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Banquo's Ghosts

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  • Posted March 6, 2009

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    This exciting espionage thriller works on two levels

    CIA agent Stewart Banquo knows he needs a specialist to get past the concentric circles of security surrounding his target; he must choose a killer who the Iranians (and the American media) would never suspect. He tags Crusader writer Peter Johnson as his ghost, a mild mannered drunken liberal writing for an ultra left wing rag; Banquo just needs to figure out how much to bribe the fool to do the deed.

    Johnson agrees to undergo the dangerous mission of assassinating the eliding Iranian nuclear scientist using his magazine as a front. However, In Iran, he is double crossed several times ending up a guest of the state. Tortured into confessions of everything short of killing Cock Robin; Agents Robert Wallets who actually recruited him and Marjorie Morningstar who trained him enable Johnson to escape. Back in New York, Johnson leads the agents in a quest to prevent Iranian terrorists from nuking the city while his daughter is being held hostage.

    This exciting espionage thriller works on two levels. First there is the thrilling obvious terrorist threat and the counter efforts to do more than just prevent it; second there are not so subtle left hook right uppercut combos slammed at politicians and news media for interfering with the efforts to stop terrorism (mostly by the left) or dumbing down the realities (mostly by the right). Even with these sharp punches, the strong story line is owned by BANQUO'S GHOSTS especially the mild mannered reporter who is out of his element when he takes the field assignment.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

    Poorly written

    This book has no imagination or story line. Author is all over the place.
    Characters do not follow any understandable sequence. Story is difficult to follow!

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Le Carre' Makes a Right Turn

    To tell the truth the only reason I bought this book was because Rich Lowry's name was on it. I'm a a subscriber to the magazine he edits, "The National Review" and I thought it was good to support him. There's also the fact that the founder of the afore mentioned publication, one William F. Buckley, jr. wrote a string a good to excellent espionage novels.I thought I'd give a try.

    I wasn't expecting much so imagine my surprise when Banquo's Ghost turned out to be the best novel, of that genre, I've read since Daniel Silva.

    Lowry's and Korman's prose seems to combine the best of Chandler and Le Carre'. It's
    dense and colorful and it draws the reader into the gritty, dark world they weave with words. It's one of those books where I didn't care "whodunit?" I just wanted the book to go on--the writing is that good.

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