October 1962. The Soviet
Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the midst
of a military face-off that could lead to nuclear conflagration. Warships and
submarines are on the move. Planes are in the air. Troops are at the ready.
Both leaders are surrounded by advisers clamoring for war. The only way for the
two leaders to negotiate safely is to open a “back channel”—a surreptitious
path of communication hidden from their own people. They need a clandestine
emissary nobody would ever suspect. If the secret gets out, her life will be at
risk … but they’re careful not to tell her that.
Stephen L. Carter’s gripping
new novel, Back Channel, is a
brilliant amalgam of fact and fiction—a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban
Missile Crisis, in which the fate of the world rests unexpectedly on the
shoulders of a young college student.
On the island of Curaçao, a
visiting Soviet chess champion whispers state secrets to an American
In the Atlantic Ocean, a
freighter struggles through a squall while trying to avoid surveillance.
And in Ithaca, New York,
Margo Jensen, one of the few black women at Cornell, is asked to go to Eastern
Europe to babysit a madman.
As the clock ticks toward
World War III, Margo undertakes her harrowing journey. Pursued by the hawks on
both sides, protected by nothing but her own ingenuity and courage, Margo is
drawn ever more deeply into the crossfire—and into her own family’s hidden past. Download and start listening now!