The Cabal (Kirk McGarvey Series #14) [NOOK Book]

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In Washington, CIA operative Todd Van Buren meets with a Washington Post investigative reporter who has uncovered strong evidence that a powerful lobbyist has formed a shadowy group called the Friday Club, a cabal whose members include high-ranking men inside the government: a White House adviser, a three star general at the Pentagon, deputy secretaries at the State Department, Homeland Security, the FBI and even the CIA.

That afternoon Van Buren, son-in-law of the ...

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Overview


In Washington, CIA operative Todd Van Buren meets with a Washington Post investigative reporter who has uncovered strong evidence that a powerful lobbyist has formed a shadowy group called the Friday Club, a cabal whose members include high-ranking men inside the government: a White House adviser, a three star general at the Pentagon, deputy secretaries at the State Department, Homeland Security, the FBI and even the CIA.

That afternoon Van Buren, son-in-law of the legendary spy Kirk McGarvey, is brutally gunned down because of what he’s been told.  The same evening the reporter and his family are killed, all traces of the shadow group erased.

A grief stricken McGarvey is drawn into the most far-reaching and bizarre investigation of his career, the stakes of which could destabilize the U.S. government, and shake the foundations of the world financial order.  

 


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"A terrific page-turning experience... adds up to Hagberg's best book in years.  Conspire to grab this one right away."

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The Expediter is terrifying . . . a brilliantly realized novel of heart-stopping action, slick hardware, down-and-dirty characters, and fast international settings. David Hagberg is the grandmaster of the contemporary espionage thriller.”—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Blasphemy

“It’s fun to watch professionals at the top of their game, which in this case means not only the characters in this great story, but David Hagberg himself as he creates a world-spanning crisis that only Kirk McGarvey can save. The nonstop action races the clock with the fate of millions waiting for the winner.”—Larry Bond, New York Times bestselling author on The Expediter

“David Hagberg writes the most realistic, prophetic thrillers I have ever read. His books should be required reading in Washington.”—Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassin

“David Hagberg runs in the same fast, high-tech track as Clancy and his gung ho colleagues, with lots of war games, fancy weapons, and much male bonding.”— New York Daily News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429960182
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Series: Kirk McGarvey Series , #14
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 72,303
  • File size: 452 KB

