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Stabenow's political suspense tale is well realized by Lorelei King, who offers deeply conflicted characters despite some cheesy dialogue and a plot line that seems all too familiar nowadays. King is the bright spot in this lackluster tale, capturing a variety of tones and dialects, including an incredible Pakistani accent that doesn't sound forced or over the top. Her pace is neither too fast nor too slow, and she knows exactly how to build tension at any moment. King guides listeners through the story, keeping them interested and involved even when Stabenow seems to lose interest. It is King's well-rounded narration that will keep listeners engaged, not Stabenow's story. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Minotaur hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 10). (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.