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The year is 1963. Fidel Castro seeks revenge for his humiliation during the missile crisis while President Kennedy and his brother Robert have their own plan for ending the menance of the Caribbean dictator. It's called Operation Mongoose.

Blackford Oakes, the CIA's urbane ace agent, becomes point man in the plot. Then Oakes learns there is a counterplan, one that scripts Oakes out of the play!

"In many respects the boldest, subtlest Blackford Oakes novel, MONGOOSE R.I.P. marks ...

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The year is 1963. Fidel Castro seeks revenge for his humiliation during the missile crisis while President Kennedy and his brother Robert have their own plan for ending the menance of the Caribbean dictator. It's called Operation Mongoose.

Blackford Oakes, the CIA's urbane ace agent, becomes point man in the plot. Then Oakes learns there is a counterplan, one that scripts Oakes out of the play!

"In many respects the boldest, subtlest Blackford Oakes novel, MONGOOSE R.I.P. marks a dramatic turn in the best-selling adventures of the of the character called the American James Bond. Buckley's now-classic blend of gravity and humour, history and fancy, ineluctability and free will are here at their most exhilarating." (Publisher's Source)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arguably, this is the best of the Blackford Oakes series. Since we first met him at a callow 26, in Saving the Queen, Oakes has maturedhe's become more worn around the edges, less abrasive and, as a result, more likable. It is now 1963; Castro and Khrushchev are bickering. With the help of the CIA (Operation Mongoose), President Kennedy is involved in three separate plots to assassinate Castro. The first twopresenting Castro with a toxic wetsuit and supplying his mistress with poison pills (both were actually attempted)fail. The third, providing a disillusioned Castro protege with a rifle (also a real CIA plan) looks the most promising. Oakes is sent to Cuba to help coordinate the uprising that will inevitably follow. Suddenly the CIA discovers that Castro is about to launch a medium-range missile (left from the Cuban missile crisis) at Dallas, Tex., and the president. It's up to Oakes to prevent an escalation of the Cold War. Buckley has abandoned straightforward narration for a series of rapid-fire, cinematic scenes that are sometimes confusing as they jump from Washington, D.C., to Moscow to Havana. On the plus side, this high-flying thriller is grounded in reality, thanks to Dorothy McCartney, research editor of the National Review, whose help Buckley acknowledges. Readers will enjoy the sheer exuberance of this all too plausible caper. Major ad/promo; Troll Book Club Main selection. (January 6)
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Blackford Oakes plays a relatively quiescent part in this retelling of the Kennedy assassination, which links Oswald to the Castro regime. Learning that the Soviets have secretly left behind a single missile after the U.S. challenge, Castro masterminds a scenario that will see Kennedy dead whether by bullet or ballistic missile. Vital to the story's plot are various documented attempts on Castro's life, one Oakes's assignment, and the love affair between Blacky and Sally Partridge. With a deft ear for the Cuban phrase and respect for technical detail, Buckley has again loosed the fox among the pigeons with satisfying results. Troll Book Club main selection. Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress
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  • ISBN-13: 9781888952728
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Series: Blackford Oakes Novel Series
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 4.93 (w) x 7.09 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Blackford Oakes must stop Castro from starting WWIII

    One of the entertaining adventures of Blackford Oakes, Bill Buckley¿s irrepressible ¿preppy spy.¿ Blackford Oakes must stop Castro from starting World War III in revenge for losing the Cuban Missile Crisis. If Oakes failes, not only President Kennedy but everyone in Dallas may die.

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