense from the "genius" best seller Ian Rankin is as timely and urgent as ever (Lee Child, best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)

In Europe, the Americans are pulling out their troops in a tide of isolationism. Britain, torn between loyalties to America and the continent, is caught in the middle. In America, a space shuttle crashes on landing, killing all but one of the crew on-board: a British citizen named Mike Dreyfuss, who will become vilified by the US press and protesters.

Halfway across the world, at English ground control headquarters, Martin Hepton watches with dismay as they lose contact with the most advanced satellite in Europe. A colleague of Hepton's who suspects something strange is going on disappears. Hepton realizes there is much more at stake than anyone knows - and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade . . .

©2020 Ian Rankin (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"Rankin remains the most consistent practitioner of finely crafted, richly detailed, literary crime novels being produced today. He's always been at the top of his game, and this latest is no exception." (Linwood Barclay)

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Ian Rankin does Moonraker

It was fun reading this example of early Rankin in an espionage-y, alternative-history genre. Although the book lacked much of the humor of the Rebus books, it was very enjoyable.

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old war thriller

should have remained in Rankin's attic. now irrelevant. the work of a young writer

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Eerily predicts much of what's going on now

Always iffy to hear a story read by its author, but Rankin does a wonderful job. I'm a fan of his Rebus books so this was a complete departure and I went into it hoping for the best. In the introduction, he says that he wrote the book several decades ago but was inspired to bring it out again since so much of what he talked about in it seemed eerily like much of what seems to be happening today. Well read, well written, very interesting.