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"After learning that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil, all-but-forgotten spymaster Stewart Banquo initiates a rogue special operation. With the assistance of his most trusted agent, Robert Wallets, Banquo recruits Peter Johnson, a dissolute, morally bankrupt liberal news journalist, to travel to Iran. Johnson poses as a sympathetic reporter writing a piece on the country's nuclear facilities. His mission: to kill the scientist. Like many elaborate plans, Johnson's assassination attempt goes ...
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Overview

"After learning that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil, all-but-forgotten spymaster Stewart Banquo initiates a rogue special operation. With the assistance of his most trusted agent, Robert Wallets, Banquo recruits Peter Johnson, a dissolute, morally bankrupt liberal news journalist, to travel to Iran. Johnson poses as a sympathetic reporter writing a piece on the country's nuclear facilities. His mission: to kill the scientist. Like many elaborate plans, Johnson's assassination attempt goes awry. The journalist falls into Iranian hands and is tortured to confess - a staggering security crisis for the United States. Aided by Wallets and the battle-hardened Marjorie Morningstar - the CIA operatives who trained him - Johnson escapes from Iran." Now back in the United States, Johnson helps Banquo and his CIA cohorts lead a team of federal agents and New York City officials in tracking down a group of suspected Iranian terrorists in New York who are planning to commit nuclear terrorism by dispersing a highly radioactive material throughout the city streets and subways. When Johnson's only daughter is kidnapped by the Iranians, he and Banquo must race against time to save her ... and the City of New York.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

National Review editor Lowry (Legacy) and Korman (Swan Dive) have written an exciting, intelligent novel that delivers the thriller goods and tosses barbs at do-gooder politicians, government obstructionists, reporters and a wide array of liberal weenies. Unlikely hero Peter Johnson, a mildly buffoonish writer working for the Crusader, a left-wing magazine, is recruited by CIA agent Stewart Banquo for the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist. Banquo figures no one would ever suspect Johnson, known for his drunkenness and willingness to take a bribe, to be working for the CIA. Johnson, who accepts the job for a variety of reasons, heads off to Iran. A series of double crosses lands Johnson in the hands of the Iranians and sets up the rest of the plot involving a chillingly plausible terrorist attack. A major thread left untied points to what should be a much anticipated sequel. Expect a boost from author appearances on Hannity's America. 6-city author tour. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

National Review editor Lowry and novelist Korman (Swan Dive) collaborate on a potboiler about an Iranian plot to nuke us (or Israel, take your pick). When their plot fails, the terrorists poison New York with "dirty" radioactive material. The protagonist is a burnt-out journalist who hides his newfound conservative fervor behind a left-leaning mask in order to infiltrate a secret Iranian nuclear project. VERDICT This book is painfully overwritten, and all the liberals are credulous or gutless wonders, but the action is fast and furious. Over all, mediocre best describes this effort. Purchase only for demand.—DK


—David Keymer
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"A brilliantly imagined and incredibly detailed novel about a CIA rogue special operation.... A fast-paced and chilling wild ride." —-Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Escape
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400113071
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Keith Korman is a literary agent in his family's firm, Raines & Raines, and the author of Swan Dive, Archangel, and Secret Dreams.

Rich Lowry is a syndicated columnist and a commentator for the Fox News Channel, and his book Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years was a New York Times bestseller.

Mel Foster has narrated over 150 audiobooks and has won several awards. Twice an Audie finalist for 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History by Charles Bracelen Flood and Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey, he won for the latter title.

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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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