Meet the Author


David Hagberg has published numerous novels of suspense, including his bestselling thrillers featuring former CIA director Kirk McGarvey, which include Abyss, The Expediter, and Allah’s Scorpion. He has earned a nomination for the American Book Award, three nominations for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award and three Mystery Scene Best American Mystery awards. He has spent more than thirty years researching and studying US-Soviet relations during the Cold War. Hagberg joined the Air Force out of high school, and during the height of the Cold War, he served as an Air Force cryptographer. He attended the University of Maryland and University of Washington. Born in Duluth, Minnesota, he now lives with his wife Laurie in Sarasota, Florida.
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One
The George was a trendy newly rebuilt art deco hotel one block from Washington’s Union Station, its restaurant busy this Wednesday noon with a few congressmen, a number of television and print journalists, and well-heeled tourists who liked to be in the middle of things.
The noise level was surprisingly low, as if what everyone was discussing was confidential. The service was as crisp as the April weather, which, after a long damp winter, was energizing. The elections were over, a new president sat in the White House, and an optimistic mood had begun to replace the pessimism since 9/11.
Seated at an upper-level table that looked down on the first floor and entryway, Todd Van Buren sat nursing a Michelob Ultra, waiting for Joshua Givens, a buddy from the University of Mary land, where they’d both majored in political science. Todd had minored in international law and languages—French, Chinese, and Russian—and had been immediately hired by the CIA, while Givens, who’d minored in journalism, had started work for the Minneapolis Star, and over the past six years had worked his way up to a well-respected, if junior, investigative journalist with the Washington Post.
When he had called this morning and left a message on Todd’s voice mail, he sounded frantic, almost frightened.
At twenty-nine, Todd was the youngest person ever to run the CIA’s training facility, known unofficially as the Farm, with his wife, Elizabeth, at Camp Peary near Williamsburg, 140 miles south of Washington on the York River. His father-in-law was Kirk McGarvey, former director of the agency. He and Liz both had a fair amount of field experience, much of it alongside Liz’s father, who’d arguably been the Company’s finest field agent, bar none. They’d practically gone to school on his tradecraft, and once their covers had been blown they’d been recruited to run the training facility. Something they’d been doing with a great deal of success for the past three years. And after the first three months no one ever questioned their ages.
Givens knew that Todd worked for the CIA, just as he knew who Todd’s father-in-law was, which made his message this morning all the more cryptic.
“Trust me on this one, Todd,” Givens had said. “Don’t tell anyone we’re meeting. No one. Not your wife, and especially not her father.”
Noon at the George, it was ten after that now, and Todd was beginning to regret driving all the way up from the Farm, and lying to his wife in the bargain, though that had been easy because she was spending the day on an exfiltration exercise with the new class. Tomorrow would be his turn, pushing the twelve field officer trainees as close to the breaking point as he could. He and Liz were hands-on administrators.
He would explain to her where he’d been when he got back. They’d been spies, but they had never lied to each other. She’d made him promise before they got married. She loved her father, but he’d been gone for almost all of her childhood because he had not been able to tell the truth to his wife, and she’d kicked him out of the house. Todd’s relationship with Liz was the most important thing in his life, not just because he loved her but because of their two-year-old daughter, Audrey. He owed both of them at least that much.
Givens appeared in the doorway from the hotel’s lobby, spotted Todd sitting upstairs, and came up. He looked out of breath and flushed, as if he had run all the way in from the Post. Unlike Todd, who was tall, solidly built with a broad, pleasant face, Givens was short and whip thin, his movements quick, almost birdlike. In college Todd had lettered two years as a running back on the football team, while Givens had lettered all four years in cross-country. He’d been incredibly fast with the endurance of an iron man, and it didn’t look as if he’d changed much.
“Thanks for coming,” Givens said, sitting down across from Todd. He laid a computer disk in a jewel case on the table and slid it across. “Don’t hold it up, don’t look at it, just put it in your pocket.”
“Okay,” Todd said. He slipped it into his jacket pocket as their waitress came over.
“Iced tea, with lemon,” Givens said. “I’m not staying for lunch.”
“So, here I am,” Todd said. “And I’m curious as hell.”
Givens glanced down at the entryway, and then at the other diners on the lower level, before he turned back. “Listen, for the past five months I’ve been investigating a power broker group called the Friday Club. And what I’m finding out is scaring the crap out of me. Everything I’ve come up with so far is on the disk.”
“Robert Foster,” Todd replied. Everyone in Washington knew of the so-called club whose ultra-conservative members called themselves American Firsters. Lobbyists, a number of high-ranking aides and advisers to some key senators and congressmen as well as at least one White House insider, and others. All men, all of them with power.
“He’s the top dog,” Givens said. “And when I started looking it didn’t take me long to find out that some of his lobbyist pals represented people like the Saudi royal family, the Venezuelan oil minister, the deputy director of Mexico’s intelligence service.”
“What were you looking for?”
Givens hesitated. “This is going to sound far-fetched. But one of the guys on the list was your deputy director of operations, Howard McCann, who got my attention when he turned up dead in the line of duty.”
Todd kept any hint of emotion from his face, but alarm bells were jangling all over the place. McCann had been a traitor who’d financed the hit on a Chinese general in Pyongyang, and before that was the money-man behind a scheme to smuggle forty kilos of polonium-210 across the border with Mexico. When Todd’s father-in-law confronted the man in a safe house just outside Washington, the DDO had pulled out a pistol and it had been Todd who’d opened fire, killing him. There’d been a lot more to it than that, of course, but to this point they’d not been able to figure out where McCann had gotten the money. It was a puzzle.
“You have my attention, Josh,” he said carefully.
“I’m in the middle of something really big. Maybe even a shadow government. These guys have influenced elections, got federal judges removed from the bench, made sure some top banks and big financial companies got federal backing—bailouts just like what happened to Chrysler and just about everyone else a couple of years ago.”
“Planning a coup?”
Givens shook his head. “Nothing so messy or dramatic as that. I think they’ve already accomplished what they set out to do. They’re running things right now. Or at least the important stuff. Guys from the Federal Reserve are in the club, along with a couple of four stars from the Pentagon. This cuts right across the board.”
Givens looked away for a moment, apparently overwhelmed by what he was saying. When he turned back he’d come to some decision.
“What?” Todd prompted.
“Could be the bastards engineered nine/eleven.”
This was getting over the top for Todd. “Do you know how crazy that sounds? Just another conspiracy theory. Our guys deal with that kind of shit twenty-four/seven. Doesn’t get us anywhere.”
“Look what they’ve accomplished,” Givens said.
“Tell me.”
“A direct reduction of our civil liberties, for one. For Christ’s sake, libraries and bookstores are supposed to inform the FBI what fucking books we’re reading. Now you tell me who’s crazy?”
“What do your editors over at the Post have to say about it?”
Givens dismissed the question with a gesture. “These aren’t the Woodward and Bernstein days. We don’t run partial stories hoping the exposure will make other people come forward. Everyone’s gotten too smart.”
“Who have you shared this with?” Todd was having a lot of doubts. He and Givens hadn’t been close, but the guy had never seemed nutsy. And his investigative pieces in the Post had seemed first rate. But this now made no sense.
“No one. Not even my wife, Karson. Not until I have everything nailed down.”
“Okay, I’ll look at your disk,” Todd said. “Then what?”
“How did McCann die? What was he working on?”
Todd spread his hands. “Even if I knew something like that, which I don’t, I wouldn’t be able to talk about it.”
“Especially not with a reporter.”
“Something like that.”
“Give it to your father-in-law then. From what I hear he still carries some weight.” Givens looked down at the entryway again, as if he was expecting someone. “Hell, I don’t have anything solid yet. All I have are a lot of disconnected facts. Sudden changes in government policies, resignations of some key people here and there, upset elections in two dozen key states over the past couple of years. It’s all on the disk.”
“I’ll see what I can do,” Todd said. “But I can’t promise anything. You’ve gotta understand that, Josh.”
“Do what you can,” Givens said. “What you think is right.”
His iced tea came, and he drank some of it then got up. “I trust you, man. I think you’re the only person in the world I can trust.”
“I’ll call you if I come up with something,” Todd said.
“Not at the paper,” Givens said. He handed Todd a business card. “Call me at home.” He gave Todd a long, hard look then turned, went downstairs, and left the restaurant.
Excerpted from The Cabal by David Hagberg.
Copyright © 2010 by David Hagberg.
Published in 2010 by A Tom Doherty Associates Book.
All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

