Blackford Oakes

11 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 195 ratings

Saving the Queen Publisher's Summary

President Truman is nearing the end of his term in office, and Great Britain has a new queen. It is 1952; the Cold War is beginning to heat up, and vital Western military secrets are falling into Soviet hands. The CIA is faced with a delicate dilemma, for the source of the leaks to the KGB has been traced directly to the Queen's chambers.

The situation must be resolved, but the young Queen's self-confidence and public credibility must not be damaged. Thus young Blackford Oakes, handsome, debonaire, and audacious, a recent Yale graduate and ex-combat fighter pilot, is selected to penetrate the royal circle, win the Queen's confidence, and plug the leak. The action leads to an explosive showdown in the skies over London, one that could determine the future of the West.

©1976 William F. Buckley, Jr. (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks
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  • Book 1

    • Saving the Queen

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: James Buschmann
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    President Truman is nearing the end of his term in office, and Great Britain has a new queen. It is 1952; the Cold War is beginning to heat up, and vital Western military secrets are falling into Soviet hands. The CIA is faced with a delicate dilemma, for the source of the leaks to the KGB has been traced directly to the Queen's chambers.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable story, production not so hot

    • By Zimri on 12-20-05

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 2

    • Stained Glass

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    A matter of some delicacy: finding the perfect blue to restore the windows of a 13th century German chapel at the Palace of St. Anselm. Blackford Oakes, fresh from his daring exploits at Windsor Castle, is in charge. But Alex Wintergrin, owner of the chapel, is far more than a charming aristocrat and congenial companion. A charismatic hero, he is rising to power, rousing his countrymen to reunite Germany.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, terrible audio.

    • By Max on 09-20-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • Who's on First

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    It's 1956, and the cold war is hot. Hungary has just fallen, and Blackford Oakes is back from Budapest, puzzling over a betrayal and mourning a tragedy he couldn't prevent. But in Washington, all attention is focused on the race to put the first satellite in space. Ironically, Russia and America each have the secrets the other needs to succeed. The solution: kidnap a pair of extraordinary Russian scientists who can put the U.S. in the lead.

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  • Book 4

    • Marco Polo, If You Can

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    When a shadowy Russian mole threatens to undermine the free world's defenses by infiltrating President Eisenhower's National Security Counsel, CIA super-secret agent Blackford Oakes is called in to unmask the imposter. Oakes turns the tables on the Communists by piloting a U-2 spy plane on a Gary Powers-style one-way mission behind the Iron Curtain. Sentenced to death and trapped in the depths of the Lubyanka prison, Oakes may have turned his last trick. Or has he?

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 5

    • The Story of Henri Tod

    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: James Buschmann
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    It is 1961 in Berlin, and the Cold War is at its most chilling. Suave CIA agent Blackford Oakes has come to investigate.

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  • Book 6

    • See You Later, Alligator

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    President Kennedy has selected Blackford Oakes to meet with Che Guevara inside Castro's Cuba as part of his Operation Alligator, a daring plan to bring about an era of détente in East-West relations. The communists, however, have another agenda in mind: a double-cross with terrifying consequences. Soon, Oakes is trapped in Cuba, and the heat is on. Warming the climate greatly is the sultry beauty Catalina. The weather forecast: betrayal, power politics, and sudden death.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great story spoiledby inept narration

    • By M. J. Roth on 06-25-17

    Regular price: $18.17

  • Book 7

    • High Jinx

    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Bill Buckley has created a handsome American hero, Blackford Oakes, who, by coincidence or not, happens to be an irreverent Yale- and CIA-trained superspy. The year is 1954. Stalin has died in Moscow, and a deadly earnest power play nears its conclusion. Meanwhile British and American commandos, their mission to liberate a Soviet satellite country, have met a disastrous end. Jinxed. The communications system between English and American intelligence has been penetrated. Jinxed. There is a spook in their midst. High Jinx.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible

    • By R. Gottlieb on 04-29-17

    Regular price: $11.95

  • Book 8

    • Mongoose, R.I.P.

    • A Blackford Oakes Mystery, Book 8
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: John MacDonald
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Ever since the botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs, Fidel Castro has run amok. He has executed thousands of his enemies, driven his countrymen to emigrate, and done everything possible to run Cuba into the ground - all in a deliberate attempt to humiliate the White House. At least, that's how the situation looks from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where hatred of Castro has grown into an obsession. Under orders from John and Bobby Kennedy, the CIA will do anything necessary to kill Castro

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  • Book 9

    • Tucker's Last Stand

    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The year is 1964. Faced with a hard-hitting presidential campaign and a deteriorating situation in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson dispatches Oakes and a swashbuckling soldier of fortune named Tucker on secret missions to Southeast Asia. Tucker is to figure out how to interdict military traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very Weak Story and Characters

    • By Thomas Phelan on 12-13-12

    Regular price: $19.57

  • Book 10

    • A Very Private Plot

    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    The year is 1995, and an energetic senator wants to disarm, perhaps even eliminate, the CIA. To accumulate the evidence necessary to persuade the Senate, he needs the cooperation of Blackford Oakes, now retired. He wants from Oakes an account of his covert activity 10 years earlier, when Oakes served as chief of covert activities for the CIA. But, what will the frustrated senator do to compel cooperation from Blackford Oakes?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Political Suspense

    • By Catherine on 08-25-07

    Regular price: $17.47

  • Book 11

    • Last Call for Blackford Oakes

    • Blackford Oakes, Book 11
    • By: William F. Buckley Jr.
    • Narrated by: John Lescault
    • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Over 20 years ago, William F. Buckley, Jr. launched the dashing character of Blackford Oakes like a missile over the literary landscape. This newly minted CIA agent - brainy, bold, and complex - began his career by saving the queen of England and quickly took his place in the pantheon of master spies drawn up by Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, and John le Carré. Against the backdrop of Cold War intrigue, in this, his 11th outing, Oakes crosses swords with Kim Philby, perhaps the highest ranking in the parade of defectors to the Soviet Union.

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