A Malko Linge Novel

5 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 46 ratings

The Madmen of Benghazi Publisher's Summary

The Madmen of Benghazi, available for the first time in the U.S., is a gripping, racy, ripped-from-the-headlines espionage thriller set in volatile post-Qaddafi Libya.

Gérard de Villiers (1918-2013) spent his five-decade career cultivating connections in the world of international intelligence, which allowed him to anticipate geopolitical events before they occurred - and to masterfully blend fiction with an insider’s knowledge of international affairs. Published from 1964 until his death in 2013, his best-selling SAS series of 200 spy novels, starring Malko Linge, was long considered France’s answer to Ian Fleming, with Malko as his James Bond.

Its hero, Malko Linge, an Austrian aristocrat, spends his time freelancing for the CIA in order to maintain his ancestral home and support his playboy lifestyle.

When terrorists try to shoot down a plane carrying Libyan prince Ibrahim al-Senussi, it is clear that someone wants him dead. But the CIA has its own plot for the prince: Now that Qaddafi has been overthrown, al-Senussi is their best bet to set up a constitutional monarchy and stem the Islamist tide in Libya. The CIA, which needs Malko as much as he needs them, sends the Austrian aristocrat to Cairo to learn more about al-Senussi’s plans by seducing his companion, a ravishing British model. This mission is enormously appealing, but also proves enormously dangerous, as the same madman of God who is trying to kill al-Senussi also takes aim at Malko.

©2014 Gérard de Villiers (P)2014 Random House Audio
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  • Book 1

    • The Madmen of Benghazi

    • A Malko Linge Novel, Book 1
    • By: Gérard de Villiers
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 15

    When terrorists try to shoot down a plane carrying Libyan prince Ibrahim al-Senussi, it is clear that someone wants him dead. But the CIA has its own plot for the prince: Now that Qaddafi has been overthrown, al-Senussi is their best bet to set up a constitutional monarchy and stem the Islamist tide in Libya. The CIA, which needs Malko as much as he needs them, sends the Austrian aristocrat to Cairo to learn more about al-Senussi’s plans by seducing his companion, a ravishing British model.

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • Chaos in Kabul

    • A Malko Linge Novel
    • By: Gérard de Villiers
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10

    On the ground in Kabul, Malko reconnects with an old flame and hires a South African mercenary to assist with his mission. But Malko doesn't know whom he can trust. His every move is monitored by President Karzai's entourage, Taliban leaders, a seductive American journalist - and a renegade within the CIA itself. Before he can pull off his plan, Malko is kidnapped and nearly killed. When he finally manages to escape, he finds himself alone and running for his life in a hostile city.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • not worth much

    • By Jonathan David Moskal on 07-15-17

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 3

    • Revenge of the Kremlin

    • By: Gérard de Villiers
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    Boris Berezovsky is living in exile in London to avoid the wrath of Vladimir Putin. One morning the unlucky oligarch is found dead in his bathroom, an apparent suicide. Their suspicions aroused, MI5 opens an investigation - but Prime Minister David Cameron orders the case closed. Alarmed at the renewal of Russian Cold War tricks and Moscow's increasingly close ties to London, the CIA dispatches Malko Linge to investigate Berezovsky's death and the British cover-up.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book , well written and well read

    • By yawovi e dedo on 09-10-15

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 4

    • Lord of the Swallows

    • A Malko Linge Novel
    • By: Gérard de Villiers
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    At a benefit dinner in Monaco, Austrian playboy and CIA freelancer Malko Linge meets an intriguing woman, Zhanna Khrenkov, who has an unusual proposal. She will disclose everything she knows about her husband Alexei's business, provided Malko kills Alexei's beautiful young British mistress. Appalled, he refuses, but then Zhanna reveals that her husband runs a ring of sleeper Russian spies operating undercover inside the US. Naturally Malko's CIA handlers would love to have this information, but he feels uncomfortable killing anyone in cold blood - especially a beautiful woman.

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 5

    • Surface to Air

    • A Malko Linge Novel
    • By: Gérard de Villiers
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    In New Jersey, Parviz Amritzar is mourning for his family - killed by a US airstrike back in Pakistan - and vowing revenge against his adoptive country. He devises a plan to shoot down Air Force One and gets a lucky break when he reaches a terrorist contact who knows how he can obtain a surface-to-air missile from the Russians. When the CIA picks up on the rumors of this plot, they call on Malko Linge to carefully observe the would-be terrorist. But as soon as Malko thinks he has a handle on the situation, everything changes.

    Regular price: $28.00