Banquo's Ghosts

Banquo's Ghosts

by Perseus, Keith Korman
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Banquo's Ghosts by Perseus, Keith Korman

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593155087
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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, an audiobook narrator since 2002, won an Audie Award for Finding God in Unexpected Places by Philip Yancey. He has also won several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Best known for mysteries, Mel has also narrated classic authors such as Thoreau, Nabokov, and Whitman.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
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
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jackrogan More than 1 year ago
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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