    Gelati's Scoop

    The newest novel from David Hagberg picks up right where The Expediter leaves off and burns a trail that is totally hot and scorching. The story line from the inside cover of the novel tells us that McGarvey's son-in-law, Todd Van Buren, is meeting with a reporter he knew from college. The reporter friend has info on a group that calls themselves The Friday Club. The reporter gives Todd a disk with info on it at a restaurant where they meet, and soon the two are killed.
    McGarvey of course is set to find out who offed his son-in -law and how it ties in The Friday Club and the events of the last few novels. Hagberg is in rare form with The Cabal. This is a must read if you are a fan and have followed Kirk McGarvey this far in his journey. If this is your first Hagberg novel, hold on. The ride is swift and the action just. No spoilers will be given here, but let the bad guys fall where they may. I love the characters Hagberg has created in this series and they are all present and accounted for in this novel. This for me was full throttle Hagberg, holding nothing back in his lean mean machine in Kirk McGarvey. But Giovanni how do you really feel? I have had the pleasure of late to read some really good novels in this genre in the last two to three weeks and this is right there with the best of them.
    Truth, Justice & the American Way the McGarvey way is an excellent read that is hard to put down. The Cabal takes no prisoners literally and figuratively. Hagberg takes McGarvey to the zenith and back with this one, honest injun. Be prepared to have some curves thrown at you, to gasp in surprise and wonder why and how he did that. The Cabal is a gut wrenching, fast paced force of a novel. Whether you are a huge fan like me, or a first time Hagberg reader, you are in for a treat. What is your favorite McGarvey novel?
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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    an exhilarating action-packed tale with several twists that even the hero never anticipated

    In Washington DC, CIA agent Todd Van Buren meets his college friend Washington Post reporter Josh Givens at a D.C. restaurant. Josh mentions to Todd he's investigating an apparent top secret government cell the Friday Club. He insists the group consists of political and military insiders who from the shadows run the government.

    Not long after they depart, two snipers assassinate Todd, who ran the CIA training "Farm" with his wife Elizabeth, as he drives on the Interstate near Fredericksburg, Maryland. A few hours later, assassins murder Josh, his wife and their son in their townhouse. Former CIA Director Kirk McGarvey has no time to grieve the death of his son-in-law. Fuming, he vows to find the killers, their handlers, and their leaders as more people are murdered; some even closer to him.

    The latest ultra fast-paced McGarvey thriller is an exhilarating action-packed tale with several twists that even the hero never anticipated. Fast-paced throughout, McGarvey struggles with psychological trauma like none he faced before even when he dealt with a best friend mole inside the agency and staying alive as he climbs the pyramid of the Friday Club hierarchy.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

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    Great book, fast paced, strong characterization. This was along the same genre, one man show against the bad guys. Involving, conspiracy, politics, murders etc; the only thing the author didn't make clear to me was, what was "The Friday club" all about. What was their agenda and what was it they hoped to accomplish and how. I liked the character of Mc Garvey, even at his age he accomplished what he set out to do. I did not like the ending, it left me wondering who the new neighbor might be. Is there going to be a sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Good Read

    Keeps you on the edge. Hard to put down.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Could not put it down. Written as if you were right there in the middle of the action

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

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    Attack By Lobbyist

    We all grew up to love stories of good guys versus bad guys, and in today's climate it helps to throw in a secret cabal which really runs the government. Add a heavy dose of violence and the thinness of the plot might be excused. Except when the violence just gets tedious, as shootout after shootout always has the wanted result. (But you could bomb some lovable characters- would that help?) There are many entertaining pages in The Cabal, but, for me, it all became tiresome and I found myself putting the book down when I should have been caught up in the action. Perhaps I took the author too seriously when he wrote: "The possibility that somehow Foster...[the lobbyist]...and his group could have fomented trouble over there was unbelievable..."

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