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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rich Lowry, Keith Korman Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781400183074
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Banquo’s Ghosts is an explosive and topical thriller about a potential US war with Iran, written by one of the leading voices of the conservative movement.

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 fails. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Banquo’s Ghosts is a conservative gateway drug. Buy it.”

    Stephen Colbert

  • “Part send-up of the drive-by media and the New York cocktail circuit, part warning about the evils of our enemies and the necessity of eternal vigilance—Banquo’s Ghosts is all rollicking fun. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, you’ll get mad, and you won’t want it to end.”

    Rush Limbaugh

  • “Lowry and Korman skewer the pompous media and feckless bureaucrats in this wild ride of a novel. And they always come back to the central point: we live in a dangerous world and must never forget it.”

    Sean Hannity

  • Banquo’s Ghosts is an intelligent, supercharged thriller. Rich Lowry & Keith Korman have crafted a scenario so real, and so frightening, that readers (both inside and outside the CIA) will undoubtedly lose sleep over it. This is what the modern espionage novel is all about.”

    Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Patriot

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Obst | 11/11/2012

    " A page turner. Gives you a good idea could have been happening in the near past and what could happen in the near future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy York | 9/6/2012

    " Of all the spy thrillers I've read (and loved!), I think I like this one the best, simply because all the characters in it seem as flawed as I am, and so even more believable than Gabriel Allon, Scot Harvath, and Mitch Rapp. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 10/6/2011

    " I actually listened to this one on audio, which was excellent. In light of 9/11, it's pretty scary, as it involves a plot by Iranians to develop and deploy a nuclear weapon. Hits close to home but is very well done, suspenseful and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 5/1/2011

    " Storyline was okay. Charater studies were above average. The story itself was a bit cumbersome and difficult to move through. I expected more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sskous | 11/11/2010

    " i enjoyed this story very much. partly because i have recently read a couple books, which i have not bothered to post here because in each of them the bad guys were really the good guys. here the bad guys are in fact the bad guys! well written, good spoofing of the main stream media. nice advenutre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 11/10/2010

    " Fun to read... interesting premise... right out of the news. Made me a bit paranoid as I read. Not an original Clancy, but kept me going. Loved the allusions to Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dexter | 7/19/2010

    " Nice pace. I liked the 'flawed hero' character(s). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 12/12/2009

    " Loved this...Rich should write more within this genre! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 10/7/2009

    " Great technical knowledge, great suspense. Very scary information about Iran's nuclear program. Okay so I know it's fiction, but most fiction has some element or plausible element of truth to it. Read this, be afraid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 7/31/2009

    " Good read. Learned to drink Black and Tan. "

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About the Author

Rich Lowry graduated in 1990 from the University of Virginia, where he studied English and history. He was named editor of the National Review in 1997. He has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other publications. Rich 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. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”